Why Not or Why NOT?

Hello from Laguardia airport! I’m currently settled in a chair by my gate with a $13 bag of Blue Diamond roasted almonds by my side (so worth it!), waiting to board. (Update: I’m almost done this post and have probably had about 5 servings. Why are almonds so addicting?!). I took public transit (subway + free bus connection) to the airport , and was really pleased with how smooth of a ride I had. From the time I left the club in midtown to the moment I sat down at my gate, it was about an hour. You can’t beat that! Maybe I’ll start trying to fly mid afternoon on Mondays more often…

Breakfast

After a solid 9-hour sleep, I woke up to a grumbling stomach and a craving for coffee. I quickly put on a pot of coffee, while simultaneously fixing breakfast and throwing a few last minute items in my suitcase. I did my absolute best to not overpack, since 90% of my bag is filled with training clothes, and I know that I’ll have several chances to do laundry over the next 10 days. Plus, I’m hoping to be able to fit my Salming duffel into the overhead bin and not sky check it. All about saving doll-ahs and being efficient over here!

Although breakfast this morning was influenced by clearing out all perishables from the fridge, it was quite tasty!

Today’s scramble mix included:

  • 3 eggs + 1 egg white
  • raw spinach
  • a bucketload of chopped chives
  • Trader Joe’s Everything but the Bagel seasoning (<– love this stuff!)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • sweet potato spirals sautéed in coconut oil that were on the verge of death (not pictured)

I heated up some coconut oil, scrambled it all up, and deemed it very edible! Coconut oil just may be my new favourite sautéing buddy. A little bit goes a long way, and it gives the food a slightly sweet taste, which I love.

Workout

After breakfast/packing, I headed into Manhattan to teach a lesson and sneak a quick workout in. The 45-minute lesson flew by, and after sorting out a couple billing tasks, I debated for about 2 minutes whether or not I should do a little bike workout. I was feeling indecisive, and formed a mental pros vs cons list:

Pros:

  1. I’m well-rested (HRV was also green this morning)
  2. It will energize me
  3. I said I would, and it’s part of the training schedule I set out to do
  4. It’ll only take 20 minutes

Cons:

  1. I’m a little short on time and don’t want to be late/stressed for my flight
  2. I’m ever so slightly hungry, but not really that hungry

Honestly, all this thinking just confused me. In the end, I thought to myself: “Why NOT?“. When you’re motivated, it’s easy to accomplish a given task. Similarly, when you’re unmotivated, it’s quite convenient to go with any number of excuses. But what happens when you’re ambivalent? At this point, the battle becomes mental, rather than physical. For example, I was well-rested today. My body felt good, and my mind was up for it. I had finished the other tasks that needed to be done, and really did have 20 minutes to spare. When I realized I had zero legitimate excuses, I figured I’d better shut my mind up and get on with it.

… I wish this was my setup today! This was taken over winter break.

20-something minutes later, I hopped off the bike, sweaty and out of breath. One of the benefits of being constrained for time, is that I made sure to make every single minute count. The workout looked something like this:

  • 0-5 min: warm up (alternating 1 min seated, 1 min standing, with the beat)
  • 5-10 min: 5 minute “climb”: one 10-25 second sprint every minute, and in between, pedalling out of the saddle with the beat
  • 11-20 min:
    • 20s on/40s off (3x)
    • 30s on/30s off (3x)
    • 40s on/20s off (2x)

After cooling down for a minute, it took me no more than 10 minutes to shower, dress, pack, and head out!

Anywho, now I’m chilling at my gate, munching on almonds, and wondering whether or not I should take a $500 travel voucher for a flight that leaves 3 hours from now…

Freshly Washed Sheets

Good Thursday morning!

I was up and at ’em before 8 am this morning, as I had to finish up some laundry and pack for the upcoming weekend: NATIONALS! Later this afternoon after a light hit, we will be piling on the bus for a nice 5 hour drive up to Boston to compete in the Howe Cup (the intercollegiate squash championships). We are currently ranked 4th, and have a tough first round match against Yale, which, if we win, would likely put us in the semis against Harvard.

Although I went to well after midnight, I woke up feeling rather rested this morning, thanks to one thing: fresh sheets! 

