Poor Eli. He was still coughing pretty badly when he woke up today, so I decided to keep him home again. My stomach was feeling a lot better today, but I felt slightly congested--although, that could just be because Eli is sick, and now I constantly think I'm feeling symptoms ;)
After Noah went to school, Eli and I watched another Christmas movie. Then I decided to do my run. Wednesdays are intervals, which is my hardest workout of the week. Since I felt crappy on Monday, and ended up skipping 75% of my long run, I was tempted to just do an easy run today. But I knew I was perfectly capable of doing a hard run today, so I just decided to tough it out.
Since Eli was home, I had to use the treadmill. I decided to push myself really hard, and do 6 x 400 at 6:40/mi pace. The last time I did treadmill intervals, I did 8 x 400 at a 7:20/mi pace, so pushing the pace to 6:40/mi was going to be really difficult--why I decided to do just 6 instead of 8.
I ran a mile at a 10:00/mi pace to warm-up, and then hopped off and cranked the treadmill up to 9.0 mph. It always makes me laugh when the speed increases, because it reminds me of an airplane on the runway... kind of scary, knowing I was going to have to hop on the belt and run that fast!
And it was definitely tough. I ran the quarter-mile, then hopped off (leaving the treadmill going). I recovered by just pacing around the living room, while the treadmill continued at 9.0 mph for a quarter mile. Then I hopped back on and did it again. And so on. I didn't jog for recovery, because when the intervals are that short, it takes a while for the treadmill to increase/decrease pace. I didn't want to waste that time, so I just hopped on and off for each interval. Also, that pace was really hard for me, so I needed the extra easy recovery time!
I somehow managed to get through all six intervals. Then I ran a cool down at 6.0 mph for a half-mile, for a grand total of 3 miles run. I was totally spent after that.
After lunch, Eli was coughing again, and then he started throwing up. Poor kid has a pretty weak stomach, and throws up pretty easily. I always feel bad for him when it happens, because he tells me (pathetically): "Mama, do I have to throw up? I hate throwing up!" *vomit* "I don't want to throw up anymore!" *vomit*
I don't think he has a stomach bug; I think that the cough is what made him throw up. But regardless, it's looking like he's going to be home again tomorrow. He seems to be doing quite a bit better this evening, though.
My first day on Simply Filling went really well! I had planned to go to the store this morning for some fresh produce, but because Eli was home, I wasn't able to. So I had to change up my meal plan a bit, but it worked out fine.
From what I've read, protein powder is not considered a "Power Food" on Weight Watchers, but the WW brand smoothie mix is. I compared my protein powder to the WW smoothie mix ingredients and nutrition facts, and my powder is definitely healthier and comparable in calories, fat, etc. So I'm counting my protein powder as a Power Food.
Breakfast: Jamochanana shake (yes, I made that word up--java-mocha-banana shake). Milk, vanilla protein powder, cocoa powder, frozen banana, decaf coffee, and ice, all blended until smooth.
Snack: decaf latte
Lunch: light English muffin with scrambled eggs and cheese, and an orange
Snack: oatmeal with milk and frozen blueberries
Dinner: burrito bowl--brown rice, black beans, chicken, lettuce, ff sour cream, salsa, cheese
Snack: popcorn, wine*
*The wine isn't a Power Food, obviously, so I have to count that against my weekly PointsPlus.
The only time I was really hungry was right before dinner. I had to wait for Jerry to get home from work so that I could run to the store, and by the time I got home, I was starving. Other than that, though, I felt good all day and wasn't craving any junk. I was even pretty stressed out because of Eli being sick, but I didn't really think much about food today.
The only problem that came up was that I have no idea what to eat for snacks! I'm used to eating Clif Bars, or Larabars with peanut butter, or things like that. A lot of people on Simply Filling eat yogurt for a snack, but I hate yogurt. I bought some cottage cheese today, so I can have that with fruit tomorrow. The oatmeal was a good snack today, because I wanted something warm. Anyway, I'm happy with how today went... and I hope tomorrow goes just as well!