Rainbow kale, spinach, cherry tomatoes, red pepper, tuna, sunflower seeds and avocado. Big and hearty. Fitnessista style.
I had a full day on campus yesterday and tried to plan ahead, but spent the whole day rushing. Went to a 7am Yoga Sculpt class and drank half of this Vita Coco orange (new favorite) before class while I prepared my lunch. I’m so happy I made food before yoga, or else I would have had no time for anything and would’ve had to resort to buying a mediocre salad on campus.
For lunch I used some of the rainbow kale, and made a salad with spinach, cherry tomatoes, red peppers, sunflower seeds and craisins. I brought along some balsamic vinegar and olive oil and also put some cracked pepper on the leaves. I chopped up a Gala apple, brought carrots and some edamame for protein. So good. One of my classmates told me she was “so jealous” of how healthy I ate! I told her she could do it toooo
Second coconut water of the day – the Coco Cafe, which is coconut water with an espresso shot and a splash of milk. Absolutely amazing. My neighbor works for VitaCoco and delivers cases on the reg. We have tried almost all the different flavors of fruity ones (best would be pineapple and orange) and this Cafe is perfect coffee replacement.
After class, came home and made the rest of the cajun salmon We don’t eat a lot of salmon with every meal because we would rather eat it more than once instead of more at once, so it tends to look pretty measly on the plate. We tried something new with the butternut squash – roasted it with olive oil, pepper and garlic (NO salt) and then sautéed it with some spinach and cranberries. Soo good. This one will definitely be coming back!
Two unpredictable things happened yesterday which got me thinking a lot about how I approach exercise. In high school, I used to go on the elliptical for 45-60 minutes a couple times every week, lift some weights and go to the same yoga class every week. Nothing ever changed except for my playlist. If I switched back to that same schedule now I would be bored and getting out of bed would be such a drag.
I have 4 or 5 running routes around campus and take different runs depending on how much time I have (or how far I want to go) or whether I have done the same one too many times recently and am bored of it. All of them are hilly and I like to know exactly how long I will be running flat, when I’ve gotta hoof it up a hill and where the biggest one is and also when I get to run down. It’s comforting and fun. Yesterday, I only had time to run 3 and Becky explained one of her favorite routes. I had no idea what to expect and finished feeling challenged and successful. I ran the whole thing and when I would over think the small stuff like when I would finally reach the top and when the next turn was, it was useless. I was able to focus on continuing and taking in this completely new neighborhood.
At Core Power I go to a couple different teachers throughout the week who all have distinct styles and I like their different classes for different reasons – cardio party with pumping music or spiritual classes with lots of stretching and feel like I get a lot of variety in the classes and in my practice. But at the same time, I know in each teacher when we will hit the mat to do some abs, how many sequences we will do of each flow and when we wind down for final corpse pose. Yesterday, I was heading to one of my favorite teacher’s classes and was shocked when I saw someone else checking students in. When class started up, you could feel the skepticism in the room. Everyone else was doubting her too. As we settled into child’s pose, she broke the tension: “Don’t worry, I know what I’m doing”. As the xx began playing I sighed with relief. The next hour was awesome. I didn’t know what to expect and her style was unique and challenging. In my regular classes, I know when and if we will launch from one pose to the next. In this new class, each next step was a surprise and I found myself being able to hold poses I usually cannot and take more complicated variations. I couldn’t over think anything.
This morning I went to one of the regular Yoga Sculpt (weights) classes I go too and liked the challenge, but it was different than the challenges yesterday. My workout schedule has variation but is pretty predictable. I think that continuing to try new classes and new routes will help me take my practice and running to the next level. I’ll keep you posted on how it goes!
Grocery shopped last night and got some great stuff. Trader Joes was OUT of my kale so I splurged on rainbow kale from whole foods. I’ve been into “massaged kale salads” which I’ve read about on other foodie sites and am obsessed. It makes the leaves a lot more tender and savory. So good.
Another favorite are the frozen salmon fillets at WF but they’ve also been running low, so we’re trying the Cajun style. They are actually pretty low in sodium which is key. Me and Beck are making one tonight and gotta eat the other tomorrow.
Other meal things:
- Tilapia (and panko)
- Brussel sprouts
- Mixed greens
- Sweet potatoes and butternut squash
- Lots of strawberries and lots of apples (and carrots)
- Mineola (oranges)
- More sea salt caramel dark chocolate 🙂
- Whole Wheat Pizza Dough (TJs), light mozzarella and no-sodium Marinara
I’ll post pics and give reviews. Hopefully I can try out some new veggie/fish recipes!