Words cannot describe how great it was to get back to my gym today. I finally felt completely like me and had a good day at work so all systems were a go for me to go to spin tonight. I felt so motivated to have a killer workout and I loved being able to give myself just that. Spin is always a challenge for me (such a killer on the ol’ knees!), but for some reason I really enjoy it. Tuesday classes at my gym are my favorite because I love the music that the instructor chooses.
He jokingly said at the beginning of class that there would be lots of Beyonce in honor of her Super Bowl win. In my opinion there wasn’t enough Beyonce in the spin playlist but then again, I can never get enough Beyonce. The temperature of the room and that my body rose to during class was equivalent to the hotness of Beyonce herself. I was a sweaty animal and looking nothing like Queen B though, that’s for sure. But her song Run the World (Girls) definitely pushed me through some tough sprints.
As we de-mounted our bikes to stretch, the instructor warned us about slipping on the floor. Yeah… I’d say we were all working hard.
My post-workout endorphins and happiness powered me home in lightening speed. Have a mentioned how lucky I feel to have my body back in good health? Okay good. After dinner as I was packing my lunch for tomorrow, I decided to dedicate a blog post to what my lunches have been looking like lately.
I used to walk home to my apartment during lunch, make food there, and then go back to work (the perks of living THAT close). But I’ve found that I really enjoy bringing a lunch to work, eating with coworkers for a 1/2 hour, and then spending my other 1/2 hour walking around the neighborhood. I like being social and exploring.
Some people don’t bring their own lunch to work or assume they have to eat on the go because they think the prep work is hard or time consuming. It’s really not at all! In fact I have to pack two snacks and a lunch to bring with me to work and I manage to do it in less than ten minutes every single day. Ahhh the magic of food prep Sundays and tupperware.
Okay so here’s a rundown of my lunch tomorrow and how I got it all ready.
As I prepare my lunch, I make sure it will contain four key components: healthy fats, carbohydrates (either in fruit form or whole grain form), proteins, and vegetables. That’s the base I start with. My healthy fat of choice is usually avocado and I consider 1/3 of an avocado to be a good sized serving (per my own trial and error and recommendations from my registered dietitian).
I checked the mail today when I got home from work before heading off to spin (which I usually forget to do) and in the midst of student loan reminders (blech), I had a letter from my Aunt Nikki! It was a welcome surprise.
Thanks for the fun find, Aunt Nikki 🙂 I have the list tacked up on my bulletin board now to remind me of all the creative ways in which you can play with avocados.
ANYWAY. Back to lunch and how I incorporated avocado.
When I was meal planning for the week and creeping on recipes all over the internet, I found this simple lunch idea from Anne, author of the blog “Fannetastic Food” for a Smoked Salmon and Dill Wrap. I didn’t have dill in my spice rack so she inspired me to add that when I went grocery shopping on Friday. I absolutely love smoked salmon and didn’t know dill went so well with it- the more you know.
I’m definitely stoked about my eats for tomorrow. But I’m even more stoked at the moment for sleeeeeeeeeep! This Washingtonian is tired and up way too late. I need to cut this post short and hit the hay. Some of you may laugh because it’s only nearing 10:30pm at the moment.
Tomorrow is Wednesday so let’s all take a deep breath, prepare to bear hump day, and power through the mid-work week slump together.