Manic Monday…and Tuesday

This week started off a little slow, or rather, I did.

I was a little off my sleep schedule, per usual from the weekend and traveling, so I got to bed late Sunday night and was a walking-talking zombie all Monday.

The best part- I had 8 hours of work and 4 hours of class to tend to, after a morning work out of course.

This was the biggest struggle.

*Note: sleep is of the utmost importance. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, you can throw all your health conscious decisions down the drain. Sleep deprivation is counterproductive to a healthy lifestyle. Plus, sleeping burns more calories then staring at a computer/TV screen.

Workout consisted of:

  • 2 mile run (steady)
  • 100 jumping jacks
  • 100 knee highs
  • 250 abdominal variations (sets of 25)
  • 1 minute plank
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 3 sets of 25 calf raises (forward, toes in, heels in)

Breakfast was not pictured, therefore probably not too exciting.

For lunch on Monday (11 PM), I had a replica of my Sunday dinner, which was just as tasty. As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I don’t mind repeat meals.

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Later in the day (2 PM), I had some raw almonds for a little pick-me-up. I was seriously dragging, head bobbing at my desk and all.

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I also downed as much ice cold H2O as possible, in effort to revive myself.

While we’re chatting about water, I usually fill up my 750 ml Camelbak water bottle about 3 times per work day and about 6 times per day. My water bottle holds roughly 4 glasses of water, so you can do the math. Water, and plenty of it, is essential to leading a healthy lifestyle.

When I finally got back from work, I had about an hour to relax and eat dinner before my night class, so I heated up some delicious pasta my mom had made the night prior.

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  • Whole wheat pasta
  • Grilled chicken
  • Tomatos
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Fresh basil
  • Olive Oil
  • Pepper

I enjoyed some watermelon for dessert and chilled with Hudson, my puppy homeboy, while watching an episode of Friends in an attempt to recharge my battery.Image

When all fails though, make some coffee. And that’s just what I did. I brewed a cup for my night class to ensure I didn’t snooze off halfway through class, which there was a high probability of.

I actually added peppermint extract to my coffee, as I sometimes do to give it a little kick and in this case to awaken me a teeny bit more, but I was in a bit of a rush and didn’t use a spoon to ensure the right amount and poured a lot bit too much. I took one sip and cringed. Sad part was I drank the entire thing. I knew I had to to stay awake. THIS is why sleep is so important!

Tuesday morning came a slight bit easier to me. That 6 AM alarm is never pleasant, but as long as I can get past it’s initial terror, I’m up and at ’em and ready to go.

*Trick: In order to make myself get out of bed once the alarm has gone off, I try and make myself as uncomfortable as possible, so I want to get up. For example, in the summer, I almost always keep my fan on at night and usually only use my sheet. When I need to get up, I will turn my fan off and cover myself with the heavy duvet to a point where I feel miserably hot and just want to spring out of that heat chamber. Brilliant, right?

My work out consisted of

  • 2.5 miles (Interval sprints)
  • 250 abdominal variations (sets of 25)
  • 1 minute wall sit
  • 1 minute plank

What do you guys usually listen to when you work out?

I often find myself using 8tracks. There are so many great workout playlists, and really just a lot of great playlists of all different kinds for that matter. The site is constantly updated with new ones too. I find a lot of my new music that way.

From playlist to playlist though, this song never fails to be included. Well, I guess it’s not really a song, just a guy trying to keep you focused and dedicated. Give it a listen.

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I personally prefer music, but I get the jist.

Breakfast was something new! Sort of.

I was feeling inventive and actually thought this up on my run.

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An almond butter apple sandwich! I should patent this.

  • Thomas whole wheat english muffin toasted
  • Almond butter (spread on both halves of english muffin)
  • Apple sliced parallel (my cool way)
  • Pinch of cinnamon (for extra flavor)

In order to make it up to myself from the night before, I picked up some Starbucks on the way to work. The Tall Soy Latte and I made a great pair as we worked through the morning.

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For lunch, it was same old, same old, my favorite.

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I first whipped up my yogurt concoction.

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  • Greek yogurt
  • Spoonful of peanut butter
  • Raw almonds
  • Diced apple

I usually get asked about my yogurt mix-ins, as most people are used to the pre-made flavors. Not this girl. I always prefer plain yogurt and like to do the add-ins myself. This way it’s fresher and more tuned into my particular liking.

Later Tuesday evening, I had some school work to do, like I will almost everyday this summer.

I rely heavily on my sticky notes on my desktop to keep me on task for school, so I have been doing the same for my summer classes. Here is my schedule and to-do’s for this week.

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Summer classes may be a lot shorter, but that sure doesn’t mean any less work.

I snacked, learned some lessons, did some homework, and took some quizzes. It was exhilarating.

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Later that evening, my sweet tooth kicked in again. Not surprising.

I made another sweet treat almond thing.

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  • Raw almonds (15ish)
  • Ghiradelli dark chocolate sqaure (70% cacao) melted
  • 1 tb peanut butter melted
  • Pinch of cinnamon

If I can pull any sort of lesson from my day to day living, I would say that living healthy is all about improvising. When you are craving something, don’t ignore it, just fix something better for you that will still satisfy. In the process, you will end up discovering so many food possibilities. It’s really pretty exciting. I now pride myself on my inventiveness in the kitchen. It makes food fun.

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