But first, back to the weird eating that was yesterday …

After the amazing Pumpkin Pie Parfait that was breakfast, I lounged around for a few hours before ensuring that my Harley-esque muffler had been corrected and quieted. I got dressed for the gym, debated on half a Larabar or banana for snackage, chose and ate a small banana, and went to pick up Marge (my Montero .. she is large and in charge).

Sometime this/last week, I had half a banana before heading to the gym for a run and my stomach felt a tiny bit funny but I didn’t think anything of it. I planned for 5 miles yesterday and started off at 6mph, Yesterday, however, my stomach was not feeling well at all. I took a break after a mile, felt better, and got back on for 3 more miles, when I had to take another break. It was really frustrating because I didn’t feel sick at all and I was having a great run otherwise. I hopped back on for a speedy last mile. Altogether, I did 5 miles in a few seconds over 48 minutes.

  • Mile 1 – 6mph, incline 1, 10 minutes
  • Miles 2, 3, and 4 – 6.1, 6.2, and 6.3mph, various inclines from 1-2.5, 28:47 minutes
  • Mile 5 – 6.4-7.5mph, various inclines from 1-2, in 9:15 minutes

I also started two medicines yesterday, but they’re really small doses and I never get side effects. At first I thought that was why my stomach was upset, but then I remembered the banana upset my stomach last week too, sooo I’m sticking with bars before workouts for a while.

My stomach felt off all afternoon so I didn’t eat (I know, bad) until dinnertime, which was large and veggie-filled.

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Steamed brussels and carrots with s&p, based sweet potato rounds, Naked Nuggets, ketchup and BBQ sauce

Bromberg Brothers Blue Ribbon Restaurants Naked Nuggets opinion
Taste: Taste-wise, I was thrown off – because it tasted like chicken, not a chicken nugget. Sad? They tasted pretty fresh but I could still tell they were frozen, if that makes sense. 3/5.
Texture: A little unnatural, but chickens aren’t naturally in nugget form. Definitely better than any other nuggets I’ve had. 4/5.
Fill Factor: With my 10 lbs. of veggies, kept me satisfied but not overly full, for the next few hours, even after 5 miles and not refueling. 5/5.
Ingredients: “All Natural Boneless Skinless White Meat Chicken, Potato Starch, Salt, Spices (White Pepper, Marjoram, Celery, Basi), Garlic Powder.” 4/5.
Nutrition: The nutrition stats are pretty good, 7 nuggets for 140 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated, 1g monounsaturated, and 0.5g polyunsaturated, and 0.5g unknown fat) and not too high in sodium for a frozen food at 460mg. The cholesterol is pretty high for me thought, at 70mg per serving. Thee are, however, 25 grams of protein per serving, which is huge.
Overall: My mom picked up the Naked Nuggets at Stew Leonard’s a couple weeks ago. They’re boneless, skinless white meat chicken without breading. They’re also gluten and trans-fat free. I threw them in the oven with my sweet potato rounds for 7 minutes at 400 degrees, which is the longest time advised (5-7 minutes) and 50 degrees higher than the bags says (at 350), but they definitely could have used a few more minutes in the oven. They were warm and obviously precooked, but the cook time seemed a little low for not being piping hot (did I really just say type that?) out of the oven. I dipped them in BBQ sauce and ketchup. I liked the ketchup with them better .. nostalgia, maybe? I’ll eat them again, definitely.
3/5.

After dinner, I went bowling with my mom, step-dad, brother, and 2 of my step-brothers. I have 3. I’m the only girl. See why I joined a sorority? I bowled my worst game ever 😦 I’m actually pretty good at bowling, when I do go – which is really only at camp on field trips. I’ll blame the heavier ball (my usual 6 pounder could not be found) and ignore the fact that we didn’t use bumpers. That really had nothing to do with i. The second game was better, as I beat my step-dad, who is intense enough to have his own ball. I call it a win. My step-brother and I spend most of the time making fun of the ridiculous people on either side of our lane. Let me just say that the guy to our right was taking a picture of his not-very-high score and referred to himself as “Pinz.” Yes, with a “z.”

