January 24, 2014

Whole 30: Day 4

Since I didn't have to go into work today until later, I spent the morning in bed snuggling my family. Once Noah looked like he was ready for a nap, I had Matt take over and I headed to the gym for a morning workout. It wasn't bad - I wanted a good workout, but I also wanted to make sure I wasn't entirely worn out before work. I did 20 minutes on the elliptical and 30 minutes on the stationery bike. This was the first time I've been on an elliptical machine since ... wow, I'm just realizing now how long it has been. Almost two years. I had a one month gym membership right before I left California, so I used one at the gym there.

20 minutes felt like forever. I wanted to stop after 5, but pushed myself to 10. Then 15. Then ooh-this-song-is-good-I-could-do-5-more, and at 20, I stopped. It was tough, and I didn't want to overdo it the first time on there (or right before work). It was tough in other ways besides physically challenging, too. I remember how much I used to love the elliptical, how I'd do intervals for 30 minutes, drink some water, and hop back on for 30 more. And I was much bigger then than I am now.

I'm not sad about it. I know I'll get it back. The only way to get better is to keep trying, right? I'll be back on it tomorrow, and let's see if I can't make it to 25 minutes...

Today was the first breakfast Matt didn't really like, though he wouldn't admit it out loud.

I made egg muffins, but this time I mixed the eggs with shredded zucchini and added curry powder and a little cinnamon. I liked them, but he politely ate one and put the rest in the fridge "for later." Yeah, okay. I'll be having them for breakfast tomorrow, and I'll scramble up some plain eggs for him.

After work, we came home and I found myself a bit lost. The afternoon is when I work out! So I decided to tackle a task I've been putting off forever: organizing my closet. Since we've been in and out of town so much the past few months, it just got to be a huge mess. I know that having a clean and organizing living space helps me feel more positive and more motivated in all areas of life, so I'm glad I got this mostly finished today.

For an afternoon snack, I had apricots and pecans like yesterday, and I made banana "ice cream" for Matt. I added some pecans, too, to make it like banana bread!

That's another thing I haven't made in years. I'm starting to see a pattern.

For dinner, I made burgers (this time, I didn't put the avocado in the middle, I just had some with each bite) and sweet potato.

The two of us split one sweet potato - when you cut it up into thin strips, a little bit goes a long way. The other day at the store, I got a little spray bottle and I put olive oil in it. I lightly sprayed the sweet potato strips before baking them. That way, it greatly reduces the amount of oil without using an aerosol cooking spray with all the chemicals. They sell oil misters, but for now, my 74 cent travel spray bottle works just fine.

It's quite cold here in South Carolina, much colder than it usually is in this area. So I don't know what we will do this weekend. Our goal is to stay home after all the traveling we've done, but unless it warms up a little bit, I think a family walk is out of the question. We will definitely go to the gym, though, at the very least.

What about you? What are your weekend plans? What's on your menu for this weekend?

1 comment:

Sarah said...

I'm staying in my warm bed this weekend. It's supposed to be -25 to -40 again all the way through Wednesday. Polar Vortex 2: Electric Boogaloo.

Your meals look so good. That burger, sweet potato, and avocado combo reminds me of the stuff I ate while we were on vacation in the Bay Area. I miss it SO much. I couldn't get over how easy it was to eat fresh, healthy food there.

I need to take some inspiration from your Whole 30 meals, as I have insulin resistance and really need to eat exactly. like. that.