Let’s Make That Workout Happen

Posted on May 28, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Health | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Let’s face it: When you’re just out there running for fun, it’s a lot easier to get “bored” with running than if you’re motivated by a race, or weight loss, or have some crazy deal where you get paid per mile you run(If I had a deal like that, I’d be out there all day). The truth is it’s just hard to love a tough workout 100% of the time. Here is how I get workout-ready in my morning.

I always start the day with a big breakfast, workout or not. My perfect trifecta is oatmeal for fiberous carbs, peanut butter(cinnamon raisin swirl PB & Co. here) for healthy fat, and greek yogurt for protein. To be completely honest, I don’t love Greek yogurt here always; a lot of days I’d be happiest with 2 huge bowls of oatmeal and nut butter. But greek yogurt is a great source of probiotics and protein. And starting your day with protein has been shown to boost metabolism and curb you late-night hunger. I can certainly scoop some Fage for that.

When I know I’m about to run, I always steal some chocolate from my stash. Call it a bribe; it’s as natural as putting on my shoes. “Rituals” lie this can keep you on a regular exercising route.

Today, my workout motivation as music. I just downloaded Telephone(I know, I’m terribly behind) and Love On The Inside by Sugarland and made a big playlist out of them. I definitely couldn’t have gone so far without that energy pumping through me. For some, it’s music. Other times, it’s whatever’s on the TV at the gym. And, of course, there’s always the beautiful nature of the outdoors. Whatever it is, distractions can be some of the greatest ways to make a cardio workout enjoyable.

Afterwards, it’s important to hydrate. In fact, I plan this beforehand by sticking water and anything else I might want in the fridge and knowing just where it is to grab it to drink while doing stretches. Without stretches, the next workout might not be as enjoyable…

And, of course, you need to refuel. There was a lot of hype last Summer about chocolate milk being the “perfect drink”. Really, what you need is food. Drinking carbs is certainly one way to get energy back in to your system. That just doesn’t fit me, personally. For myself, I made a “dream salad”(as in, I dreamed this up all run long): Spinach, avocado with lemon juice, sauteed onions, and toasted cashews. If this doesn’t work for you, feel free to go back to the chocolate milk.

And it never hurts to have a little more running motivation. Sundae Friday, anyone?

No matter how difficult it is, there is nothing that tastes better than homemade ice cream. Can you see the vanilla bean specks and thick chunks of organic dark chocolate? Maybe I got hit by a car on my run and went to heaven and don’t know it yet.

Flash forward to 2 hours later when I hadn’t sat down at all and realized it was one of those 2-lunch days.  Now I’m relaxing with oatmeal and cashew butter and a pineapple Chobani. Glorious, no? I’ve been trying to churn up a real good dessert. It’s been a battle so far; we’ll see how it comes out tonight. We’ll see…

How do you stay motivated to work out?

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Let’s Jam

Posted on February 27, 2010. Filed under: Daily Update, Product Review | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

Well, sparing the drama, last night did not start off well; in short, I realized that all the Latin I had been translating through the day I was meant to read in English and the next two chapters in Latin. Gah! After that, I probably had more motivation than any other time to do what really needed to be done. But I couldn’t muster it up. Instead, I turned to food:

Vanilla Bean Coconut Milk Yogurt With Banana Pineapple Rum Jam

That’s what Friday nights are for, right? I wanted something pina-colada like since that’s what my overripe coconut milk had reminded me of all day(I’ve since thrown it out–no worries there). I took a couple scoops vanilla ice cream from Purely Decadent made with coconut milk and added banana pineapple rum jam. This was sooo good; it reminded me of adding pineapples on top of your sundae, which I never got, but it worked with the coconut. I must admit that I have no recollection of the Olympics from 9-10 and I think it was because I was too enthralled in this. Like I said, not much work got done, which would have been helpful going in to this week with 2 papers 😦 Now, where was I? Oh yes, food therapy.

Pumpkin Oatmeal With Butter Toffee Peanut Butter

Avery posed the question to enter her contest, “what’s your favorite peanut butter?” I’ll tell you, this is a really hard one for me, and it’s very mood dependent. But one that I can’t deny being in the top 3 is Naturally Nutty‘s Butter Toffee peanut butter. I don’t even think I’ve had butter toffee peanuts, but this just takes the cake oatmeal. If I win,her contest, you can take a wild guess which one I’d choose 😉

7 Miles in 61:54

Saturday mornings always feel “funny”, mostly because the gym opens at 9 so I have to sleep in until 8:30 if I want to time things like I do. Yes, “have” to because that takes effort for me! My grandfather always wakes up at 6am even though he’s retired; let’s blame him. I got their on time and ran 7 miles in 61:54, which felt easy if only because I wouldn’t let myself look at the distance for the first hour.

Berry Bot

Getting in the door I suddenly felt like I hadn’t eaten for 12 hours. Then I realized I hadn’t. Bot to the rescue! I wanted some quick electrolytes so I tried the berry flavor. No disappointment here; it was very berry! And it tasted just sweet enough with only 6g of sugar, which I can’t deny I needed at the time. After showering, cooking breakfast, and making a phone call, finally I was ready to dig in.

Oatmeal With COconut Milk, Walnut Butter, Cinnamon, And Sea Salt, Chobani With Blueberry Jam

Oatmeal With Walnut Butter, Coconut Milk, Cinnamon, And Sea Salt

I must have been hungry because it was one of those times when I wanted to use every topping in site; just like when a celebrity takes on every bit of plastic surgery, I know that doesn’t always work out, so I told myself to keep it simple. I don’t think I listened well :-\ But in the end, this combo of walnut butter with coconut milk wasn’t that bad. It wasn’t spectacular or anything, but it’s making do as I chow down. I’m glad I stuck just to blueberry jam on the yogurt, since that turned out to be fantastic. When does jam ever disappoint? And I’ll let you in on a secret: It’s just 365 brand 😉 I can speak for their blueberry and raspberry ones that they’re as good as any! And speaking of Whole Foods, I could definitely use a nice long walk while the sun’s still out with groceries at the end of the tunnel right now to clear my head.

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