Scenes from the weekend

Another weekend wrapup post on Tuesday? This is becoming a habit.

Oh well — not much happened, so it should be easy to catch everyone up.

Love the ChocolateMint water from MetroMint.

With someone on vacation, I had to work on Saturday. Amazing how easily I got used to NOT working weekends. Before work, I spent several hours running errands.

Among my stops were the health food store and Walmart. At the health food store, I picked up the usual: unsweetened coconut milk and MetroMint ChocolateMint water. I also bought more protein powder, including a new-to-me kind I’ll talk about later, and a loaf of Julian Bakery Carb Zero bread.

At Walmart, I grabbed some Atkins bars, TP, celery and other snacks. Exciting, right? Yeah, I didn’t think so. I was running out of time, so the grocery store had to wait.

Hard to believe I spent $60 on three small bags of stuff. 😛

Sadly, the items I did pick up cost about $60. I was a little perturbed at spending $60 and coming home with just  three bags. (It didn’t help that the bread cost something like $8, but still …)

When I got home, it was time for lunch. I was super-excited to try the Carb Zero bread, which I figured was different from the Smart Carb bread I’ve had in the past.

On the menu: Salad and a grilled cheese sandwich. Grilled cheese sounded good.

It was okay. I keep forgetting those Julian Bakery breads are substantial. They’re dense and chewy, and it’s tough to eat two slices at once. (Maybe I should have had HALF a grilled cheese sandwich.)

On the side, I had a salad with ranch dressing and a homemade Thai iced tea. That reminds me, I have to notify the winner of my Thai tea giveaway.

Not like the grilled cheese sandwiches I remember pre-Atkins, but decent enough.

All in all, it was a decent meal. Some days, that’s all you can ask for, right?

Work was … well, work. Things get off to a slow start, and I snack my way through the boredom until things pick up.

On the plus side, the Jack Links beef & cheese snack pack I bought while I was at Walmart was pretty tasty.

After work, I headed to the Boyfriend’s. We lazed around watching trashy movies on LMN for part of the day. By the time afternoon rolled around, he got it in his head that I needed to do my C25K run. (Since I skipped it Saturday, he was right, but don’t tell him I said so.)

With a little prodding and goading, I put on my workout clothes and hit the tiny treadmill. It was torture, but I finished W6D2.

363 calories burned and 2.31 miles walked/ran in 37 minutes. Speeds of 3.5 to 4.1.

Seriously. I thought I was going to die — multiple times. I wish I knew why it was so much harder than my last run. I suspect it’s partly the treadmill. My roommate’s treadmill is wider and longer, so I don’t constantly worry about falling over or flying off the end. I also think I dislike running in the afternoon.

I managed to summon up a smile for the camera, even though I felt terrible.

I’ve never been so glad to see the end of a workout, though. When I finished, I headed straight to the bathroom for a shower … and proceeded to sit on the toilet for a good 10 or 15 minutes, too exhausted to move. I must have pushed myself a bit too hard there — odd, because I went more slowly, and at less incline, than I did the last time I ran. (It has to be the treadmill.)

Even though I didn’t push myself as much, I still felt a certain sense of accomplishment.

I’m debating attempting W6D3 — a 25-minute run — outside. Maybe jogging through a neighborhood with scenery will make the time go faster?

Funny how I was so focused on the 20-minute run in Week 5 that I didn’t even notice the 25-minute one in Week 6. Hope I can run for 25 minutes.

Of course I can. If I can do 20, surely I can push just a little harder and log 25.


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