Thursday, because I hate Fridays, but am glad the weekend is approaching… and because Thursday = acupuncture! My assorted woes need it.
After fiddling around with my new Garmin a bit, and referencing the support forums (apparently I’m not the only one with this problem), it seems to be functioning okay… there is still a bit of a discrepancy between this one and my old one, but I was expecting that.
This was a tempo run; on Tuesday, it was incredibly annoying and distracting to have two watches on one wrist, so on Wednesday I strapped the new one on my right and didn’t really reference it. Mostly, I looked at my left wrist to ensure that I kept my heart rate relatively in the range I wanted it.
Can I just say that I am positively terrified of keeping up that pace for more than double this distance?!
I also paired the new Garmin with my cadence sensor and took my bike out for a quick spin. The mileage was almost precisely the same: 5.83 to 5.84. Which leads me to the conclusion that the foot pod is the inaccurate factor here, and so I can now calibrate it using GPS. I actually did that this evening… of course, it started to rain, and I didn’t realize I’d have to walk so much to get it done… it was cold, too. Winter is coming. That makes me sad. In any event, I hope this did the trick…
Moving on — continuing the catch-up game!
Collard greens! I’d never tried them before. First attempt: I lightly steamed them and used them as a “bed,” which is really because I wanted spinach and only bought this since the store was out of spinach!
White and yellow corn, baby carrots, asparagus, seitan, and Bragg’s. Lots and lots of Bragg’s. Um… yeah, the collards were still a little tough. Next time, I’m not going to be so lazy and I’m going to chiffonade the leaves!
Um, yeah — not the greatest chiffonade job. Blame it on my commute home that day, which took three times longer than usual. I was irritated.
I also tried another new-to-me green: watercress. I used it in Whole Foods’ recipe for whole wheat couscous with nectarines and pistachios.
Loved it! I don’t actually care much for nectarines — I prefer the taste of peaches, but the fuzzy skin creeps me out — but it definitely worked here.
I’ve had this tub of Tofutti ricotta sitting in my refrigerator for a while. I have no idea what I was planning to do with it — I probably just got overly excited when I saw it in the store! It seems like ricotta makes a good pairing with figs and honey, so …
Yeah, I’ve never had real ricotta, but I did not like that this was so creamy. It reminded me of cheesecake. Or cream cheese. Both of which I do not like!
So, then… what to do with the remaining ricotta? And what to do with that half of a nectarine in my refrigerator (I halved the couscous recipe)?…
I could not get a decent picture of the top of the bowl… and it would have looked lovely in a photograph after being stirred, but, well, it seemed to troublesome to switch lenses at that point! Anyway, I diced up the nectarine and put it in the bowl, then added cooked steel cut oats on top of that. I cooked it in a lot of water so that it would be able to thicken up overnight… and at the last moment, I stirred in some of the Tofutti ricotta. Best. Decision. Ever. I couldn’t taste it at all, but it did make the oats unbelievably creamy!
As for the remaining watercress? It was paired with another interesting find…
Purple corn! It was oddly cheaper than the white or yellow corn. I expected it to taste like regular corn, but it didn’t, really — it had a milder, sweeter flavor, which I quite enjoyed.
Steamed shredded orange and yellow carrots, seitan, watercress, purple corn, and what would have been hommus mixed with nutritional yeast, except that when I opened my container of hommus, I was greeted with a lovely layer of green fuzz. I just started that container on Sunday!! Anyway, it turned into nutritional yeast mixed with plain coconut milk yogurt, but hommus would have been infinitely better. You win some, you lose some.
Here’s a win: I randomly wandered into a store today, and I checked the shoe department out of habit, since I’ve been seeking a comfortable pair of shoes for my poor beleaguered feet.
I don’t think they’re the most attractive shoes, but seriously — they are quite possibly the most comfortable things I have ever put on my feet. Ever. And it didn’t hurt that they retail for $70, but I paid $18.72. In fact, I think I should go back there tomorrow and snag a couple more pairs!!
Mini verbal vomit, since this is already insanely long… I went to my nutrionist last night for the first time in several months. Apparently, even though this “fat feeling” has been persisting for over a week now, I haven’t gained any weight since I last saw her. I fail to understand how this is possible.
But I do have to say that running is my savior here: I know that if I don’t eat, my running will suffer (more than usual). And so I keep stuffing my face. Awesome.
Oh, and … there are only ten days until my half marathon!! Eeeeeeeee!!!
Have a great weekend.
“There’s lots of people in this world who spend so much time watching their health that they haven’t the time to enjoy it.”