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Good Sunday evening blog readers!
Sorry for being absent yesterday…I was having a day off from blogging 🙂 BUT I did still take photos of course – a quick re-cap:
Pre-breakfast/DVD workout – an apple, square of chocolate and 2 tsp wheatgerm.
Proper breakfast – totally time for an Epic Green Monster, seeing as I hadn’t had one in…ooohh, 2 or 3 days!?
If you want to make your own Epic Green Monster, here’s what you’ll need…
Epic Green Monster
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 biiiiig handfuls of spinach
- 1tbsp cocoa powder
- 1 frozen banana
- or, if you didn’t use frozen and still want some chill factor, do as the master does and throw in a few chunks of other frozen fruit 🙂
- 1 cup of cereal – I used a mix of All-Bran and Crunchy Bran, or Quinoa O’s, cos they’re all neutral flavour – but there are so many varieties to choose from…
[I have so much cereal, it doesn’t fit in the cupboard anymore :p]
Add it all into the blender…..
….blend like made until it’s all smooth and delicious, and then serve! I think dates, granola and toasted coconut with a bit of jam makes the ultimate topping combination 😀
This beauty will keep you full for ages, will taste amazing, and is chokka with amazing vitamins. You’ll feel like a SuperWoman (or Man) after eating it! Make sure you savour every last bite…cos it’s well worth it 😛
After breakfast it was just a case of work, work, work. Lunch was a toasted sandwich: 2 pieces wholemeal bread, with rhubarb jam, apple sauce, and plum jam, goat’s cheese and aubergine:
Salad and grilled tofu:
All sandwiched up in the George Forman:
It’s really hard to take a photo of a sandwich…
On the side, I had a big pile of fruit – a pear, strawberries (YAY! Back in season!!), a tomato and some left over aubergine:
Lunch dessert was a Berry Cheeky Nakd bar:
Mid-afternoon I had a random apple, and then later on, I BAKED! Oh it’s been so long….I did Carrot Date Banana Muffins – they were SUPER! The best bit? I made up the recipe myself!! Totally mine 🙂
So tasty…but I won’t post it yet, cos there’s a few things I want to tweak. But when I do, it will be SO GOOD.
Dinner was a simple, carb-loading meal – stuffed tortellini, kale, parsnips and squash, with all the usual flavahs:
So wrong, yet so right.
Dessert was obviously my usual favourite combination 😀
OK! Now onto today!
Today was the day I had designated as Day Two of my 50 (30) Mile Challenge training – but you know how England is meant to be grey and cold and rainy? It sure lived up to that stereotype today. I woke up and it was POURING with rain, as well as being windy and just darn cold!! I decided to wait a little while to see if it passed. So while I was waiting, I made some breakfast – 1/2 cup barley flakes (did you know in just one 1/2 cup serving, there’s about 40g of carbs? That’s better than 2 pieces of bread, a bagel, oatmeal or oatbran! I spent some precious minutes comparing this morning :)), with 1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup milk, cinnamon and nutmeg. I topped it all off with a present from my Jessica (The Process of Healing) package the other week:
Squeezy almond butter!! I also added on a sprinkle of that stale-tasting-no-crunch-whatsoever-honey-granola:
It was a good bowl – but it was WEIRD having oats without the banana…quite different.
I then did an hour of revision and ate 2tsps of wheatgerm, three strawberries and a square of chocolate before I set out.
Alas, the rain had not stopped…but I went out and ran 9 miles to start with – I slowed my pace to about 8.40, and it was LOVELY! My legs and lungs felt so fresh and strong; I think I’ve officially found my marathon pace! I then planned to walk the last 4miles home, to get in ‘time on my feet’. I’d persuaded my mum last night to drive out and meet me, then we could walk back together, and she could bring with her not only her fabulous company, but some food + water for me! Sadly, one of us (me or her, I don’t know) mis-judged distances, and I was walking for about a mile before she found me!! When she did, I was quite upset 😦 I was SOAKED to the skin (it was still chucking it down with rain, made worse by the strong wind!) and very cold and thirsty and needing some fuel 😦 I actually had a little cry while I was walking cos I felt so low. So thank goodness she found me when she did!
I changed my clothes at the car (I was so wet I could hardly get my top off :s), and grabbed this beauty – a white chocolate macadamia Luna bar [another Jessica present!!]:
It had 25g of carb and 9g protein – pretty good post-run fuel 🙂 I munched that in the pouring rain, while my mum and I walked back together.
Overall, we [got very very very wet and] did 19.2km (about 12miles) in 2hrs 7 <- that includes the 9miles I’d already ran. Not too bad!
As soon as I got in, I ran my hands under the hot tap to get some feeling back, took a celebratory photo:
Then went straight into a hot shower – best one EVER!!
Then came lunch – an Epic Green Monster of course! Except I subbed in a small pear for the frozen fruit, and added some grated cacao on top:
It went down a treat, and was enjoyed whilst watching Badminton Horse Trials on TV, curled up in my Snuggie blanket thing :p:
(MARY KING TO WIN!) On the subject of horse trials and eventing….check out this fall by one of Britain’s best eventers last weekend, over in Kentucky in the USA:
He escaped with concussion and a few broken bones, and the horse was fine. Scary stuff huh!? I know, very random to show that…but it just shows how scary riding can be sometimes!!
I alternated revision with snippets of Badminton, as well as two hot chocolates, a Nana’s peanut butter cookie and some cereal with yogurt and date syrup:
I was going to do something new and exciting for dinner, but in the end, I just had the other half of my stuffed pasta (I think I probably need the carbs to :p):
I had planned to have it on Monday, but I’m going SHOPPING! ALL DAY! TO BLUEWATER (a massive huge shopping centre in England)!!! It’s my mum’s birthday outing 😀 So I’ve been persuaded to take the day off from revision and go with….exciting! It’s a long way to drive though, so I don’t know if I’ll have time to post….we shall see 🙂
Anyways – I’m going to continue revising and eat some dessert!! Have a good evening everyone 🙂
Quick question: I still have a can of pumpkin to use, and I’m undecided as to the best method! I could bake with it, put it in oatmeal, or mix it with yogurt…what should I do!?
Oh, and another one – has anyone seen Avatar? If you did, what did you think of it? It’s being released over here on DVD and I’ve never seen it….