Gearing Up

T – 1.5 hours til I’m at Wrigley cheering for my Cubbies.

Yup, I’m a super cool kid.

I tried to cover some healthy bases (baseball pun: intentional) this morning.

I went for a run this morning, covering a little more than 4 miles. (who needs hot yoga when you have summertime in Chicago?  I sweated like a big, hairy man.  It was soooper attractive 😉 )  I came home and pumped some iron.  (Ok, not iron per se, just 8 lb’ers.) 3 circuits of bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, arnold presses and then I moved on to about 5 minutes of ab work.

Then I had some Ezekial bread toasted with TJ’s Valencia PB.

Standard.

This is my pre-game food:

Rabbit food.

And some hummus.  (or in the words of Zohan, hhhcchhhhummus)

Nope, this isn’t really “lunch” (trust me, I need a lot more food than that in order to avoid passing out into my Old Style), but I’m planning on some ball park food.  And by some, I mean a lot.

Hot dogs, here I come! 🙂

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The Weekend Came Early

Well, it’s only Friday afternoon, but my weekend has started!

I decided to day the day off of work in an attempt to get some things done and (hopefully) relax a little since this weekend is going to be a busy one!  Tomorrow I’m going to a wedding and Sunday I have a work event.

Unfortunately I was planning on getting a ton of stuff done today and only managed some of it.  I woke up for a run and did 5 miles on the treadmill.  Then I walked over to city hall (aka, the Disneyland of Chicago.  I kid.) to pick up some permit passes, and went home to make this:

Scrambled eggs!  I like eggs, but I’m not usually motivated to cook them for breakfast (I’m not a big using-the-stove-before-9 am kind of girl, Idon’t know what to say).  Since I had some time today, I went with it.

**Braisified  Tip**

To make your scrambled eggs super fluffy, add just a leeetle bit of milk (or water if you don’t roll with milk).  It helps add volume to the eggs but careful- if you add too much liquid they’ll get too dense and won’t fluff up.  I used one whole egg and an egg white in my scramble and used probably only a teaspoon of milk.

I threw in a bit of white cheddar cheese to the eggs after I scrambled them and then added them to the pan with some salt and a good pinch of black pepper.   Maybe I just don’t make myself eggs enough because these were awesome!

I also ate a plum.

It wasn’t really ripe enough but it looked so pretty, I had to!  I can’t control myself!!

I then attempted to go to the beach since it was sunny and not too humid out.

Umm, yeah.  I forgot about the wind.  It was straight up windy today.  Not gentle breezy or playfully gusty.  I had sand all. over. me.  It was pretty gross.  I then ran some errands and was (surprise!) hungry again (I swear, I have the appetite of a teenage boy.  Maybe I’ll start growing again…) so I made some lunch when I got home.

Sort of a weird and random sandwich, but tasty nonetheless.

I put some leftover marinated tofu between two slices of fresh sourdough bread with some lettuce and cream cheese.  I know what you’re thinking- cream cheese? On a sandwich?? Trust me, it was good.  I highly recommend it.

And a side salad.  Because veggies make my tired body happy. 🙂

Not to completely throw you all off, but I have to show you dinner from last night:

The boyfriend and I cooked a very nice meal.  (ok, he cooked.  I mostly just ate it.)  And such a pretty meal too.  He had mahi mahi and I had some shrimp which hit the grill with some oil, garlic salt and crushed red pepper.  Grilled food is just better.  It makes marinating and getting all fancy with recipes kind of unnecessary, especially if you start with great ingredients. (which we had, thanks to the fancy French Market downtown.  More about that another day…)

I ate mine with a salad and a honkin’ slice of sourdough and a little butter (I only ate 1/2 of the butter pictured.  But I ate the whole piece of bread.  Because I love bread, and I think we’ve established that I can’t control myself).

Now that my day of (attempted) R&R is almost over, I’ll leave you with some lovely pictures of my afternoon snack:

Pretty, aren’t they?  Thank you berry much. 😉

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New shoes!

I took the day off of work and am really glad that I did- I’ve gotten a ton of things done!

I started out my day by hanging some of my art on the walls.  For some reason I’m always really good about unpacking my stuff when I move into a new place but get stuck when I start trying to decorate.  Maybe I’m afraid of the commitment- I pains me to put nails through the wall.  It’s weird, I’m aware.  Moving on.

I then headed out for a sweaty run.  I tried to get myself out the door early enough so that I’d miss the heat but that was  a big fail- I didn’t leave until it was almost 9!  I still managed to run about 5 1/4 miles in about 50 minutes.  I’ll take it.

I ate some of this to refuel:

And then I realized that I was being incredibly lazy so I picked up a knife and turned that watermelon into this:

Muuuch more civilized.  I also ate one of these:

Because no matter how old I get, string cheese never ceases to entertain me.  I like to see how many perfect “strands” of cheese I can get out of the stick (for the record, a “perfect” strand is one that doesn’t taper off toward the end but stays nice and even from top to bottom).  Does anyone else do this?  Am I alone?  Should I stop talking about string cheese??

I then went for a professional running shoe fitting at Fleet Feet.  I love this store!  When you walk in, you pull a number (“like a deli”, as I overheard an employee say to a customer who looked somewhat befuddled) and when it’s your turn, one of the associates sits down with you and discusses what kind of runner you are (recreational, triathlete, marathoner) and pulls a “test shoe” for you to try on.  Then they put you on a treadmill and watch you run for a few seconds to check out your gait and whether you pronate/supinate, etc.  Once they have sussed out your style they pull a bunch of shoes and you can run/walk some more and choose your favorite!  They also fitted me with some inserts for my flattt feet.  And the best part is that the fitting is free!  This is the pair I walked away with:

Saucony Progrid Guide 3.  They’re fairly lightweight and flexible, but sturdy enough to give me some stability.  I heart them.

After running a few errands, I ate this:

There was actually a whole piece of bread when I started.  That’s sesame Ezekial bread with Trader Joe’s Valencia peanut butter (Kath is a fan).

This plate cracks me up.  It’s my French “calorie plate”.  It lists a whole bunch of foods and how many calories they contain.  It also says at the top (I’m translating here, bear with me): “when you’ve had too much to eat, your collar will be tight”.  Umm, apparently the author of my plate is under the impression that our stomachs are in our necks.  Someone should really set the record straight for him.  Maybe he reads my blog, so…

Dear Sir,

Your stomach is not in your neck.  It is significantly farther down.

Yours truly,

Megan

There’s a slight chance that I’ve translated this wrong, but I’m pretty confident (given that I majored in French).

It also says this:

(Pardon my crumbs).

That top part in the small type says (roughly translated):  “for a weight loss plan: no more than 1000 calories per day.  400 in the morning, 300 in the afternoon, 300 in the evening”.  Yeeeeaahhh, about that…

Maybe at the time this plate was printed there were different measurements for calories, but 1000 calories/day sounds like Bad News Bears to me.

Ah well, I’m off to do some more errands before Old St. Pat’s– one of my all-time favorite street festivals!  I can’t wait to see the Barenaked Ladies perform (yes, Dad, it’s a hilarious name for a band…very punny).

What is your least favorite part about unpacking?  Do you get stuck on decorating like I do?