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Improper Fueling

I don’t know what’s going on but I am having a hard time fueling properly for stuff lately. I’ve been hungryyyyy. Not sure what’s happening. I’m eating a few more calories than I was when trying to lose some weight. Instead of 1300 as a base I increased it back to 1600 as a base. We’ll see how that goes. Shaking things up.

For breakfast I had two fried eggs and a toasted English muffin with cinnamon and splenda blend. Calories: 338. Then I hit the road to bike to work.

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It was a little on the chilly side first thing but it warmed up as I went. I was running a bit late for some reason and I thought “I’ll just make up time on the trail”…yeah right…My legs felt like giant tree trunks, I was huffing and puffing on all the hills and then when I got to the Springwater Trail I was in a headwind the ENTIRE TIME.

I was so slow. So slow. My time doesn’t necessarily reflect my slowness, but trust me, I was slow on the morning ride in.

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I got to work and had a cup of coffee. Trying to stave off the coming hunger. It’s been a hollow feeling lately. Stomach grumbling, hollow, almost nauseated hunger pains. Yuck.

Morning Snack:

Plain Greek Yogurt with sliced strawberries and about an hour later I had some cherries. Calories: 193

I prefer the Costco brand of the plain Greek Yogurt. I’ve tried a few brands lately. Chobani was ok but not my favorite, Trader Joe’s version wasn’t good at all in my opinion. It was super “milky” tasting to me. I’m not sure how to describe it–it just tasted a little off and it was REALLY high in calories. Back to my favorite–Costco.

Lunch:

I didn’t have many options and the frozen meal didn’t sound too appealing. I ended up meeting Michael and a friend at Korean Twist food cart for lunch. I got two bulgogi beef tacos and one spicy pork taco. $6.50 for the three taco special! They aren’t huge and just come with meat and lettuce and the sauces.

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So tasty! Messy, but tasty. They are small tacos but filling. I had to estimate the calories and I think it was around 440 calories. The three of us sat in a nearby park to eat our lunches in the sun. It was a nice break from the day and it felt good to get some real food in me, not just snacks.

Afternoon Snack:

Applesauce. I was busy in the afternoon, lost track of time and was still a bit full from lunch. Calories: 50. 

Ride Home

It was a hot one. Hot hot. Thankfully it was comfortable on the bike (for the most part). I took a lot of rest breaks in the shade to cool off, let my heart rate go down a bit and drink some water. I was doing really well until I got to the BIG HILL near the house.

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It’s not exactly steep but it’s a slow, steady grind that never lets up and doesn’t level off until you get to the very top. I’d estimate the hill to be about 1 mile long from start to finish. Lately I’ve had to stop mid-hill to catch my breathe and give my thighs a chance to rest. Ooof this hill!

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Despite the hill that’s been giving me so much grief this summer, it was a pretty good ride. I felt good and strong and made it home in decent time (especially with so many breaks).

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Ride Stats

Total Miles: 22.98
Total Calories Burned: 876

Dinner:

For dinner I made Trader Joe’s gnocchi topped with vodka cream sauce (also sauteed some spinach in the sauce). I made caprese salad the easy way. Fresh roma tomatoes and basil from my garden and a string cheese. 🙂 Calories: 531 delicious calories!

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I feel like lunch and dinner were good. I felt satisfied and never had that hunger crash. I’m not sure how to fix the rest of the day. I think my snacks are generally healthy but they aren’t quite filling me up. On days I ride in I can’t have a big breakfast because I think I’d just puke on my bike. So I don’t know that I can change breakfast much. Any ideas?

Too Much To Do

I had a day off on Monday because I thought my parents were going to stay a few days but they ended up having to go back to Seattle that Sunday night. I decided to keep my day off and try and enjoy myself and relax. Yeah right. Sadly, when I take time off I end up doing a bunch of stuff that’s not usually that fun. I wish I could say “the laundry, etc can wait for another day” but I can’t. 🙁

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I did get to go to the Warrior Room and that was good. It was a morning class and one I hadn’t attended in a long time so that was good. We did a bunch of burpees, two kettle bell swings, high pulls, lots and lots of squats and upright rows. (I was very sore the next day!!)

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The Warrior Room is doing something new–Boot Camp! I signed up for a Boot Camp class in a few weeks and I’m excited to check it out. I will review it after I give it a try. After class, iced coffee from The Painted Lady (it was salted caramel!) was a must. It was going to be a hot day! On a side note, our roses are so pretty and in full bloom right now:

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I was glad I went to the class first thing. The day was going to be really nice and I wanted to get outside to enjoy it. Unfortunately, I had a really bad headache all day so it kind of put me in a bad mood. I got started with some gardening after my workout and at least I got rid of most of the blackberry bushes in the yard! Check out the calorie burn:

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So with the Warrior Room and gardening, I burned over 800 calories for the day! I got cleaned up and had lunch outside on the deck while I read my book and listened to some music. That part was nice. I got to relax and enjoy it a little bit. But then of course my mind starts listing all the things I had to get done and couldn’t enjoy just sitting there anymore.

I ended up running a bunch of errands and doing not very fun stuff. SIGH. It put me in a bad mood and on top of my horrible headache that wouldn’t go away I was just grumpy! I did treat myself to something that improved my mood a little bit:

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I stopped at McDonald’s for an ice cream cone! 150 calories and it was worth it. It was a nice, cool treat and something I don’t get very often. That did cheer me up a teeny bit. I went home and relaxed with Bella for the rest of the afternoon.

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She is so funny. She was having puppy dreams and would twitch and flex and it is so hilarious to watch! Michael and his dad were out for the day golfing (poor Michael could only tag along because his back is still in bad shape) but when they got home Michael and I made dinner.

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I picked up some fresh cod and Michael blackened them in the skillet. I baked asparagus with some fresh parmesan cheese on top and we put the cod on top of a bed of lettuce. On top of the cod I put some peach mango salsa, which is a great combo! Dinner was really tasty. Michael’s dad loves to eat seafood when he’s visiting and I was happy to oblige. It’s been ages since I had cod.

My day wasn’t really what I wanted it to be and I wish I had forced myself to skip the chores and errands and just relax. I have such a hard time doing that. 🙁 Even though I was grumpy I’m still glad I took the day off. At least now I can relax a little this weekend and not have a TON of things to do…right? Right. Pffft!