Murphy kept telling me that he really, really wanted to go to the dog park this morning. So I put on a million layers of clothing and took him. The chilly air felt fine except for my feet. I had on one single layer of cotton socks with running shoes. So while the rest of my body was completely warm, we had to leave after a while because I couldn’t feel my toes. Lesson learned. I tried to take some pictures, but it’s really hard to capture dogs in constant motion. I always enjoy coming home and uploading my photos to see if I got anything worth saving. This one picture totally cracks me up. Murphy pretending to be ferocious.
Look at those chompers! When he’s not being a bully at the dog park, he’s a total sweetheart and looks more like this.
After we got home and thawed out, I actually managed to make a meal plan for the week complete with a grocery list. Go me. I headed out, grocery list in tow, to LA Fitness. Okay, the gym is always a complete pain in the ass right after New Years, that’s a given, but 5 of the treadmills were broken. 5 out of 20. 25% of the treadmills. Two days after everyone and his mom decides that they’re going to get back into shape. Seriously, LA Fitness, you couldn’t have fixed this knowing that your membership was going to skyrocket for the month? Argh. I also think that gym should have some sort of long-time member reward. Like a separate cardio area that you can only go into if you’ve been a member for a certain amount of time. Isn’t that a good idea? I’ve given them my money for probably six years; I want a treadmill!
Despite the above bitchfest, I did manage to run. I did 5 miles of speedwork.
• Mile 0-1 – 5.5 mph
• Mile 1-2 – 6.5mph
• Mile 2-2.25 – 3.5mph
• Mile 2.25-2.5 – 5.3mph
• Mile 2.5-3.5 – 6.5mph
• Mile 3.5-3.75 – 3.5mph
• Mile 3.75-5 – 5.5mph
I have no idea how long this took me because I was being given a major stink eye for going over the time limit. So I jumped off after Mile 3.5 and waited for a new treadmill. What a rule follower I am. Seriously, long-time member special area. It’s a good idea. Who’s with me?
After the gym, I went to Your Dekalb Farmer’s Market. It always makes me laugh that they put that “your” in there. I don’t think anyone actually calls it that; it’s either the farmer’s market or the Dekalb Farmer’s Market. I don’t really go to the Farmer’s Market enough. It’s super cool. Unfortunately, they are oddly strict about taking pictures inside. But they have a ton of produce and it’s super cheap. Check out the prices of my produce:
3 lbs Fuji apples – $2.99
2 lbs Organic carrots – $1.99
2 pomegranates – $1.69 each (take that, Whole Paycheck)
2 ears of yellow corn – .33 each
Celery – .99
2 cucumbers – .39 each
1 onion – .37
Bunch of parsley – .39
Bunch of organic cilantro – .99
Bunch of organic kale – $1.29
Bag of spinach – $1.69
2 tomatoes – $1.28
Haas Avacado – .79
Ginger – .30
So cheap! My only issue with them is while they do have a lot of organic foods, they have little to no locally grown produce. Sometimes in the summer they get GA peaches, but that’s really it. Also, it’s extremely crowded on the weekends.
I didn’t get home until 7:30ish and was starving. I was tempted to just throw something together, but instead actually made a recipe that was on the meal plan for the week – Catfish with Cilantro-Chipotle Rice. The recipe can be found here.
Of course, I had to make some changes to suit my palate. But they were minor. I used tilapia instead of catfish and I used regular salsa instead of chipotle as I don’t care for the flavor.
It was delicious. It was also extremely easy to make. Definitely a keeper recipe. I always forget how much I like tilapia.
Good night, peeps.