As previously mentioned my plan for yesterday was to walk one mile to the gym, at least 3.12 miles on the treadmill, and then one mile home. The walk to the gym was easy, it's slightly uphill the whole way there but it was nice and cool outside and I actually really enjoyed the walk. I immediately jumped on the treadmill as soon as I got there and ended up walking a little over 3.25 miles (a full 60 minute workout at my current speed fluctuations). About half-way home the exhaustion started getting to me; I wasn't breathing hard but my legs were feeling so tired that I kept scuffing/tripping just little bits here and there because it was so hard to pick my feet up.
I realized if I was going to make it home I was going to need a good distraction because in my mind all I wanted to do was just sit down on the sidewalk and give up. So I broke out my phone and texted my mom for some moral support. She was exactly what I needed as she sent texts simulating cheering me on and asked questions that mentally distracted me so I could push through physically. I mean, what choice did I have? I had to get home. And then I realized I needed to go to the bathroom and that became one more motivating factor that kept me moving. I did finally make it home, climbed the 15 stairs to my apartment and collapsed in a hot bath with an aromatherapy ball. That was the longest distance I've walked in a single day since starting this blog (and a long, long time before that) and it was taxing but, if I'm wanting to do a half-marathon later this year 5.25 miles in one day is only the tip of the ice burg.
I broke out Cook This, Not That! Easy & Awesome 350-Calorie Meals
and whipped up the recipe for home-made pico de gallo that's in the condiments section at the back of the book. Then I turned to the recipe for chicken soft taco's in the dinners section and fixed those for supper. Here's how the finished product looked. Now these taco's look a lot more "loaded" than the picture of the tacos in the book but I made the recipe precisely and then, since it serves four, I divided it in half and put half away for another day. Then divided the remainder in half (half for me, half for "Temptation"), and then divided my "serving" by two taco's (as intended) and it just comes out to a whole lot of filling. Plus we added pico which isn't part of the recipe but only adds about 20 calories to the count for both taco's. I thought they were delicious and so did "Temptation" so our first go with the new recipes was a huge success. I was also very proud of the fact that I cooked 3 of my three meals yesterday! These recipes are pretty easy (granted, dicing everything up for the pico sucked ... my knife skills leave something to be desired) but all in all I was really impressed/surprised by myself. I want to get a slap-chop so that dicing veggies won't be so bad and eventually I think I'd even like to have a food processor.
Out of the entire book of recipes there are probably only one or two that I'm not really anxious to try. It has breakfast, lunch dinner, dessert, condiments, side dishes, and snacks. And a lot of the recipes use a lot of the same ingredient so since they all serve 4 I can pretty much get two different meals out of one recipe which is awesome. Like the chicken from last night that I saved; the book suggests rolling that up in tortillas, putting a little salsa verde and jack cheese over them and baking them to make enchiladas. How easy is that? Plus, and this was my favorite thing about last night's dinner ... I didn't have to cook the chicken! The recipe intends that you buy a rotissery style chicken from the grocery store and just shred it up (without the skin). It was EASY!
Today I am going with "Temptation" on his paint-ball excursion. He's meeting our friends there and the other girlfriend and I are going to cheer them on and then maybe go to the gym or find some other way to entertain ourselves all afternoon while the boys shoot at each other. I'm very sore from yesterday's walk but not to a debilitating degree so I'm looking forward to getting out and being active again today.
7 glasses of water
1 cup of coffee w/creamer
1 donut (breakfast @ paintball)
1 foot long chicken sub
2 home made chicken enchiladas (small, cookbook recipe)
Daily Caloric Intake: 1424
Ab Crunches: 30 @ 50 lbs
Ab Crunches: 30 @ 60 lbs
Ab Crunches: 30 @ 70 lbs
Ab Twists: 60 @ 30 lbs (each side)
Butterfly Press: (arms/chest) 3 reps of 30 @ 30 lbs
Front Press: (arms/chest) 2 reps of 30 @ 20 lbs