Yesterday was such a nice break from my long Tuesday. I woke up early (no sleeping in for this girl!) and took Bodhi for a 4.5 mile run/walk in Central Park. I don’t know if I’m still bouncing back from the 15k 10 days ago or if I’m paying for the cardio sculpt class I took on Friday, but I was dragging again! In fact, I ran again this morning and didn’t even bring my watch so I could just run for enjoyment.
Back to yesterday, though, Bodhi decided to goof off while I was studying after our run. I finally caught him in the act!
I had the second Gardein chicken marinara breast for lunch with half of a sweet potato and then I had a doctor’s appointment uptown. It was a bit of a trek, but I loved the 30 minute walk each way. Tack on another 3 miles in sunshine!
I spent the afternoon studying more and took a break to make some dinner for the rest of this week. I was lucky to have a great, if unexpected, source of inspiration. I got home from class on Tuesday to this:
At first, I thought maybe I’d ordered something and it’d been delayed so long I’d forgotten about it (not that that’s ever happened, I swear). No such luck. Apparently the company sent a free 21-day trial of the cookbook, but they also sent the bill I’ll have to pay if I don’t return it in time. Tricky little monkeys, those publishers are. Well we’ll just see if their ploy works on me. We had a pound of organic beef that needed to be used before we skip town for the weekend so I went straight for a chili recipe. We actually had all of the ingredients except the beans and tomatoes so this ended up being a super cheap chili. And, in addition to being inexpensive, it was very tasty and quick to make! I actually timed the entire process (prep, cook, simmer) and it took 32 minutes. Not too bad for a thick and hearty chili!
I packed a container with a handful of Food Should Taste Good jalapeno chips and an apple for dinner and hit the streets for a long walk to class. Some might say I’m nuts, but I really believe the little expenses that add up over time are the easiest to reduce. I put $45 on a metro card at the beginning of the month and I’m determined not to use all of it before April 30. This would be a serious savings since a monthly unlimited pass is $89. Sooo…..I decided to walk all the way to school, which is about 4.25 miles. The first mile was lovely, the second mile was a little toasty, and by the time I got to class I was a big sweaty mess. I also seriously considered stopping in a store to buy a pair of sneakers mid-walk b/c I’d chosen to walk in flip flops (damn you, vanity). Well, live and learn, right?
My tootsies are pretty tired now, but nothing a day in sneakers won’t fix. My mileage total (including 1.5 miles to/from train home last night) was 13.25 miles!
I’ve got some more studying to do while I enjoy my lunch, chili and sweet potato. and then it’ll be exam time. Can’t believe my final is next week. Panic!