Thankfully this week I worked less hours than last week, which enabled me some time to enjoy the outdoors and get running.
Food: Eating wise, I had a very good week, with the exception of a small slice of graduation cake 🙂 My weaknesses are mainly carbs, (bagels, soft pretzels) so my Mom suggested that I slice bagels lengthwise, therefore cutting an entire bagel into four slices. Top it with almond butter and half a banana, low-cal cream cheese (Laughing Cow has a 45-calorie wedge cream cheese spread), etc. I find it keeps me full and doesn’t make me miss eating the whole bagel.
If you’re like me and like to hit snooze a few times before getting out of bed, making time to make a healthy breakfast can prove challenging. Take a small ramekin, spray it lightly with cooking spray and fill it halfway with egg beaters, egg whites, or even a whole egg! Add veggies (chopped peppers, onions, mushrooms) and microwave for 1.5 minutes on high. In the meantime, while that is cooking, place a multigrain English muffin in the toaster (I alternate between multigrain muffins and Ezekiel flax bread). In under 2 minutes you have a healthy breakfast sandwich on the go. Fast, easy and cheap and not like those unhealthy breakfast sandwiches you get at a drive-thru. Oh, and did I mention that the eggs cooked in the ramekin fits perfectly in an English muffin? 🙂
Training: This week is week 3 of training Janice to run her first 5K. She’s doing amazing!! She is now doing a run 2.5 minutes, walk 1 minute and is up to 2 miles. She’s also down almost 8 pounds since we started. We’re doing the Jeff Galloway program, which she downloaded into her iPhone and we train for 3 days per week. On her non-running days she plays basketball with my niece who is looking quite svelte herself since taking some tips from Janice and myself. Look for her guest post early next week here on the blog.
(I surprised her with a pair of running shoes. My niece captured the excitement.)
Running: In between work and other things, I managed to run twice this week: once indoors and once outdoors. I ran/walked 7 miles on Wednesday.
Fastest mile was 8:10, but it was also the first mile. Somebody please smack me for not running negative splits!! I get too excited and tire out in the beginning – not good.
I’ve been “trying” to do Turbo Fire but my lack of coordination makes things worse and I just sit back down. I love the energy I feel when I’m doing it but when she starts adding on moves and moving mega-fast, I lose it. I started Hip Hop Abs instead and I like it.
(Wearing my Sweat Pink Ambassador shoelaces while doing Hip Hop Abs.)
Shaun T is hilarious and makes the workout easy and fun. It’s actually not even my video, it’s my mother’s and she refuses to lend it to me, “Buy your own copy!” haha 🙂 At 60, my mom is fit and works out daily. I’m so proud of her.
Everything else: I colored my hair and it turned out too dark. I don’t completely hate it, but after my gorgeous hair color turned brassy, I had to fix it. It’s about two shades darker but hopefully it’ll lighten up or I’ll be back at the hair salon.
Getting my last run of the week today as my friend is coming to visit and stay with us for the weekend from NYC. Haven’t seen her in 3 years so I’m looking forward to this weekend.
Stay cool, my friends! Summer is officially here 🙂