Fort DeSoto Monday

April 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Yesterday I blogged early, before noon. From that point on I totally gorged myself on Easter candy and pretty much only ate cheese and crackers all day. I told you this stuff was dangerous:


I’m never  buying that stuff again. There is only a tiny bit left, since I ate most of it yesterday. The only healthy thing, and the only real meal I ate yesterday was breakfast.


So yesterday’s breakfast was oatmeal made with water, strawberries, blueberries, pineapple, banana, coconut and sunflower seed butter (which was on sale at Fresh Market the other day). Also a hard-boiled egg with Frank’s hot sauce. Coffee x3 the usual way.

At one point I did eat a lean cuisine spinach and mushroom pizza with a little salad dumped on top of it that I made out of arugula (needed to use it up as it was going bad) mixed with lite blue cheese salad dressing. That just doesn’t seem like a real meal to me, plus it was eaten at some random time like 3:30. The rest of the day is a blur of jelly beans and chocolate. Also, yesterday ended up being a no-exercise day, despite my having mentioned on the blog that I was planning to go to the gym. Ugh.

So this morning, I tried to start off on a good note.


Two pieces of whole wheat toast with sunflower butter, a hard-boiled egg with Frank’s hot sauce, fruit and coffee x3.

The boys were off school today for a teacher work day or something, so I needed to include them in my exercise plans somehow. Monday is usually NOT a gym day for me, just a running day. So I decided that we would head out to Fort DeSoto after breakfast and the boys could bike on the nice paved bike trail while I ran.

I packed us plenty of fluids, as I knew it would be HOT despite our relatively early start. Today’s SOBE flavor:


I loved running at Fort DeSoto. It’s just so nice whenever I run somewhere different. We started and ended at the park headquarters, right at this flag.


It was nice because on the way back you could see that huge flag from far away and it served as a beacon leading us to our end point. The boys are in the photo above at the base of the flag.

The boys were not supposed to get so far ahead of me that they could not look back and see me, so every now and then they stopped to let me catch up.


We also stopped for water/SOBE breaks a few times.


This was right at our turn-around point, where the trail crossed the road so the boys convinced me it was the “end” of the trail (which it wasn’t really).


But it was a good turn-around point as it was about 2.5 miles and the boys were getting tired.


I love living here 🙂 . We’ll definitely be back to Fort DeSoto to run/bike this summer. And next time we’re going to wear our bathing suits and jump in the ocean as soon as we are done. We ended doing five miles total and the stats are on my “Still Running” page.

After running/biking we were all hungry so we decided to get lunch at Evos.


On the way in Mack said that they deserved milkshakes after biking five miles, and he said I deserved it too! That made sense to me, so I decided that I deserved a burger and fries instead of a salad.


I got the Championburger with the vegan patty option and air-fries.


So good. I can’t even remember the last time I had fries. And these are guilt-free, mostly. The boys enjoyed chicken strips, air-fries and shakes.




After lunch we came home and chilled out for a while. I did some laundry (of course) and the boys and I spent 30 minutes working in their room…the project that never ends. Then we ran a couple of errands and went to the movies.


We saw “Rio”. It was pretty good, but I must admit that I was falling asleep towards the end.


I snuck in illicit snacks. During the summer this theater has free movies and they will actually check your purse to make sure you didn’t bring anything in! But luckily this time they didn’t check 🙂 .


I did buy a huge bottle of water for us all to share for $5 to help ease the guilt.


After the movie we came home and I made dinner…mac & cheese and steamed asparagus.

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The boys portions were nicely plated.


Mine was just dumped into the bowl that I steamed the asparagus in and mixed together.


I feel like it was a busy and fun day. But please, Pinellas County School Board, no more gratuitous days off of school this year!

Thoroughly Thursday

April 14, 2011 at 5:23 pm

Breakfast threatened to be not-so-awesome as I am out of my bran flakes and was in a hurry so I needed something quick. But luckily this Cascadian Farm granola was on sale this week, so I mixed some of it with some bland, not-so-wholegrain rice krispies for a decent bowl of cereal.

Also, I had two pieces of turkey bacon for some additional protein (and strawberries, blueberries and banana mixed in with skim milk).  The turkey bacon was “quick” because I had made bacon for the boys, plus extra for me, earlier in the morning. I make breakfast for the boys as soon as we get up, but then I get completely ready to go and have my breakfast last thing. Thus, on Thursdays, it’s always in a hurry. If I run out of time I could always have a granola bar and a banana in the car, so that’s why I leave breakfast until the last thing. Of course, I also had my three cups of coffee (with splenda with fiber and skim milk).

Thursdays are the oddball mornings since I am going to school to volunteer and have to shower, put on make-up, eat breakfast etc. before we leave and drive to school. Generally we are walking and breakfast is after I get home. The shower and make-up are lucky if they happen at all, but definitely not until after the gym, running, or whatever.

But this morning I arrived at school clean and dressed and mascara’d. Mrs. K (Mrs. P’s partner in crime) was checking out my camera as she is in the market for one and snapped this photo of me.

Why do I always look like such a dork in photos? Chad says I have a “camera face” that I never look like in real life. I can’t help it! I think I get camera anxiety and over-pose. So anyway…

This morning at school we suffered a sad loss.

This is the fancy stapler that Mrs. K won for being a super teacher. It was an awesome stapler because it pretty much did the work for you. I always made sure to hunt it down to do the homework packets. I think I broke it this morning. 🙁 I had to revert to the old workhorse.

In happier news, Mack and his class got rewarded for my attempt to give blood last month. Although I had low iron and they wouldn’t let me donate, Mack got a certificate and a t-shirt for my effort. Here is his teacher, Mrs. P, modeling his shirt:

And here are the goodies she got for the classroom (kleenex, hand sanitizer and lysol wipes):

Not bad for two finger pricks (they checked my iron levels twice to make sure).

After my morning homework packet and workbook-ripping duties, I sat with Mack in the classroom while he ate lunch.

Same rodent, different week:

Then I went home and took Chewie on a long (3.3 mile) walk. It was around noon and in the 80’s. At about the two mile mark we walked by a shaded grassy area and Chewie pulled as hard as he could on his no-pull collar and then collapsed into the grass.

He tried to look as pathetic as possible.

He tried to play dead.

So I let him have about a three minute break, then we walked the rest of the way home where he drank a whole bowl of water and collapsed on one of the boys’ beds for the next few hours. Such a drama queen.

Personally, I thought it was a great walk. I listened to two episodes of the Fat 2 Fit Radio podcast (love those!) and then to Lady Gaga the rest of the way (concert on Saturday!!!). It was a long 3.3 miles thanks to slow-poke up there.

When I got home I guzzled some water then had my lunch…exactly the same thing as yesterday.

I wrote down all the ingredients for the chickpea salad and I’m going to try to make a homemade version. Paula and Barb, if it turns out good I’ll bring you some! The store version is delish.

The rest of the afternoon was spent doing laundry, watching America’s Next Top Model while folding, and updating our Tivo season passes (The Paul Reiser Show is starting, as well as a few other new things. Chad and I were such huge Mad About You fans. Anybody else?) Before I knew it the boys were home via carpool then it was snacks and homework and bickering brothers. I just dropped them off at karate and picked up a pizza for dinner.

The boys are having pizza, but I’m having leftover black-eyed peas and collard greens over whole wheat couscous because I have my mojo back!