I’ll take the good with the not-so-bad

Thursday was another “Facts of Life” kind of day. You know  — you take the good, you take the bad …

Come to think of it, the bad wasn’t that terrible. Never mind. I’m still starting with the good.

I walked at a sub-3.5 mph pace for 2 minutes before starting the official C25K workout. Covered a total of 2.17 miles in 34 minutes at an incline of 0.5 to 3.0. 105 vertical feet climbed and 293 calories burned.

I ran for 8 straight minutes … TWICE.

Red-faced and sweaty, but happy.

Sometimes I still can’t believe it, either. But I did.

The secret to making the time go by faster, I’ve discovered, is to flip my phone over so I can’t watch the timer counting down the seconds. (For some reason, the countdown on the treadmill doesn’t bother me as much — maybe because my not-so-stellar math skills make it a little tougher to figure out exactly how long I have left.)

After my run — did I just say that? — it was time to check out that Cake Batter Protein Shake I missed out on having when I slept through breakfast Wednesday.

That’s where the bad comes in. It tasted okay, but I didn’t LOVE it. The flavor did grow on me a little more with each sip, so I guess that’s something.

Tasty, but it didn’t knock my socks off.

The type of protein powder I use might be the problem. I really haven’t been a fan of any of the recipes I’ve tried that use it … not even the low-carb PB cookies I made several months ago. Luckily, the container’s almost gone. I have a different kind in reserve, waiting for its chance to wow me.

I’m already trying to figure out a way to improve on the Cake Batter Protein Shake experience. Look for a “Birthday Cake Smoothie Remix” soon. (I’m thinking almond milk instead of water, and more flavoring — I might have skimped on the extracts, because my bottles didn’t have a dropper-type spout.)

Thursday’s other kitchen experiment was much more successful. I was bummed to miss out on National Peanut Butter Cookie Day earlier this week. Guess that’s what happens when you read blog posts a day or two late, eh?

Good thing any day is a good day to enjoy nut butter! I whipped up a batch of Julie’s Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies, using Splenda instead of sugar. The dough made 40 cookies, making each one 1.05 Net Carbs.

The bad thing is, they’re so good I could easily have devoured half of them in one sitting. I nabbed one fresh out of the oven, and took 2 more with me to work to eat after dinner. If I’d had  access to the whole batch, I’d probably have eaten more.

Those suckers are going with me to plot group Saturday. Hopefully someone else will scarf most of them down.


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