After my 1.5 drinks and a midnight bedtime, I was not a happy lady when my alarm went off at 6am on Friday. Ugh. Luckily, once I made coffee and walked to the subway, I was feeling more energetic. Despite feeling a little tired, I was super excited for my morning running date with Karina. We met in Central Park around 7am and hit the road for a nice, easy 6 miles. The weather was pretty perfect for late summer running – mid 60’s and sunny. My hammy felt pretty good throughout and my knee/IT band only gave me the usual twinges. By the time we finished, I was feeling good, but STARVING. After chugging some water, I bought an overpriced luna bar from my gym’s juice bar and gobbled it up. Note to self: must eat something before morning runs that are 5 miles or longer. Lately I feel like I’ve been on a blood sugar roller coaster – I’m a lot more sensitive to hunger pains and crankiness. When I arrived at my desk, I immediately chowed down on a Wallaby maple yogurt, sliced banana, and a serving of Mesa Sunrise. Felt much better afterwards!
Fast-forward 2 hours later…I’m hungry again. Contemplating the protein content of my own arm, I snacked on pomegranate-blueberry applesauce. It was yummy, but did nothing to fill me up. Around noon, I broke into a bag of Stacy’s pita chips. Thankfully these held me over until I could grab some real lunch. My office closed at 1pm, so I skedaddled out of there and down to the cafeteria ASAP.
Cafeteria lunch du jour:
- Romaine, carrots, red onion, mushrooms, kidney beans
- Whole grain croutons, cranberries, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette
- Tastings of wheatberry salad, Mediterranean couscous, and edamame
I enjoyed my lunch al fresco and then walked the mile or so to the Herald Square DMV. Good god. This place is a nightmare. I knew it wasn’t going to be a pleasant experience, so I did some online research before I went. First of all, if you ever have to visit, AVOID the information ticket line at all costs. You will stand in line for 20-30 minutes, be given forms to fill out, and then told to stand in the next line. Advice: print out your forms from the internet ahead of time and save yourself some frustration. After bypassing the first line, I situated myself in the Driver’s License/ID card line where I proceeded to stand for 2 ½ hours. Seriously. I felt really bad for some of the elderly people that were in line – they seemed to have trouble standing on their feet for that long. Also, there were 2 restroom stalls for the entire facility. And no vending machines. Don’t come here hungry!
Finally, finally I get to the front of the line, hand in my forms, and my photograph is taken. Then I receive a ticket and am told to sit down and wait until my number is called. Another hour passes. I’m hungry. I have to pee. It’s almost 6pm. When my number is finally called, I sprint to the counter and sign for my temporary license. Gah! I won’t even get the real deal for another 2 weeks (assuming Albany – the state capital – doesn’t screw things up). 4 hours and $65 later I exit the DMV in a daze. I need a drink. If they set up a bar inside the DMV office, they’d make a fortune. Maybe even enough money to hire some more employees.
On the verge of slugging the next tourist who got in my way, I hunted down a Mr. Softee truck and ordered myself a twist with rainbow sprinkles. Ahh. Thank goodness. Do I look stressed in this photo?
Once I arrived home, I managed to be fairly productive – our kitchen now resembles a place where food can be prepared and consumed. Yay, unpacking! Around 9pm, I was starting to get hungry. And lo and behold I decided to make something other than peanut butter and jelly on toast. A small miracle, really. I found a large bowl and filled it with mesclun greens. Next I sliced up a peach, added some walnuts, and raisins, a few Tbs of jalapeno hummus, a cup of low-fat cottage cheese, a dash of balsamic vinegar, and a crumbled Dr. Kracker seed bread. Yum! This combo sounds odd, but I love the contrast of flavors and textures. If you’ve never tried cottage cheese and hummus on greens, I highly recommend it – very creamy and delish!
Vegetarian Update: Well, Friday was day 4 and to be honest, I haven’t really had to alter my diet at all. Alma heated up some turkey chili that smelled really good, but other than that, I haven’t found avoiding meat to be difficult at all (ahem…probably because I eat pb&j every day…). However, I’m visiting my family in Pennsylvania this weekend, so passing up Mom’s meatloaf might be a challenge. Wish me luck!
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Question: What did you eat for lunch in elementary/middle school? When I was 11, I ate pizza lunch-ables for 100 days straight. Oh my.