Wow, two night in a row I’ve been woken up with major thunder storms. Last night was crazy loud! Thank goodness our sump pumps are working, this is what I woke up to this morning in our back yard. A mini lake!
No wonder, when I went on ChicagoTribune.com this morning, we got 4.5 inches of rain over night – crazy!!
Thanks for all your well wishes for my Momma – I swear nothing can slow that woman down. Turns out no surgery was needed, but she has a cast and not one that can get wet sadly. So no floating in the lake, but I know we can figure out a way somehow. I told her all the positives though!
- she can still eat my delicious food – I am making deep dish pizza one night and biscuits and sausage gravy one morning
- she can sip wine
- she can dip her toes in the lake
- and she can be a passenger on a jet ski!
Weather permitting she’ll leave this morning and I’ll meet up with her on Sunday.
So my camera battery was dead when I went to take my “4th of July” parfait, so I used my iPhone and plugged in my camera battery. Come lunch time, I went to get the battery and um, I had it in backwards, so no charge! I fixed it, plugged it back and and promptly left the office without it! Gah. So thanks to my iPhone for stepping in. I puffy heart that phone.
Breakfast: Plain greek yogurt, strawberries, blueberries and granola.
Parfaits and smoothies, I have a hard time figuring out how much insulin to take, so I thought I gave myself just enough so my blood sugar would be in the low 200’s before working out. Imagine my surprise that 30 minutes before I left, it was only 144. I ended up having a Nature Valley salted bar as pre-workout fuel. These are so good!
It was stormy in the morning and I thought I’d have to swim inside yesterday, but by the time I headed to the pool around 1, there wasn’t a single person outside! I swam by myself with two lifeguards, before a family of four kids came in five minutes before I was finished. 30 minutes was refreshing!
My store has pre-seasoned chicken breasts, so I picked up one for my boss and I to split – it was lemon garlic, and it was only $1.80. I pan fried it the night before, almost until done because I knew I would be heating it up yesterday for lunch. I decided to make some pita chips, so good, cut up some carrots and cucumbers, sliced apple, and for dipping, a spicy hummus.
- makes 1.5 cups, 6 servings, or 1/4 cup each at 111 calories, 5.8 cat, 11.2 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 3.47 protein
- 1 can of chick peas (about a cup)
- 1/2 cup tahini paste
- 3 teaspoons minced garlic
- 2 teaspoons lemon
- 1/2 cup water
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper
Just add everything to the food processor and mix until the desired consistency. I like a creamy hummus so I probably blended mine for a good two minutes.
This plate was delicious and took me like 45 minutes to eat. The hummus was spicy, but not too spicy – the only thing is that the store marinated chicken was a bit salty to me, but my boss ate every morsel of her plate, so this must have been a winner!
So, I’ve been kind of getting sick of the Detox water. The cucumber water is kind of tasting gross to me, so I think I’ll only drink that a few times a month. My new favorite drink? Making iced tea with this tea:
Ha – I love that you can see the recipe on my desk for the creamy polenta I was making for dinner! This tea has a natural sweetness to it, so no sugar or artificial sugar is needed.
I adapted my polenta for two from Bev Cooks. I do like her idea of making it with the chicken sausage and veggies though – I’ll have to try that sometime.
Creamy Polenta for Two
- 2 servings: 254 calories, 10 fat, 29 carbs, 2.2 fiber and 11 protein
- 1 cup skim milk
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup polenta (or cornmeal)
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- salt and pepper to taste
- (I added 1 cup chopped spinach to my serving, and added a bit more cheese and butter to Tony’s!)
Bring the water and milk to a boil. Add the polenta, stir so that there aren’t any clumps, and stir occasionally for 6-8 minutes. Remove from heat and add in the butter, cheese and salt and pepper.
I did grilled steak on top. I actually loved the raw spinach in the polenta, it kind of wilted just a bit, but still had texture.
I have to admit I was tired when I got home from work. I don’t know if its because my sleep got interrupted the night before with the storms or what. As I was eating dinner I told myself “just take the day off from Insanity – it’s okay!”
Well, I cleaned the kitchen after dinner and I got my second wind and I didn’t want to give in. I ended up doing 90% of the workout – and that 90% I gave it 110%. #winnersneverquit
I have to say though, I am looking forward to Cardio Recovery tonight!
Stats for the Day:
- 30 minute swim at lunch
- 40 minute Insanity Day #19
- 1545 calories, 63 fat, 136 carbs, 19 fiber, 106 protein
- 36% of calories from carbs, 37% from fat and 27% from protein
Alright, time to get this how on the road. I may not have taken a shower before I went to bed last night, and sitting here as I am typing this, I am offending myself!
Make it a great day!