This morning I woke up and hopped on the scale to assess the damage I’ve done recently, and it was definitely as bad if not worse than I thought it would be. I gained 9 (yes, nine) pounds! Normally I would cut myself a little slack and chalk it up to being on vacation, but lets face it … I was only on vacation for 4 days. There is no way I should have ever let 9 pound slip back on in 4 days! I think the bigger problem is that I temporarily lost my motivation as I discussed here.
The good news is that I had time to reflect on what was going on, and made a recommitment to myself. Sometimes I think that its necessary to backslide in order to ultimately keep moving in the right direction and not lose focus. Sometimes you just need a break! Whether it be from counting points, exercise, weighing and measuring food … whatever the case may be. I came back from this hiatus with a brand new attitude and an excitement that I haven’t had in a while.
The excitement came at a good time because I decided that today I would make up for my long run that I missed on Sunday. 7 miles! I’ve done 7 miles (and even 8) before, but its been a while and I wasn’t sure how I’d do after such an off track week. I did really well though, I’m not saying it was easy but it was a good feeling to get back out there. My iPod died during my 2nd mile and that was a bummer, but after a little while I got used to listening to myself breathe and got caught up in my thoughts. It actually turned out kinda nice to not have the music. I compared my run time today to my previous 7 mile run and was very surprised to see that I beat my time by a full 6 minutes!
My splits for today were:
Mile 1 – 8:46
Mile 2 – 8:49
Mile 3 – 9:00
Mile 4 – 8:56
Mile 5 – 8:57
Mile 6 – 9:01
Mile 7 – 8:52
After our run we ate lunch at Roly Poly. I ordered a small Ultimate Veggie wrap with hummus instead of ranch dressing and a bag of Baked Lays. It was yummalish and very low in points!
Tim and I decided to let the little man spend the night at his grandma’s house tonight so that we could have a little break and some time together at home alone. I wanted to cook something special tonight that I haven’t made before. I browsed the internet for a while looking for something that seemed right, and then I remember the Eggplant Spinach Stacks that my fellow blogger Allison from Balance in Bites post a few days ago. I’ve been salivating over these since the day she posted them, so I thought this might be the perfect opportunity.
I went to the grocery store and got all the ingredients, plus stuff to make roasted fingerling potatoes and Proscuitto Wrapped Asparagus. I must say this was the best dinner I’ve made in a very long time if not ever.
I used goat cheese on both the Eggplant stacks and in the asparagus instead of the feta and cream cheese that was suggested. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a sucker for goat cheese and I’ll fit it in wherever I can get it. The eggplant was the clear winner, but I have to say that the asparagus bundles were quite divine as well!
My husband would probably divorce me if I didn’t show the picture of the eggplant that he picked out. Lets just say, it was happy to see us. My husband especially found it quite amusing.
And on that note, I think I’ll say goodnight!