Random Report: Balls, Hancock and Lunch

3 Mar

Remember that bowling party I went to a couple of weeks ago? Remember how ballsy I was and asked to order off the menu? Well my request was granted and I ordered a grilled steak salad with extra arugula. They prepared it just how I like it, medium-rare and dressing on the side.

Steak Salad

Steak Salad

It’s a good thing I made the request because it was an after work party and I was very hungry by the time I arrived. The buffet food included pizzas and fried mac and cheese balls, which I would have resorted to eating. This way I got to stay on track with eating clean.

This past Sunday was my second Hustle Up the Hancock race. I participated last year and ran up 94 flights of stairs in 20:30. I had a goal of 18 minutes and I DID IT! My final time was 18:05.

Hustle with my trainer

Hustle with my trainer

This is all thanks to my trainer. He had me on a weight-lifting, stair-climbing regimen specific to meet my goal. There’s no better feeling than accomplishing a fitness goal after training hard!

It’s been a busy week this week and I haven’t had much time to prepare meals and shop for groceries, luckily where I work (in the heart of Chicago) I have an abundance of  lunch spots to choose from. Yesterday I chose Freshii and ordered off their Freshii 15 menu. The Freshii 15 is a menu of low-cal, portion appropriate options created by Ashley Koff, RD. I like that they have this option, I think it helps if you aren’t confident with choosing healthy off a menu on your own. It does the work for you.

Freshii 15 menu

Freshii 15 menu

The thing that I really like about Freshii is that everything is customizable and they have almost endless combinations for creating soups, salads and wraps.

Freshii Boostii-q salad

Freshii Boostii-q salad

For lunch I chose the Boostii-q salad because it has all the ingredients I would use at home: greens, bbq chicken (skip the cheese), avocado, corn, tomatoes, cilantro, lemon juice and a splash of Sriracha (which I have never put into a salad before but now is going to become a staple salad ingredient).

I can’t wait to recharge this weekend. I’ll be registering for races, planning meals, hitting the gym and creating some running plans for the spring and summer.

What have you been up to this week? How do you manage eating healthy during a busy week?

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One Response to “Random Report: Balls, Hancock and Lunch”

  1. simplyshaka March 6, 2011 at 7:42 pm #

    I still can’t believe you did that in 18 minutes–not you personally but that one could run in that short amount of time–you are awesome!

    I really like the concept of that lunch place (along with the fact they they put down the nutritional info on the menu) More places need to be like that.

    When I have a busy week (when cmon, let’s be honest, with 50 hour work weeks, every one is busy) I cook on Sundays and portion the food out so I can grab and go during the week. I made pasta salad and pumpkin muffins today for a couple of lunches and breakfasts this week then I will make a meal on Tuesday or Wednesday that is also freezable. It usually comes out to three portions so I can have one for dinner, one for lunch and by that time I’m bored with it and can eat it a couple of weeks later. I also buy a bunch of veggies during the weekend and cut them up so I can eat raw or have accesible to me when I want to cook with them.

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