Well, here it goes! My first official blog…
What I fantastic day it has been! Woke up this morning at 6:30AM and hopped out of bed in excitement for what the morning held in store for me.
Wednesday mornings are my favorite of the week because I get to begin them with an AMAZING spin class. I have fallen in love with spin this year. What an incredible work out it is. I heard the other day that spin is the number one form of cardiovascular activity that your body adapts to the quickest. While this may be true…it is also one form of cardio that you can ALWAYS make harder for yourself. Whenever it starts feeling a bit too easy, we increase the load under our legs, increase our leg speed or omit a little break from the session. I always leave dripping in both sweat and endorphin-filled confidence and accomplishment. Before class, I fueled up with a delicious Kashi TLC Trail Mix bar and a big glass of water. After cycling and a little ab work, I rushed back to my apartment to get ready for my 9:15AM class.
I whipped up a little Quaker apples and cinnamon instant oatmeal (low sugar) and topped it with a heaping pile of frozen blueberries.
Question: for all you oatmeal fans out there, what are your feelings toward the prepackaged kinds? It seems like I always see suggestions that you make oats out of a cannister and add your own ingredients, but what is the real difference? Just a little food for thought!
After rushing through both my breakfast and my morning routine, I zipped off to class. I ran to the store to pick up a few essentials (milk, bananas, coffee…and a blueberry Chobani for a midmorning snack) and headed to my second class of the day. Later, I enjoyed one of the BEST lunch/breakfast treats I have ever discovered. Last year, my parents went on a low carb diet and got me hooked on protein shakes. Here is the recipe for the most delicious protein shake you will ever have in your life:
- 1 scoop chocolate whey protein (we like EAS)
- 1/2 banana for breakfast shake (if I’m making it for lunch or dinner, I do a whole banana for a little extra substance and fuel)
- 1 hefty tbs of PB (I was raised on reduced fat Jiff. what are everyone’s feelings on natural peanut butter vs. jiff or other brands?)
- 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
- splash of water
- chia/flax seeds if you prefer
Blend to perfect, frozen perfection! My roommates call this my “purple drink,” because I throw in some extra blueberries and give my shake a nice purple tint. It is so delicious, you will feel like you should be sitting in a booth at Dairy Queen.
Following a short and easy day at work where I snacked on a mini granny smith apple and some raw almonds, I was off to Target with one of my fave roomies and later hit up yoga with my man. We’ve been going for the last few weeks and it has become a regular part of our weekly routine together…I’m loving it! Both classes were a bit hard today considering I worked out double time yesterday (The Firm Bootcamp in the morning and Spin/Pilates in the evening), but I feel great tonight! Hopefully I will get a good night’s sleep because of it.
Dinner consisted of a delicious Morning Star garden burger topped with 1/2 piece of provolone on a Pepperidge Farm sandwich thin smeared with my favorite sandwich sidekick: Dijon mustard. I heated up some steamed green beans from last night and ate a big handful of grapes for a sweet treat afterward. Here’s another topic of discussion: what are everyone’s feelings on grapes? Of all of the fruits out there, grapes are probably the ones that I hear the least about. Everyone is always praising the powers of berries. Do grapes have any special powers? Let me know if you are aware!
I am currently sipping on some water and watching one of my favorites, My Big Fat Greek Wedding. I bought the new Women’s Health tonight and it is calling my name…so that is all for now! I will let you know what my favorite parts/pages are.
Goodnight all! (If anyone at all is reading this…)