Good morning, all you beautiful Internet people out there. My bedhead and I were so excited to talk to you, we woke up at 5 am! On a Sunday! Even though our alarm was set for 7! How sweet is that?
I set my alarm for 7 am because one of the boys asked me to take him down to the river to go kayaking this morning. The thing is, he’s 19 years old, he went to a party last night, crashed on some guy’s lounge, and I think the chances that he’s going to wake up at 8 am on a freezing cold winter morning to go paddle around in his little boat are slim to none. But just in case he does, we’ve got his gear in the car, and I’m ready to slide by the party house, pick him up, and haul his arse to the river. Because parenting.
To keep it simple this morning, I whipped up a quick egg scramble. Basically, my usual omelette fillings (onion, capsicum, mushrooms, spinach, ham, and cheese), but a little more than I can fit in an omelette. I like my scrambled eggs cooked in the fluffier American style, so I cooked the ham and veggies first, then scrambled the eggs, then combined everything at the end. I whisked a bit of milk into the eggs, so that brought the meal up to 3 points. Yum!
And just as I was finishing breakfast, (around 7:45am) my son messaged me asking me to pick him up from his party house and take him to the river. Given how hard I have to hassle him to get him out of bed, I don’t know whether I should be more annoyed or impressed. I really didn’t think he’d do it. But here we go.
Okay, so to be fair, it wasn’t so bad. Yeah, it was 3º (eventually warming up to 6º), but there was some sunshine, and as much as I’m a wimp about the cold when I’m sitting in my nice, warm house, once I’m out in it, I generally don’t mind. Natural insulation. Like a walrus.
So despite medical advice (from Doctor Google) to rest until the Achilles tendonitis settles down, I went for a little stroll along the river. Nearly 3000 steps in 34 minutes (I kept stopping to look around, take pics, etc.), so that’s my exercise for the day. If the tendonitis gets any worse, I’ll have to think about resting up until it settles, but it’s not that bad today. Oh, and I found out that my phone can measure my heartrate and my breathing rate. Sure, it’s just more data I’m giving to Google so they can make more money by analysing and controlling my behavior, but hey, what’s new?
I still had a few prawns to use up, and a little bit of chicken. Neither was enough for a proper meal, but together they worked out fine for a quick stir fry. Onion, capsicum, mushrooms, green beans, carrot, broccoli, cauliflower, and baby spinach tossed in at the end. Oh, and today I remembered to add some red chilli. We didn’t have any fresh ones, so I used the ones from the jar. And a little soy sauce, plus a few drops of sesame oil at the end. All up, it was 6 points, brining my total for the day up to 9.
After lunch, I felt like a little something sweet. Another serving of that Halo Top Brownie Batter ice cream did the trick. 4 points for a serving, and my total for the day is 13.
Sunday is Clean Out the Fridge Night, so I cooked up the other half the steak. It was pretty small (120 g), a proper palm-of-your-hand serving size, so I made sure I had plenty of sides. The mashed potatoes have non-fat Greek yoghurt and chicken stock instead of milk, and a little bit of butter. I dished up 1.5 servings, so that’s 3 points. The gravy adds 1 point, the steak was 3, and the green beans and veggies (onion, capsicum, garlic, and mushroom) were 0 points. 7 points for dinner, and a daily total of 20 points.
And to finish off the day, a banana for dessert. The sauce is made with a tablespoon of PB2 Peanut Butter and Cocoa powder, mixed with a little hot water and a few drops of liquid artificial sweetener. That’s 1 point, plus 3 for the biscuits. My total for the day is 24 points.
For all the American Internet people out there, happy Independence Day! Here’s a little Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers to help you celebrate. Good night, y’all!