Monday, October 26, 2009

Spicy Sunday

Hope you all had a wonderful Sunday!  Thankfully, the weather cleared up nicely and it was a picture perfect fall day. 

Since it was such a beautiful day, I decided  to go for an outdoor run and I dragged the family along with me!  Before we left, I nibbled on a Banana Walnut Breakfast Cookie topped with PB2.  I cut it in quarters and only ate half so as to not be weighed down during my run…

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We went to a nearby paved trail/park for the run.   The paved trail is exactly one mile, so it was easy to gauge how far I ran.  I planned on doing 3.1 miles, but didn’t want to push it too hard considering I haven’t run since the race and I’m still suffering from bouts of dizziness.  The husband and daughters came along for my first mile, then branched off into some basketball playing and scooter riding.  I can’t lie – my first mile was tough.  My breathing was fine and I was running at a mild pace, but I felt weak and not really into it.  But, I kept going.  And beginning with mile 2, I started to feel that rush of good feelings.  I was in a steady groove and got “out of my head” and into the music.  I ended up doing 3.25 miles and finished strong.  I tried not to pay too much attention to the time, but I think I pulled it off in about 40 minutes.  My goal for right now is to get my body used to the mileage more so than concentrate on the speed.  I know that will come later.

After the run, I joined the family and walked another mile while they rode scooters.  I brought along  this coconut water to try out…

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I took 2 sips and knew it wasn’t for me.  Straight up water seems to be my drink of choice these days :)

The fresh air did us all good!  Nothing like crisp air and beautiful changing leaves to brighten up your day…

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By the time we got home, I was ready for some lunch.  I went with turkey and hummus wrap with arugula on a Joseph’s Lavash Bread , Kettle Brand Baked potato chips and super sweet cantaloupe…

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After much chillaxin’ in the afternoon and a surprise visit from the in-laws, I got around to making some dinner.  Well, most of this dinner made itself!  Tacos were on the menu and I thought I would try out this new item from Trader Joe’sCarne Asada

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It’s finely chopped beef sirloin seasoned with some spices and lime.  It’s fully cooked which is convenient, but a little high on the calorie and fat side…

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I served it taco-style for the husband and daughters with the usual suspects:  white corn tortillas, lettuce, tomato, quacamole, salsa and cheese.  I decided to put all the ingredients together in a big taco salad…

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I added some pinto beans to it and toasted my tortilla for crunch.  My final addition was a dollop of another new TJ item…

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Pretty low calorie, but definitely a long list of not so great ingredients(aka processed)…

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Overall, a tasty salad!  However, the Carne Asada was not as good as I had hoped.  I found the meat to be tough and chewy.  Not a texture I love and the price tag is steep - $7.99 for a bag that serves 4.  The Queso Dip was okay.  It was moderately spicy and added a nice kick to the salad.  It would probably be good in a quesadilla or as a topping for a Mexican-style baked potato.

Dessert was the other half of my Banana Walnut Breakfast Cookie and then a trip on the Tilt-a-Whirl.  Yes, the vertigo acted up big time, so medicine popping and to bed I went.  It sucks getting old :(

ONE GOOD THING:  I got some great outdoor activity today!

Have a great day!!

18 comments:

Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said...

That breakfast cookie looks out of this world! I have two sad looking bananas in my kitchen that have been begging for some attention...I think I found a place for them!

Manderz said...

Great job on your run! I do not like coconut water either - the smell alone turns me off, yuck!

biz319 said...

Great job on sticking to the run! And glad you put down the coconut water - sounds gross!

Wow, that is a hefty price tag for that meat! Oh well, now you know!

Nicci@NiftyEats said...

I love Coconut water, but the taste grew on me, after the 3rd try.

Jamie said...

Your breakfast cookie looks amazing! Can you let me know the recipe? I tried once and it did not work at all haha

THanks!

Yum Yucky said...

Are you sure that's breakfast cookie. It looks big enough to be breakfast CAKE...and hoping there is such a thing.

Janetha said...

duuude you always get your PB2 to the best consistency! i can never do it like that. and that bfast cookie it is slathered on looks delicious too!

Andrea@WellnessNotes said...

Sorry you still have to deal with vertigo. Hope it'll be all gone soon!

Good job on the outdoor run!

Hope you'll have a great week without dizziness!

TJ said...

I tried that cheese sauce a few weeks ago...I just threw out the open (and moldy) jar today. lol I was not a fan...oh well. I gotta hunt for that breakfast cookie recipe! Im hoping it's on your site some where! :)

TJ said...

You my friend are sneaky! I see from searching for that recipe that you are making us wait for the E-COOKBOOK! lol :) Smart idea! :) I like that, but in the meanwhile Im drooling over here! lol

THE ACTORS DIET said...

your breakfast cookie looks amazing! i'll have to dig around on your site for the recipe - did you post it?!

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

Jamie and TJ - I submitted the recipe for Jen's (aka Prior Fat Girl) E-Cookbook which should be coming out soon. I'll keep you posted. It's only going to be $5 (I think). I hate to make you wait cuz I'm all about the sharing, but it's for charity so I know you'll understand :)

Marisa (Trim The Fat) said...

The Actors Diet - oops, sorry I missed you! See comment above!

princessvalecia said...

I must say I didn't have that great of a coconut water experience either. I didn't want it to go to waste so it ended up in my green smoothie!

Lori said...

I love coconut water! I especially love the Zico with mango. It has to be ice cold, though. Lukewarm isn't very good. I love the energy rush from it.

That cookie looks phenom!

KK @ Running Through Life said...

Great job on your run! Yum! Your dinner looks sooo good! Feel better soon!

Mary :: A Merry Life said...

OMG, yous blog just made me ridiculously hungry! That cookie looks DELICIOUS!!

Diane, Fit to the Finish said...

Awesome on the run Marisa - I love how you just kept going and then found the "zone."

Beautiful pictures! I've never had coconut water although some people swear by it!