This morning, I got up bright and early at 5:15. I wanted to run and shower before the kids got up. My plan was to run four miles, so I did a mile warm-up and then ran three miles. I'm not sure what to call that pace, because it's faster than an "easy" pace (8:45/mi), but it's slower than a "tempo" pace (8:05/mi). I guess I could call it my "happy pace", because that's where I do most of my running!
I was watching the season three finale of Sons of Anarchy, which was a longer episode than normal, so I knew I wouldn't be able to finish the whole thing. But I ended up running a mile cool down so that I could watch a little more. I'm definitely liking it more now that they are back in California!
Yesterday was a rest day, and it took me ALL DAY to finally reach 100%--and I was pretty active yesterday. I ran a few errands in the morning, walked on the treadmill while reading a book (which I'm going to review soon), went for a walk outside in the evening, put away laundry and cleaned up the house... the only time I sat down yesterday was to write my blog. I was at 93% when I finally sat down last night with Jerry to watch some of our shows, so I jogged in place during a few commercial breaks just to hit 100%. Some days, I don't even come close to my goal, but when I was that close, I wanted to just finish it out.
I've been having some killer cravings lately for specific food items. Of course, they aren't healthy things; so I've been making substitutes, and they work so well!
The first is pecan pancakes from Cracker Barrel. I looked for a lower-calorie pancake recipe, and I found one for banana pancakes in Hungry Girl's 200 under 200 recipe book. I used whole wheat pastry flour (instead of regular whole wheat), and I added pecans. They were AMAZING! (I put the recipe over on my recipes blog). So I've been on a banana pecan pancakes kick for breakfast lately.
Another craving I've had is for this pasta at Olive Garden--I can't remember what it is, but it was penne coated with alfredo sauce and then topped with marinara sauce and cheese. Or something like that! Anyway, I did a VERY simplified version of it a couple of days ago, and it was so good that it killed my craving. I didn't take a picture, because I honestly didn't think it would taste very good using jarred alfredo sauce.
I just cooked gemelli pasta (12 oz dry) and added a whole jar of light alfredo sauce and stirred it together to coat the pasta. Then I topped each serving with a couple of spoonfuls of diced tomatoes, and a Tbsp. of parmesan cheese. I used this seasoning grinder thing that I bought for a quarter on clearance. This stuff is awesome, on all kinds of different foods!
My biggest craving has been for a Reese's Cup Blizzard--and I haven't thought of a decent way to kill that one! When I took Noah to the Dairy Queen, I ordered one, but it wasn't good. The ice cream place by my house makes REALLY good ones (tons of Reese's) but it would use up all of my PointsPlus for the week, I'm sure.
Tonight, my kids have the task of choosing a winner for the cat food! I've gotten probably about a hundred photos, so it's definitely a difficult job. I think I'll put all the photos into a slide show, so if you want, you can see all the submissions. They're too cute not to share! Here's a picture I just took of Phoebe a few minutes ago...