IMG_4870I had to do laundry last night, which meant it was the perfect excuse to wash my sheets and remake my bed. Usually, I’ll put this off because of laziness and tiredness, but I need to make a mental note to remember just how comfortable it is to sleep in a clean, nicely made bed!

Breakfast

Last blog post I mentioned how I had been really slacking in the food-pics department, so I am pleased to say that today I have several foodie pics for you- all from my breakfast this morning!

Part one of breakfast occurred in my room while packing, with a Banana Nut Quest Bar (post to come on these soon- I’m in love). I ordered a box of 12 off of Amazon (gotta love Amazon Prime for college students!), and have slowly been making my way through them, enjoying every single flavour so far.

IMG_6182Part two of breakfast took place at my eating club, where I had two poached eggs, half a grapefruit, and a pomegranate Chobani Greek yogurt, topped with some raspberries.

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IMG_6195A couple of friends and I picked up the raspberries on our way to breakfast this morning, which made for a very refreshing addition to our morning meal.

Today

Now I’ve got to get a little bit of work done before heading off to Comparative Physiology at 11, followed by a quick lunch, and then a meeting to get help with my Thesis stats! Only one more class til the weekend! 🙂

Questions:

Do you notice a difference in your sleep quality when you change your sheets? 

Do you put off changing your sheets like I do, or do you look forward to changing them? 

Midterm Madness

HELLO!!! After a few days away from blogging and most other social media, I am back!! Thanks to midterms, blogging had to take a bit of a backseat, but I’m happy to report that they are (almost) done! To be honest, I actually have a paper due Friday at midnight, which I’ll be getting to today.

I’ve been pretty poor at doing blog-able things since Midterm Madness began (precisely, taking pictures of good looking food). but no fear! I have some goodies to share 🙂

Sunday

Let’s rewind allll the way back to Sunday, when Pam and Claire (the same friends who invited me over to make sweet potato chick pea quinoa burgers) invited a few friends over for brunch, and I was fortunate enough to attend!

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Brunch consisted of lots of delicious homemade food, including banana bread, scrambled eggs, raisin toast french toast, and smoothies.

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Andre’s delicious banana bread

Andre used his secret recipe to bake us a loaf of delicious banana bread, which amongst the 7 of us, managed to polish off easily- after we had eaten brunch.

 

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It was a great way to start a Sunday, and although I may have watched a few too many episodes of Prison Break while trying to study, overall it was a great way to finish the weekend.

Today

I’ve finally got my MRI appointment scheduled for this afternoon before practice! My knee hasn’t been hurting thankfully, but there definitely is some excess fluid (…yum…) there that needs to get outta here. I’m hoping that the MRI scan shows exactly where the synovial fluid is coming from (hamstring or knee joint) so that we can treat it properly.

Well, I’ve got to go do some work on this French paper now, so I’ll pop back in tomorrow for Friday Favourites!

Have a great Thursday!

Questions:

What has the highlight of your week been?

Do you have midterms? If/when you were in college, did you have midterms? (Aren’t they the worst!?)

 

An Egg-cellent 24 Hours

Workout

Oh my goodness. I don’t know if last night’s workout at Unite Fitness was extremely hard because I had already had squash training that morning, but my quads were shaking at the end! In a good way, of course 😉

The culprit? Squats! We did 25 squats in between cardio intervals, and then heavy-weight squats and squat jumps during the strength portion. Last night’s walk home seemed to take even longer than usual, probably thanks to the dead feeling in my legs! Needless today, the quads are feelin’ a little sore today. Thankfully, that’s one of the muscle groups I don’t mind being sore.

Dinner

Since I’m trying to use up the food that I have in my fridge, I’ve been having some pretty random meals lately. Furthermore, thanks to my level of hunger and impatience last night, I lacked a bit of creativity when making dinner. What to do when those two problems arise? Eggs for dinner of course! 

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Oh, Mr. Burns

Dinner was almost exactly the same as lunch, however instead of a scramble, I topped my sautéed vegetables with two eggs over easy, and salsa!

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The semi-runny yolks and the salsa made this meal taste fairly different from the similar dish I’d consumed a few hours earlier.

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Oh, and goat cheese on top, too!

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Dinner was followed up with some Chocolate Arctic Zero frozen dessert and cashew butter. Right out of the containers.

