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The Day Before My Birthday

Posted Jul 27 2011 10:39am

What a long day!  But it was a beautiful day outside, and I actually played hooky from work this afternoon.

I started at 7:00am with my post Week 2 sit ups test.  I have been doing the 200 Sit Ups Training Program , and at the pretest I did 30 sit ups.  Today, after two weeks, I did 60!  That’s a rapid improvement, I’d say.

Then I went out for my Thursday morning walk.  I run three days a week, bike two days a week, and walk once a week.  Walking is my least favorite day.  Today I only did three miles, because my shins have been bothering me, and I didn’t walk at my usual 13:30 pace.  What I did was walk more slowly, but had spurts of running quickly, mostly on the downhills, at between a 9 and 11 minute pace.  It feels great to run at that pace, I wish I could do it all the time.  I think at one point I even hit 8:30.  I don’t know how people run that fast, and there are some who run a lot faster too.  So this workout took about 40 minutes, then I iced my shins for about 15 minutes.  I just ordered a product called  “Arctic Ease” from Amazon.  It doesn’t need refrigeration, it’s usable right out of the pouch, and it somehow gets cold.  It also compresses because it is like an ace bandage.  I can’t wait to try this thing out, I don’t understand it at all.  Oh, and it is reuseable also.

I have been in a yogurt/fruit/granola phase for breakfast for quite some time.  This morning I felt like something different so I made some of this Bob’s Gluten Free Mighty Tasty Hot cereal.

I started having a problem with oatmeal, it was bothering my stomach.  Oatmeal doesn’t have gluten, but sometimes it can contain other grains which do.  This cereal doesn’t bother me at all.  I added sliced strawberries and slivered almonds.

See this green bowl?  My grandmother used to serve me farina in this bowl when I was a little girl.  I’m not really sure how I ended up with it, but I love it and I’m so glad I still have it.

Then I packed my lunch.  A salad, with a tuna packet to add in later, and oil and vinegar.

These little packets come from Minimus , and are great for carrying with me when I take my own food.  I also made some hard boiled eggs and brought one along.

For my snack I packed Trader Joe’s Honey Wheat pretzels and hummus, and some mango and raspberries.

But as I mentioned it was such a beautiful day, and I decided to take the afternoon off.  I’ve been thinking about adding strength training to my week, and two years ago I had bought a great book, and some free weights and a weight bench.  But I really didn’t like doing it, so I fell out of the habit.  My weights are at a friend’s house because we trained over there together for a while, the bench is hidden in the garage, and the book is nowhere to be found.  Six months ago or so I did a book cleaning out/giving away, and this book probably went with those.

So I went over to Barnes and Noble, and bought another copy of it!  It is called The New Rules of Lifting for Women , and the majority of the moves in it don’t require a gym or heavy equipment, neither of which I have.  When I was strength training two years ago, I worked out about three days a week, for maybe 20 minutes, alternating parts of the body.  So I need to work out a schedule and get started doing this.  It’s been so beautiful outside in the mornings lately, that maybe if I bring my equipment out there I will be motivated to start.

Because I read about this on another blog, I also bought The Women’s Health Big Book of Exercises which is full of exercises, plans, and tons of great, large, color photos.  This looks like so much information it might be overwhelming, but hopefully this weekend I’ll get to go through it a bit.  I know I need more core strength, so that is probably where I will start.

And, I couldn’t resist supporting another food and fitness blogger, so I bought Carrots ‘n’ Cake by Tina Haupert, who writes the Carrots ‘n’ Cake blog .  I’ve been reading her blog for a couple of years now, and she is one of the bloggers who has inspired me to start my own.  Thanks Tina, and I can’t wait to read your book and try the recipes!

This afternoon I also got a manicure, something I never do, and I will explain why I did this in another post.  Then I stopped at the grocery store.  By the time I got home it was 8:30PM, and I was ravenous.  I made a really quick meal of imitation crab, avocado, red bell pepper for crunch, and a little mayonnaise.  Served with cucumber slices sprinkled with freshly grated sea salt, and a Dr. Kracker flatbread , it was quick and easy, and filled me up.

And I can’t forget the special treat!  Today is my son’s birthday, and tomorrow is my birthday.  My daughter brought me home a Red Velvet cupcake from my favorite cupcake bakery in the whole world, Georgetown Cupcake ,

and then my husband came home with six more cupcakes from the same place!  Considering I eat only a quarter of a cupcake a day, these should last me a long time, unless my son gets to them.

Time for bed, have to start all over again tomorrow – and, it will be my birthday.

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