February 07, 2012

Real Foods Challenge: Day 7

I felt much better waking up this morning than I did yesterday. But even the thought of wine makes me feel nauseous!

I was so happy that I didn't have to run or be anywhere today. After the kids got on the bus, I sat down with my oatmeal in front of the TV and watched a Lifetime movie (Sexting in Suburbia). It was awesome not to have any interruptions!

I went to Kroger and bought a few groceries. There was a recipe that a reader told me I might like, and she sent me a link to it, so I wanted to try it. It called for a cucumber (which I never have on hand) so I wanted to get that. I made the recipe for dinner, and it turned out so good! It's called Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing.  I made a few modifications, so I posted my version on the recipes blog. It certainly wasn't much to look at, but it tasted great!
I was very skeptical that I was going to like it, and I even made something different for my family for dinner, but I thought it was great and I'll definitely make it again. I've really been on a vinegar kick this past week--I love having it in my salad for lunch.

I played solitare for a little while this afternoon, and came SO CLOSE to winning a game that I've never won before. My mom taught me to play it when I was young--probably 10? She said she only won it one time, when she was pregnant with my older brother. I've been playing it for about 20 years, and to this day, I've never won.

I don't know what the name of the game is, but the object is to get all the cards (two decks) into eight piles--Ace up to King of each suit, and then King down to Ace of each suit. Today, I got down to just FIVE CARDS remaining:
The 3 of Spades was buried under the Ace of Spades, so I couldn't finish. I guess this isn't very impressive unless you've played this game before ;)  But I was so bummed. That's the closest I've ever come to winning the game.

I'm pretty impressed with myself that I managed to get through an entire week of eating only "real" food. I'm 1/4 of the way through my challenge already! Cutting out all refined sugar definitely curbed my cravings for sugar--I don't have many cravings at all, and if I do, it's more out of habit than anything else.

Food log for today:
Breakfast--usual oats cooked in milk with dates, walnuts, and pure maple syrup
Lunch--salad with chicken, feta cheese, raw sunflower seeds, and raisins, with red wine vinaigrette
Dinner--Quinoa Salad with Spicy Peanut Dressing
Snacks--2 spoonfuls of peanut butter, pistachios, string cheese, popcorn with oil and salt, tea

Tomorrow morning I'm meeting Jessica for an interval run--my favorite kind of run! Oh, and speaking of running, I got something in the mail yesterday that I bought on Amazon.

It's the foot pod thing that goes to the Garmin Forerunner--you put it on your shoe when running on the dreadmill so that the Garmin will be able to record your distance, pace, calories burned, foot turnover rate, etc. Just more numbers for me to get excited about! I will probably test it out on Friday.

That little tiny thing cost $44, can you believe it?! But my brother Brian gave me an Amazon gift card for my birthday, so I used that to justify the cost. I love that I'll be able to just upload the info from the Garmin for my dreadmill runs instead of typing it all in manually.

Well, I'm going to a seminar on bullying at the kids' school tonight. This should be interesting!


  1. That recipe sounds good! I'm going to have to try it, soon!! Thanks for sharing!

    Also, looking forward to reading more about the garmin foot pod!

    Enjoy your run tomorrow!

  2. Congratulations on making it through your first week of Real Food :) When I read about your challenge I realised I'd been doing the same thing unofficially, with the exception of some cupcakes I made on the weekend (which I wasn't really craving, just wanting because they were there). They make me feel TERRIBLE after cutting out refined sugar for a couple of weeks! I guess my body really does like Real Food...

    Your card game reminds me of Spider Solitaire on the computer, but it's not exactly the same. Better luck next time :)

  3. I love playing solitaire, (never saw the version you play), with real cards. I've never played on the computer!

  4. That recipe sounds tasty! congrats on your success with the "real food" challenge! so far, so good :)

  5. Oooh! You got the footpod! I've been debating on getting that when I get my Garmin (since I do so much mall-walking). I hope you'll post and let us know how it works for you!

    Your dinner sounds yummy, by the way! :)

  6. I've been reading your blog for months, but have never commented. I just wanted to tell you that I look forward to reading your daily posts because they give me that little bit of inspiration to stick to my goals. I've wanted to be a runner for years, but lacked determination. Reading about your commitment to running and good health has helped firm up my own determination. I'm now training for my first 10K (in 7 weeks!), and I just conquered the Couch to 5K program on Sunday (I did it in 3 weeks).

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us, the readers. I can attest to the fact that although we may not speak up, you are inspiring and motivating countless people out there to get and stay active.

    1. Thanks so much for commenting, Brandee! I am always curious about who is reading my blog. Congrats on training for your first 10K (and finishing the C25K)!

  7. Just found your page on SP, and just wanted to tell you I'm really enjoying reading your blogs.


  8. You're up to 901!!!! Getting there!

  9. Just like Brandee, I look forward to reading your posts every day. You made a huge impact in my life and I just want you to know that! I might not comment a lot but I always follow your blog. Everything you share with us has helped me out so much. You are not a diet book or anything close to that. You are real, fun, inspiring, down to earth! Thank you... Thank you!

  10. Hey that Garmin foot pod is nifty! I have the Nike Plus thing to keep track of my runs if you're familiar w that. It's a chip you put in your shoe, and there's a piece that plugs in your iPod. Tracks pace, calories, time etc. Pretty nifty! I just signed up for the Disneyland half marathon and thought of you, if you ever wanna take your kiddos to Disneyland you could use this race as an excuse! ;)

  11. I LOVE quinoa! I can't wait to try the recipe.

  12. Can't wait to read your review on the Garmin foot pod. I would like to get one myself as a weight loss incentive.

  13. Hey Katie, I am sure you have already seen this blog but I just ran across it and it made me think of you. Maybe it will have some new ideas for you this month. Thanks for being such an inspiration!



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