Banana Pancake Fail

Do you ever have one of those work days that just drags on and on? Yeah, today was that day for me. And all day I was actually looking forward to my trip the gym after work. How strange is that? Two years ago I never in a million years would have thought I would be the kind of person that actually *needed* workout time during my day. I look at my workouts as a way to de-stress and sort of unwind, however challenging they may be. I feel really great afterward, and I always feel like I’ve accomplished something.

My workout, and de-stresser for today was a five mile tempo run on the treadmill. Completed! I chose the treadmill this evening because of the heat wave we’ve been having…it was just too brutally hot for me to even attempt to run outside. Most of my runs the past few weeks have been done mainly on the road, and when I go back to running on the treadmill, it seems so much easier. The five miles were over in 51 minutes and they actually flew by.

Tonight was also one of those nights where I had no idea what to make for dinner. Nothing seemed appetizing. So, what should I do but make pancakes! I’ve been having pancake withdrawal lately…so I attempted banana chocolate chip pancakes!

Failed.

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The pancakes wouldn’t stay together enough to flip, strangely enough. I have no idea why…other than the mix I used is a couple months old? I didn’t think it would go bad that quick…but I tried to salvage the rest of the pancakes.

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Its all in the presentation!

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So it isn’t round, who cares? It still tasted great. Especially with home made maple syrup drizzled on top!

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I’m totally looking forward to my long weekend. Does anyone have any big plans this Labor Day? I’m going camping for the first time in years! I’m ready to become one with nature. Woohoo!

PS: There is still time to  enter my Chobani giveaway!!!! Hurry!!

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A Summery Dinner

Look what I finally picked up today!!

Caitlin‘s book! I’m soooo excited! I love the whole idea behind Operation Beautiful. You can read more about it on the website. I think this book may help me, actually, because I know I’m guilty of “fat talk” every once in a while (what girl isn’t) because I’ve struggled with a negative self-image for most of my life. I’m slowly learning how to ban fat talk, but it is difficult, I will admit.  Anyway, I can’t wait to read the book. 🙂

Since I’m still pretty low on food due to lack of groceries, I had oatmeal this morning. Never a bad thing. Sweet Cherry oats! Yummm. In the bowl: 1/2 cup of old fashioned oats, 2 tbsp of oat bran, 1 tbsp of almond butter, 1 tbsp of sweet cherry butter, and some chia gel (1 tbsp of chia seeds set in some water for a couple minutes=chia gel).

Updated: For those of you who don’t know what Chia seeds are: Chia seeds are great–they are a superfood! meaning, they have many nutritional benefits. They soak up water (as you can see in the “gel”) and, keep you hydrated longer, and “retain electrolytes in your bodily fluids.” Great for athletes. They don’t have much a flavor so you can add them to anything and get the benefits. Here’s some info on them: http://healthmad.com/nutrition/the-health-benefits-of-the-chia-seed/

Pretty filling. 🙂 So I’m going to skip over lunch, since it was kind of boring….I pretty much eat the same thing for lunch every day. Not too interesting. 😉

My workout today consisted of a 3.02 mile run, in the heat, around lunchtime. I completed the run in 29 minutes. Hurray! I had set out for 4 miles, but didn’t make it. It was just too hot. 🙁 Seriously, I’m done with this weather already! I’ve also updated my new half-marathon training plan today! Since my doctor said to cut back on milage, I’m going to be running 16-20 miles a week instead of 20-25. Will it matter that much? I’m not sure. But I start training next Tuesday! Ahhh!

So, when I came home for dinner, my mom had made some tasty salmon. It has been a while since I’ve had any fish, so I figured I would have some, and save myself from cooking anything else. 🙂 A summery dinner!

salmon, local corn and local zucchini!

I also had a slice of Manna Sunny Sourdough Bread with my dinner! Manna Orangics sent me some of their breads to try, so I tried this one first. I find it interesting that all of Manna’s breads are sprouted breads. This is the first time I’ve ever had a sprouted bread.

I’m going to write a full review once I’ve tried all the bread, but I really enjoyed the sourdough! I normally don’t eat sourdough bread, but this was really tasty. 🙂 Very earthy, but still tasted like bread. I ate it plain, but it would have been great with butter.

Ingredients!

Not too shabby. A bit high on the calorie side (140) for a small slice of bread though. 🙁

Alright, I’m off to relax and enjoy the rest of my night! Tomorrow is my Friday! Hurray!!! 😀

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Hip Update

Tuesday is almost over. One day closer to Friday, and that’s a good thing! This blog post is probably going to be all over the place so bear with me.

This morning I had a bowl of cereal for breakfast because I’m running out of food and haven’t been to the grocery store in ages. I wanted a smoothie but had no bananas or frozen fruit. Cereal it is!

Just a bowl of Kashi H2H cinnamon + Special K Protein, almond milk, with a dab of almond butter and a few mini morsels. Pretty tasty. Not quite as filling as a smoothie though.

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Lunch was a bowl of one of my favorite soups: V8 Butternut Squash! I love the line of V8 soups. They are vegetarian, contain no artificial ingredients, and very low calorie. When I need to eat light I usually have a bowl of their delicious soup. I’m trying to eat light this week because I’m going away Friday for the weekend and I know I’ll be eating out a lot.