Obviously I was hungry at the bowling alley but my stomach felt iffy when I got home. I knew I had to eat though, so I made something warm and comforting:

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Chopped and warmed fuji, cinnamon, TruVia, warmed skim, and Kashi Heart to Heart

I’m off to the gym before I get snowed in! The weather here in CT/the east coast is never good for New Year’s – are you doing anything fun tonight? I think I’m just hanging home – New Year’s has never been big for me.
Be sure to check back later for a super exciting breakfast post!
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Good afternoon!

Yesterday afternoon I snacked on some carrots with hummus and sriracha:

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Which was an awesome combo but gave me a stomachache for a few hours 😦 Sriracha, why have you forsaken me?

My mom was roasting a chicken for dinner and we stopped at the grocery store and on the way from my grandma’s. I was craving green beans, so I picked up a 5 pound bag. Oh well, I’m sure I’ll get through it!

Dinner was yummy! And not something that has been repeated 24723894 times in the past month:

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Black beans, roasted chicken with pepper, corn, and fresh green beans.

Due to the snow/ice and my horrible driving skills, the gym did not happen yesterday. I did end up doing some core yoga from a YogaDownload.com podcast. Um – it was not easy but I obviously didn’t try hard enough because my abs aren’t even sore today.
One of my goals for this break is to actually get strength training in. I’ve done yoga the past three days, which is definitely counts for me! I also really want to be able to get into a balanced Airplane pose without having one hand on my dresser/falling over and dying. Also, not on a rock in the ocean. But whatever. After yoga-ing, I snacked on some grapes that I grabbed at the grocery store – that were $12!!! And SO not worth it. But we won’t tell my mom that.
This morning I woke up and debated breakfast and when to go to the gym. Nothing sounded super appealing, and I decided I’d rather get the gym over with for the day. So I had half of this bar of greatness:

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Clif Iced Gingerbread Bar

Plus coffee with skim, TrueVia, and cinnamon before heading to the gym. I did 5 miles (painfully boring) in 46:28, averaging a 9:17 minute mile. Here’s what I did:
  • Mile 0-1: 6.2 mph
  • Mile 1-2: 6.3 mph
  • Mile 2-2.5: 6.4 mph
  • Mile 2.5-3: 6.5 mph
  • Mile 3-4: 6.6 mph
  • Mile 4-5: 6.7 mph

Simple, but effective! I had to take a quick walk & water break around mile 3.75 and then really just wanted to get it done. I wish I could have run outside but its so icy and I highly doubt the trail is super safe to run on. It is melting a lot out though, so maybe tomorrow!

I cooled down for 10 minutes, walking 3 mph at a 5.0% incline, and ate the other half of the Clif bar on the way out of the gym.

Clif Iced Gingerbread Bar
Taste:
Really good! Not the strongest gingerbread taste, but still really close. Loved the icing and the fact that it was drizzled, not coated – it was vanilla-y.  4/5.
Texture:
Chewy, soft, and nutty like a normal Clif. 5/5.
Fill Factor:
Gave me energy for my first 5-miler in a while, although the run itself could have been better. Other half held me over after the gym til now – about 1.5 hours.  5/5.
Ingredients:
Very long list, but nothing too scary – and 70% organic! Plus lotssss of vitamins and minerals! 22g of sugar in the whole bar – a lot – but good for pre- and post-run fuel. 4/5.

Comments: Great seasonal flavor! Definitely would buy it again.

Off to make a great lunch I’ve been planning since last night. Normal.

I suck, I know.  Posting on any sort of schedule is impossible for some reason for me when I’m home.  My body knows it can actually relax and so I end up napping mid-afternoon and then sleeping for 10 hours.  Normal.  I think it’ll be better today – especially since I realized that I probably just have ALLERGIES – duh.  Really, I don’t know why I didn’t think of that before.  Luckily my mom has some allergy stuff I can take so that I won’t be a zombie all week!

After my nap yesterday, I had wanted something crunchy!  Kettlecorn to the rescue:

My mom and I tried to make the broccoli from my sorority’s Thanksgiving dinner.  We threw some broccoli florets in the steamer with a minced clove of garlic and a tablespoon of lemon juice.  It was a fail.  It didn’t taste anything at all like the recipe from Wednesday.  Tonight we’re going to try sautéing the garlic and lemon juice separately and then putting it on the steamed broccoli.  I’ll let you know how it goes.  Dinner was delish, though:

Steamed & mashed butternut squash, fail brocc, and CostCo rotisserie chicken aka heaven in a bird.

