Last night I went to bed by 9:30 and didn’t wake up until 7:30…that’s a good 10 hrs. worth of sleep! Whew! My body is thanking me now. Sometimes a good, solid sleep is what the body needs!
Speaking of last night, I was also super productive. First I managed to put together a killer to-do list for homework, working at the hospital, and my running routine. Angharad completed a 10k recently, which is totally inspiring me to do my own. I know I need to be more structured in a running program, so that’s why I’m going to give it a go for a couple weeks and see how my legs feel about upping my mileage/endurance. More news to come!!
I also put together breakfast last night too…my very first bowl of overnight oats for this summer! It hasn’t been warm enough to enjoy this cold version of oats, but yesterday as I was sweating over my oatmeal, I decided it was due time for the cold stuff!!
Last night I threw together:
- 3/4 c. oats
- 1 large banana
- 1/2 c. milk
- cinnamon and nutmeg
This morning I mixed in a 6-oz. container of plain, fat free yogurt and added 2 T. walnuts on top for crunch, flavor and a dose of healthy fats. Yummo!! Simply delicious!
Along with the warm weather demanding cooler breakfasts, it also demands that exercise be planned in the early morning or later evening. So mom and I headed out for a 4-mile walk this morning. It was super hot outside, and thankfully I brought along a water bottle. I was sweating buckets by the time we got home.
For a snack, I didn’t want anything heavy since I was feeling the heat, so I made myself a Polly peach. :D Who knew that almond butter could find a place on peaches too?
After noshing on the juicy, cold peach, I found myself in the zone for finishing up some homework. I discovered today that if I really buckle down, I can finish most of my assignments within the next two weeks. How’s that for incentive? It would give me two more weeks of complete freedom before the fall semester starts up again. I need that! So I’m aiming for it…
I accomplished two hours worth of homework and then broke my concentration to get lunch created.
Lunch was a delicious veggie sandwich with carrot sticks on the side.
There was a lot going on in this sandwich, with layer upon layer of goodness. From the top down, it was filled with:
- 1/4 a smashed avocado
- 4-5 basil leaves
- cucumber slices
- tomato slice
- 1/4 c. roasted red pepper hummus
Messy but worth it.
Still feeling the grumbles, I broke out a glass of milk and decided I wanted to make a chocolate milk using cocoa and a touch of sugar for sweetness. Don’t. Unless cocoa is heated or blended well into a smoothie, I’ve discovered it tastes about as chalky as it looks. ;) Anywho, it tasted fine, but the texture was weird.
Then I hopped right back to the laptop and conquered a couple more hours worth of homework. See what a good to-do list can do for procastinators like myself? It does wonders. :D
I wasn’t all that hungry during this time of writing and thinking, so I went for a red pear. Just enough to hold me over for dinner.
Dinner started with a side salad, drizzled with balsamic vinegar. I ate it inside with the fan blowing directly on me.
When it finally started to feel cooler out, I made my way outdoors to the porch and ate 3 slices of homemade pizza. Pizza can be a totally delicious, and nutritious, meal option! Make a whole wheat (or go half-half) crust, top it with a red sauce and herbs, layer on some veggies, sprinkle a bit of low-fat cheese, and voila! Easy peazy and healthy to boot…
I’m a huge fan of zucchini with red sauce…I think they’re made for each other. The zucchini was from our garden and tasted almost sweet. So fresh!
Aside from the zucchini, the other star of the show were the green olives. I had green olives and feta cheese on a pizza in Boston before, and ever since have fell in love with this addition. They soften nicely, get a little browned, and add such flavor.
Night snack: Bowl of LIFE cereal with milk…
I’m off to relax some while enjoying some new magazines. I just picked up the latest bon appetit and can’t wait to check out all the fun recipes. Not to mention the fact that I still need to finish My Sister’s Keeper. It was a “I can’t put this down” read until I stopped before going on vacation, and I haven’t touched it since. I need to get back into it so I can find out how it ends! haha…
Exercise: 4-mile walk in the morning + 2-mile walk after dinner