Two Lattes, Two Cookies

Wouldn’t it be ironic if I woke up at 5:15 naturally on a Saturday when I struggle to do it during the work week? Well, that is what happened yesterday. At 5:15, my eyes flew open and I was ready for the day.  I had a pre-workout snack, which is a new thing for me (the working out and the pre workout snack). I had a small glass of low fat chocolate milk before I hopped on the treadmill. I think it really helped me stay more alert during the workout and I felt great afterwards. So, thanks to Jenna for inspiring me to have one. I did a 32 minute (one sex and the city episode) walk/run on the treadmill. I keep toying with the idea of running again and so I gave it a go. I am very much out of shape so I walked 3 minutes and ran 2 for most of the workout. I did just walk for the last 8 minutes or so. The workout was great and it felt good knowing that it was over and done with for the day.

pre workout snack

pre workout snack

After a quick shower and some blogging, I made breakfast. I reheated some of my wheatberry, oat and bulgur concoction and topped it with a very ripe peach and some PB & Co. white chocolate wonderful. I guess the workout decreased my appetite because I wasn’t able to even come close to finishing my already small portion.  

breakfast

breakfast

Once breakfast was finished and the dear husband was back from his marathon training, we hit the road. The siding guys are still working on our house and the banging is unbearable so we didn’t want to stick around. Our first stop was Target for a Starbucks. From the moment we gave our order we knew this was going to be an interesting experience. There were gobs of people standing around waiting for their drinks and the line was out of control. After settling into a chair to wait, we saw why. The girl making the drinks was WAY overwhelmed and the dude taking the orders was new and had to keep interrupting her.  After about 15 minutes, we got our drinks. Mine was wrong. I was delivered a tall vanilla latte with an extra shot. Since I didn’t want to cause further chaos, I took the drink thinking that the extra shot wouldn’t make that much of a difference. I was wrong, it tasted like mud so I sat it in the cup holder and pouted.

latte # 1

latte # 1

We were headed to the area of town that I lived when dear husband and I met one another. It is about 45 minutes away from home so when we passed a little coffee shop on the way I was delighted. We pulled in and I was sure that this would make up for the bad Starbucks. I am not usually this high maintenance but it really was a bad drink. I ordered a small vanilla latte with skim milk. I got the latte to the car and it was way too sweet for me. This was turning out to be a bad latte day. Since I still had the mud sitting in the console, I decided to mix the two lattes together and it actually turned out really good. Too bad it cost me two stops and $10.

latte # 2

latte # 2

Once we got to my old stomping grounds, we did a little shopping and reminiscing. For lunch, we went to one our favorite places from when we were dating. Ginger Red which is an Asian Fusion place that has awesome food, a cool atmosphere and brown rice. 🙂 I started out with some hot jasmine tea and Thai lettuce wraps. The lettuce wraps were fantastic, they had a nice curry flavor that wasn’t too strong.

jasmine tea

jasmine tea

lettuce wraps

lettuce wraps

For lunch I ordered a Vietnamese summer roll and hunan shrimp with brown rice. The hunan shrimp came with a soup so I asked for hot and sour. The summer roll was excellent, the peanut sauce they serve it with is the best combo of sweet and sour.

summer roll

summer roll

The soup was pretty typical hot and sour soup and since I hadn’t really planned to eat soup, I only had a bite or two.

hot and sour soup

hot and sour soup

After soup, our entrees came. My Hunan Shrimp was perfectly cooked but the sauce was a bit milder than I had expected.  It was a lunch size portion and I still only finished about 1/3 of it.  I also had a bite or two of the dear husbands fried rice. For dessert, we split a fortunes cookie. Overall, our lunch was fantastic and brought back great memories from days gone by.

hunan shrimp with brown rice

hunan shrimp with brown rice

fortune cookie

fortune cookie

Lunch was followed by a trip to the local health food store. I really only needed some oats and some oat flour but we came across some local tofu (!!) that I had to have as well. We also bought some Ezekiel sprouted burger buns and a preserve toothbrush. While there, we had a sample of a vegan chocolate chip cookie made with tofu. It was pretty tasty, the texture was kinda of dry but they have been because they were siting out in the sample tray. It was my first time with a vegan baked good and overall, I wouldn’t have know it was vegan if the sign hadn’t said so.

vegan cookie

vegan cookie

After the health food store, we headed home to see if we had a message about my car. We had been waiting all day for a call and thought maybe they called our house instead of our cell. When we got home, there was no message so we gave them a call and they said that it still wasn’t ready. Finally, around 4:30 they called to say it was done. We headed out to pick it up and then we went to Lowe’s for new porch lights.

Once we got back home, we made a light dinner. Spinach and spring mix salad with cukes, dried cranberries, goat cheese and almond slices. I topped mine with a little garlic seasoned rice vinegar and had a whole wheat yeast roll on the side. It was a nice dinner and not too heavy after a long day of running around.

a light summer dinner

a light summer dinner

After dinner, I read a little of “When Food is Love” by Geneen Roth and finally headed off to bed. It had been a nice Saturday but I was really tired!

QOTD: Do you prefer to get your work out done in the morning or in the evening? Why?

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11 Responses

  1. Haha, that always seems to happen to me – when I HAVE to wake up über-early (i.e. before 6 or 7 am), I have a little trouble; but then on the weekends when I plan on sleeping in until 8 am, I can’t. Oh, the irony/life of a morning person 🙂

    It’s ALWAYS a good idea to consume something before a workout – glad you did it!

    Don’t let that dry cookie ruin your opinion of vegan baked goods – QUALITY vegan sweets always turn out moist and delicious 🙂

    Although I’m active all day (with kickboxing, stretching, AND dance practices), I do prefer to work out in the morning, since I’m naturally a morning-person.

  2. I have to do mornings or early afternoons because of the energy it gives me. If I worked out at night, I would never get to sleep. Yeah, I’m exhausted afterwards, but after I rest up a bit, I get a huge surge of energy.

  3. I am sure running to Sex and the City helped the time go by!

    Lettuce wraps look awesome.

    I prefer to work out in the morning because I feel accomplished. Sets the tone for a healthy day. But, sometimes I feel rushed and like I can get more accomplished at the end of the day because I have more time.

    – Heather

  4. mmm the summer roll and salad look so good!!

  5. i love vietnamese rolls! all that food looks great. about your question, i think mentally it would be preferable if i could get it done in the morning – sets a good tone to the day – but personally,i find it hard to have the same kind of energy and drive early in the morning, even though i’m definitely a morning person and an early-riser.

  6. There’s nothing worse than expecting a delicious coffee and getting something less than delicious. Glad your persistance paid off though (with some creavity by you!).

    I like working out in the morning because that way I have my whole day to not have to try to fit it in, BUT I generally enjoy the workout more in the afternoon. So, I’m split on that one. 🙂

  7. i definitely like to get my workout OVER WITH! if i leave it too late, i might crash on the couch and be unable to my arse up!

    🙂

  8. i like working out in the morning on saturdays but during the week i like workout out right after work… not sure why but it just seems to fit into my schedule better with 🙂

  9. Your salad looks very pretty and I bet it was delish!

  10. Morning workouts are definitely the best for me. I don’t have the “I’m too tired” excuse that occasionally pops up at the end of the day.

    Mm….summer rolls….

  11. I 1000000% prefer working out in the morning. I like getting it over with, showering, and starting my day feeling healthy and really alert. When I wait until the evening I sometimes just don’t have the energy or motivation to workout and those are the days I end up skipping my exercise. When I workout first thing I tend to eat better throughout the day as well because I started off on the right foot!

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