Lifestyle Choices

This evening Edgar and I went to the local YMCA and I ran my first training session in the Couch to 5K program before going to join my other half in the pool.

As I ran on the treadmill, I realized that I really didn’t care about the machine’s calculation of my calories. I realized it didn’t matter. I was on the treadmill training for a 5k not for the purpose of losing weight but for the purpose of leading a healthy, active lifestyle. Also for this reason, I did not calculate activity points for my time in the pool. I wanted to enjoy my time with Edgar and not worry about how many calories I was burning. Instead, Edgar and I enjoyed each other’s company and mutually agreed we wanted to return to the pool more frequently. It wasn’t about calories. It was about building healthy habits. I don’t have to assign a point value to my water activies. I just already know in the back of my mind that I burned more calories frolicking around than I would have sitting around at home. To me, knowing that I am building healthy habits and enjoying it is enough of a reward.

Today was a weird change of pace since I stayed home from work today. My very late breakfast consisted of some experimental gingerbread pancakes topped with fall fruit compote, sugar free maple syrup, and fat free whipped cream. Was originally planning on having some turkey breakfast sausage with it, but since I got up so late, I decided the extra protein wasn’t necessary.

Since I had a late breakfast, I skipped lunch entirely and when 5 o’clock rolled around I made this!

It doesn’t look like much, but it’s SO GOOD! It’s a combination of Italian Sausage, bell peppers, onions, and fire-roasted diced tomatoes sauteed together with some italian seasonings and eventually served over whole wheat penne.

(I like to pre-portion the servings and immediately save the leftovers in plastic containers for later.)

And for dessert… Hungry Girl’s No Nonsense Nog recipe! Yuuummm!

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