I woke up yesterday feeling pretty ‘blah’ about myself. With baby shower planning, my head cold, icky weather and Peanut getting sick, I haven’t really worked out since last Thursday. The food department hasn’t looked any better. I’m all for indulging every now and then so that I don’t feel deprived, but I’ve really slacked on getting my head back in the game this week after a weekend of not-so-healthy eats. I’ve been a bottomless pit and the snack choices I’ve made for the last couple of days haven’t been the greatest.
I needed something concrete and tangible to help me refocus. First, I grabbed my coffee and sat down at my computer to blog read. That ALWAYS inspires me to be healthy and the pictures of such fabulous food remind me that healthy eating CAN be crave-worthy. My frame of mind was headed in the right direction when my cell phone beeped through a text message. It was my sister-in-law reminding me that the price for the 5k we’d agreed to run in May goes up on April 1st. BINGO! I went directly to active.com and registered. I didn’t stop there. There’s another race mid-April in the small town where we live. I’d said I was just going to register on the day of the race, but I went ahead and registered online. I printed both confirmation e-mails as reminders of my goals and posted them in the kitchen. One on the fridge and one on the snack-tastic lazy Susan. Instant motivation!
I started my day off right with some oats. My mix-ins were raisins, peanut butter & a sprinkle of unsweetened coconut. So filling!
Lunch was in two courses. My appetizers were a plate of crudites and dip along with some tortilla chips & salsa.
The “main course” was some Progresso Light soup.
I fixed the whole can, but only ate about half before I felt full and stopped. That’s a big deal for me because I’m usually a “clean plater.” If there’s food left in front of me, I’ll eat it whether I’m hungry or not.
The weather was still too icky for an outside workout so I headed to my DVD selection instead. Anyone remember when this was THE workout of the moment?
Core Secrets was actually the first workout system I bought when I got semi-serious about losing weight. I was just out of college and bought it on ebay. I’d almost forgotten that I had it, but seeing Brooke Burke on Dancing with the Stars Monday night reminded me about it. Peanut wasn’t in the mood to be independent for very long so I needed something quick, but with bang for my buck. I chose the “Give me 20” session which is a full-body strength and ab workout, all in 20 minutes.
While trying to find a photo, I found this on the Core Secrets website. I checked Amazon and it’s listed as “Currently Unavailable” there, too. Interesting. Did too much new technology and research make it outdated? Gilad is still rockin’ out workouts from the 80’s on FitTV so I think truly effective workouts stand the test of time. Whatever hapened to Gunnar Peterson?
But I digress.
Dinner was grilled chicken. I pounded out 2 large chicken breasts, cut them in half and then threw them in my favorite quick and easy marinade:
~1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
~1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
~2 cloves of garlic, minced
~a handful of chopped fresh flat leaf parsley
Marinate for at least 20 minutes, throw them on the grill (or grill pan or skillet) for about 7 minutes on each side and, Voila!
Side dishes were a spring mix salad and some cheddar broccoli rice from an Amish store mix.
Everyone have a lovely Wednesday evening! I hope the sun is shining where you are the way it is here in southern Ohio. Hooray for spring!