Yucky….it was the resounding theme yesterday for some reason.
Yucky # 1 ~ something I ate really bothered my stomach. Since I don’t eat grains, it had to be gluten or a derivitave that was hidden in something. I have a sneaking suspicion that since I don’t eat many processed foods, it was probably the chia seeds in the grain free porridge that I had been so excited about. So now I have to wait about 3-4 days for the bloating in my stomach to go down and then once everything is back to normal I’ll try the porridge one more time. If I have the same reaction then I’ll know.
Yucky #2 ~ I decided I didn’t want to go home and then sit around and wait until 6:45 to do the Express spin class at the gym so I went for a run around the trail instead. It was drizzling when I left and fully raining when I got halfway done. Since my Shuffle was dead, I took my iPhone with me. Not an ideal situation since I have no armband for it and I have to hold it in my hand. For one thing the headphone cord isn’t long enough, I was worried about sweating into the buttons and the phone in general doesn’t like the rain. On a positive note though, I was able to use Mapmyrun and got an exact time, speed and distance breakdown along with a cool map of where I’d run. Thanks Tarable for that app!
Still along the “yucky” note with my run though, since I don’t eat a tonne of carbs I am aware that I have to carb fuel before any exercise so that I have the energy required to carry it out. So I went home and had an apple with almond butter and then headed out. I was on fumes for 3/4 of the run, my stomach felt weird, my legs felt heavy, I had no balance/stability. Right around the last quarter of the loop I actually felt the energy from the apple kick in, it was like getting a turbo boost! What I then realized is that the energy/sugar in an apple is heavily tied to the fiber so it takes a lot longer to release into your blood stream. Good for a snack, not so much for exercise fuel. Next time I’ll go with the banana. Interesting though to be able to be ‘clean’ enough to actually feel the release of energy into your body.
Yucky #3 ~ Dinner last night was baked chicken breast with steamed brocoli. Unfortunately the seasoning I put on the chicken was Very Yucky! It was a ginger garlic paste that I got from the organic meat store. But it was insanely salty and weirdly sour at the same time. I ended up scraping it off and heaping mango salsa onto the chicken instead. I couldn’t even think where that sauce would be good, I tossed it right in the trash. Given that the chicken was yucky and with just brocoli, we were a bit bored by dinner. Which led to:
NOT Yucky #4 ~ Sitting on the sofa around 7:30 pm (while we were watching the movie Muppets in Space in our pajamas), Ray turned to me and asked me if I could make him brownies. I asked him if he was fine with trying a recipe for grain free brownies and he completely agreed. I googled “grain free brownies” and decided to make the first recipe I came upon. They were quick and easy and took next to no time to make. They’re a bit….fluffier than a standard chewy brownie but my guess is if I were to reduce the almond flour and add in some coconut flour I would end up with a denser brownie. Overall though, very nice. Ray’s comment: “I would eat these again.” which is high praise coming from the man who has decided he’s scared he’s going to become a “hippy vegan pussy” if he keeps eating grain free. I told him not to worry, we’re not vegan. LOL!
So, Monday was a yucky day…….but not a bad day. Weird, I know! Today was weigh in day, I’m down another pound for a total of 3lbs over 3 weeks. Not super speedy but not losing muscle either! Tonight is a sofa/TV night, we’re having spaghetti for dinner….Ray’s on noodles and my sauce will be over a baked acorn squash. The meat sauce will be homemade with organic ground bison. Cross your fingers!