Winning! And Clean Eating Day 1 = Fail = No Power

I forgot to pick winners from my granola giveaway last Friday, so the winners are:

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Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple said:

July 8, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Seriously? Cocoa goodness, hands down. But I love all granola.

Sounds like a great bike ride. I was a slug yesterday. Husband in Detroit on a business trip.

Lori said:

July 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm

I lurve granola! I eat it just as a snack – never with milk LOL.

Great job on the ride. Too bad we don’t still live in IL or I would go riding with you :D

And last:

Leslie said:

July 8, 2011 at 8:32 pm

Cranberry Pecan sounds incredible, Vat :-) !!!!

Please send my your mailing addresses at  Congrats!

So to start my Clean Eating week and get the scale to move DOWN this week, I got my ass out of bed at 6:00 a.m. and by 6:15 I was in the car – it was partly sunny and warm.  I ended up doing 45 minutes of laps (boring – I need to check into water earbuds!) then 5 minutes in the hot tub and 5 minutes in the steam room.

I blow dry my hair, even put make up on! and when I walk into the main gym area to leave the lights shut off.  I look outside and it is so windy the rain is sideways and the trees seem as if they are going to snap any minute.  I had to wait 15 minutes for it to die down enough to drive home and change for work – only all the stop lights from the gym to my house were out – and I heard on the radio that our town had clocked 70 mph winds!

I ended up being 25 minutes late to work because of all the downed trees and stop lights out.   I ended up fixing my breakfast at work because our power was out at home.  An everything bagel thin, 1/2 cup egg beaters, 1/2 cup baby spinach and cheddar cheese with a side of watermelon.  Breakfast comes in at 7 points.

Luckily it cleared up in time for me to get out at lunch.  It was about 84 degrees, so I decided it would be a jogging day.  I warmed up for 5 minute walk, then jogged (90%) and walked a 5k in 40 minutes, then a 5 minute cool down.  Nice. 😀  I am actually enjoying running – I’ve got two jogging bras that are like shirts – they are a size small, so they are SUPER tight, but I don’t “jiggle” when I run, so it’s comfortable, they are just really hard to get off when they are all sweaty. 😦

One of the dishes I made for me and my SIL this week was Rocco DiSpirito’s Pad Thai Shrimp, except I adapted it to what I had on hand, and kicked it up on the spice level.  I am writing this recipe for one, but obviously it can easily be doubled – each serving is 8 PointsPlus.

Shrimp Pad Thai (adapted from Rocco DiSpirito)

  • 1/4 cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup chicken broth
  • 1 teaspoon reduced fat peanut butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspon lime juice
  • 1/2 cup cooked pasta
  • 1 cup broccoli
  • 4 ounces shrimp
  • 1/2 cup bean sprouts
  • 1/2 cup fresh baby spinach

In a skillet, mix together teriyaki sauce, peanut butter, chicken broth, sriracha, lime juice and olive oil.  Simmer for 5 minutes until the sauce starts to thicken and the peanut butter melts.  Set aside.

In another pot, bring water to a boil.  Add 1 ounce of pasta to water and cook according to package directions, except at three minutes left add the shrimp and broccoli to the boiling water, or until shrimp is cooked through.

Drain the pasta, shrimp and broccoli.  Add to the sauce mixture and right before eating, toss in the red pepper and bean sprouts.  I forgot the cilantro I had chopped to add because I didn’t see it because the power was out, but that would have been a nice addition to the dish.  And while the sauce tasted hot when I made it, it was a little weak when I reheated it, so I will add more sriracha next time. 😀

So by the time I got home, still no power, so Tony and I hop in the car trying to find a restaurant somewhat close that has power.  We ended up at Port Barrington.  We have never had a bad meal there.  I ended up getting a blackened grilled chicken sandwich and Tony got Chicken DeJonge with Vesuvio potatoes.  Hands down these are the best vesuvio potatoes (sorry no pic!) – they are tender and so flavorful, but probably half a stick of butter in one serving!

I also had three Michelob Ultra’s and while I thought they were 2 points each, turns out they were 3 points each.  So half my sandwich, a couple fries and 3 beers – eTools says my dinner was 17 points.  Not exactly the best Clean Eating day, but I was only 4 points over the the day – hey, that’s what flex points are for!

And it was blue skies driving home!

There were dozens of downed trees – one was pulled out from the roots!

