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WIAW #33 & Potential Half Marathon Decisions

Posted Jan 16 2013 1:53pm

Hello, hello! Is this week over yet? Between the freezing cold rain we’ve been having for the past couple of days and the fact that it’s dark when I get to work and dark when I leave from work, I’m feeling a bit gloomy over here. I know there’s some disease where you get depressed in the winter…maybe I have a slight case of that? Haha who knows but I am ready  for some warmer and sunnier weather!

Speaking of warmer weather, I am thinking that I might choose to run the half marathon in St. Michael’s in mid-May, when the weather should be beautiful! Thank you all for your helpful comments on yesterday’s post about half marathons . You guys had some terrific advice! The biggest takeaway that I got from your comments is to run somewhere fun, because running a half marathon is no easy feat.

With that in mind, I am thinking I might run the race in St. Michael’s so I can have some gorgeous views of the water while I’m running.

Pictures from the last time I visited St. Michael’s

I even talked to Fabio about getting someone to watch Jack that weekend so we could make a little vacation out of it? I would absolutely love to spend a weekend in the quaint little island of St. Michael’s, so as of right now that race is my top choice. I’m still deciding though, so if you have any other suggestions for half marathons in DC/MD/VA, or even somewhere within driving distance of those, please share :)

Anyway, enough half marathon talk, let’s get to today’s What I Ate Wednesday!

Thank you Jenn for hosting the linkup, as usual :) I love being able to see what other bloggers are eating without any negative comparison or judgement. It’s such a fun tradition each week!

So without further ado, here’s what I ate yesterday!


For breakfast yesterday I had 1/2 cup of Fiber One original cereal with some fresh blueberries and skim milk. I also had a disgustingly under-ripe banana which I threw away after eating about half of it (it was way too firm and tasted gross).

Fabio has been buying our produce from an Asian supermarket near his job since it’s about half the price of produce at the regular grocery store, but unfortunately hardly any of the produce is ripe when we actually get it home. This banana was the most ripe out of the bunch, if you can believe that, and it was still inedible. I should have just waited for it to ripen up a bit, but I love bananas and was too impatient. Woops! Next time.

BTW I noticed this picture is almost identical to last week’s picture . I guess I’m in a bit of a rut with breakfast?  Oh well, it’s delicious!

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 4


This lunch is also almost identical to last week’s photo too, and I have to admit I have been eating this practically every single day. Oops! But I am still not tired of this combo of a sandwich thin with reduced-sodium turkey, reduced-fat American cheese, and mustard. On the side are some baby carrots and hummus, per usual. I know it’s kind of boring but I love it, and I get so excited to eat this lunch every day! Haha.

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 9


For a mid-day snack I ate a tasty little clementine :) I love having these around in the winter since they are perfect for an afternoon pick-me-up. These ones have seeds in them, but I don’t really mind!

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 0


After work I had to go all the way over to the University of Maryland in College Park (about 45 mins from work and an hour from home) for a meeting with some undergrad students. I was there until around 8:00 p.m. but luckily the meeting coordinator brought in some food from Potbelly’s for us to eat during the meeting.

I chose the chicken salad salad over any of the subs and I was pleasantly surprised by how delicious it was for only 9 WW P+! So good! I will have to remember this salad in the future. I ate half during the meeting (although it’s never easy to eat a salad while you are talking in a meeting) and I ate the other half when I got home around 9:00. At that point I added a veggie burger into the mix since I had already eaten all the chicken out but was still a bit hungry ;) It was a great dinner, especially considering they easily could have ordered from Domino’s, Chipotle, or somewhere equally diet-ruining.

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 11


After the salad my sweet tooth was hankering for some dessert, so I had one of the fudgy brownies that I told you guys about on Monday. They are holding up really well and are actually less “pumpkiny” now that they’ve firmed up a bit. They still don’t taste like real full-fat brownies, but they are a tasty treat for only 3 WW P+!

Weight Watchers Points Plus: 3

Daily Total Weight Watchers Points Plus: 27 ( over by 1 )

Daily Activity Points Earned: 1

Daily Activity: Since I still can’t do any high-impact workouts because of my ankle, my workouts have unfortunately been pretty limited. One thing I am really enjoying is using my kettlebells that I got for Christmas to complete a few workouts while watching TV. Using the kettlebells really pumps up my heart-rate without requiring me to jump around and risk messing up my ankle more.

I’ve also still been wearing my Nike Fuel pedometer and I make sure to reach my goal every day, even if it means getting off the metro one stop early and walking a little further to get home. Yesterday I took 10,325 steps and walked 4.3 miles (which is 63 more steps and .1 more mile than last Tuesday). So even though these workouts aren’t great, at least I am trying to stay active while letting my ankle mend.

Question of the Day: What workouts do you do when you are injured? What about when you are short on time or don’t have a lot of space to work out?

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