Monday is over, woot! I don’t know about you, but I’m excited for the upcoming three-day weekend and unofficial start to summer (hello, beach!, goodbye blindingly pale legs!). Speaking of legs, mine were screaming for an XT day after a weekend of tough running. I would much rather be pounding it out in the roads/paths in Central Park, but I consider cross training to be a necessary evil that helps prevent injury. And boy, am I injury prone. That said, I started my day waking up about 10 minutes before my alarm (how annoying) at around 5:10 a.m. I ate a banana on my way to the gym (about 4 blocks from my apartment).
I cycled for 36 minutes on the spin bike, followed by 20 minutes on the elliptical and some lifting, core, and stretching. I like this combination for some reason, it seems less boring. Though sometimes I think I only throw the elliptical in there to watch the news on the TVs that come with each machine at NYSC.
Breakfast followed after running home to shower and get ready for work – Kashi Heart to Heart, blueberries and an almond milk/organic skim milk combo.
Coffee was necessary while checking e-mails and discovering many positive responses to my blog – thanks, all!
The day flew by at work, and lunch was at my desk (per usual), but consisted of my delicious banana bread, Greek yogurt and some pineapple chunks.
I managed to run out to Home Depot (in the middle of Manhattan, who knew??) mid-day to get my dad a gift card for his birthday, which is on Wednesday. This way, he can buy whatever tools and equipment he needs to do many manly projects around the house. It does not take much to make the man happy.
I had a feeling it would be a long day, so I came to work prepared with dinner, which I made the night before. I got in the habit of doing this during classes this spring, when there were many a late nights at the office after breaking for mid-day organic chemistry lectures. Even though eating dinner at work isn’t ideal, I found it kept me from getting hungry and cranky, and rushing through my work to get out in search of dinner. I’m trying to break this habit this summer though – I’m allowed to have a life now! Anyways, here’s a salad combo that I love: sweet potato, goat cheese, grilled chicken, arugula, red/yellow/green peppers, carrots and radishes. All the other good stuff is buried beneath the potatoes in this photo, but you get the idea.
Cold sweet potatoes on a salad, you ask? Don’t knock it till you try it. I baked this sweet potato last night for about 50 minutes (450° on my wonky oven), let it cool and the chopped it up. Sweet potatoes are a great way to make salads a little more filling and provide some good carbohydrates, fiber, beta carotene and vitamin C. Did you know that most Americans don’t get anywhere near the daily recommendations of fiber (20-25 grams). Just one medium sweet potato will give you 4-5 grams alone.
You may gather by now that I’m a big fan of Greek yogurt (calcium! vitamin D! protein!). Mixing it with berries, granola, and/or PB & Co. dark chocolate dreams peanut butter is a great alternative to frozen yogurt, and probably saves a good amount of calories too. It’s also much cheaper than a $6 cup of Pinkberry (yogurt? Hmm..).
I’ve got an early morning 6 miler planned so it’s bedtime soon for me. I’m finally starting to get into some speedwork, and I’ve got some 400’s on tap for Wednesday morning after tomorrow’s easy 6. So far, speedwork has totally kicked my ass (fast twitch muscle fibers, where are you?), but I love it and I hope it helps me get faster. I (fingers crossed) see a 10K PR in my future – hopefully on June 12 🙂
I’ll probably be dining out a bit this week, so I hope to post some good restaurant reviews for you all. Stay tuned!
Question: What’s your necessary evil?
Question: Can you name five foods that are good sources of fiber?