The chicken had some questionable ingredients, but it was honestly too good to pass up.  I threw some garlic powder on the broccoli, but it still wasn’t nearly as good as it could have been.  The b-nut squash was AMAZING – so sweet and creamy.  My mom put a little bit of butter (though I wish she hadn’t/would have told me before I ate it) and pepper in it, but it was amazingggg.  I’ll probs include some in my lunch a little later.

After dinner, my mom and I took a trip to Home Goods to get some bedding for my uncle who’s coming in on Tuesday for Thanksgiving.  It was 6:30 and after my nap this afternoon, I was already exhausted.  Honestly ridiculous, body.  Half and hour on the Stair Master should not wear me out this badly.  My tummy wasn’t satisfied from dinner, so when I got home I dominated this Honeycrisp:

Nom nom nom.

Then I was good.  And promptly passed out in a coma-like state for many hours.  Still no movie reviews.  My b.  I swear on Taylor Lautner’s abs they’ll be up tonight!

I woke up around 9, immediately rethinking my planned 4 miler.  I figured I’d just go later, or treadmill it up … even though I secretly knew I would later talk myself out of both those options with a nap.  After some coffee, I decided just to GO.  When I really don’t want to run or go workout, I eat my pre-workout snack.  Then I HAVE to go.  For whatever reason, this works for me mentally.  I had a mini choco-chip Clif bar:

It tasted better than it looks.  Why is it three different shades?  I’m just noticing that and hoping it’s the shadow from my blinds …

I left my iPod downstairs, but I did do 4 miles.  I think my splits were 9:10, 9:11, 9:09, and 8:52.  A SUB 9:00 mile!!!  It’s totally possible I’ve hit that mark at school, but I only time splits on the trail at home since it’s flat and I don’t have to dodge cars.  Yayyyy!  Love love love getting faster and seeing results!  Especially after a week off from running.  I’m out of my running funk, I think.  And thank God.  I do love that elliptical at school, but they don’t have it at my gym at home.  That’s great because it will force to keep running outside over Christmas break!

I came home and made brekkie:

2 Eggo Nutri-Grain waffles, a Braeburn + cinnamon

The fam usually has Kashi waffles, but I guess CostCo only sells Eggo in bulk – hence the two 10-packs in the freezer.  Some icky ingredients, but still super tasty!

My mom and I are going shopping all over town and then I promiseeee my reviews will be up!  See you later!

Two hours after my amazeballs bfast, I was getting ready to head out for some shoppage at Tarjey.  Howevs, I knew I would HANGRY immediately upon venturing out, and a snack would not suffice.  Enter egg and cheese:

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Arnold’s 100% WW sammie thin, 1 egg + 1 egg white, 1 LC FO wedge, other half of my apple from bfast with cinnamon +

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Organic ketchup!  Yay!  Ok, I realized myself I got overly excited about ketchup, but I don’t get to eat it at school because I’m trying to break up with HFCS and UConn isn’t down with organic Heinz.  And normally, I put ketchup on almost everything.  My egg and cheeses with hot sauce are delish, yes, but not the same without my tomatey goodness.

Good thing my lunch turned out bangin’, since it included some minor fails on my pizzle:

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Egg flip fail.

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Plastic on hot skilled fail.

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Ketchup splash on tshirt fail.

But the eggs were delish, the skillet was cleaned, and the shirt was covered by a scarf.  NBD.

Dins was yummy and obvs homemade and NOT A WRAP OR SALAD WOO!

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I’m going to pretend I did a lot by taking the mom-prepared chicken out of the fridge, taking the tin foil off, and putting it in the oven.  I did wash, chop, sprinkle, drizzle, and cook the potatoes though!

While I take care of the snack attack that 5-miler has left me with, here are some decorations for tomorrow night around the hizzouse:

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P.S.  I know that last thing is creepy as hell.  No idea where it came from.  New addish to the decorations this year thanks to momma.