It’s been a few packed days since I blogged last. Backing up to THURSDAY, I had an early training client and then took the dog on a nice, long walk with Colin. He has a 30-page paper due on Monday and has been heads down for the last few weeks. It was good to catch up and have some time to just talk.
Post walk, I studied for my nutrition exam then to the rec to coach Boot Camp. There were only two participants who showed up, so I ended up joining in on the workout *fun*. It was perfect multitasking! After a quick bird bath, I headed to the lab for some exercise testing, then went straight to my exam. The good news was that it went really well!
Have you ever heard of callaloo stew? On Thursday night we ventured down to the local brewery to meet for my mother-in-law’s birthday and it was on special. I got a bowl with a salad and it may be one of the best stews I’ve ever had! I’m not sure what’s the normal recipe, but this one had lentils, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, corn, greens, coconut milk, peanut butter, peppers, onions, and other spices. It was filling, spicy, subtly sweet, and delicious! I am thinking about trying to recreate it soon
I got to sleep in a little on Friday morning (finally!) then I headed to the gym to teach kickboxing. I had a lower turnout than usual, which was a bit of a downer. Perhaps it’s because of this:
I hope that people were outdoors enjoying the beautiful weather if they weren’t in my class
The good news is that the weather stayed around all evening. We headed downtown to the art opening of a friend who biked across Africa and it was a perfect night to be out and about. PLUS I got to wear the new love(s) in my life (photo to come).
This morning, I met my friend for a long run. We covered 7.5 miles and averaged a pace of a little over 9 min/mile. It felt wonderful! One of the best parts of running with her (besides the friendship and great conversation!) is that I can leave my Garmin at home. She uses a Nike ID which automatically tracks all of our info, so I just get to go along for the ride. Quite a change for a personal trainer who is used to planning workouts for everyone else
I haven’t cooked at all in the past three days (we’re super low on groceries), just reheated leftovers and blended many smoothies. I finally got to the store today and picked up the usuals, plus a few blog worthy extras:
Different people have different philosophies when it comes to treats, especially in the fitness industry. I think you have to figure out what works best for you. In the past, I’ve tried to limit sweets to one ”treat night” per week but found it doesn’t work for me. I need a little sweet each day to stay satisfied and prevent bingeing. Each week I pick up a bar of my favorite chocolate and have a few squares each night for dessert. I can’t wait to try this one!
Eating a little bit of what you really like will leave you more satisfied than a fake alternative. Make sure to serve yourself a small portion of your favorite and savor each and every bite.
Question: Do you do a ”treat night” or enjoy something indulgent on a daily basis?