I Was Like Zola Budd…er, with socks.

You all know I love savory breakfasts over sweet ones.  And while a McDonald’s sausage McMuffin is a nice taste treat, I decided I had time yesterday to make a better breakfast.

Here’s a tip – I like baking half a dozen potatoes over the weekend and sticking them in the fridge.  Or in my case, microwaving them and then turning them off and leaving them in there for a couple days. Open-mouthed smile

This is a simple breakfast to put together for one – mix it up, throw it in the oven and let it cook while you are getting ready.

Breakfast Casserole for One

317 calories, 15 fat, 12 carbs, 2.1 fiber and 30 protein

  • 2 ounces chopped cooked potato
  • 2 ounces deli ham, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup egg whites
  • 1/4 cup fat free half and half
  • 3/4 ounce cheese of choice (mine was jalapeno!)

Heat oven to 350.  Put the potato, ham, spinach in a 4 inch ramekin or oven safe bowl.  Mix together the egg, egg whites and half and half.  Season with salt and pepper to taste.  I added a few dashes of my Buffalo Tabasco sauce.  Push the spinach down so that the egg/milk mixture covers it, then top with the cheese and bake for 25-30 minutes.

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I just threw it in the toaster oven at work to warm it up – just took a couple minutes because it was still pretty warm by the time I got to work.  On the side were some sliced apples – breakfast comes in at 388 calories, 15 fat, 31 carbs, 5.4 fiber and 31 protein.

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I always repack my gym bag every night.  On Tuesday I brought my gym bag straight from my eye doctor appointment, then just drove home in my gym clothes.  I repacked my bag yesterday morning – making my checklist – pants, socks, sports bra, underwear, etc.

I got to the gym, got all my workout clothes on and realized . . . shit.  I never put my running shoes in my bag!  Before this 21 day challenge, I would have used that as an excuse to just leave and eat lunch.  But I have a goal – to run six 5ks a week for 3 weeks. 

I actually walked to the treadmill with my work shoes, then slid them off and got on the treadmill.  I walked the first minute just to get a feel for it.  My thought was, if it hurts, just stop and do some strength training.  You know what?  It wasn’t bad!  I did get a few cursory glances like “why the f_ck isn’t she wearing shoes?!” but I didn’t care.


I am dating myself here, but there used to be a runner in the 80’s named Zola Budd who ran barefoot.  So I was kind of like her, except with socks!

The only reason I remember her was because American runner Mary Decker got “tripped” in the Olympics in 1984.  While Mary won every event leading up to the Olympics, she’s never won an Olympic medal – this is kind of long – you can go to about minute 5:00 to see it unfold.

So my time?


Not too bad! 


But I have my shoes packed today. Open-mouthed smile

I brought leftover taco meat and black beans and rice, and accessorized my lunch by getting a Subway salad.  I have to say, that salad is a rip off – I got the “chicken” salad – it was a preformed “chicken” breast, lettuce, baby spinach, cucumbers, green peppers and jalapenos and banana peppers – with tax was $5.84!  But I added 3 ounces of the taco meat, 1/2 cup of the black beans and rice, and my dressing was 1 tablespoon taco sauce mixed with 2 tablespoons fat free ranch.

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Lunch comes in at 497 calories, 13 fat, 45 carbs, 8.5 fiber and 48 protein.

Before work I checked the menu to see what I had planned for dinner last night.  Stuffed peppers!  Only one problem, I didn’t make them.  I decided to hit up my 50% off meat bin on the way home and spin the meat wheel.  Only problem – slim pickings.  Some super thin pork chops, but we already had chops earlier in the week.

I picked up something I never would have bought if I hadn’t had a $2 off coupon.  Normally these sell for $7.99, they were on sale for $5.99 and with my coupon, I figured $3.99 was worth a shot.

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The package said that this was 3.5 servings at 5 ounces each.  I weighed the bag in the plastic and it came just under 11 ounces total, so basically this was two servings.

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I cooked up some egg noodles and steamed some broccoli.  All together my plate is 432 calories, 8 fat, 58 carbs, 4.3 fiber and 29 protein.

