Had another excellent day. Took a 3 mile hike with the dogs–the longest I’ve gone for quite a while. At the end, I did 4 minutes of ‘intervals’ where I jogged for 20 seconds, walked for 10 seconds, and repeated X8. It is harder than it sounds, but such a good challenge. While I was out walking I thought about…what else, food. I decided to have a chocolate banana smoothie for my post-exercise snack. I adjusted the recipe on the side bar, and it was better than ever. 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 1 frozen banana, 2 egg whites, 2 Tbsp cocoa, and 4 ice cubes. This is so excellent, and for only 180 calories, a pretty nutritional snack. It was almost too chocolaty with the 2 Tbsp cocoa!
For lunch, I made ‘fried rice.’ I looked at this big platter of fried rice, and couldn’t believe I could eat this on a diet. Fried rice has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid. As a young adult, my mom and I used to go out and just order fried rice between us. But fried rice these days is usually disappointing–mostly rice with a few frozen veggies, and a bit of meat. Well, to make this, I used onion, cabbage, carrots, mushrooms, green onions, and frozen peas (all the other vegetables were fresh.) Just sprayed the pan w/oil spray to start, and cooked the veggies for quite a while, then added 1 tsp. sesame oil, and some soy sauce. I had 1 ounce of pre-cooked pork tenderloin that I had chopped into small pieces, and 1 cup of rice which I added to the veggies at the very end. Unbelievable!
Then I did my upper body weight exercises, and one set of interval exercises. I had a bowl of strawberries with a little fage for my snack.
Dinner was funny. I had picked up some brocolli beef at Trader Joe’s. The nutritionals sounded decent, and it just looked delicious. After my success at lunch, I had had the thought that I could probably do the brocolli beef better than T.J.’s. So when I fixed it, I added some tomato, which sounded good. But when I tasted the beef I decided that it was not worthy (more chicken food.) By now I was tired and hungry, and so I thawed out 2 ounces of my cooked turkey breast, and topped it with a bit of salsa, and avacado. That was excellent, and only took a minute! I had it with an ear of corn.
All in all, an excellent day both food and exercise wise. I feel like the switch has been turned back on again! I hope it stays on this time.
I’m off to work for a couple of days. Have a great weekend!