Lunch Date and Quick Dinner

Hello!

I hope everyone is having a great Tuesday! Every since my run this morning, I’ve been in a good mood! 😀

I’m enjoying my happiness while I finish this post, and then it’s back to studying. I have yet ANOTHER test tomorrow. My life feels like a super long exam!!

 

Lunch

Since Jason’s on the night shift this month, that means he is home during the day with me! Our two year dating anniversary is tomorrow, but since we have other plans/work/classes, we celebrated with a lunch date today!

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We used to have lunch together (not always out) every single day before we even started dating. It is a tradition that I miss!

We headed to Nona Sushi, a local Japanese restaurant. I ordered the lunch special, a bento box with hibachi shrimp.

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It came with a ginger side salad, which they always put WAY to much dressing on.

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I asked for no butter on the shrimp and veggies, and the guy said he couldn’t do it. Umm… I was really confused, and I told him to please use minimal butter. He laughed at me.  Ugh, it was still buttery but it was DELICIOUS! I ate all the veggies, and half of the shrimp.

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It also came with a blob of white rice which I’m not a fan of and had no problem leaving it there.

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I love love love sushi! I was happy to eat all of these little California rolls. 😀

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…and lastly, tempura veggies- sweet potato and zucchini

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As good as the outside might taste, it is NOT HEALTHY! I compromised by picking 3/4 of it off, and I still got a bit of the flavor.

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It was a great lunch, and I left feeling super full!!

 

I didn’t really need any snacks this afternoon, but I made a green smoothie before I left for class, since dinner was still 4-5 hours away.

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My smoothie had:

  • spinach
  • ice
  • 1 banana
  • 1 TBL peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup vanilla soy milk

Jason saw me making it, and wanted half. Being an awesome girlfriend, I gave him half. It was actually just enough to hold me.

 

Dinner

Once I got home from class, I made a quick pasta salad for dinner.

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It included:

  • penne pasta (carbs)
  • white beans (protein)
  • peas (veggies)
  • red pepper (veggies)
  • pesto (fats)

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I boiled some penne pasta, while I prepared all the other stuff. The entire dish made 11 minutes to make, had only 5 ingredients, and covered all the well-rounded meal basics. Quick meals are a necessity in my life!

YUM!!

I contemplated cereal for dinner, but I’m so glad I took 10 extra minutes to make something more satisfying.

***Edited to Add: Just a had a little bowl of Moose tracks frozen yogurt!***

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What’s the best meal you have made in under 15 minutes?

 

❤ MegaNerd

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After 5 Days Off…

I had a 6.0 mile run scheduled on my marathon training plan today, and I was unsure if I would be able to complete it.

Last week, I noticed that my left shin bone a couple inches under my knee was really bothering me. Not like shin splints, or the muscles that hurt around the shin bone, but the bone itself. Every time I would put pressure on that leg to walk down stairs, jump, or try to run pain would shoot up the bone.

I decided to skip my Friday run, and also my Sunday long run. In all, I took 5 days of complete running rest, only going to the gym for weights, and going on a 3.25 mile walk with Debbie.

This morning, I woke up late (7:45 am!). I knew that I could run this morning since my leg has been feeling better the last couple of days. I started of REALLY slow.. like 11:20 min/mile pace, and gradually built back up to normal speed.

Before heading out the door, I fueled up with a slice of toast with cherry preserves. Debbie brought me 9 bags of groceries when she moved, so I have all kinds of fun new stuff to try now (including cherry and pineapple preserves!)

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I completed the 6.0 mile run in 58:16, or 9:42 pace! 😀 Considering ALL that I had working against me:

  • 85 degree temps
  • Running w/o my BFF 😦
  • First run since injury

I think I did great! The pain never came back, and once I stopped wondering if it was going to hurt, I ran as usual!

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Sweaty success! I came back to the apartment with a big grin! 😀

I honestly worried that I would be out for much longer! I think I did the right thing by taking time off IMMEDIATELY after the pain started. I’ve heard so many stories of people that kept running through injuries and it’s only made them worse off. I can’t imagine taking MONTHS off!

 

Breakfast was a big yogurt mess. It’s been so long since I’ve craved yogurt, but with the hot temps, that was the only thing that would do the trick.

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In the mess:

  • 1/2 cup Kashi Go Lean
  • 1/2 cup Kashi H2H
  • 1/4 cup plain Oikos yogurt
  • 1 kiwi
  • strawberries
  • raspberries

All mixed up…

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😀

 

I’m really happy, and thankful for every.single.mile.

❤ MegaNerd