Friday night I made up a fantabulous Chinese chicken salad from my new cookbook America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. I <3 this book. The delicious recipes of ATK but with lower calories. And the calories are actually listed for each recipe. Did I mention that I really like this book? I highly recommend it.
|Only 280 calories.|
But Saturday morning we were up early. We were on a mission. :) First, a stop by Panera bread for breakfast then off to Bike Barn. We picked up Charlie's bike (his Christmas present) and also mine and Chuck's bikes.
Before I go any further in my blog post-turned-novel, let me say that I LOVE my bike. Love it so much. And it hurts my rear so badly. Must get biker shorts or develop a tough rear. LOL
We get home and the kids are still asleep. So we put the presents under the Christmas tree but keep the bike in the garage. Then Chuck wakes up the kids and I video their reactions as they came downstairs. They thought we weren't opening gifts until Thursday morning. (we won't be home Christmas day)
Charlie and Rachel were thrilled with their gifts. They open everything up and Chuck then takes a few boxes to the trash in the garage while I "interview" Charlie and ask about his favorite gift. While I distract Charlie, Chuck rolls in his new bike with a big bow on it. Charlie finally sees it and freaks out. He actually started crying he was so happy. Got it all on video. One of the great moments of being a parent. It's hard to put in words how happy I am for him.
Then Chuck goes into the bedroom and tells Rachel that he forgot to give a gift to her. Her new Canon powershot camera. She loves it. The best part of Christmas is watching the kids open gifts. Can't get enough of it.
Of course my living room is wrecked right now. LOL Oh well, gives me something to do, right?
The rest of Saturday was spent playing with gifts. That night we had Chinese food then went looking at Christmas lights. Down one street they were handing out candy canes and there was a Santa and a Frosty the Snowman walking around. So much fun.
Friday- strength training. Ouch, but it wasn't as bad as the first time. And I was able to walk the next day. Win. The strength training also has a few minutes of HIIT for cardio and some core strengthening. I apparently can not do a side plank. Not yet anyway.
Saturday- rest except for riding my bike down the street with Charlie on his new bike.
Sunday- half marathon training week 1/day 3. Walk/run for 2 miles. Chuck joined me and it was so nice having his company. Had trouble with breathing for some reason.
After the run, we took the bikes out and rode for 4 miles until our bottoms hurt too bad to keep going. LOL It was really funny as we grunted and groaned as we hit every little bump.
I'll post pics of the new bikes soon.
Diet: doing great keeping at 1200 calories. Looking forward to getting to maintenance so I can increase the calories but for now I just want to lose the weight. Don't want diabetes and PCOS and whatever else I may have or get.
Rachel is doing her own challenge: no Cokes (in Texas all sodas are Cokes no matter if it's a Dr Pepper or Pepsi....it's all Coke) for 30 days, only water. She's over halfway done. Her reward will be a new outfit. You can do it, Rachel!
My mom has lost almost 20 pounds since October. I'm very proud of her. I don't want her to get diabetes and she's so close. She's walking a mile per day (sometimes 2) and watching her carbs. Go, MOM!
Hope all had a great weekend! I had a terrific one. :)