The verdict?  The sauce was very sweet – like pineapple sweet, which neither of us were expecting, because it just looks like a brown gravy.  I added some Buffalo Tabasco to my sauce to balance out the sweet, but we both declared that this wouldn’t be worth a repeat purchase.

Here is the recipe for the banana bread I promised yesterday.  Although, I have to admit, my bananas were so ripe – bought off the dollar rack over a week ago, I skipped the step of reducing the banana juice – after I nuked the bananas I just mashed them with the sugars.

Ultimate Banana Bread

(courtesy of America’s Test Kitchen)

Makes one 9-inch loaf

Be sure to use very ripe, heavily speckled (or even black) bananas in this recipe. This recipe can be made using 5 thawed frozen bananas; since they release a lot of liquid naturally, they can bypass the microwaving in step 2 and go directly into the fine-mesh strainer. Do not use a thawed frozen banana in step 4; it will be too soft to slice. Instead, simply sprinkle the top of the loaf with sugar. The test kitchen’s preferred loaf pan measures 8½ by 4½ inches; if you use a 9 by 5-inch loaf pan, start checking for doneness five minutes earlier than advised in the recipe. The texture is best when the loaf is eaten fresh, but it can be stored (cool completely first), covered tightly with plastic wrap, for up to 3 days.

  • 1 3/4cups (8 3/4 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2teaspoon table salt
  • 6large very ripe bananas (about 2 1/4 pounds), peeled (see note)
  • 8tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 2large eggs
  • 3/4cup (5 1/4 ounces) packed light brown sugar
  • 1teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
  • 2teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 8½ by 4½-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in large bowl.

  • 2. Place 5 bananas in microwave-safe bowl; cover with plastic wrap and cut several steam vents in plastic with paring knife. Microwave on high power until bananas are soft and have released liquid, about 5 minutes. Transfer bananas to fine-mesh strainer placed over medium bowl and allow to drain, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes (you should have ½ to ¾ cup liquid).

  • 3. Transfer liquid to medium saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until reduced to ¼ cup, about 5 minutes. Remove pan from heat, stir reduced liquid into bananas, and mash with potato masher until fairly smooth. Whisk in butter, eggs, brown sugar, and vanilla.

  • 4. Pour banana mixture into flour mixture and stir until just combined with some streaks of flour remaining. Gently fold in walnuts, if using. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Slice remaining banana diagonally into ¼-inch-thick slices. Shingle banana slices on top of either side of loaf, leaving 1½-inch-wide space down center to ensure even rise. Sprinkle granulated sugar evenly over loaf.

  • 5. Bake until toothpick inserted in center of loaf comes out clean, 55 to 75 minutes. Cool bread in pan on wire rack 15 minutes, then remove loaf from pan and continue to cool on wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Stats for the Day:

  • 1317 calories, 38 fat, 135 carbs, 18 fiber and 108 proteinPizza
  • 5k at lunch, 45 minutes total on the treadmill Bunny
  • average blood sugar 139 Birthday cake
  • no alcohol Martini glass

Today is Souper Friday at work.  Today I am bringing a vegetarian chili made with soy chorizo (Tony just threw up in his mouth reading that) with homemade tortilla chips.  Come back tomorrow for the recipe. Open-mouthed smile

Make it a great day!


27 thoughts on “I Was Like Zola Budd…er, with socks.

  1. I wouldn’t have thought you were crazy at the gym, I would have just thought you were one of the barefoot runners! There are several at my gym who work out in Vibrams.

    My tip: instead of buying a Subway salad, go the the grocery store. My grocery store has a salad bar – or- over in the packaged lettuce section, there are salad “kits” that come with lettuce and other veggies already mixed together. Some of them even have dressing. That will cost you around $3-$5 and will be much more satisfying than a Subway salad!

    Also, if it were me, I’d contact Tyson consumer relations and inform them that you only had 2 servings of food in your package!!

  2. Hehe-i love that you walked in socks. Ill say it again- i adore your beautiful breakfasts- i need to put in more effort in the am

  3. Morning Biz! The bacon wrapped chicken bites turned out great for my potluck today – thanks for the idea. It’s going to be an awesome party day at work today!

