Spin Out Your Stress

My week went by fast, but I am so ready for the weekend!

After Thursday night’s 10 mile run, I decided it would be best to sleep in a little on Friday and plan for a p.m. gym visit. My day started off simply: coffee, Nature’s Path instant oatmeal (made with skim), and a banana.

oatmeal with banana

Lunch was a leftovers re-mix: lentils, 1/2 sweet potato, melted mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce. I heated up everything for 2 minutes and then mixed in a big handful of arugula. All of the flavors melded together quite nicely :-)

arugula, sweet potato, lentils

I managed to fit in a brisk 15 minute walk at lunchtime….I sat at my desk for 10+ hours yesterday and I could NOT do that again today. I needed some sunshine!

Afternoon snackeroos were decaf cappuccino and another honest foods baked granola bar. I love the ingredient list on these bars: oats, almond butter, dried cranberries, pumpkin seeds, etc. So good! I can’t wait to try all of the flavors. The variety I had yesterday was pretty good – it had a decidedly almond flavor.


honest foods

I was feeling kind of brain-fried when I finally left work, so I wasn’t in the best of spirits when I arrived at the gym. I thought about packing it in and going home, but I know that I always feel better after a sweaty workout so I stuck it out. I warmed up on the elliptical for 10 minutes and then took a 45 minute cycling class. This instructor was nowhere near as fun as the guy who teaches my Tuesday a.m. class., but all-in-all it was a good workout and I felt better afterward.

I stopped at Whole Foods on my way home and decided that I needed a little snack from the salad bar – a small container of spinach salad with lemon pepper tofu.

whole foods salad

And then when I got home, I heated up some lentils with hot sauce (that’s the last of the lentils, I promise!) and a veggie burger with hummus on a whole wheat sandwich thin. And there wasn’t a simple carbohydrate in sight ;-)

lentils and veggie burger

I experienced some internet problems that caused me to freak out put a damper on my to-do list, so I decided to unwind with a book + early bedtime. But before I hit the sheets, I needed a snack: Oikos plain greek yogurt with a Tbs almond butter and 1/2 crushed Kashi granola bar.

yogurt

Things are looking up today – the internet issues are solved, I’m about to head out the door for a run, and I have a fun afternoon + evening planned with one of my best friends from high school. Happy Weekend!

What if you’re a runner, but can’t tolerate pasta? No worries, there are other options.

Question: Are you a pasta lover? Or do you prefer to get your carbs in other ways? I don’t really like pasta, but thankfully I DO love potatoes, bread, and oatmeal. Yay, carbs!

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12 Responses

  1. Mmmm, I’ve had that Honest Foods bar. I loved how almondy it was, it reminded me of amaretto!
    I enjoy pasta, but I really don’t think I would miss it if I could never have it again. Bread trumps pasta any day for carbs!

  2. I’m not a pasta lover, which is odd with my Italian background. I do like penne on the occasion with a lot of broccoli.
    Your eats look healthy and delicious, as always :-) I need some good cooked lentils in my life

  3. I like pasta, but I found that the serving size was too small for me to have it on a regular basis. Oatmeal is by far my favorite carb, there’s so many things you can do with it.

  4. I’m sad that friend from high school isn’t me.

  5. I LOVE pasta! My favorite food in the whole world is good old fashioned cheese ravioli. Best. food. ever.

  6. I am just getting back into spin I missed it!

    I am not a pasta eater. I don’t know if it made me sick at a run, but ever since I won’t touch it before a long run.

  7. I do not like pasta at all, which all my friends think is crazy. I usually get my carbs from brown rice, cereal, and potatoes.

    P.S- are you running the God’s Love we Deliver Race on Nov. 22nd?

  8. ahhhhh work it out girl. internet issues are the WORST. seriously. and i am loving all your complex carbohydrate choices :)

    i can’t say i love pasta – i prefer my carbs in bread, pastry, oatmeal and more bread form.

  9. i actually love pasta :) I feel like it gives me the most energy for my longer runs, but i love other carbs too, like oats & bagels.

  10. I am Italian and basically grew up eating pasta at least 1x a week. I try to just eat whole wheat now, but the other stuff slips in once in a while. I love all carbs, but try not to overdue it!

  11. I absolutely love pasta, even when it’s lame out-of-the box generic pasta. Something about salty, chewy noodles just gets me every time. While creamy, heavy pasta dishes can be delicious… I prefer to enjoy pasta with very light toppings/olive oil for flavor. Diced tomatoes, garlic, sauteed spinach, sweet italian chicken and turky sausage, and fresh grated parmesean on whole wheat penne pasta is a very satisfying pasta dish I’ve recently started making regularly.

  12. Chelsea- Even though I’m not a big pasta fan, you’re tomato-garlic-sausage-Parmesan combo is making me hungry. That sounds delicious!

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