It was so nice to have an extra day off. I feel so accomplished! The car didn’t take long to get serviced and the headlamp just had a loose connection (free!) so that was awesome. I went to the gym and cranked out four miles. I totally could have gone further, but am trying to be a good runner and stick to a healthy reintigration routine. I wanted to go five though :). Especially since I am thinking about doing a 10K and possibly a 13K this fall.
Breaking news – I think my heart just skipped a little bit when Paula Deen said, “this is going to be a healthy meal” as she tossed collard greens into bacon fat! *gasp*
Ok, now back on track. I finished my gym experience with an upper body workout, which means I didn’t swim. My left shoulder can handle either an upper body workout OR a swim, not both. Instead I made my second attempt at bringing some color to my skin and getting some Vitamin D. I think I had a better attempt this time, especially since I didn’t burn. I found a freckle city on arms however.
I did a good bit of cleaning today and found out that we do not have enough suitcases unpacked to pack (follow that!). I finished J’s anniversary present and got some other things done.
Onto the food: Now that my body has had almond butter it wants it all the time. But my mind is smart enough to stop that nonsense. Lunch was a delicious baby spinach salad with cauliflower, green olives, blueberries, and 5 cashews. For the dressing, I have some awesome balsamic maple reduction straight from Canada. I decided to make a real “tossed” salad and mixed everything with the dressing in a bowl before throwing it on the plate. I need to do that more often. After the salad I had a banana smeared with almond butter. At dinner, once again my body said, AB and J sandwich. My mind said no way. So I had another salad with two soy dogs. I had something that I have not had in a very long time though…ketchup. I normally don’t do ketchup because I think it tastes weird. Its way too sweet for me. However, there is a “fast food” restaurant in Tampa called Evos and they make their own ketchup. If I remember correctly, they had four different kinds. They also had the most delicious veggie burger (ironically called the “All American”) and air fries, that weren’t fried but baked. But I digress. It was ok, but still I’m not sold. I want to try making my own ketchup as I move towards less dependence on food store goods. Two more days of work before two more days off!