Hi everyone! Happy Sunday! I can’t believe it’s already Sunday, and yet the weekend isn’t even over yet. Talk about a seriously awesome way to start off the semester.
Selfies all day every day.
Some of you have been wondering about my training, which has been going really well. I’ve been hitting PR’s on a consistent basis and listening to my body in regards to rest days. I went really hard Monday through Thursday, realizing at the beginning of Thursday’s workout that I should have taken a rest day. Insert: Friday becomes “active recovery” aka sit on the floor of my box and “stretching” while I watch other people struggle and sweat out their own body weight. Not a bad way to spend my Friday morning.
Saturday I worked out and prrrrobably could have done more, but my knee has been feeling really weird lately and I didn’t want to push it too much. Usually after my WOD I do some more strength, which always involves some form of squatting because that’s what I love to do, and I made the conscious decision that maaaaaybe going for a new PR wasn’t the best idea when it felt like my knee was going to pop out. Just saying.
So today, I woke up, ate breakfast, and got right to being productive. Read: Do laundry (yawn, but it has to be done), sell last year’s textbooks, pick up this semester’s textbooks, and buy new goodies that make carrying around syllabuses (not grammatically correct, try saying that ten times fast. Syllabi?) and papers a little bit more exciting.
How chic?! Everything is made of recycled materials and were pretty inexpensive. Good use of my bookstore money, check and check. I also have a Quo Vadis day planner on its way, thanks to an awesome recommendation from Sarah. Never would have found out about these gems were it not for the beauty of Twitter and blog friends!
My family recently decided to let me use one of their cars from home here at school, which is both an SUV and a manual shift. I learned on this car, but despite the fact that it should be “like riding a bike”, I’ve spent a few too many hours cursing at the car and stalling an uncountable amount of times in a row. Crossing my fingers and saying a prayer for the people that ever get rides from me. Or end up behind me. Sorry if I stall, it’s the car’s fault, not mine.
In all of this business, I’ve had just enough time to get schoolwork done, stay updated with Twitter and email happenings, eat and sleep. Let’s talk about the “eat” part of that sentence.
See that up there? Yeah, vegetables? I need more of those in my life.
I’ve been making a really conscious effort to have fresh vegetables on hand 24/7 to throw together a salad or stir-fry. The fact is, is that I can’t live on just meat, fruit, avocadoes and nuts. I wouldn’t mind it, but it’s definitely not good for my bod or my energy levels. So, I’m starting to chop up all of my fresh vegetables at the beginning of the week (aka the weekend, when I have more time) and keeping them in Pyrex containers, ready to use in a pinch.
One thing I’ve noticed is that if I start to feel fatigued and itch for a cup of coffee, the best thing to do is eat some fresh vegetables and my energy levels get back to normal. I love coffee, don’t get me wrong, but I’ve learned over time that my daily cap is 3-4 cups of the good stuff before it starts to affect me adversely. I try to have most of my caffeine in the morning and before workouts.
Another solution to “the itch” is….
Homemade iced tea! I found Lipton Cold Brew iced tea bags at Wegman’s and haven’t looked back since. It’s so disgustingly simple I can’t even explain to you how happy it makes me. I have a glass container with a tap on it, and simply fill it to the top with water and put in two tea bags; let it steep for 3-5 minutes (depending on desired strength) and then you have a permanent tap of refreshment.
Perfect for this heat wave. AKA, 85 degrees and sunny. I promise it feels hotter than it sounds.
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How do you get your veggies in?