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I also had a Clif Z Bar: Chocolate Chip. I love C lif Z Bars, they are so good. I used to like Luna Bars, but they became to sweet for me, and I find I like Clif Z Bars better.

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Hip Update

Some of you may be wondering about my hip situation. I wrote about my problem in this post. I ran my 10K on Saturday with no hip pain during my run, but afterward while walking around the village, it was sore. Sunday I took hot yoga and was a tad bit sore during the class, but afterward felt perfectly fine. I think the hot yoga might have stretched it out and made it feel better. So my hip has been fine the past two days. Yesterday I had my doctor appointment to get it checked out. He sent me for an x-ray, and the results came back negative! My doctor said just to  decrease my milage and take an anti-inflammatory, and stretch the hip really well before and after my runs. He said if it doesn’t start to feel better, to possibly take Physical Therapy. We’ll see if it ever comes to that (I hope not). He prescribed me medication that wouldn’t bother my stomach, because the last time I took ibuprofen for my hip, it made feel sick to my stomach. I hope it works!

When I got home from work I quickly hopped on the treadmill and ran two miles in 20 minutes followed by a shoulders circuit of Jillian Michaels No More Trouble Zones. The upper body was KILLER. I think my arms were still sore from hot yoga! Ouchies. But my hip seems to be fine. It only really bothers me after running outside on the road or running longer distances, like 4 miles or more.

Post-workout dinner was a tomato and cheese omelet! I think I finally mastered the omelet. Whenever I’ve tried to flip them, they never come out right and end up looking like scrambled eggs. But I think I did it!

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Local tomatoes + local eggs = one delicious local meal! Not including the cheese! 😉

In other news, I finished Season 1 of True Blood! This is seriously my new favorite shows. I loved this season and I can’t wait for Netflix to send me the next one. I’m addicted! If you haven’t watched this show, you need to. Now.


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Shiratake, Inception and Hummus To-Go

Oh finally it is the weekend. Thank goodness. I was starting to feel like the workday would never end. 🙁 I’m so glad to be home! I have an exciting weekend coming up!

But lets rewind a bit to Thursday. Last night I came home from work to make a quick and easy dinner. I had previously picked up some Tofu Shiratake Noodles to try! Hungry Girl raves about these because they are so low calorie and apparently a great substitute for pasta, so I wanted to see what the big fuss was about.

I was shocked to find the whole bag of noodles was only 40 calories. That made me a happy girl! I decided to just warm them up in the microwave after draining and rinsing them and using the noodles like I would spaghetti. I just threw the last of the roasted red pepper bruschetta and some Parmesan cheese onto them.

The noodles themselves didn’t have much flavor, and were kind of chewy since they’re tofu, but they didn’t taste too bad! I ate the whole bowl because I was starving and I love the bruschetta. 😉  I would buy these noodles again since they are so guilt-free!

After dinner, I had to get ready because Chris and I had some extremely late night plans that evening…we were going to the midnight showing of Inception at the Spectrum Theater!

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I have been waiting months for this movie to come out! It was pretty interesting because I wasn’t really sure what is about, all I knew is that the preview looked awesome and I love all of the actors in it. It was SO worth seeing at midnight because it was incredible! I’m not going to talk much about it because I don’t want to give away the plot, but it will definitely make you think and stare in awe at the special effects! I love movies like that. 🙂

Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep last night until 3:00AM and had to get up at 7:00AM for work…which had me running on four hours of sleep all day. That that equals an unhappy person at work. 🙁

Lunch today was sort of unplanned, so I got something quick at my Department’s cafeteria. The one healthy choice in the whole entire lunchroom. Sabra Hummus and pretzels! Have you ever seen a package like this?

The only downside: I ran out of pretzels! I had to go get some more from my co-worker so I could eat the rest of the yummy hummus. 🙂

But I’m so glad to be home now…I just ran three miles on the treadmill in 31 minutes and 40 seconds and it felt really good, despite not getting much sleep last night. I’m about to go finish up my laundry, which I’ve been neglecting for days, and then start baking some superfood cookies for tomorrow’s Blogger Brunch Meet-Up! 😀

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Carbo-loading!

In 24 hours I will be in a car headed to Utica, New York to run in my first ever long distance race, the Boilermaker 15K!! I’m super excited, since the race is the biggest 15K, with 13,000 people running! 9.3 miles will also be the most I’ve ever ran at one time.

I wanted to get my carbs in tonight, so I made some Ronzoni SmartTaste pasta for dinner!

I topped my spaghetti with some roasted red pepper bruschetta, olive oil, oregano, and Parmesan cheese. I also had a slice of my new favorite bread…Country Kitchen Double Fiber Whole Wheat!

Tomorrow I’m going to make sure I eat very clean, maybe make some whole wheat pancakes for breakfast, maybe a sandwich for lunch and a light dinner, and drink lots of water…just to make sure my tummy is happy on Sunday. 🙂

After dinner tonight I decided to take a short bike ride, just to get in some more exercise, since I haven’t been working out much this week. I went for a six mile ride in 38 minutes and 30 seconds. It was such a warm and gorgeous night!!!

Okay, I’m off to relax. Hope everyone is having a nice Friday evening! 🙂

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