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Have you ever heard of Arctic Zero? Well, neither had I until I was doing some blogging research (or procrastinating, whatever you want to call it), and found a blogger who said she ate an entire pint of it in one sitting!

My first impression was: “Wow, I’m impressed“, but then I thought that there must be something unique about this dessert, so I checked it out online, and sure enough, look at the nutritional info on this baby!

IMG_3853Go ahead, pinch yourself. But you’re not dreaming, I assure you.

IMG_3855The only catch? Well, it loses its appeal once it starts to melt. So, as long as you eat it frozen (which is how it’s intended to be eaten), this stuff is quite seriously, ice cream lovers galore!

I also snacked on some Inner Peas later on, when a blog post I stumbled upon sparked a salty and crunchy craving.

IMG_3864If you don’t leave near a Trader Joe’s, you can usually find their “name brand” counterparts, Snapea Crisps at most grocery stores.

Breakfast

I’m not training until closer to 1 pm today, which means I had a breakfast marathon this morning! Eating 2 breakfasts within 2 hours before a late lunchtime workout gives me enough energy to last throughout the whole session, without being too full. If I only have one breakfast, and have a small snack instead of a small meal, I’ll get hungry during training, which, as I was reminded yesterday is no good!

I started off with a bagelwich, topped with two fried eggs, cheddar cheese, and a little bit of strawberry jam.

IMG_3865This was my first time trying the bagelwich open faced, and I loved it! By eating it this way, I get to have one more egg, and it seems as though I get to eat two sandwiches!

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I spy with my little eye… under the egg!

Melted cheese? You just can’t go wrong.

IMG_3867The breakfast marathon continued with some breadless bread pudding, topped with almond butter.

Flax1Aug212014All those little brown flakes? Ground flax meal!

This recipe is super simple and easy, because a) it only uses 3 main ingredients, and b) it takes 1.5 minutes in the microwave to make!

FlaxIngredEgg whites, protein powder, and ground flax meal! This is such a great little combo, because of the protein from the egg whites and protein powder, and the fibre and omega-3’s from the flax meal!

Alrighty well as you can see, eggs have been the superstar of my meals, and as long as I don’t get too egged out soon, I’m all good with it!

Also, since this post is featuring a lot of food, I figured I’d link up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday! Even though it’s Thursday… 🙂 If you’re interested in seeing what other bloggers have been eating, be sure to check it out!

 

 

 

 

 

When the Hunger Hits…

When the hunger hits….I go downhill.

This morning I had some Greek yogurt with chocolate protein powder, and a little almond butter, before heading out to play squash with Nabilla and Kelsey at 9:45 am. (I guess my late night snack of cashew butter and crackers didn’t transfer into “breakfast energy” for this morning 🙁 )

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This combo has become my lunch once or twice in the past week. Thank goodness the box of crackers is finished now.

I was cautious of eating too much because I didn’t want to be a huge lump on court, (see here for what I like to eat before morning workouts!), which was a good decision, however I made the mistake of not bringing a snack. About an hour into playing, I started to get a little hungry, and as we approached the two-hour mark, hunger was at the forefront of my mind.

Needless to say, when I got home, the kitchen was my very first stop. (I still need to shower actually- yuck!).

Aa I consumed a cashew oat protein ball, chicken breast, and lots of water, I prepared the main portion of my lunch. I had originally planned to make plain scrambled eggs, but knew I needed to use up some of the veggies in my fridge.

Enter, veggie-egg scramble!

Image 35I started off by sautéing red onions in a little olive oil, then tossed in some kale, red pepper, and roasted corn. Once the veggies were all cooked, I added my eggs, and got scramblin’!

Image 36I topped my scramble with goat cheese, along side my beloved Wawa coffee and a glass of water.

I’ve also since managed to finish off the Greek yogurt container. Looks like today is an endless hunger kind of day!

Time to go work for a little bit, until I meet up with Kat to hang out for a bit, and then Unite Fitness at 4:30! It’s gorgeous out, so I’m hoping Kat and I can chill by the pool at her apartment and soak up some sun. Oh… and I have to do that ice bucket challenge…

Questions:

Do you notice your athletic performance start to dwindle when you get hungry? 

Do you bring snacks with you when you work out?