Good morning, everyone — happy Wednesday! The countdown to the weekend (and not just any weekend, but a glorious long weekend) is now officially on.
This week also marks the start of a new routine for me: after pushing myself through coffee-fueled morning workouts for the last few years, my efforts to give up the java mean that morning workouts are now — how to put this gently? — utterly effing impossible. I’m monumentally zonked when I first wake up, so I needed the high-octane jet fuel to get me through a morning sweat session.
Left to my body’s own devices, though, I vastly prefer to work out in the late afternoon. I don’t know if this is a circadian rhythm thing or just a leftover habit from years of after-school sports, but sometime between 2:30 – 4 is totally the Goldilocks zone for me. Before I go to work is too early (because I’m too tired), and after I get home from work is too late (because 1) I have to cook dinner, and 2) by that time I’m so hungry I can barely stand it and I’m liable to straight-up maim anyone who stands between me and a snack).
But 3:30? It’s perfect. I look forward to it all day, and by 3:30 I’m all “GYM TIME! GET EXCITED! WOOHOOOOO!”
We have a gym at work that would allow me to work out during the aforementioned Goldilocks zone, but since it costs money, I’ve been avoiding that path in favor of using the free gym in our building. Now that I’m on my new coffee-free schedule, however, one thing is clear: I gotta suck it up and join this gym.
I took a tour of it, and it’s not bad at all: there are lots of cardio machines, lots of nautilus weights and free weights, and unlimited towel service. Apparently it gets slow right around the time when I want to hit it up, so hopefully this will go well.
So, as of today I have some extra gear to carry with me: my gym bag. I’ll let you know how it goes!
This has been another week of Weight Watchers-friendly foods, obviously (because one can’t commit to re-joining WW and then proceed not to eat accordingly):
I’m much like a Hobbit, in that I’m a big fan of first and second breakfasts. My first breakfasts always involve tea with multi-grain GF toast and a tiny bit of nut butter, just to get me up and moving around. Second breakfast usually happens between 9 and 10:30, when I’ll have a healthified Morning Glory muffin, egg whites, and a banana.
Lunches have been super consistent, as I’ve been craving one thing and one thing only: Moroccan lentil stew mixed with Imagine Creamy Carrot Almond soup and bulked up with with baked sweet potato and wilted spinach. (Wow, that’s a mouthful. I mean that both literally and figuratively.) This recipe is warming like a mofo: it has fresh ginger, garlic, turmeric, and loads of savory spices — so as far as I’m concerned, it’s just what the doctor ordered.
Snacks have involved loads of produce: apples, celery, grapes, Thai cole slaw, and bell peppers with hummus.
Dinners, meanwhile, are when I tend to protein-load: we’ve had things like baked pesto chicken, turkey burgers with spinach and reduced-fat feta, chicken salad with chickpeas and basil, and GF pasta with broccoli and Italian chicken sausage.
I decided not to take pictures of everything for each meal, because it becomes time consuming like you wouldn’t believe. (This may just be a by-product of the fact that I’m a perfectionist and thus prone to fixating on the idea that the pictures have to be perfect before I put them up here, or it may be that it just really is time consuming. I have no idea.) So, instead, I made a collage with some of the gustatory highlights of the week:
It’s waaaaaaay easier. And I gotta tell you, I’m a big — nay, colossal — fan of things that are easy.
Questions du jour:
What time of day do you like to work out? Do you find that you have more stamina/endurance at a particular time?
What was your food highlight of the week?
P.S. A quick STL housekeeping note: I’m going to reply to all your comments soon — things have been busy, so I apologize for the delay! A comment reply binge will follow shortly, I promise. 🙂