Sunday, August 23, 2009

Sundays Are For Relaxing

My first thought this morning was that I wanted to run outdoors. It's been quite a while and I figured if I got out early enough, the heat wouldn't be too brutal. I decided to go to a local track instead of running my hilly neighborhood; I didn't feel quite up to that. When I arrived at the track, it was already 80 degrees! There was a bit of a breeze, so it wasn't too bad. I wanted to run 5k and a quarter way through, my right hip started killing me! It was so sore. I worked through it by keeping my stride short and lots of pep-talking! I finally finished the 5k in 45 minutes...





Me and my bum hip headed home for some breakfast and Advil! I had a whole wheat cinnamon raisin english muffin topped with PB2 and a sprinkle of shredded coconut...




Later, we packed up our lunches and headed to the parents' pool for our final swim there. Dad is having some repairs done and closing it up. Boo!





Before the final swim, I ate some lunch. I brought an all- leftover lunch : Mushroom Asiago Stuffed Burger, Gram's green beans and chick peas. I went bunless for the burger, but not, topless! I added an extra slice of asiago for more yum...


still delicious...





We had a very relaxing afternoon in the pool. I even lounged around on a pool float for a while! It was great.


We headed home for dinner with our guest for the evening - Gram =) I had a light, easy dinner planned : Barilla Plus Farfalle pasta with homemade marinara...


Sauteed zucchini from Mom's garden with garlic, evoo and parmesan...


tomato and cucumber salad, also from the garden...




I had a small bowl of pasta...



and plate of zucchini...



I felt satisfied after eating this, so I stopped. This is a major coup in the fact that I have rarely not gone back for seconds or thirds with pasta. It's just something that is hard for me to control, portion-wise. But, I knew I could have more if I wanted it, but since my stomach was satisfied, I decided to be done =)

It was a beautiful evening and we enjoyed dining al fresco...for about 10 minutes! The bees were so annoying and the daughters are extremely freaked out by them, so we headed in for the remainder of the evening.


Before bringing Gram home, we enjoyed a cup of coffee...



I've been Splenda-free for 3 weeks!


As I am writing this, my stomach is beginning to growl! Why does pasta not hang around very long?? I may have a snack of a handful of cheese crackers; don't think I can go to bed growly :(


It was a nice relaxing Sunday! Hope you had the same =)

Have a great night, everyone!

9 comments:

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Excellent time for the 5K! Sometimes it's fun to run on the track, going round and round!

Your food pictures are really good. I wish I could take some like that!

KL3262 said...

I have been reading your past blog entries for weeks now and you are very inspiring! You will have to publish your homeade marinara recipe sometime - it always looks so good!

Sarah said...

Way to go on the 5K outdoors! And on being splenda free!!!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Good job on finishing the 5k, but I'm sorry that your hip is still bothering you...

As always, your food looks great! Great job on being satisfied with one serving of pasta. Pasta is a tough food for me too, and I have to be really mindful and "present" or I'll overeat...

Glad you had such a nice Sunday! :)

Yum Yucky said...

Oh wow! That stuffed burger is calling my name, never mind that its 6am right now. I'd eat it! LOL

Terri said...

Sounds like a great Sunday! Don't you just hate it when it's time to close the pool? Here in Indiana, the weather was pretty cool this past weekend. Too cool for swimming! The Zucchinni looks great. Will have to have that this week!

Heather said...

YAY for getting back into outdoor running! My big day will be Thursday. The kids go back to school. I plan on a big old fashioned outdoor running party (by myself of course). Here's to nicer, cooler weather in our near futures! lol

C.G. the Foodie said...

Awesome job getting back outside!

You need more protein to get that pasta to stick around longer. But yum on the meal!!!

Hooray for being Splenda free!

biz319 said...

Way to push through, but hope your hip feels better!

Love all your eats - especially the pasta - I just bought Barilla over the weekend - hopefully my hubby will like it better than the whole wheat pasta I normally buy.