The long and winding road to fitness, day 48

Cover of the 1982 album Vacation.

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Oops…didn’t quite get to this last night…working like crazy right now trying to get ready for inventory and then my vacation starts as soon as inventory is over…don’t want work piled up BEFORE  I go on vacation, there’ll be enough of that waiting for me when I get back.  But a vacation makes everything better (at least for a few days).

Yesterday was a so-so day…in a rush so didn’t take a great lunch to work with me…had a cheese sandwich on organic whole wheat bread…it really tasted good, could have used some veggies thrown on it but just didn’t have the time.  I did remember to take a box of fruit and grain bars to keep in my desk to help me avoid the vending machine…so that’s a plus.

I walked for 50 minutes, but that was all of the exercise I managed to squeeze in.  Of course, a lot of walking at work…that’ll be the case for the next three days, I’m afraid.  During my vacation, I’m planning to do two cardio workouts a day, morning and afternoon…wow, would that be what retirement would be like for me?  Right now, retirement seems like a faraway dream…

I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend…

Quick and healthy pizza

Spinach pizza

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I owned a pizza shop for 13 years.  You’d think I’d have had more than enough pizza to last me the rest of my life.  Unfortunately, I still love pizza.  But most pizzas don’t fit into the whole healthy eating thing that I’ve been trying to incorporate into my life. Sometimes I take the time to make a whole wheat thin pizza crust from scratch…now that is an awesome pizza. 

But sometimes I don’t have the time (or the inclination) to do the whole from scratch thing.  I’ve used pita bread as a base, but have never been totally satisfied with the results.  When I was at Kroger today, I saw a flatbread in their deli and I immediately thought about it being a good base for a little pizza.  I already had spinach, onions, and mozzarella cheese at home, mushrooms in my shopping cart, so I decided to give those babies a try. 

Tonight I got my little electric grill out, opened up a jar of spaghetti sauce (see, I told you this was quick and easy), put the flatbread on the grill, spread a couple of tablespoons of sauce over the bread, threw on a little diced onion, a lot of sliced mushrooms, some torn spinach, a little cheese and a sprinkling of Italian seasonings.  Then grilled it all until the cheese was melted.  Not bad, not bad at all.

I liked it so much that I made another one to take to work for tomorrow’s lunch.  Another plus about this, instant portion control…and that’s always a good thing when you’re trying to lose weight.  Next week, when I’m off work, I’m going to make a trip to Sahara Mart, one of the local health food stores.  They have a huge selection of flatbread and naan.  I think these would be freezable and easily pulled out of the freezer for a quick meal…quick and healthy…that’s what I’m looking for.