You know those nights when you work out, feel very fitness-y and strong, and then you come home and stuff yourself for no apparent reason? That was me tonight.
Eh, it happens.
But my run tonight was awesome and fun, which can be kind of an elusive thing, so when it happens I get really excited!
I headed to the gym after work and did 3 miles in 30:05, with some extra walking thrown in a at the end. Still not “fast,” but good for me! That time includes 5 minutes of warm-up walking, so I felt good about it—I started at about a 9:40 pace and climbed up to 9:10ish and pretty much stayed there.
Unfortunately, I got really concerned in the middle about my shorts falling off. They were new, which I was totally attributing the fun-ness of the run to, but they don’t fit exactly right and I just got paranoid about it. I was quite relieved to get off of the treadmill and adjust them to less dangerous ground.
Anyway, I came home starving and began pulling random things out of my fridge to snack on, considered a spoonful of catchup, and reluctantly put it back. I made dinner ASAP:
It was so good! I love sweet potato fries but usually don’t have the patience to make them. So after my close call of turning a condiment into a snack, I munched on more sensible crackers and hummus while I baked the fries. First I sliced up a huge sweet potato, then tossed it in extra virgin olive oil and a few shakes of seasoned salt:
Then I baked them at 425 for 23 minutes, turning once in the middle. They got all bubbly and crisp (Dave would refer to them as burnt):
Remember when I said this stuff freaked me out? Besides the fact that it’s from IKEA, which is a little strange, I’m over that and love to eat it with sandwiches! Kind of like cranberry sauce with turkey.
Don’t judge me on dessert here:
Well, I guess the rest of my night will consist of more American Idol (really, what DOES Simon do to make those white t-shirts look so hot?) and finishing up this month’s issue of my absolute fave magazine:
Before I head out, I wanted to share that I was thinking a lot today about something. The earthquake in Haiti is a tragedy of such magnitude that it really does stop you in your tracks. It just makes me want to do everything I can to embrace every moment, because life truly is a blessing and a gift.
A friend of mine said not long ago that if you have your health, you have everything. That is an absolute truth, in my opinion. I’m making a conscious effort to truly embrace each moment and not take them for granted.
If you’d like to make a donation to the relief efforts in Haiti but aren’t sure where to do so, click here to visit the Red Cross website.