So Tony and I sat outside last night, listening to the radio and talking.  Whenever I do a double workout, I am tired, so I went to bed at 10:30.  We left our blinds open and window open so we could get some breeze.  We normally sleep with a fan on – our neighborhood is so quiet, you need some white noise.  I fell asleep, but kept waking up – our dog was out of sorts too – he normally sleeps in front of the fan on our bedroom floor, and he kept looking at us like “who the fuck is going to turn on the fan??!!”

Fingers crossed the power gets restored – as of this morning our fridge and freezers were still cold – I’ll be pissed if I have to throw out food – we just went to Sam’s Club over the weekend. 😦  So you’ll have to come back tomorrow to see what sort of gas station food I came up with for breakfast!

Stats for Monday:

  • 45 minute swim
  • 50 minute walk/jog/40 minute 5k
  • 33 points
  • average blood sugar 109

It’s a beautiful day – hopefully the weather won’t get too hot the next couple days – send me your good vibes for the power to be restored soon! 

updated:  I just went on ComEd’s site – estimated recovery of electricity??  Midnight on Thursday, July 14 – WTF??!!


19 thoughts on “Winning! And Clean Eating Day 1 = Fail = No Power

  1. I hope you get your power back soon. Thanks for sharing the recipe – I might wing it even further with what I’VE got on hand, which isn’t much! 🙂

  2. DEFINITELY keeping my fingers crossed for you! I love that despite the weather craziness, you were still able to get your workouts in- how fabulous. The pad thai looks totally yummy. If we had no power/AC here…I think we’d melt!

  3. Wow, sounds like a great workout day!! 🙂
    That’s ridiculous about the power though – good luck with dealing with it! 😦

  4. oh nooo… I truly hope it doesn’t take that long! 😦

    I know how you (and the pup!) feel about the fan – we sleep with fan for white noise also, and when the power is out it is EERIE quiet around here.

  5. Ii went without power for 10 days once after a hurricane. It SUUUUUUCKS!

    This made me laugh, “Whenever I do a double workout, I am tired, so I went to bed at 10:30.”

    10:30 is early? LOL!

  6. Such a bummer on the power outage. We lucked out this storm, the next block was not so lucky. They just got power restored. Hope yours is back SOON!

  7. Those downed trees are SCARY! that would freak me out. Hope you get power SOON!

  8. I hope your electricity comes back soon! I think the best thing about living in the city is our power lines are underground!

  9. That was one heck of a storm! And how frustrating, having just done a big grocery shop and losing your power. Gigantic neighborhood BBQ tonight?

  10. holy cow what a crazy storm! hope your power is up soon……great workout day though 🙂

  11. Roz@weightingfor50

    Hi Vat! Holy smokes, that was a WILD storm!!!! You sure racked up the activity points today, girl! Woo Hoo!!! And hey, what better way to spend flex points than on a couple of beers? Or wine? Or cheese? Or all the the above!? (that really sounds bad, doesn’t it?? Oh well…cheers!) Take care! Hope the power is restored VERY soon! (and your poor dog is back to himself)

  12. Oh my goodness, we just passed that house with the tree on it last night too. Went to Chipotle in Crystal Lake, then to Yumz for frozen yogurt fun.

    We must go to Port Barrington with you guys next time. We are right around the corner. If we thought about them we would have ended up there. Called Lake Zurich and everyone there was packed to the gills except Chili’s was closed due to no water.

    Are you still without power? We got it restored yesterday mid morning but then it went out again in the afternoon until about 8 last night. I’m getting ready to head out on a business trip tomorrow but if you need Kev to put some stuff in the fridge/freezer I’m sure we could work something out.

  13. urgh, I get so stressed out when I have power troubles. Hope they fix it soon!

    The pad thai is dreamy…like Rocco DiSpirito himself. 😉

  14. Thursday! I hope not! At least it’s not as hot there as in other places. Here it’s been about 110 in the afternoon. Sometimes you just can’t predict the curve balls that will be thrown but you did well even with the unexpected. Going over by four points is a victory, I’d say!

  15. Wow – those were some storms! Usually they are pessimistic on the time for power restoring so people are happy when it comes on before that.

  16. That storm damage is freaky! Yikes!
    I guess I have been off the radar for awhile, love your new blog layout! And I seriously need to make your pad thai, yum

  17. I hope your power is on back soon! Thanks for the recipe. 🙂

  18. We had a huge storm like that in Michigan also. Straight line winds of 80 mph – uprooted trees everywhere. Electric comp. said our electricity would be out for at least 48 hours but it was back on in about 8 hours so there is hope for yours to come on alot sooner than they are predicting.

  19. You’re pretty awesome that you still got your workouts in!
    Hope the power is back on and that your freezer held up!!

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