So, I woke up this morning and wasn’t hungry AT ALL. I had some Harney and Sons black tea. I save all the tea samples I get so I find lots of random and delicious bags in the pantry like this one!
Of course, I had one of these too.
I had an appointment with a trainer at the YMCA to formulate a strengthening workout for me. An hour before going to the gym, I still wasn’t hungry, but I grabbed a granola bar. I never like to go to the gym on an empty stomach- especially when trying a new hardcore workout!
I like these because they have lots of chocolate chips. Chocolate + sugar first thing in the morning 🙂 .
Meeting with the trainer was really great. And humbling. He showed me a bunch of moves. And when I tried them, it was sad. I am WEAK. Even though I workout a lot, I really have only been doing cardio and stretching for the last six years. Ever since water polo ended my senior year of high school, I have avoided the weight room at the gym like the plague because I did not want to bulk up. But, I have smartened up and realized that strength training does not have to make you bulky, it can make you long and lean. It also will improve posture and help me with my weak knees and my neck issues. Lastly, strength training builds long lean muscles if you use repetitive, light weights. And muscle increases metabloic rate, and who doesn’t want that?!
Anyway, I am hoping to have a much more balanced workout of strength + cardio from now on. I will probably do one more session with this trainer to get a more complete plan for circuit training and then go out on my own. The Y is great because trainers (in NYC) are between $49-65 for an hour, depending on their level of expertise. After a couple of sessions, you can do it all on your own, but, for someone like me who doesnt have a basic understanding, I really think its worth it if you have the cash. Small short term investment = long term gain!
Alright, back to food. I wasn’t hungry (this never happens to me- weird) after meeting with the trainer and doing 30 minutes of cardio. But around 12:30, I saw this in my freezer and wanted to eat it!
Yum! I toped it with a small sliced tomato, a tbsp of labne, and hot sauce. With a side of veggies.
I love Mexican food and Amy’s burritos are really, really good!
For any of you who haven’t had Labne, it is like yogurt but creamier, thicker. I only use a little bit. It adds protein, calcium, and lots of creaminess to my dishes. If you have an Middle Eastern stores around you, I highly recommend you buy some. Let me know how you like it!
I went to a coffee shop for a few hours this afternoon to work on law school apps, and around 5, I got really hungry. Luckily, they had the healthy option of yogurt + strawberries + granola + honey. Unluckily, I didn’t have my camera…. forgot it at home! (still new to this). But, being my clever self, I remembered that my laptop has a camera, so I took a picture in Photobooth!
There you are. Loren was home really late tonight so I got hungry again before dinner. I had a few of these while I waited for him…
And a part-skim string cheese to hold me over.
I wasn’t sure what to make for dinner, when I started craving Mexican food again! How weird? So, I used this:
And made this: Flax wrap = guac (made with cucumbers), red pepper, light refried beans, and a little more Labne.
I love love love avocados. Probably one of my top 5 favorite foods. Yum!
As you may have read in earlier posts or my About Me page, I am really trying to work on portion control and balanced eating- and here is a perfect example. I wanted cheese on this, at first. But I realized I had cheese at lunch and cheese for snack. Did I really need cheese again? I opted out and really didn’t miss it. It was delicious as is!
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