Way to go Wednesday

May 4, 2011 at 6:33 pm

This morning was just so awesome. I think I figured out how to run earlier in the day, at least on Wednesdays, at least until school is out.

This morning I decided to eat half of my breakfast before our walk to school, so I had toast with almond butter and some fruit before we walked. As soon as I got home from walking the boys to school I ate the other half of my breakfast (eggbeaters with mushrooms and scallions, two slices of turkey bacon) and drank my third cup of coffee. Then I suited up and went to the gym.

Look, my new running shoes are at Bodypump:


How did they get there? Well, they ran of course. I RAN TO THE GYM!

Yes, you read that right. I ran to the gym. I have run home from the gym before after Chad dropped me off there, so it’s not like totally crazy or anything. It’s about three miles to the gym. I only took the bare necessities:


In the little backpack were a dry t-shirt, my small gym towel and a ziplock with my driver’s license and $20. Everything else I carried on my body. Phone and camera in my fanny pack sports belt, key and gym key tag in the pocket on my hand-held water bottle cover. It really worked out great. The backpack was no problem when running. I pulled the shoulder straps together to a point between my boobs and tied a hair elastic around them to keep them together in the front, so it was snugger and the straps didn’t fall off at all. It was really even hardly noticeable that I had it on.

I was worried that after running I wouldn’t have the energy for Bodypump, but that wasn’t the case at all. Bodypump felt awesome. I was also worried that after Bodypump I wouldn’t have the energy to run home, but again I was surprised that I felt so good.

So I ran about 2.75 miles on the way there, then 2.25 miles on the way home. I took a few walking breaks to drink water, and stopped my Garmin when I hit 5 miles and walked the last quarter mile or so home. The stats are on my “Still Running” page. It really was great. I just love feeling like my feet are my transportation. I took my kids to school and went to the gym and my car never left our house! You’re welcome Earth. You’re welcome Wallet.

Also, instead of being in the middle of a 5 mile run at noon, I was home by noon. Sweet! Resisting the urge to put a big smiley here.

IMG_0016So I came home and showered and had my usual amazingly huge salad for lunch. It was so wonderful with smoked salmon and avocado that I just had to take a picture. I’ll leave it really small in case you couldn’t care less. You can click on it if you care. Not going to put a smiley here.

This afternoon, after homework/reading/working on Cal’s gifted project, the boys and I worked on cleaning up the outside of the house for our party on Saturday. This mostly just entailed scrubbing the back porch, washing our lovely plastic chairs and straightening up the scooters, bikes, skateboards, balls, frisbees, and beach toys under the house.


This is the type of chore that they love.


It involves spraying hoses, going shirtless and trying to get as many suds on your brother as possible.


They really were a big help.

At some point I had a Chobani with some granola on top for a snack.


I love Chobani. I really love the shape of the container. It is theoretically possible to put your entire lower jaw completely into the container, thereby allowing your tongue to reach the bottom and lick the whole thing clean. This is just theoretical, mind you.

For dinner I roasted a humongous pan of veggies. It was brussels sprouts, carrots, parsnips and potatoes. First, I tossed them all in a huge bowl with some olive oil and Jane’s Krazy Mixed-Up Salt.


Tossing veggies in olive oil is an excellent moisturizer for your hands.

Then I spread them out and roasted them for about 30 minutes at 400 degrees.


Somebody was very interested in all the prep work.


He loves the ends of veggies and can hear the sound of them being chopped from the other side of the house. Or maybe he smells them. Somehow he always ends up right by my side.

Delicacies for beagles:


I ended up taking the brussels sprouts out first as they were done more quickly than the other veggies.


They are so delicious that I kept snacking on them while making the rest of dinner. I had to stop myself from eating all of them.


I sauteed a couple of chicken breasts to go with the veggies.

The boys’ dinner:


My dinner:


So good. Chad will fend for himself but probably eat a bunch of the veggies also.

Oops, Chewie is howling, so he must be home. Gotta get ready for the evening family walk. I’m out.