Hey everyone! I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was pretty good. I went and test rode a few bikes and I've found two that I absolutely love! The first is a Trek 3700 WSD (Women's Specific Design) and the second is a Trek 4300 WSD. I like the 4300 a little bit better than the 3700 but it's $100 more and by the time you add in a helmet, water bottle, bell, and padded butt shorts--the 4300 is a bit above my price range. I rode a mountain bike a few days ago at another shop but it was a men's (actually the salesperson tried to tell me it was unisex) and it was very uncomfortable. So I rode some hybrids/comfort bikes and liked those but after trying these women's mountain bikes, I'm definitely going with a woman's mountain bike. Stephen's getting a mountain bike so if I get the same type of bike, we'll be able to do the same trails and so forth! I have to wait a couple of weeks before getting my bike but I'm really excited!!
We watched a lot of March Madness basketball this weekend and most of the time had two games going at once (one on the TV and one on the computer). Stephen is entered in 6 betting pools but I don't think he's doing very well at this point...too many upsets. Besides the basketball and bikes, we did the usual errands and running around. Nothing too exciting.
I'm excited to go running today. It's been 10 days since I last ran! I hate that but I also know when I'm doing as much running as I've been doing, my body needs a good rest week every now and then. I'm going to post my menu for today just b/c I know I'm nosy and like to know what other people eat. Note that my calorie counts are close estimates--I count calories but tend to round up to the nearest number ending in a 5 or 0.
Breakfast: 1 serving of Steel cut oats made with 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup skim milk, and 1/6 cup dried cranberries; 1 tbsp cashew butter and 2 tbsp ground flax on top; Cinnabon coffee, black (so yummy!! It's my favorite flavored coffee and I found it at Target this weekend!)
485 calories, 1/2 serving dairy, 2 servings fruit, 2 servings carbs, and 1/2 serving protein
Morning Snack: Fruit Salad (I buy a bunch of fruit on Sundays and make a different fruit salad every day of the week...It's a great way to get in some variety and spread out the more expensive fruits.) Today's mix has 1/2 plum, 1/2 nectarine, 1/2 banana, 3 strawberries, and 10 or so blueberries
100 calories, 2 servings fruit
Lunch: 1 serving Kashi crackers, 2 cups of mixed veggies (carrots, green pepper, grape tomatoes), 2 string cheese sticks, 1/2 cup of ground chickpeas with lemon juice and pepper
450 calories, 1 serving dairy, 2 servings veggies, 1 and 1/2 servings carbs, and 1/2 serving protein
Afternoon Snack: 1 banana or 1 Clif Z bar
100-150 calories, 2 servings fruit or 1 and 1/2 servings carbs
Dinner: Chicken with Sun Dried Tomato Orzo (from the April 2008 edition of Eating Well); Side Salad or Wilted Spinach; Asparagus; one glass of wine
700 calories, 1 serving protein, 4 servings veggies, 3 servings carbs
Activity: Run/Walk at lunch, 5 miles