Chicago

Curbing The Hunger

TUESDAY

After my hot, sweaty bike commute we cleaned up and headed out for dinner. It was Carbzilla’s birthday! We met her and her friends at La Palapa on Hawthorne.


I’ve seen this place but never been to it. I love trying to new restaurants! We got inside and saw that it was very casual, where you order at the counter. Another plus. That means it’s cheap. 🙂


I went there planning on getting a fish taco and then got glamoured by the idea of a burrito.


They had a salsa bar, which was pretty fun. I’m a big fan of chips and salsa. 🙂


My burrito was just okay. It definitely wasn’t anything compared to the amazing burrito we had recently at the Mr. Taco Food Cart. THAT burrito was delicious! The Palapa burrito was just kind of bland. I liked the guacamole but the cheese was kind of…weird…and there was too much rice in it.


Michael got the veggie burrito smothered in sauce. His looked really yummy. Again, too much rice inside. They brought out dessert for Carbzilla’s birthday:


I forget what this dessert is called but it’s yummy: cinnamon and honey? Sign me up! After that they headed to a movie and Michael and I headed home. I also got to wear my new Portland Century t-shirt:


All week long I’ve woken up each morning with a growling, insane hunger in my belly. I’m not sure if it’s the aftermath of doing the Portland Century but dang. The moment my eyes open my stomach feels hollow and empty. I haven’t been eating more than normal this week because the rest of the day I don’t feel EXTRA hungry…just first thing in the morning. This is a new feeling. After I ran Hood to Coast last year (my last big event) I had an insatiable hunger for about 10 days after Hood to Coast. It was like I was a bottomless pit that could not be satisfied. I haven’t noticed that with the Century this year. Speaking of Hood to Coast, this year is the 30th anniversary! Good luck to everyone that’s running it this week!

WEDNESDAY

A well-deserved rest day. I’d had a recovery swim and a recovery ride. Now rest! And food. Lots of food. Dinner was back to the normal foods: healthy chicken, a salad and steamed veggies.


On the salad were fresh tomatoes from our garden! They are tiny and adorable. The ubiquitous food p0rn shots:


Attack of the KILLER TOMATO! Looks huge doesn’t it?


They are actually pretty tiny. But tasty! And perfect salad toppers. They were sweet and perfect.


I love that the tomatoes are starting to ripen. I see lots of tomatoes in our meals soon!

QUESTION: How to you curb the hunger after a big event?

 

 

A Blast from the Past

My friend Rachel sent me some photos she found online. In 2006, we went to Chicago together. I weighed at the minimum of 250 pounds. Here are two pictures she wanted to share with me:

John Hancock Observatory
Chicago Boat Tour

It was quite shocking to see. It’s easy to forget how much I used to weigh. Even though I have a blog essentially about losing that weight, being fat isn’t something I give a lot of thought too. I’ve gotten used to my “new” body.

Anyway, for breakfast this morning, I had my leftover quiche from last night’s dinner and an English muffin.

Breakfast

It was just as delicious the second time!

I ran at lunch today. I was talking myself out of running all morning. I was tired. I was a bit sore. My glutes were all twitchy last night. I ran yesterday…I came up with all sorts of excuses to NOT run. But in the end, I put my shoes on and got my butt outside.

One of Michael’s sayings is “the hardest part of working out is putting on your shoes.” Soooo true. Sometimes my heart just isn’t into it. But if I put my shoes on and go outside, I NEVER regret it. Today was no different.

The sun was out and it was beautiful. I did NOT need my jacket today. I had a fantastic run too. For the first mile I had some heel discomfort but it disappeared after my warm up. I kept a really good pace as I ran and finished with a good time.

Today’s Stats:

Time: 34:30

Calories Burned: 431

Pace: 8’13”

When I got back, I realized I forgot to take photos. Here’s me all sweaty (gross):

After the Run

No jacket! And today I realized it’s time to start packing the sunscreen!

Lunch was leftover Mac n’ Cheese from the other night. I’m full, tired, happy and ready to go home and relax!

QUESTION: What motivates you to exercise?