So. It is February 1st and I have spring fever. Something is wrong with this picture. It was 57 degrees today. At 3:20 I decided to take some comp time and leave work early. I sort of rushed home, changed into my running clothes and hit the road for over four miles. It was SO GREAT! I ran over four miles and then did a 30 minute workout with my personal trainer. Abs are my weak spot – I think a lot of it has to do with my surgery last year when they cut through several abdominal muscles. Ab workouts are literally painful for me. But that is why I do them, I guess. I hope my abs will get stronger one day.
Yesterday I did over 30 minutes on the elliptical machine, then I went to East Side Market where I bought pine nuts, basil, spinach, scallions, chicken and a few other ingredients for what I was going to make for the potluck lunch at work.
I got home after the gym and market and got straight to work in the kitchen. I made my own pesto (half basil half spinach, olive oil, toasted pine nuts, garlic). Then I made couscous, grilled the chicken (on the grill pan not outside on the grill). I spent almost two hours in the kitchen last night! But it paid off. I think my creative dish might have been a hit at the lunch today. What I came up with was a couscous with pesto, dried cranberries, scallions and one dish had the grilled chicken with the couscous mixture. (I made a vegetarian option and a chicken option)
Work was fine today. I had a mini-red velvet cupcake and it cheered me up:
Potluck lunches can be dangerous. I had some vegetables, a tuna sandwich, some couscous and pesto, a smidge of taco dip and three corn chips to go with it. Later I had dessert. My friend Jenny made the most amazing chocolate trifle with chocolate pudding and brownies (I think…) it was amazing. Before the potluck I needed a pick me up – so I had 2 mini red velvet cupcakes in my friend Nichole’s office. They were also amazing – and a perfect mid-morning snack. I also had a peanut butter cookie. A lot of food was consumed 🙂 But it was worth it and everything was so good.
Tonight I “sunk” my FitBit with my computer and it uploaded all of my data for the past three days. Somehow yesterday I burned over 2,000 calories. What!? That seems crazy to me – but I definitely justified eating more than normal at the potluck with this news.
I was excited for dinner tonight after my run and ab workout. I had some of the left over couscous and a piece of homemade pesto, tomato and chicken pizza. (I also made this pizza last night as I was making today’s lunch dish.)
I was still hungry after dinner so I had more water along with some baby carrots, red pepper strips and a few whole grain Goldfish crackers. After I got home I showered, iced my knees, foam rolled and then iced again.
Anyhow, I’m wrapping up now for the evening. Downton Abbey anyone?! For the record I did not get through the second episode AGAIN last night because I fell asleep. Well, hopefully I am catching up on my sleep – although I still do not feel caught up. I cannot WAIT for the weekend. I cannot wait to sleep in on both Saturday and Sunday.
I hope you all had a great hump day!! See you tomorrow.