Summer bummers

Tuesday was kind of a bummer of a day for me.

I’ve apparently developed a full-blown summer cold — or a nasty case of allergies. Something is causing my nose to run nonstop. I went through almost an entire box of Kleenex Tuesday. 😛

As a result, I did not have the wherewithal — or is it the desire? — to do a 25-minute run for C25K this morning. I didn’t want to work out at all, actually … but I put on my workout gear anyway. Despite what some fitness experts say, being dressed for exercise didn’t give me a burning desire to hop on the treadmill.

I whipped up my favorite Cake Batter Remix smoothie and settled on the couch to savor my breakfast. I’d just about decided to skip moving altogether when the Boyfriend called. With his prodding, I decided to at least walk for a bit.

Once I was actually on the treadmill, I gradually cranked up the speed until I was jogging. I ended up running for 8 or 9 minutes — one 5-minute block and one 3- or 4-minute block. (I lost count.) In the end, I’d logged 21 minutes and burned 175 calories. Not ideal, but better than nothing, right?

21 minutes, 1.275 miles at speeds of 2.0 to 4.2 mph. 60 vertical feet climbed at an incline of 0.5 to 1.5.

After treadmill time, I hit the shower and headed back to my friendly neighborhood health food store. I had to correct the error I made last month, when I bought the full-sugar Chocolate Almond Milk instead of the Unsweetened. (I just discovered the mistake the other day, when I went to open the new carton. Oops.)

Johnsonville chicken sausage with 1/4 cup zucchini and 1/2 cup each onion and bell pepper.

When I got back home, I whipped up a little lunch: Sausage and veggies. It was simple, but delicious.

Dinner was leftover Crockpot green chile pork mixed with 1 cup raw spinach (the heat of the meat wilted it nicely), 1/4 cup shredded cheddar and half an avocado.

Celery and Archer Farms Cashew Peanut Almond Butter. Yum.

After work, I snacked on some celery and nut butter. The jar was almost empty, and I doubt it even had one full serving in it, so I scraped it clean.

I felt a momentary sadness that I wouldn’t be able to use the dregs of the jar to make Tina’s Overnight Oats in a Jar. Even though I don’t like hot oatmeal, before I went back to Atkins, Overnight Oats were one of my go-to breakfasts. I usually made them in a Tupperware bowl, with 1/2 cup oats, 1/2 cup almond milk, 2 T dried fruit (Craisins most of the time) and 2 T PB or almond butter.

Delicious? Yes. But it set me up for a day on the blood sugar roller coaster — eating, craving more food, then eating some more. Once I reminded myself of that simple fact, I was glad to polish off my nut butter with a couple of celery sticks.

Goodbye, friend.

In other bummer news, my beloved purse bit the dust today. Guess that’s the hazard of buying cheap purses at Walmart. It might be super-cute and only cost $5 on clearance, but it won’t last through a season. I thought my stopgap fix, stapling the broken part of the strap back together, was pretty swift … but it failed to make it through the night.

That means I need to switch purses sometime Tuesday night or this morning. Blergh. Like I don’t have enough to do already?

Unfortunately, more expensive purses don’t last, either. I bought a real leather one from Kohl’s at 50% off the day after Thanksgiving, and its strap started to break after a few months.

Hmm. Wonder if that means I carry too much crap in my purse? Could be! 😉

Question for you: How long can you keep a purse before it needs to be replaced?

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