  4. Never thought about baking a bunch of potatoes on the weekend to have for the week. Sounds so obvious! I also rarely make breakfast casseroles or eggbakes because they serve so many. It would be only be (and occasionally my husband) eating them, so this is perfect!

    Wow… Way to persevere with the lack of gym shoes. Go you! I’m actually jealous you ran with that time with no shoes. 😉

    I can’t order chicken at Subway ever because it has that fake chicken flavor taste. Blech!

  5. I’m a salad fanatic . . . and good golly, that salad looks scrumptious!

    Way to muscle through and squeeze a workout it anyways! 🙂 Happy Friday!

  6. I love that breakfast casserole. I must try that one day 🙂
    Your lucky I wasn’t knocking on the door after you baked that banana bread! Yum

  7. I absolutely love that you ran in socks. Rock star. 🙂

  8. You were totally on trend with your “barefoot” running! Love that the lack of shoes didn’t stop you.

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. Your breakfast looks good. I have been on a ham, egg and cheese kick. It’s supposed to be an omelet but, that is one thing I can never make. It turns out to be scrambled eggs with ham and cheese…lol! One thing I have been using though is light mayo mixed with sriracha. It’s sooo good with eggs and potatoes and tacos. Tacos? Yes, I love these one tacos and I used the mayo/sriracha to duplicate the sauce I love on those tacos so much, well, that is it. I’m not sure if you like mayo, I can’t recall from past blogs but, if you do, try this…you’ll be putting it on everything like I am…hee hee!

  10. Good for you for getting in that 5k, even without your workout shoes! I should have had that mentality on Wednesday when I decided to skip my workout…for no apparent reason! Yeesh!

  11. Love the breakfast casserole!! I am going to have to copy that. 🙂

    In response to the question you left on my blog – I bought my chia seeds at Wegmans, but most grocery stores have them in the “natural” section. Health Food stores and the Vitamin Shoppe also sell them, as well as lots of online retailers.

  12. Love that breakfast casserole – looks like a great way to start the day.

  13. You were rockin’ the socks! I’m not surprised that a Tyson entree didn’t live up to the Biz standard of cooking. It’s a lot to ask (but Tyson panko breaded chicken breasts, which my 8yo lives on, are actually pretty good).

  14. Okay I am confused. This morning I popped in and your blog looked one way (like I am use to seeing it) Now tonight I pop in to comment and it is a completely different look. Did you make changes… what is going on…sometimes I am scared of change…
    I forget what I originally came back to say… Super proud of you for running in your socks. You are kicking butt on the 21 day challenge!

  15. P.S. Why does it tell me I posted this at 12:26 a,m. If I’m up at that hour on a Friday I would be curled up with a book not on my laptop. Change is bad….so very bad.

    • Hey Kym, sorry for the change – I know change is scary sometimes, but its just a new layout I am trying out – I don’t have my advertisements anymore, so I can change it around – sorry I scared you! 😀

      And I’ll try to figure out the clock thing – I am so not technical!

      • No worries… please don’t worry about the clock thing. It was just a comment, I wasn’t sure if it was something I did or what 🙂

  16. I never heard of Zola Budd but I think running without socks sounds fun. I remember one time I forgot shoes at my gym but they had a rule that you had to have shoes on the treadmill 😦

  17. Running in socks is commitment! Good for you!

  18. Huh, I never heard of Zola-dang you’d think her feet would be so callused from all that running barefoot. Bet they weren’t pretty-lol. We’ve bought those Tyson prepared meats before and they’ll do in a pinch but def not worth the money. It’s mostly sauce. I remember seeing that recipe for banana bread and thinking I should try it since I almost always have bananas in the freezer, but I’m kinda burned out on banana bread-lol.

  19. running without shoes is VERY trendy…so you’re a trend setter at your gym!

  20. I’m with the rest: you were just a barefoot runner. Great job for doing your workout!

    Breakfast looks really delicious!

    We have a salad bar at work which is handy now I’m eating low carb but there are days that all 3 salads aren’t what I want or can have (like potato salad) but most of the days there’s something I like.

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