So, today I noticed something. I have actually noticed it for a while now, but didn’t really want to admit it, or even say it out loud. I think (I know) that I might be drinking some of my calories. It’s not something that I even want to think about giving up, but I really believe that I need to. At least lower the intake.
If you knew me personally, you would know that giving up some of the beverages I drink is going to be very difficult for me. I love coffee. I love Starbucks. I even love McDonald’s mocha’s and iced coffee’s. I could drink them all day, everyday. There have been days that I have had two specialty coffee’s. Two!! Now, I go for the non-fat, and I make modifications here and there, but I truly believe that if I was to reduce the intake of my favorite beverages, specifically, coffee, I would feel a lot better. I found a couple of websites that talked about “drinking your calories” and found it really interesting. The first one that I found was Rethink Your Drink, from the CDC (Center for Disease Control). The second was, How to not drink your Calories. Soda’s are not an issue for me, but I still think that I could use some of the ideas and apply it to drinking the specialty coffees. Let’s be clear, when I say specialty coffee’s, I mean; Peppermint Mocha’s, White Chocolate Mocha’s, Latte’s, etc…. Things I love..;)
Yesterday afternoon I made one of the best smoothies. In the mix: 1 frozen banana, frozen cherries, 2 tbls of peanut butter, 1 tsp of chia seeds, 1 tbls of flax, and 2 % milk. Holy moly it was good! And it made quite a lot too…:)
I thought that I would try regular milk instead of almond milk. It really didn’t change the taste at all. Super filling!
Breakfast this morning was the usual, and as usual, it hit the spot.
I thought that I would show you some of the items that I use as “additions”. Organic Wild Blueberry jam on my English Muffin and some Truvia in my coffee. I normally use like half a tsp of the Truvia. It doesn’t take much.
I woke up today with very sore joints. Not really sure why, but maybe it’s the weather. Lower back, knees, ankles, wrists, and shoulders were killing me. I thought about staying in bed for more sleep, but got up anyway and hit the workout. It helped somewhat, but the joints still ached. It’s supposed to rain all day tomorrow, so it could be the front coming in.
Lunch today was very random.
Half a piece of chicken, strawberry Dannon greek yogurt with some rice chex, fresh strawberries with some 70% dark chocolate drizzled over them. A lite lunch!
Once I left work tonight (at 6:00) I headed to the track for a run. It’s been rainy today as well, so the track was wet. Um, it was cold too. I geared up and put my hood over my head, put some gloves on, and took off. 2.61 miles, with a 9.04 average pace! I am really enjoying this whole running outside thing.
Here’s another picture from Kazakhstan
Tomorrow I am going to give you a list of some of my favorite books! I hope that you have had a great day and that you have an even better night!!