Today’s Mini Goal: Find more coupons. Then use them. I’m a poor college student with an inclination towards specialty products and an expensive produce habit. Anybody have any suggestions for where to acquire coupons/food discounts?
I have a confession:
Hello, my name is Caronae and I stayed in my pajamas until 5 pm today.
This was hands down one of the least productive days of my life. I woke up at noon, made some OIAJ, read, munched on snacks, went back to sleep, flopped around on my bed having some thinking time. Finally around five I dragged myself from the bed, called my dad for some motivation (he had already been to some sort of oncology conference all day, so that made me feel like it might be a good time for me to get moving), and threw on some hodge podge running clothes (sidenote: I don’t have a huge winter running gear stash and I don’t have the time/money to be doing laundry every few days, so I often end up running in some really funky outfits). I didn’t set out with any particular route or mileage number in mind, which was quite a nice little change from my usually highly regimented runs. I love this kind of run. It felt freeing to be able to turn left if I wanted to, or right. To pick up my pace here or slow it down there. To stop for water or notice the way the surface of the river moved. It was nice.
Way back in September, when I first started seeing my current therapist, I realized how much I value productivity at the expense of me time. Today, all I wanted was to snuggle up under my covers with a magazine and some chocolate. And sometimes, that’s okay. My therapist used the word “aimlessness” to describe this. I have to give myself permission to just let go and do something that isn’t going to take me to any specific place. When I do do this, I almost always feel calmer afterwards. What’s your favorite “aimless” activity?
And what was even nicer than my run was the fact that MY GARMIN IS ONCE AGAIN FUNCTIONAL. The company sent me instructions to reset it and recharge it which ended up working out after a few false starts. So glad to have you back in my life Apricot (what I named my baby). There were a few minor kinks:
1. Pace: sometimes it was just blatantly wrong: I’d be charging along at what was probably about a nine minute pace and it would tell me I was running at thirteen. Not cool Garmin, not cool.
2. GPS Signal: okay, so this isn’t actually the Garmin’s fault, but rather NYC’s. Seriously, there are two many tall buildings and not enough open spaces here.
3. Total Distance: the mileage thingy was going totally fine until the last quarter mile. I was at about 7.9 and suddenly it started going backwards (it went all the way down to 7.2 before coming back up). It never even reached the point at which it had started going backwards. At first I thought I had been misreading the screen since it was dark, but I’m fairly positive I had about 0.05 miles left one second and then 0.70 miles left the next…
Anyone have any ideas/solutions?
I ended up doing eight miles in just over eighty minutes. Tomorrow will be a long run and (hopefully) yoga. I’m aiming for 16 miles, since I’m three weeks out from the race and I want this to be my peak.
Really random today because of my bizarre I’m-not-doing-anything schedule.
Apple cinnamon chia OIAJ. This did NOT fill me up, oddly enough, and I was feeling snackish two hours later.
TJ’s 0% pomegranate Greek yogurt topped with shredded coconut, pb pretzels, and TJ’s chocolate raspberry sticks (of which I had 3 or 4 more). This was the perfect snack, and also the perfect segue into something I’ve been wanting to talk about for a while…
Many bloggers, and even some health professionals, have acknowledged that Americans have this inflated view of the importance of protein and that we are far too focused on it. In some ways, I don’t disagree: we don’t need to be cramming our faces with steak, chicken, and protein powders all day long, especially if doing so means sacrificing other important micro- and macro-nutrients that our active bodies need to function. But with that said, I like me some protein, and I also physically need it. I talked about my PCOS here so I won’t tell the whole story again, but suffice it to say, my body does not function well on a diet that is too high in carbs. I think I’m somewhat insulin resistant, and I have always noticed that I look and feel better when I am more focused on fats and proteins than carbs (and by the way, when I say carbs I mean bread, pasta, rice, not fruits and veggies). I do eat plenty of whole grains, but never in place of protein.
My dairy-free experiment (which has of late turned into a minimal-dairy experiment) has been making me think about protein. I have noticed that without milk, yogurt, and cheese in my diet I have been eating way more in the evenings and feeling like I “can’t get full.” I think I probably ate three servings of PB pretzels the other night. I still want to continue my minimal-dairy experiment, but I think that if I am going to do that while continuing to take care of my body, I am going to need to educate myself about and focus on some alternative proteins and fats.
I often incorporate dairy into my afternoon snack. I have a few other items in my rotation, but I’m starting to get tired of them. Here are the most frequent contenders:
1. Fruits or veggies with nut butter (e.g., carrots with ab, apple with pb)
2. Bars (Luna, Lara, Clif Mojo, Kashi, etc.)
3. Trail mix with dried fruit, nuts, and whole grain cereals
I’m starting to get bored of these options and don’t want to revert to yogurt or cheese or milk. Does anybody have any suggestions for me? I’m not big on protein powders, and while I love meat, tofu/soy, beans, lentils, eggs and the like, I don’t really envision carrying those around for an afternoon snack. I need some protein advice, help! “Fat” based snack ideas are also welcome. Thanks in advance!
Okay, back to today’s eats.
I was starving after my run since it had been so long since I’d eaten. I think my blood sugar was low and I was a bit dehydrated, so I knew exactly what I wanted: a smoothie. I so wish I had the equipment to create my own right now, but I don’t (hint hint, mom). I got a mango smoothie from the student center and topped it with one of homemade granola bars (recipe from Averie) all crumbled up and a few spoonfuls of trail mix. I ate it SIAB style. Heaven. On a spoon.
Three-ish hours later I was hungry for another dinner, so I went with it. I wanted a giant pile of protein with a side of veggies, so that’s what I had.
I ate the chicken from last night’s sandwich with the sweet potato fries and yellow pepper slices. This hit the spot.
I’m currently sipping on my favorite tea (jasmine tulsi) with a bit of stevia and some plain soy milk.
I did get a few things done this evening — ran, blogged, read some Adam Smith (pin factories, anyone?), and started a collage!
These are picture cutouts I’m going to use. And yes, that’s a slice of pie and a baby elephant in the foreground on the right. I adore hands on creative stuff like collage-making. The pictures are going to get glued on to a large piece of paper that will say “mindfulness.” I want to put it up above my door. That word has really been resonating with me lately. What word would you choose to describe your thoughts of late?
PS — please excuse the misaligned pictures. I could not get them quite right!