Here’s the scenario: I exercised 7/7 days this week – 6 runs + 1 bike ride.
- Monday: 37-min. run [~4 mi.]
- Tuesday: 57-min. run [~6 mi.]
- Wednesday: 46-min. run [~5 mi.]
- Thursday: 64-min. run [~7 mi.]
- Friday: 17+ mile bike ride
- Saturday: 85-min. run [~9 mi.]
- Sunday: 59-min. run [~6 mi.]
I weighed myself Monday morning. I weighed myself Sunday morning… the number on the scale increased by exactly 2.0 pounds. Ugh! Frustrating sigh. I don’t only exercise to stay healthy, fit, and trim… I do it because I love it; but, it’s terribly frustrating when after a week of consistent activity, you see reverse results. I felt as though I ate a fairly standard diet this week, minus Tuesday’s indulgent farewell food. I am a bit puzzled. [If you try to tell me it’s all muscle weight, I won’t believe you.] That being said, I’m in a bit of a bitter mood. Heck… clearly exercise is not the answer to a sleeker, summer body. Maybe this week I’ll just be a lazy
couch potato computer bum : )
- Am I being silly, or would this irritate you too?
- Do you use a scale? If so, how often do you weigh yourself?
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Rant over. Time for some food photos!
After my 9-mile run yesterday morning, I thought peanut butter pancakes were necessary [ok, so maybe these contributed to the higher number… but… but, I ran 9 miles!]. Plus, I had never made PB pancakes before. Have you?
Minus a few scorched semisweet chocolate chippers, I gobbled them up as fast my runner’s hunger could.
Post-Running PB Pancakes
- 1 c. whole wheat flour
- 2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 c. creamy p.nut buttah
- 2 T sugar
- 2 T canola oil
- 1 egg
- 1 1/2 c. 1% milk – add less or more for preferred consistency
Combine first three ingredients in a medium bowl. In a separate bowl, mix peanut butter, sugar and oil together until smooth. Add egg and milk – whisk until combined. Add wet ingredients to flour and stir together, minimally. [Add more milk here if desired.]
Cook 1/4 – 1/3 c. of batter over medium heat in a buttered skillet. I highly recommend sneaking in a few chocolate chips as they sizzle. Flip for a couple minutes more. Then layer pancakes with sliced bananas. Decorate with a few more bits of chocolate and golden maple syrup.
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Have you tried coconut milk ice cream?
Another first for me. I really enjoyed it… and dare I say too rich for my intense sweet tooth? I was impressed by the simple ingredient list, and how the nutritional stats compared to regular ice cream. It paired quite nicely with an apricot-coconut-walnut-oatmeal chocolate chip cookie.
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Today, after my 6-mile run, I thought a red, white and blue breakfast would only be appropriate. I made a double batch of steel cut oats for me and my Dad, who had just finished another bike ride.
A healthy start to the 4th day of July:
- 2 c. water
- 3/4 c. steel cut oats
- 2 T flax
- organic red & blue berries
- white 1% milk
Dressed in white.
Then I went grocery shopping for the week at our local co-op/health food heaven – you don’t have to pull my arm ; ) I made a quick lunch with a few new finds and the last of the edamame arugula spread, and enjoyed it in our sunny backyard – could I go as far as saying it was w.a.r.m. today! I didn’t think we’d see the day.
I spy baby blueberries.
Our summer lettuce stash – more’s a-growing.
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Tonight’s dinner wasn’t traditional holiday fare, to say the least. No dogs, no beans, no beer. Instead, I made a 5 star salad with the beautiful beets I bought at yesterday’s farmers’ market.
A blue sky weekend!
Enough with the salivating on your screen already. Here is the recipe:
Peal 3 beets of different colors preferably. Place in baking dish with a generous drizzle of olive oil. Roast @ 400* until fork-tender – about 45 minutes. Meanwhile, wash and dry famers’ market greens. Then place warm beets atop a bed of lettuce with sliced red onion, crumbled herbed chevre, and chopped pistachios. Drizzle lightly with a dressing of: olive oil, balsamic, orange juice, honey, salt & pepper.
Simple. Sweet. Summery. Satisfying.
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Rumor has it our small town isn’t doing a fireworks show tonight due to the expense. I hear that rumor every year, so I don’t really know if it’s true… but I’m not missing much either way. I hope you all had a colorful, healthful & HAPPY 4th day of July!
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