So Sick, So Sick Of Being Tired. And Oh So Tired Of Being Sick.

Please tell me you remember and love that my title today is from an old school Taking Back Sunday song? God, I miss being 15 and a punk rock/emo band lover. I will never stop loving them!
But on the real, I am so sick right now. I woke up Saturday morning with a pretty bad sore throat, knowing what was in store. My colds are pretty predictable and since I only get sick about twice a year these days, I’ll accept that they only last about 3 days. I worked all day Saturday and felt pretty crappy, so what better way to feel better than to eat a very large amount of pizza. I’ll go on the defensive and say the slices were about 1/3 the size of a normal piece of pizza and I got it with almost no cheese, just mostly sauce and then dumped lots of crushed red pepper, garlic powder, hot sauce and blue cheese all over it. I ate it in hopes that I would be still healthy enough on Sunday for a long run. My throat was still sore, but I set out for an incredible 10 miles, making it my longest run ever and first double digit run. It was one of the most beautiful days for a run, and I ran right along the West Side Highway running path on the water.

Hey West Side Highway, I finally found you!

Hey runners and bikers. I love you.

 

Midtown

Amazing city I live in.

 

❀

After stretching at the 14th Street subway stop because my train takes forever on the weekends, I made it home to foam roll, stretch, and strap on my compression sleeves for the rest of the day. I refueled with a ridiculously amazing bowl of pumpkin egg white oatmeal, with every topping I had in my kitchen pretty much.

 

Toppings: sugar free syrup, sprinkle of sea salt, raspberry preserves, coconut butter, coconut oil peanut butter, vanilla almond butter, cinnamon.

Eventually I forced myself out of bed and went to Central Park with Brenda, Dante and some other friends to relax and eat a whole bunch of junk. Chocolate covered raisins, pumpkin chips (AMAZING), guacamole chips, and all sorts of food that doesn’t create a real meal. It was awesome.

Once we parted ways, I had to get groceries but walked around for a few miles first. I ended up at 16 Handles all alone (it’s usually me and Brenda’s sunday ritual) and had a little date with myself. I busted out this Better’n Peanut Butter that I haven’t bought in forever. I don’t buy it as a sub for peanut butter because healthy fats do NOT scare this girl, but this stuff is amazing in it’s own way. Even more amazing on a cup of salted caramel froyo with crushed butterfinger and cinnamon toast crunch.

I won’t lie that some people in the room were probably judging that I was adding my own topping.

Good thing I don’t care. πŸ™‚

I literally didn’t eat a real meal all day sunday besides that bowl of oatmeal. Sometimes it’s just fun to not care!

My cold was awful by yesterday and I just barely managed to finish the day out at work. Colds make me starrrrrving and coupled with the day after a long run, I knew I needed something large to eat. Enter: pumpkin protein cookie cake with banana “ice cream” for dinner.

Let’s get into the goodness of the pumpkin protein cookie cake first.

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup pumpkin
  • 1.5 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon protein powder (i used cookies n cream flavor)
  • 1/8 cup oats
  • 1 egg white
  • 2-3 tablespoons non-dairy milk (i used vanilla soymilk)
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking powder
  • cinnamon, splenda, pumpkin pie spice

Mix all together and microwave for 4-5 minutes. It will be more like a cake I guess rather than a cookie, but more dense than a cake. For the banana soft serve, I threw the following in my Ninja:

  • About 1.5 bananas worth of frozen banana chunks
  • 2-3 ice cubes
  • Splashes of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1 packet Splenda
  • Xantham Gum (for added thickness- this is optional)

I didn’t measure the almond milk because this was my first time making this. I probably added about 1/4 cup at first and started to blend, then kept adding a little bit more to get the desired consistency. It will take a few times of blending, lifting the lid and spooning a little around (and tasting πŸ™‚ ) to figure out how you want it to be. But the outcome was amazing. It tasted just like banana ice cream/froyo but knowing that it was literally just made of bananas and a little bit of almond milk made it that much better. In a big bowl with my pumpkin protein cookie cake, topped with some Kashi cereal for crunch and a big scoop of Better’n Peanut Butter. Oh and a little bit of vanilla almond butter. I sneezed my way through eating this, but it was totally worth it.

I cannot stop reading old posts from one of my newest favorite blogs, STUFT Mama! I’ve been Instagram-ing when I make her pumpkin protein cookie dough, and that sparked my desire to turn it into a cookie cake last night. Her recipes and food in general are exactly what I love to eat, so her blog is a must read. She makes me want to have cute little babies just to make them delicious, fun and healthy food and take them running in a stroller! Okay, we won’t get ahead of ourselves here, but her blog is amazing. She is hilarious and real, so go read it πŸ™‚

I will spend the rest of my day off sick and in bed, and bummed that I haven’t been able to work out since Sunday. It’s only Tuesday, I know, and I know I could have pushed it and tried to spin last night, but I think rest is more important while sick. I mean getting sick is a sign that our bodies need rest and to be taken care of better, right? I will keep telling myself that while I cough and sneeze all over my laptop. Beautiful.

Do you workout when you are sick?

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11 thoughts on “So Sick, So Sick Of Being Tired. And Oh So Tired Of Being Sick.

  1. I hope you feel better soon! Taking Back Sunday is playing “Tell All Your Friends” in its entirety. I think the NYC show sold out, but I’m considering going out to Jersey for it in November. Would you be interested?!

  2. Hope you feel better!
    I’m so happy to hear that i’m not the only one who gets hungry when I have a cold. I hate hearing people say “eh, I have no appetite”. I tell myself that I’m hungry because I need the extra energy to fight it off. Makes sense, right?
    As for working out with a cold, sometimes it helps, other times it makes it worse. Definitely do what feels right to you.
    Almost Friday. TGIF!

  3. I’ve always heard the rule that it’s okay to work out if you’re sick “above the neck” and to take it easy if it’s anywhere below that- so that’s what I do. Really, I just listen to my body. If I’m not feeling well- it’s OKAY to take a day off (and believe me- it was hard for me to get there!).
    I love that you brought your own Better’n PB. Totally something I would do. You should also check out my friend Heather’s blog- you would LOVE her recipes: http://kissmybroccoliblog.com

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