11 days left until it counts!

Skipped my morning workout today. Yesterday I hurt my back at work lifting a patient, and I was hoping  that with a little ice & sleep it would feel better in the morning. No such luck, and since I didn't want to completely throw my back out with 11 days until race day, I slept in. Luckily at work, said patient moved a little better and one of my coworkers was able to put me back into alignment. Tomorrow I am planning on a swim and a little strength training.

Lucky for me after all the wetsuit drama, I got my shipping confirmation emails from both companies with the estimated arrival for both on friday. Just in time for my wetsuit trial! Now, we are trying to figure out where to do our trial. Originally, we were going to swim at a pond in Ludlow, but they aren't letting swimmers in since a boy drowned there. We're still looking for a new place to go.

I stepped on the scale today for a peek (I know I shouldn't but I can't help it!), and I was happy to still see the 185 from last week. Now, I still have a few days to drop it lower for a loss on weigh in day. I feel like nutrition wise I have been doing pretty well, I need to keep up on the exercise and stay focused on my training.

On that note, I made a yummy dinner tonight. Eggplant Parm with eggplant & basil from my backyard garden!
Delicious dinner!
   Eggplant Parmigiana 
from weight watchers
4 servings, 3 points a serving (I had 2 tonight!)

what you need
1/3 cup seasoned breadcrumbs
1 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1 tsp italian seasoning (I also added fresh basil)
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1 medium raw eggplant
2 large egg whites, lightly beaten
1 cup canned tomato sauce (I used homemade organic)
1/2 cup part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

How to make it
1. preheat oven to 350 deg, coat 8x8 baking dish & cookie sheet with cooking spray & set aside.
2. Combine bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, italian seasoning, and garlic powder in a medium bowl & set aside. Remove skin from eggplant and trim off ends. Slice eggplant into 1/2 inch thick slices.
3. Dip eggplant first into egg whites and then into bread crumb mixture. Bake eggplant on cookie sheet until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.
4. Place a layer of eggplant on bottom of baking dish, then add 1/3 of tomato sauce & 1/3 of mozzarella cheese. repeat with 2 layers in same order. Bake until cheese is melted and sauce is bubbling, about 10 minutes more. Slice into 4 pieces and serve!

Now, I'm sitting back, enjoying a glass of wine, DVR of bachelor pad & dating in the dark & planning my weekend. Have a good night!


Jaime said...

Is there any way you can swim at the race site? It's good to do an open water regardless but they are all different.
YAY for the wetsuits, I can't wait to hear what you think about them. I'm definitely considering the Xterra sleeveless for next season (Christmas List!)
Don't worry- you are going to kick ass, you've been training so hard. I just kind of showed up at my first.

Forward Foot Strides said...

Oh my, that eggplant parmigana looks delicous! Glad to hear things are working out with the wetsuit.

And thanks for linking to my contest in your side bar! :-)

Amanda said...

There is nothing worse than back pain! Thanks for the advice. I did make an appt for Monday. That was the soonest I could get in. So you mention ice in your post. Do you think I should be using ice or heat? Last night I put a heating pad on my lower back. Nothing really seems to help it. I think drugs would but I am waiting to hear back from the doc. I'm hoping they aren't going to make me come in for a new referral. Maybe they will give me relaxers like you mentioned. Keeping my fingers crossed. I need help!!

I'm glad you are feeling better. You are so close to race day, how exciting!!

jewelz3617 said...

I am so sorry to hear about your back! I was in a five car pile up a few years ago and have perm lower back damage. It also somehow triggered sciatica. Super annoying but I have learned to take stock in PT, icee/hot, and heat wraps!

So sad about the boy from Ludlow! Have you found another place to swim?

Race day is coming up fast! Where is the race taking place?

Stephanie Anne said...

Jamie - maybe I can get in a swim at the race site the day before the race

FFS- no prob, I love your contests!

Amanda- glad your back is feeling better!

Jewelz - the race is in webster, MA, im getting excited!