I’m pretty sure I used that title before, but it was an Ace in the Hole kind of a Wednesday yesterday, so I couldn’t resist!
I got up, brewed a pot of coffee, blogged and caught up on a few blogs etc. Before I knew it, it was nearing lunch time and I hadn’t had anything other than coffee! The perfect solution was to whip up a nice warm and filling bowl of oats (complete with extra toppings!). And since I’ve overcome my dislike for pumpkin, I was actually looking forward to making pumpkin oats! I can’t get over how much more filling a bowl of oatmeal is with pumpkin!!
- 1/3c oats, 1/2c unsweetened vanilla almond breeze, 1/2c water, 1/2 banana in the pot
- 1 tbsp ground sprouted chia, pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, 1/3c pure pumpkin stirred in at the end
- Toppings: sprinkle of unsweetened shredded coconut, 1/2 tbsp mini dark chocolate chips, spoonful of almond-hazelnut butter
- = 8 POINTS
Can you say perfection? It’s incredibly healthy and I was FULL. I love “brunch” time meals because I can afford to splurge on a few extra POINTS on my first meal because there’s no need for a morning snack. Loves.it.
Then I decided I was going to take advantage of the beautiful sunlight (since it’s dark when I get home from work) and go for a daylight run outside. I ended up pumping out 8.5 kms in an hour which I was sooo pumped about. And well, let me just say that the word “hill” is in the name of our neighbourhood ;-) The first 2.5 kms included having to control Lucy. I can’t say I blame her because she’s a dog and she needs to sniff and investigate! I dropped her off back at the house and I continued on my way.
I felt freaking amazing and I wanted to keep going and make it an even 10 kms, but my knees were telling me a different story. I cannot wait to get the rest of this weight off so that I can alleviate some of that stress on my joints. I LOVE running! And quite frankly I cannot even believe that it’s true!!! Lately I have been remembering when I first tried to run outside. I think I was still well over 250 lbs and I struggled soooo much to run from just one telephone poll to the next. Like I mean struggled! It was a game for me to just “hang on” that long. I think I’m starting to get all sappy now because I’m watching recorded episodes of the Biggest Loser! lol Okay okay, snapping out of it now 😉
I got back from my run with a proud 700 calorie burn and fixed myself a healthy and perfectly re-fueling Amazing Grass smoothie:
- 1/2 small frozen banana
- 1c frozen fruit (cantaloupe, melon, watermelon, grapes)
- 1 scoop Pom-Mango Amazing Meal
- 1c unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
- 1 tbsp hazelnut butter
- 1c baby spinach, steamed & chilled
- yogurt whey to thin it out (kept it from making homemade greek yogurt)
- = 7.5 POINTS
It was a homerun and a perfect mix of everything pure that my body needed to re-fuel and repair. I stretched really well and iced my knees and decided how much of a treat it would be to enjoy a warm bath with my smoothie and read more Twilight! It was glorious and it was a perfect reward 😉 I truly felt like I treated my body well!
Before long we hit the road over to MILs for supper and had some delicious lasagna. It was great and I stuck to my POINTS left for the day. I didn’t fill up on veggies like I normally would, so I ended up getting a little hungry when I got home and I filled the voided with some roasted squash with some feta on top. I didn’t take any pics but it was yum :-). There may have been some delicious dark chocolate in there too. I heart dark chocolate.
My journal for the day looked like this:
Another one bites the dust 😉