Most of my “aha” moments are found through running. I’ll be running along, thinking about nothing, and then bam! A life lesson is learned. Today on my 5-mile run, I was thinking about how goal oriented I can be. Goals are great, but sometimes I forget about the “in between” time from now and until I reach that goal. It’s called LIFE. And sometimes I need to remind myself that even though it’s important to achieve goals, I need to enjoy right where I am. Slow down, Sarah…live in the moment.
What are some of the “aha” moments that you have had throughout your life?
I knew this morning was going to fly by in a flash since I wanted to fit in a run. Hence, the gingerbread breakfast cookie came in to play. The banan was a little less ripe then I like them to be, but it was still delicious. 😀 On the side I had a glass of milk for a boost of protein.
Post run snack: about 1/2 a cups worth of cottage cheese + an apple. I’m not always a fan of fruit with cottage cheese, but this apple was perfectly tart-sweet so it paired perfectly. 😀
Lunch was a hodge-podge of leftovers and snacks. I’ve definitely been bringing the perfect amount, as I feel just hungry enough to eat dinner once I arrive home. 😀
The first part of my lunch was eaten in Management class. I absolutely love cold, leftover pizza. And since this was made with veggies (fiber!), whole wheat flour (more fiber!) and reduced fat cheddar (protein!), it was actually pretty filling.
I wanted to sneak in some more veggies, so I brought along a big salad with about 1/2 a cups worth of garbanzos, a carrot, and some tomato/cucumber slices. The dressing was kept “smelly free” by using a tsp olive oil, balsamic, orange juice, and dry mustard with ginger in place of the garlic. Loved the ginger addition!
I spent a good two hours in the library, tackling homework with a friend between classes. An orange and some almonds (about an ounce or 20 almonds) held me over. 😀
As expected though, the hunger struck again around 4:30’ish, when my stomach knew that dinner was coming closer. I decided to break into my extra snack that I had packed, which was a homemade granola bar. I love refrigerating these, because they get all dense and chewy. But this one was in my pack all day, and had gotten really warm in the classroom. It was actually kind of melty and gooey, which I loved!
By the time I arrived home, I felt like a frazzled mess!! The drive home always gets me into this zombie state. All I wanted to do was throw on my pjs and eat dinner. So I did.
Sauteed zucchini, summer squash and onions.
And sardines with mustard. I know a lot of people get grossed out by these little fishies, but I adore them. They’re super, super cheap. Super healthy (great source of protein and omega-3’s + low in mercury!) And, in my opinion, they’re super tasty. 😀
+ a cherry cordial which mom bought me. So good! 😀
Off to make a snack and watch Biggest Loser!!
I thought it was an interesting point that a reader brought up, about what to do if you’re not hungry on days you exercise. I’m not for force feeding in that type of scenario, but it is important to refuel directly after a workout to prevent muscle breakdown as well as to restore glycogen. It’s especially important after high intensity, long workouts. That could be a mini meal such as half a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of milk. Or it could be a larger meal if you’re feeling hungry.
That’s the most important thing, but aside from that, let your body tell you when it’s hungry. If you get hungry the next day and refuel really well, providing your body with the energy it needs, then it’s probably okay not to force feed yourself on the high intensity workout days. 😀