Last night was a restless night of sleep for me. There wasn’t a thought on the brain. Nothing. Nada. But still, I could not for the life of me get an ounce of sleep. I used to have a major sleeping problem when I was younger. There were some nights that I would be at the point of tears because I couldn’t sleep. Yeah, crazy, I know! Thankfully this rarely happens anymore. Once I came to the conclusion that a night of no sleep wouldn’t kill me, I relaxed and slept better. Amazing how simple a solution can be. 😉
Anyways, despite the restless night of sleep, I woke up happy and ready for breakfast.
Overnight Apples ‘n’ Oats
1/2 c. oatmeal
cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
1 diced apple
1/2 c. milk
…put in the fridge…the next morning, mix in…
6-oz. plain yogurt
2 T. crushed flax
dollop of peanut butter on top
Strength Training went well today. I decided that I need to start a journal of my reps and sets though. I love setting up a unique and different workout depending on what I’m in the mood for, but it would be nice to see where I’ve been, where I am and where I’m heading. Speaking of which, I love this new arm workout that I learned from the one and only Jillian Michaels. She calls it the “lawn mower” and it literally replicates the motion of starting the mower, but with weights. I’ll have to snap a picture of someone—or myself—doing it one of these times and share it with you all. I can feel my arms burning by the end of the reps and it’s one of my new favorites. 😀
After a quickie strength workout, I grabbed a snack (kashis and a slice of cheese) and headed out the door for a busy and loooong day of classes & meetings.
Thankfully I was well prepared with snacks and meals to hold me over throughout the day. Lunch was a mix of leftovers, and it actually turned out to be a really tasty concoction. I loved the grated carrot. I think grating it made the entire dish taste sweeter and more flavorful. And it paired wonderfully with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Oh, and letting it sit and soak together overnight was key. 😀
1 c. brown rice
1 c. garbanzos
1 carrot, grated
1 celery stalk, chopped
a lil’ salsa (about 2-4 T)
1 tsp olive oil
splash of balsamic vinegar
I also packed along two snacks for the afternoon, because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to eat dinner until late tonight. These almonds and an orange were eaten in Counseling class. I had a nice conversation with my teacher about eating in class. I felt bad about it, and asked her if it was okay that I was always eating in the classroom. 😳 She started laughing and told me her own personal story of having to eat every three hours, or else her blood sugar dropped too low. “Always bring your lunch,” she said with a laugh. Phew…that’s what I love about the nutrition department—crunching is encouraged!!
My second snack was another homemade granola bar…the supply is running low on these guys! I think I’m going to need to find a new recipe or tweak this one to change things up a bit! 😀
Dinner was pretty yummy tonight! Although, I didn’t really realize I was eating rice for the second time today (!!!) until I was actually done eating…haha. Ah well! 😀 They were both very different in taste, so I didn’t mind at all.
Turkey Fried Rice (adapted from Eat Well, Live Well)
3 T. low-sodium soy sauce
2 c. turkey, cooked and diced
2 tsp. olive oil
1 c. brown rice, uncooked
2 c. chicken broth
1/2 c. green peppers, chopped
1/4 c. celery, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 c. romaine lettuce, shredded
- In a small bowl, pour soy sauce over turkey; set aside.
- Pour oil into a skillet; add rice and “fry” over medium heat, stirring constantly until rice is toasty brown. Add chicken broth; cover and simmer for 45 minutes until all liquid is absorbed. Add turkey, green pepper, celery and onion. Cook uncovered for 5 minutes.
- Push rice to side of skillet and add egg, stirring constantly until set. Combine with rice mixture. Stir in lettuce. Serve immediately.
On the side, I had a big serving of frozen peas, cooked and some roasted turnips. 😀
And for a dessert/snack, I had a small bowl of honey nut cheerios with 1/2 a banana and some milk. Totally love the combo of honey nut cheerios and bananas. I wish cereal held me over in the morning, because I would have this for breakfast tomorrow! 😀
I am drained for the night!! I love having Mondays and Fridays off, but the three long days that I do have school wear me out! I hope I can get a better night of sleep t’night.
Do you ever have a hard time sleeping, and what are some “remedies” that you’ve used to help? Like I already mentioned, I usually just tell myself that it’s not that big a deal. If I can just relax, that’s the most important thing. Sometimes taking a bath or reading a magazine helps too. As long as the magazine isn’t too interesting, because then I stay up way later then normal. 😉