Gorgeous Day

by Alison on April 14, 2010

I knew it would be a gorgeous day when the sun woke me up at 6 AM, not overcast???? OMG no way!

I did the usual take Ben to work and then I send myself out the door for a 4 mile run with speed intervals.  It was hard.  I definitely felt the last mile, I still need to slow down more on the recovery phases.  But it was sunny and with my new shoes, new hat and new bra I was rocking that run.  Hat was key for keeping the sun out of my eyes, who knew I would actually need it so soon.  I finished and stretched and I was famished, so I showered quickly and made myself an omelet (one egg, egg white) with spinach and the leftover grilled veggies from last night, well some of them, the rest appear in lunch.  I also had a bagel thin with neufchâtel cheese and a glass of milk.  I then spent the morning catching up with blogs, it’s funny now that I run first thing I feel behind on blogs when I get to them after a workout and breakfast.  For lunch I threw the rest of the veggies and some hummus into a half a pita and threw some vinagrette on spinach.  Add in yogurt and I had a simple meat free lunch.  I find that most of the meals Ben isn’t around I tend to do meat free.

I spent a chunk of the afternoon in the garden planting.  I hope our warmer weather holds, but many of my plants were just too crowded in their indoor pots so I’m hoping that all of my walls of water keep them safe.  It looks like none of the green bean seeds germinated so back to the drawing board on those, I’ll plant some more this week.  The onions, garlic and shallots are all going strong, the cabbage and lettuce are making appearances and the transplanted parsley is going crazy already.  The dogs were thoroughly bored by the end, after all the garden is for playing, right?

For dinner I made Biz’s Chicken Tikka Masala, it was wonderful!  I did add in an onion (sorry Biz) and a little extra siracha and the spice level was perfect, just a nice pleasant burn that didn’t overwhelm the flavours.  I made some roast cauliflower (I sprinkled it with salt and curry powder) on the side (and honestly it would have been perfectly happy in the sauce, and I might try that next time) and some brown rice.  Ben and I both agreed this is a new favourite and really pretty simple all said and done.

I made an effort to get my points in a bit earlier in the day today so I wouldn’t have 6 points left after dinner.

Ate 24 of 24 points. Earned 7 activity points.

Breakfast (7) – omlete (2) with grilled veggies (0), light cheese (1), milk (2), bagel thin (1), neufchâtel cheese (1)

Lunch (5)–Pita with hummus and grilled vegetables (2), yogurt (2), spinach salad with balsamic vinagrette (1)

Snack (2)–mini apple pie larabar (2)

Dinner (9)–Chicken Tikka Masala (6), 1/2 cup brown basmati rice (2), roasted cauliflower (0), Pita

Snack (1)–WW Chocolate Pretzel Blast (1)

Running Weekly totals used 28.5 of 35 weekly points, earned 28 activity points.

April Run a Mile a Day Challenge 14/30

Weekly Mileage Count 13

Veggie Omelet with Bagel Thin

Veggie Pita, Spinach Salad and Yogurt

Chicken Tikka Masala with Roasted Cauliflower

Seedlings ready for planting

Raised Bed 1

Raised Bed Two

Are we done yet?

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Monica April 15, 2010 at 3:11 AM

I’m enjoying the gardening updates…your raised beds are enviable. I just installed my first ever raised bed but haven’t dared trying to plant anything yet in this variable English weather. Which is a problem because I have some germinated tomato seeds that are growing quickly and I have only so many containers to grow them in. I like your greenhouse “bowl”… and your veggie omelet…
.-= Monica´s last blog ..Pour some gravy on me =-.

Alison April 15, 2010 at 6:31 AM

Monica I had a friend who planted her tomatoes 2 or 3 weeks ago with the walls of water and we have had hail since and a night that dropped to 34 and her tomatoes are doing fine, so you might want to check out walls of water for next year, I have mine supported by the tomato cages because we get a few really strong wind storms in spring but if you don’t have them around cages the tops can come together like a teepee on a really cold night then you can open them back up during the day. The idea behind them is that the water gets warm over the day and as they cool at night they release the heat to the plants…

Monica April 16, 2010 at 7:46 AM

Thanks for the tip about the wall of water… I’d never heard of this before I read your blog. I’ll deffo keep it in mind for next year.
.-= Monica´s last blog ..SmarterFitter is changing… is less really more? =-.

Biz April 15, 2010 at 9:57 AM

That is an awesome idea about adding the steamed cauliflower to the sauce – I think I’ll do that the next time I make it. And there will be a next time!

And I’ll forgive you for using onions! 😀
.-= Biz´s last blog ..Love Note! =-.

Alison April 15, 2010 at 2:37 PM

I agree it is definitely worth a next time!

Jules April 15, 2010 at 10:37 AM

Love the raised beds and the pups…! (Black lab..?)

*wishes I had room for a garden myself…..*

Nicole, RD April 16, 2010 at 5:55 AM

I LOVE Biz’s Tikka Masala recipe. And it’s just gorgeous, too!

I always wear a hat when I run, I hate the sun in my eyes!

Your garden is wonderful! You look like a pro!

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