Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Miles, Meals, Planners & Sweet Potatoes

Monday, I wanted to get up at 6:30, leave the house no later than 8 to drive to the gym, park, run 6 miles, then do my combat fitness practice workout.  HOWEVER, I didn’t drag my sorry carcass out of my bed until a smidge after 8.  Which is when I wanted to leave.  Great.  So it was like 9:30 before I left the house.  I got to the gym and parked.  I only had time for a 4 mile run.  Then I went inside the gym and did my workout of wall balls, step ups, kettlebell sumo squat to front raise, monster walks, sumo walks and push press (on the smith machine…better than nothing…at least there was an empty squat rack of some sort today and I got to do it this time).  I nixed the ladder machine because I just didn’t have that extra 10 minutes to spare.  But it was still a great workout and I’m glad that it was only shortened and that I didn’t have to forego it completely. 

So, as a result of delaying myself going to the gym, I didn’t get home until about 25 minutes before I like to leave for work and I still had to shower, put my work uniform together, divvy up my meds into my daily pill holder thingie, fill my water bottles for work, pack my lunch, email a document to my work email.  UGH!  needless to say, I left for work about 25 minutes after I like to leave.  Granted, I was not late for work.  However, I didn’t get to do my standard pre-work walk around the parking garage.  Oh and I “gained” (most likely just water weight…I hope) 2 pounds over the weekend so then my uniform pants were all tight and uncomfortable and annoying. 


So it was a good thing I recorded the New Year’s Eve shows because, well, I slept through them.  So, Sunday afternoon/evening while I was washing dishes, meal prepping and doing laundry, I watched them.  Better late than never, right?


Speaking of meal prepping, my meals for this week are as follows:

• breakfast: 3 boiled eggs & a fruit yogurt smoothie with cashew milk, water and my super foods powder blended together.

• lunch: 11 oz baked tilapia loins with salsa.

• snack: a coconut sweet potato crockpot “casserole" (see below for my adaptation of the recipe)

• dinner: Greek yogurt.                                            

• overtime snacks: sliced apples & Skinny Pop popcorn.

So, for 2016, I signed up for a run 1000 miles in a year challenge.  Well, obviously, I hit that goal.  I ran 1268.84 miles in 2016!  BOOOOOOOOM!  Not only did I totally smash the 1000 mile challenge, but I also smashed my personal goal of running at least 1200 miles.

As of Sunday I am now officially using my new day planner!  I bought it at Marshall’s for $12 and I like it much better than my $30 (+ $$ for extra bits) planner I bought last summer that was good for 18 months.  I just couldn’t use it anymore.  The main 2 reasons were that it was just so big and the other main reason was the spine was these disks that the pages and cover pop onto and the cover kept popping off.  so I didn’t really feel as though it was all that secure or that it would stay together.  The new one has a very secure snap ring system…like a 3-ring binder.  And it has a snap closure to keep the cover closed.  It’s still good sized but it’s small enough to fit in my purse or my work bag without it being a pain to get it in or out.
so pretty

love this page where I can jot down my goals for the month

I do wish the day squares were a little bigger, but oh well

this section is quite handy

So, it’s amazing the difference that just .8 of a pound makes in how you feel and how your clothes fit.  That’s the difference in my weight between yesterday (Monday) and today (Tuesday).  Just .8 of a pound.  Wow.  While it’s just a tiny amount on the scale, it is a huge difference in the way my uniform pants are fitting today.  They’re not all tight and uncomfortable, making me cranky and irritable.  I strongly dislike being cranky and irritable.



• 4-5 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
• 1.5 sticks unsalted butter
• 1/2 cup coconut sugar
• 2 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 eggs, beaten
• 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut flakes

• place cubed sweet potatoes in crockpot
• cube the butter and place randomly atop the sweet potatoes
• spread coconut sugar over the top
• drizzle beaten eggs over the top
• sprinkle vanilla over the top
• spread coconut flakes over the top
• cook on high for 4 hours
• enjoy!

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