The long and winding road to fitness, day 71

Basil Pasta Salad Ingredients

Image by lynn.gardner via Flickr

A much, much better day today.  Ate healthy food, fruits and veggies, whole grains…stayed right at 1600 calories for the day.  So I feel better today, feel like I managed to get right back with it rather than allowing myself to stumble over the cliff of overeating.  I had a Morningstar Farms veggie BBQ rib thing for lunch along with whole wheat pasta salad and veggies…very tasty and filling.

I rode the exercise bike today and did core exercises.  I kind of took it a little easier today, trying to rest up a little from this crazy work week.  But I’m ready to hit the exercise hard tomorrow.  A walk first thing in the morning is in order.  I think I’ll end up on the exercise bike again at some point tomorrow.

I planned to go to Kroger this morning, but changed my mind when I realized I didn’t really need anything and that I was daydreaming about ice cream and pizza…I knew I didn’t need either of those things and was kind of concerned that I’d end up buying one or the other (or both) and eating too much of something that isn’t really all that good for me.  So I just didn’t go and saved myself a lot of calories and money!

On the agenda for tomorrow…cooking.  I need to cook some food to take to work and possibly a batch of fruit muffins to put in the freezer.  I’m going to be better prepared this week.  I’m going to take my lunch instead of eating fast food or vending machine junk.  It’s all in the planning and preparation…

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A Quickie

Got ya, didn’t I?  You were thinking a quickie when I only meant a quick to prepare work lunch.  So sorry about that…and if you believe that, well…I don’t know what to tell you.

I didn’t go to the grocery store today even though I’d planned to…how’s that for 100% savings?  But then I realized I needed to come up with something to take to work for lunch for the rest of the week.  And that meant I had to do some kind of cooking.  Goodness knows, I have plenty in my pantry to choose from, so I went for something quick and easy that would be relatively healthy and would use up some of the fresh broccoli in the fridge.  I’m determined not to throw produce out any more, what a waste of money that is.

This comes together quickly and is a tasty cold pasta dish.  You’ll notice I’ve got my handy,dandy secret ingredient…Hendrickson’s Original Sweet Vinegar and Olive Oil…I use this stuff for so many different dishes…vegetable salad dressing, cole slaw dressing, in pasta salad (like today), as a marinade for chicken…I seriously love this product.  If I could only buy one dressing, this would be it.  If you haven’t tried it yet, run, don’t walk, to your nearest store (I buy mine at Kroger) and buy a bottle…you’ll love it!!

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So, now my lunch is prepared for the rest of the week and I’ve managed to recommend one of my favorite products to my loyal readers…all in all, a good day’s work.