Achooooo! Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. I don’t know about you, but my allergies have been horrible lately! I’m mostly allergic to dust and plant life (although I used to get a rash every time I ate mango… glad that one’s over!), and it’s always the worst this time of year. When I was younger I visited my family in Minnesota every summer, and my sneezing and coughing would get so bad that it turned into summer asthma! Luckily it doesn’t get that bad anymore, I just feel a lot like Sneezy.
Yesterday, Ari and I staggered out of bed to meet his family for breakfast at the diner. We all seemed to be a little sleepier than usual- his father asked if his caffeine could be injected intravenously- and we downed cup after cup of coffee. I decided to order another menu newbie: the Breakfast Wrap!
This had eggs (I asked for whites), avocado, tomato, peppers, onion and gruyère cheese, all rolled up in a whole wheat wrap. Très bien! However, does anyone else find that store-bought wraps have way too much of the “wrap” part? There were a few folds of bread that I just nipped off. I also had a few bites of homefries, but the sandwich and coffee really filled me up.
I spent the rest of the morning catching up on blogs and e-mail, then hustled to get ready to run some errands in the city. I grabbed an apple on the way out the door:
Pros: I was immediately excited about the ENORMOUS chunks of chocolate chips. I love the mix of textures: soft oats and dried fruit, hard chunks of whole nuts. It has a definite espresso taste without being bitter, which is a result of a lot of mocha-flavored things (like Starbucks’ espresso brownie). My last bite tasted a little spicy, which I identified as the nutmeg and orange elements. It was a nice surprise, and didn’t overpower the bar. I wasn’t left with a “protein” aftertaste, because there is zero protein powder in the bar. This was also developed in Park City, Utah, for skiers, hikers and mountain climbers. Cool!
Cons: It was smaller than I’d thought, given that the bar is intended to be a “meal.” I’d like something like this to be a little bigger, and take me a while to eat.
Would I buy this again? I’m not a huge fan of meal replacement bars. However, in theory, they work on busy days when there’s not another option. I ate this bar two hours before heavy exercise, and I was able to power through my workout quite easily. It didn’t taste artificial, so I would definitely keep these on hands for busy days when I don’t have time to prepare a full meal.
It was a very grim and rainy day, and I really, really didn’t want to work out. Even though I’d carried my heavy gym bag all over town, I was ready to just go home and soak in the tub. However, I forced myself to lace up, get on the stairmaster, and ended up having the best workout I’ve had in a long time. I warmed up with 20 minutes on the stairs, then headed over to the treadmill and ran 3.1 miles (without stopping!) in just under 31 minutes. The 5K is in two weeks, and since I now know I can do the distance, I’m going to try to work on my speed a little bit. Nothing crazy, but we’ll see what happens! After my run, I did some strength training and ab work, and let me tell you: I was a whole lot sweatier than some of the muscle men in there 🙂
Total time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Maximum heart rate: 186 (93%)
Average heart rate: 149 (75%)
Calories burned: 758
I was a hungry beast when I got back to the locker room, and had bar #2. This obviously wasn’t ideal, but it was better than eating my gym shorts.
I left the gym and went straight to Trader Joe’s to do an all-out grocery shop. I’d thought the line would be atrocious on a Friday night- their wine cellar queue stretched out the door- but apparently this is the best time to go, and I was in and out in under forty minutes.
I spotted these on the shelf and had to try them. We serve lobster ravioli at my restaurant; sometimes I ask Ramon to make an extra piece for me. Anywho, I was in the mood for a whole serving, so I picked these up.
While I cooked the pasta, I heated garlic and oil in a skillet. I added some arugula until just wilted, then tossed in the ravioli.
I sprinkled some feta on top, and served it with steamed broccoli. My plate looked like Fall!
Ari and I coordinated to meet outside and go to Coldstone. I usually get a “sinless” flavor, but today I was in the mood for something different: coffee ice cream with chocolate shavings.
Ari got something chocolate-peanutbuttery, which he ate with zeal.
We were both feeling a little gross after the ice cream… it was a little too rich. We plopped down for some In Treatment to settle our tums… nothing like a little talk therapy to make everything better 🙂
Well, it may be Saturday, but it’s time for me to get off my bum and ready for the day. Ari‘s show is tonight, and I have to go track down some of my beautiful girlies.
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Have a great weekend!