Today’s Mini Goal: Get more sleep. I normally get 7-8 hours, but I’ve been exhausted lately. I usually doze off during at least one class, and am just physically so very tired all day. Maybe I just need more sleep because of all the running I do? Maybe I’m just weird?
I had planned on doing 7-8 miles today with a 5-6 mile fartlek thrown in there, but my alarm failed to go off at seven and it was eight by the time I woke up. I had class at nine, so I pushed the run back to my lunch hour. Then I was too tired to do anything at lunch besides stare at my computer screen in a semi-creepy stupor. So then I told myself I would go in the evening after work/more classes. This did not happen. I’m not mad at myself because I still plan on getting in my five training runs this week, but I don’t really understand why I’m so tired. I hardly ever take a day where I don’t do anything at all, so maybe my body’s just telling me that today’s the day for that…
Also, randomly, I did not want to take pictures today. Like at all. Like, I was mad at the idea of taking pictures for some reason. I blame hormones.
I tried Jay Robb chocolate whey protein powder in my oats today and have a few comments:
1. I tasted no chocolate whatsoever.
2. The powder gave them a thicker, but also grittier, texture. I did not appreciate this.
3. The bowl was no more or less satisfying than usual.
So, in conclusion, I see no point to it whatsoever. For me, at least. Are you a protein powder person? If so, what kinds are good?
I’d love to try it in a smoothie and see if that’s any different. But I have no blender. This is a blatant request for one. If you have an extra blender lying around, you can send it my way 🙂 Oh, and mom, if you’re reading this, Easter is coming up and I have been a very good girl!
I wanted ridiculous amounts of chocolate today. My hand may have found it’s way into the DCD jar many, many times. That stuff is dangerous. I love keeping dark chocolate bars around because usually just a few squares will satisfy my sweet tooth. I had slightly more than usual today, but not an insane amount. I know that there is no scientifically proven relationship between chocolate cravings and my period, but I firmly believe that such a relationship exists.
Dark chocolate topped with dark chocolate dreams pb:
If you were thinking of adding more chocolate and/or more calories into your diet, this just might be the way to do it.
My only other picture:
Dinner: tasty pasta/veggie/meatball/cheesy mess. I hardly ever get take out or even eat out for that matter, but I walked by the student center on the way home and suddenly I absolutely had to have pasta for dinner. When I was little spaghetti was hands down my favorite food. It’s funny, because I hate tomatoes. I just pick them out of the sauce. We already established that I’m super weird though, so you shouldn’t find this too surprising.
My school does a lot of things to try and help students be healthier; it has all kinds of fitness programs and nutrition information available, in addition to psychological resources, sexual health resources, etc. So they really do try. Why, then, do you have to ask for whole wheat pasta at the pasta station? Seriously, when you ask for whole wheat, they frown at you and slowly amble back to the fridge where they store the whole wheat version. I understand that this is an extra step for the tired cooks, but seriously, people, 95% of Americans know that whole wheat and whole grains are better options. Why can’t they just make the whole wheat version the standard option? It can’t be that much more expensive. I go to an Ivy League school. Neither my fellow students nor the administration is stupid. While I was in line today they actually ran out of the white pasta and people started groaning. No joke. They were legitimately angry. I am not trying to sound all high and mighty here, but I think that at this point in America’s health crisis, most people are well aware that grains are good and white is bad.
Another thing that annoys me: inappropriately massive portions. These are portions that might work for student-athletes training four or five hours a day, but they’re way too big for me, and I’m not exactly sedentary (I run 40+ miles most week…) The container pictured above is a size small, and I was starving and only ate aout two thirds of it, which was probably about two servings.
Sorry. Rant over. Sometime I forget how privileged I am when it comes to health; growing up, my parents splurged on lots of fresh produce, farmer’s market veggies, and other wholesome foods like fish, nuts, and grains. I grew up knowing that things from a package were alright on occasion, but that they weren’t what food was meant to be. I could eat Skittles if I wanted, but I knew full well that it was a treat and it wasn’t good for me. Do people actually believe processed foods are good for them? I’m genuinely curious here, because I just don’t understand people who don’t get it. My parents are doctors, so I was never really exposed to lots of things that are standard to many Americans. For example, until coming to college, I did not know that canned cranberry sauce existed! I also didn’t realize that people voluntarily ate white bread. What was your health like as a kid? Did you grow up with lots of processed foods or were you practically a food snob as a toddler?
I remember going on a trip with my poetry team (yes, I was geeky) to NYC when I was about 16 and being shocked that a fried chicken restaurant existed. All my friends wanted to eat there, but I just couldn’t. I had been raised to think that fried foods were never acceptable, and to be honest, I was afraid of stuff like that. I try to be a bit more open and less snippity now, but I still have my standards and there are definitely things my friends will eat that I won’t.
This is the last paragraph, I swear! So Lent starts tomorrow, and while I am not Christian, I will be giving something up — baked goods (including cookies, pastries, muffins, etc.) The only exception is if it’s something I already have (I hate wasting food). I like to do Lent simply because I find the idea of sacrifice to be very compelling, especially in a world where our lives are cluttered by so many unnecessary things. There are many things in my life that I do not need, and I like having this time to eliminate something. I find it cleansing.
Alright, I’m off to watch Lost. Have an awesome Wednesday!