Back in my college years at Michigan State (GO GREEN), the weekends always started on Thursday, because lots of people didn't have classes on Fridays. I think I've transitioned nicely into the real world, still imagining that the weekends start on Thursday. I mean, I stay up a little later on Thursday nights...I sleep in a little later on Friday mornings...we can wear jeans on Fridays to school...I just FEEL better on Thursday nights, knowing the weekend is so close! Ahhhh weekend. :)
Yesterday I had my first running experience at the gym since 2010! And hooooo BOY it was rough. I did some increasing-speed intervals for 3 miles, and then walked a mile. I did:
.5 mile @ 5.5 speed
.25 mile @ 5.7
.25 mile @ 5.9
.25 mile @ 6.1
.25 mile @ 6.3
and then went back down to 5.5mph for the last 1.5 miles...and then walked on a 4.5 incline at 4mph for the last however long. It was a sweaty 54 minutes, but felt SO good.
So, I haven't been to the gym (besides the few times this week) since before Christmas....which is disgusting...especially considering how much $$ I'm paying to NOT use the gym. Yesterday after I ran, I had to shower and get re-dressed for tutoring from 6:30-7:30. Well, thank goodness I've kept my gym bag up-to-date with toiletries. I still had shampoo and soap and all those good things ready for me, and what a nice surprise when I found my favorite John Frieda Root Awakening shampoo and conditioner waiting for me! My hair has been so BLAH lately, I think it needed a pick-me-up with some moderately expensive shampoo and conditioner. It feels much better now. :)
Dinner last night was quick and simple...and I am so proud of it. I was gone from 6:30am-7:30pm, and so by the time I got home, I was FAMISHED. I used to stop at a fast food restaurant for a quick dinner to bring home, or I would make a frozen dinner/hot pocket/packaged SOMETHING. Let me just tell you, the thought didn't even cross my mind to stop for take-out on the way home from tutoring. Instead, I kept thinking "what should I make with my veggies?!"
I ended up making a simple stir-fry: asparagus, zucchini, and tofu, with a little Mediterranean seasonings, served on top of whole wheat rotini pasta. And a half a grapefruit, for a little sweet ending. :) My dinner was SO good! And FILLING!
(No picture...because I'm not quite at the point where I can take pictures of my lunch while I'm eating with my co-workers. Soon...maybe.)
Dinner today was (sort of) julie golean SALAD BEAST. Romaine lettuce topped with: feta cheese, walnuts, shredded carrots and radishes, Ken's Lite Northern Italian dressing, and the highlight: pan-fried tempeh! I really liked the tempeh! It tastes like a bean cake! Which is what it is! :) I pan fried the tempeh strips in a little olive oil and the Ken's dressing to sort of "marinate" it. I gave Ben a taste, and he said it didn't have any flavor...which was sort of true. Next time I will actually marinate the tempeh for a bit before I cook it!
Happy Thursday night to you all! TGIF in a few hours! :)