Be prepared!

Scar-the-lion-king-31003130-500-281You should have sung-read that to the song Scar sings in The Lion King. I’ll get to the preparedness part in a minute, but first an overview of some workouts!

Well thank goodness for the World Cup, because there is no way I would have stayed on the bike that long today if it weren’t for Greece and Japan. I seriously hate the stationery bike, because I feel like I’m not getting anywhere. Literally. But in terms of a cardio besides running, it was the best option today. If only someone had scored during the game, I may have stayed on it longer! After my 35 minutes of biking, I did some ab workouts that are probably going to hurt tomorrow.

Yesterday I thought my speed workout went really well. I ran around the indoor track, which is 0.1 mile around once. I did 10 sets of 3 laps: my first lap was a slow jog. The second was a steady run, probably around a 9:45 pace. The last lap I tried to run what was just shy of a sprint. I didn’t take breaks between sets, so that first lap was always kind of a recovery, and if I’m being honest, it probably looked like a limping jog towards the end. But I didn’t stop, and that’s what I’m proud of! If you didn’t already do the math, it ended up being 3 miles total.

So now in reference to the title of this blog, something I have learned this week (actually more like relearned) is the benefits of preparing meals ahead of time. As much as I love to cook, I also love to just be lazy and resort to eating cereal and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. But that’s not always healthy. Last night I got myself up and made a thing of pasta with ground turkey, sauce, and vegetables, which made enough for probably three servings. I also boiled some chicken that I was able to throw on some salad today at lunch, along with some extra veggies I didn’t use for the pasta that were already cut up.

Talk about saving time! It was so nice to have a good meal and only have to take a couple minutes to heat it up in the microwave or throw a few things in a bowl; and it didn’t involve cereal! I hope I can get in the habit of doing this more often, because it will make preparing healthy meals a lot easier!


Little changes, big difference

Happy Tuesday!

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I wanted to share the first healthy recipe that wasn’t my own that I tried for dinner today, which was a flour free breakfast pancake. I found the recipe at fANNEtastic food’s blog, and you can find the link for it here! I went for it today because I had most of the ingredients and was in the mood for something new. I topped it with some Greek yogurt and blueberries. It looked kinda gross when it was cooking, and I had to improvise with some oats instead of flaxseed grounds, but it still tasted so yummy!

I can’t believe how much more energy I feel like I have since last week. I’ve tried eating less at meals instead of eating until I felt full, and it still feels like I’m getting enough, and I’m not starving myself the entire day. I’ve also cut back on the in-between meals snacks, and I realized that I’m really only eating them because I’m bored. Whenever I turn to go get something quick, I just drink some water instead and see if that curbs the need first.

When I began running on a regular basis last week I had also tried giving up caffeine at the same time. At first it was hard. Really hard. Like going-to-bed-at-7-pm hard. I was so tired. But after keeping up with it (and just two coffees since last Tuesday! It’s a big accomplishment, I promise), I feel like I don’t need to rely on caffeine in the morning to get me through the day. Now the exercise is actually training my body to need less sleep! Getting a routine down and my body used to the work and a few diet changes has really helped me to stop hitting that wall of exhaustion around 5:00 everyday. I am excited to see what more workouts and healthy eating will do for me!