Yesterday was an amazing day. Why? I think because I had actually slept an adequate amount. If that’s how I’d usually feel with more sleep, I am definitely making sleep more of a priority! Here are the main things that made my day a great one:
Beach Babe Workout
I went to the beach to workout by myself for the first time. I’ve worked out at the beach before, but only when accompanied by a friend or my twin. Why have I lived in this beach town my entire life and only now taken the opportunity to relish it as a workout spot? Not sure. A) I’m lame. B) I think as a “chubbier” person, I just didn’t like being “exposed” at the beach and developed an aversion to all beach activities.
Well, it was beautiful. I ran along the beach for three miles (yes, I RAN! My knee is getting better and better!). I am keeping my runs short and sporadic — I do not want to overextend myself again. So, 3 miles of beach sand running at the slow and steady pace of 10-minute miles. I then sprinted for half a mile at a 7:30 minute/mile pace. I wasn’t sure what to do next, then I saw a huge flight of stairs and evil laughter escaped my lips as I ran towards it. Up, down, up, down, up down. I’m sure I looked like a nut running up and down this very high and steep staircase, but I can’t tell you how much fun I was having. Again, if this positive mindset was a result of sleep, I profess my love to the Sleep God. I was able to see my total mileage, pace and calories because I wore my new Garmin 305 for the first time! Thanks to Tamara for her recommendation.
Do any of you have Garmin 305s? Work out at the beach?
I have been a loyal and ardent supporter of Trader Joe’s during my health journey and have felt no need to branch out…until A) I started seeing other foodies writing about products from WF that I had not tried and did not have access to and B) Out of state friends complained they could not try my recipes/snack ideas since they did not have a TJs. So, yesterday, I marked a big “WF” in my calendar and excitedly went to this health food Disneyland to scope out the goods. I feel like there should have been an induction ceremony involved or something, but, alas, there was not.
I had no clue that WF allowed you to make your own trail mix or to mix your own nut butter! Why had no one told me this?! Insane!
It might not have been smart to get the Peanut Butter & Co. Dark Chocolate Dreams. I tried a spoonful last night. And then another. Repeat. Yea, unbelievably scrumptious.
Just a note – I was surprised to find that WF still carries a lot of foods on my “no-no” list. I had envisioned WF as a place that shunned refined flours and high-sugar foods, but everywhere I turned there was something that I would never put in my mouth. I guess no matter where you go, you always have to be a smart, health-minded consumer.
What do you guys love about Whole Foods? Any product recommendations?
I did not end up cooking the black bean dish I had envisioned for dinner, but instead went to dinner at Mimi’s Café. Meh. I didn’t know Mimi’s was like a high-end Denny’s, but it was. Their saving grace, however, is that they are so open with the nutritional content/caloric content of their dishes and they even have A) A “Just Enough” section on their menu where you can choose items in smaller portions for less money and B) a Fresh and Fit menu that has specifically nutritious and less calorie-dense foods with all the nutritional information posted right there on the menu. While I’ve read here that only 1/10 people will actually look at nutritional content at fast-food restaurants, I’m pretty sure that the 10% are you guys and myself! I am always stoked when the info. is available and applaud all restaurants that provide it.
Do you guys check out nutritional information of restaurant foods before you order?
Alright, it’s going to be a lame weekend spent at the library Hope you guys actually do something fun!