Korean Twist

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?

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Saturday

This week I’m starting Week 5 of Suzanne’s program. That also means I’m almost to the 6 week rest period ending! Not sure yet how I feel about that. I think it deserves its own post. My workout on Saturday morning was really good. I judge a “good” workout by being satisfied with the number of calories I burned, feeling strong and like I pushed myself, and not feeling like I struggled or was in pain. I’m up to doing 50 pounds of the Romanian Deadlifts. I probably could have progressed a lot faster with this had I not been so timid about screwing up my knees or back. As a result, I took it very slow. But, I’m happy that I can do 50 now!

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For lunch Michael and I went downtown to the food carts. There’s a Korean food cart that he loves and he’s been trying to get me to try their tacos for awhile now. I am sad to say, it took me way too long to give it a try. These babies were fantastic! We went to Korean Twist on 10th and Alder. It was open on the weekend, which I was happy about because a lot of food carts are not.

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Michael and I both got 3 tacos–one beef, one chicken, one pork. We walked up to the park near Nordstrom’s and found a table in the sun to eat our tacos. The tacos were small and the perfect size (even though I was left wishing I had three more when I was done).

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I have no idea what was in those tacos but I can see an addiction forming. There was a spicy sauce and somehow the tacos were sweet, savory and spicy all at the same time. It’s rather odd to be eating a “sweet” taco but it was such a nice surprise.

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I surmise that these tacos are a fusion of Korean flavors and Mexican tacos and it sounds weird. Asian food mixed with Mexican? But it was such a GOOD fusion. It came with shredded lettuce, some kind of spicy red sauce (perhaps Sriracha mixed with something?), the meat was all perfectly cooked and in bite size pieces and there was fresh cilantro on top. (I can’t wait to try Kogi in LA!!!)

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I think I could eat these every single day for lunch and not get sick of them.

Sunday

On Sunday I had a FANTASTIC swim! I was even able to do some breaststroke without any knee issues–for the first time in months. That was encouraging. The rest of the day was spent in the yard. I had so much gardening to take care. I pulled up the spinach that had gone bad, planted some perennials in pots (blue stevia and a daylily) and then pulled weeds.

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I filled a huge yard debris bin full of weeds and Michael planted our tomato plants.

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Then it was time for my book club meeting. I wanted to have some fresh, seasonal snacks to munch on so I made two things: a faux caprese salad and watermelon.

For the caprese salad, I put grape tomatoes on a toothpick, added fresh basil from my garden and mozzarella. Then I drizzled olive oil and balsamic on it with a little salt and pepper. It was the perfect little snack and tasted so good!

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For the watermelon, I cubed them and then topped them with a mixture of minced shallots, minced fresh mint and feta cheese. I added a little pepper to the mixture and then put it on the watermelon. You wouldn’t think to put shallots, mint, feta and watermelon together but it was REALLY good! In fact, my friend Debby who said she did not like “strange” foods, said it was quite pleasant and unexpected.

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My friend Star brought strawberries and Ghirardelli chocolate. Debby brought white chocolate covered popcorn. 😀 It was a very nice book club meeting! We sat outside on the deck in the shade with a slight breeze rustling the trees in the yard and the sun filling the garden. It was the perfect spring afternoon that was starting to feel like summer!

The book we read this month was called “Blindness.” It was a book about a “white blindness” that spreads through the city like a plague making everyone blind. It was a story that talked about the good and terrible things humans do to each other in times of crisis. There were definitely some parallels to Lord of the Flies, and maybe even the Holocaust. It wasn’t entirely negative and depressing, though. We all really enjoyed the book and the message the author was trying to get across. And apparently there is a movie based on the book too! I need to see that now.

It was one of those kinds of weekends where you are running, running, running and never actually sit down to relax, but it was worth it. Lots of fun things with friends, a birthday dinner with family and some good conversations about books. Every weekend should be this fun!

QUESTION: Any book recommendations for a book club meeting?