Early Workouts, Repetitive Food & SweetGreen

YES, Wednesday morning arrived, my favorite weekday morning so far this summer (day off, duh!). As soon as I got up, I was ready to get my work out on!

*Note: morning workouts seem to be more effective for me because I get up, get dressed, go do my stuff, get all sweaty, then shower, and get ready for the day. It’s all over and done with, most days, before 8 AM. This way, the workout is out of the way before I am even awake enough to realize what I’m doing. Key: there is no thinking involved, just doing.  It’s then also not on my mind all day, like a miniature personal trainer whispering in my ear nagging me through out the day that I need to get my booty to the gym. I also feel happier, more confident, and more awake when I begin my day with some exercise. I highly recommend it.

After my work out and shower, I sliced up some of my favorite fruit and enjoyed.Image

I was in a bit of a rush, as I had a 10:30 AM Starbucks date with my friend Kendall, so I grabbed one of these yummy protein bars to go.

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We sipped, chit chatted, and eventually went our separate ways. (It’s *Kendall for the record, Starbucks)

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I had quite a bit of catching up to do for my two summer classes before my class that evening, so I hurried home to get started. YAY, summer classes!

At home, I parted ways with my studies for a few moments and cooked up some lunch. You will never guess what it was…

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Alright, you guessed it. Eggs, but this time in omelette form (with some added protein).

  • 2 eggs
  • Grilled chicken
  • Sliced roma tomato
  • Fresh basil
  • Slice of Swiss cheese
  • Ground pepper

*Note: I cook almost all savory foods in a pan in EVOO (Extra Virgin Olive Oil).

I continued on my homework problems, chapter quizzes, and all that jazz until it was dinner time. My mom made one of my favorites! You can see my textbook was also present at dinner. We’ve become attached at the hip these past few days.

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Pesto salmon

  • Salmon filet (fresh frozen for us)
  • EVOO (coat salmon)
  • Garlic basil pesto (top salmon)

Oh and my mom thought her salad was too pretty to pass up the photo op.

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  • Lettuce
  • Tomatoes
  • Wasabi peas
  • Sunflower seeds
  • Homemade Italian dressing

This blogging thing has become a family affair. My parents now never fail to notify me when I should take a pic for my blog. It’s cute.

As I’ve said before, these evening classes are about 4 hours, so naturally, snacks are crucial. This was the line up for last night.

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Class was, well, class, but I think I’m actually really beginning to like my Econ professor. He was a little intimidating at first, not gonna lie, but he admitted last night that he does that act on purpose to weed out those students in the class to “check out.” Also, from the 6 chapters we’ve covered so far, I actually find Econ really interesting. Who would’ve thought?

This morning was actually a relatively easy morning to get out of bed. I tried my best to get to bed early last night and I did relatively well laying down at about 10:30 and being asleep by maybe 10:50. I got out of bed and went outside for a run at about 6 AM. Not everyone is an early bird, but you can convert if you try. I’m a living success story.

The weather was so perfect, as it usually is on summer mornings (another benefit of working out early). I could tell it was going to be a hot one though, with the temperature and humidity rising just through the duration of my run.

I ran about 2 miles in intervals, sprints and jogs. Afterward, I headed to the home gym and completed:

  • 250 abdominal variations (sets of 25)
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 1 minute plank
  • Upper body work on machine I can’t remember the name of..(2 sets of 20 reps w/25 lbs)

Of course I was sporting ZTA gear, so here’s my half crown shout out to my zistas!

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Woops, its blurry, but probs for the best. Oh yeah, the machine I was talking about it is behind me with the two metal arms.

My breakfast was more eggs and more watermelon. Sorry, I’ve been super repetitive with my eats lately.

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  • Thomas whole wheat english muffin toasted
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 slice of Swiss cheese
  • Basil
  • Ground pepper
  • Watermelon slices

My mom and I have been meaning to make some green smoothies and lean protein shakes, but have just been so busy and our schedules haven’t matched up too well. We will get on that soon though, don’t worry!

Before I left for work, I noticed these frozen chicken breasts were sitting out. Keep in mind this was 7:45 AM. My mom must have just taken them out of the freezer to thaw for our dinner that evening. It reminded me that maintaining a healthy diet takes preparation. Hunger with no plan leads to poor choices. Fact.

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My mid-morning snack was an apple. No, not a honey crisp, but it still did the trick. Of course I still wanted it to be cut cool so I managed with a plastic knife I found in the office kitchen.

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Later at noon, I met with my friend Bong (a nickname hehe) at Sweet Green near my work. She also interns, but at a different company, so we are going to try and coordinate lunches together when we can.

Unfortunately with NoVA traffic being what it is, she got caught up so I spent a little time chilling solo outside the SweetGreen. Sorry, I’m not one of those people that can take crazy face selfies when surrounded by strangers in an unfamiliar place. Maybe I’ll work up to that. You’d think snapchat would’ve helped me out there, but I’m way more of a secretive snapper. Hehe people definitely thought I was just looking at my phone ;).

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I’m pretty sure in that short amount of time, I got a sunburn. It was insanity out there.

When she finally came…

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My salad:

  • Spinach/kale combo
  • Shredded carrots
  • Diced cucumbers
  • Sprouts
  • Spicy quinoa
  • Chile Carrot Siracha vinaigrette

Oh, and usually bread is one of my favorite parts of the meal, but this bread had to have been bad. I’ve had their bread in the past and I’ve always enjoyed it, but this time, as said by Bong, it smelled and tasted like dog food. Gross.

Right before I headed out of work, within the last hour, I had this little treat. I LOVE these bars. Chocolate mint too!

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When I finally walked outside the office building after I finished my work for the day, I felt like I immediately started sweating, and this was at 4 PM. It was one of those type of days where it takes you like 1 or 2 minutes to sit down on your driver seat because it will burn you otherwise. It was a SCORCHER. I had left my SweetGreen water cup in the car and look what happened!

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That’s when you know.

This was dinner for the fam, thanks to my momma! Plus some white pasta I decided to pass up. This was plenty.

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Garlic sauteed chicken

  • Chicken breasts
  • Chopped garlic
  • Italian seasoning

Salad

  • Lettuce
  • Bell peppers
  • Red onions
  • Carrot shavings
  • Homemade Italian dressing

As for the rest of the night, I will be doing approximately 100 homework problems of Econ and then a three chapter quiz, as I’m leaving tomorrow for Ohio for my cousin’s high school graduation and have to get all my weekend stuff done now.

Chow!

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2 thoughts on “Early Workouts, Repetitive Food & SweetGreen

  1. hey little!!! finally was able to catch up on your blog! you’re so kewl and inspirational! i will be checking this weekly so you better keep me updated on your life! love and miss ya ❤

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