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Today I pretty much reverted back to spring break for the day. I definitely made no real contributions to society. After waking up and driving Brent to work (we have two cars, but 1 of them is pretty much a beater Brent only really uses on my clinical days), I met my friend Sheila at our school’s gym for an elliptical workout. I did intervals, with one minute at a slower pace and low resistance and one minute at high intensity/high resistance. 30 minutes and plenty of sweat later, I was starving.

I wanted a smoothie for my post-workout breakfast but the blender was being washed in the dishwasher at the time, due to my poor planning. I made do with an Oikos plain yogurt with sliced strawberries and a quarter cup of homemade almond granola.

For the granola, I mix together 4 cups of old-fashioned oats, 1-1.5 cups chopped almonds, 1/2 cup ground flaxseed, 1/4 cup canola oil, 2 tbs. molasses, 2 tbs. honey, and some cinnamon. Bake at 275 for an hour, stirring midway. Toss together with 1 cup raisins. I like this granola because it’s not too sweet. I think the sugar and fat amount is pretty good for granola, and it goes really well with plain yogurt.

Moving on, a few hours later (after a disappointing phone call with my doctor), I made lunch: part 1. I love a big salad, especially if it includes avocado. Today’s  salad: spring mix, carrots, radishes, cucumber, 1/4 of an avocado. I top all my salads with oil and vinegar – usually 1 tsp. basil-infused olive oil and oregano white balsamic vinegar.

I hope all of you are having the same wonderful weather we are! It was sunny and 60 degrees out today!! To spend some time talking with Brent and soak up some vitamin D, I met him on his lunch hour for a walk. :)

Lunch: part 2 followed — more curried fried rice. I made a ton of this stuff Sunday night, so it’ll show up once more tomorrow as well. There was also a light string cheese involved.

Another walk with Larry — more sunshine! And then one more walk with both Larry and Lucy when Brent got home. I feel bad for not giving Larry enough activity sometimes. He’s pretty young and athletic, and Lucy is old and well… pretty chubby (and probably arthritic). So she really cannot walk very long anymore, but she gets very upset (She makes a horrible whiny noise that sounds like an angry elephant) if I take Larry for a walk without her.

Dinner was easy. I thought the weather called for something light and refreshing. I made fish tacos with some wild mahi mahi in the freezer. I used this recipe with a few modifications: halved the mayonnaise for the sauce, used light sour cream and used my own mix of seasoning in place of the taco seasoning. Toppings: shredded cabbage with lime juice, diced tomatoes, and cilantro sour cream.

My tacos:

2 hour or so after dinner, I was getting a bit hungry — I absolutely HATE going to bed even a little hungry, so I made a dessertish snack: chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie. A banana, 1.5 tbs. Dark Chocolate Dreams peanut butter (now I’m all out!), a cup of skim milk and a handful of ice.

I’m feeling tired and a bit stiff — must be all that walking — so I think I’m going to do a quick 20 minute yoga download before bed. Tomorrow’s supposed to be equally gorgeous!! :)

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