Thank you all for your super supportive comments on my last post. Getting it out there really helped me. I was a lot more centered yesterday and much much happier. Getting the day started with pilates (yay, I made it!) helped too. It was great knowing that I already got one workout in before even heading to work. I am not a morning person so I can’t do much more than yoga or pilates this early but that’s still a great start. Plus both of these workouts are great mentally too. They remind me to slow down. Anyways, I feel great so thank you!!
I’ve been thinking recently about how my snacks got pretty boring lately. I often just grab a fruit to-go:
Sometimes I add something else for satiety…
Sometimes it’s fruit and nuts in dried form (a.k.a trailmix)
…sometimes it’s just nuts:
And then there are various bars that are oh so convenient:
Once in a while I get a little more creative and I LOVE snacks like that…
Baby carrots + almond butter
1/2 Food for Life english muffin with Barney Butter and 1/2 banana (one of my favorite snacks!!)
Ww toast with hummus and 1/4 avocado
Baguette with baba ganoush and tomatoes
Crackers with edamame hummus
Baby carrots with hummus and 1 hard-boiled egg
I need to revamp my snacks. What are your favorites?
Onto yesterday’s eats…
German fitness bread with cream cheese, kiwi, strawberries and pecans
Close up shot:
This was so hearty and satisfying. The fresh fruit was so sweet and paired nicely with the tangy cream cheese and earthy bread. Yum!
I decided to treat myself to a lunch at the farmers market yesterday. I think I’m going to start doing that once a week. It just felt so special… plus I’m supporting local farmers, right?
The Prudential Center farmers market (open Thursdays 11:00-17:00)
The swiss bakers table caught my eye
They had 2 kinds of sandwiches and the guy talked me into the lettuce, tomato, pickle & turkey (and mayo apparently) sandwich. He was 99% sure that the turkey was organic since supposedly the owners pride themselves on all ingredients being organic.
This guy came on a PretzelBaguette – oh my!
So I went on their website after getting back to my desk and I see nothing about the use of organic ingredients. I’m pretty sure this was NOT organic turkey but I still ate it. Not eating it would not make a statement other than a hungry Elina. The bread was the most amazing thing – a soft pretzel in a baguette shape. Fantastic. I’m going to choose the vegetarian option next time or just buy the PretzelBaguette and assemble my own sandwich. Nonetheless, I thoroughly enjoyed this lunch!
1 banana, 1/2 apple pie larabar, 1 orange (after workout) <– see, boring!!
Pilates reformer class in the am. I’m still on the fence. I LOVE the studio (it’s Boston Body btw) but I think I need some heavy lifting/bootcamp classes in my life to feel complete. And since these classes aren’t cheap (I got a discounted deal for just a few sessions before), they would have to replace my gym membership and everything else. So we’ll see. I have a 30-days unlimited mat membership that I have yet to activate and I think it may be more my speed. Plus it’s a lot cheaper so if I absolutely love it, then it’s more likely to become part of my routine. I’ll keep you guys posted, of course.
After work, I also went to the gym for some cardio. I NEEDED it. Even that’s an understatement. I didn’t have my running shoes (only old sneakers) so I didn’t want to run (much) so I thought I’d try Janetha’s slow paced treadmill workout (with increasing inclines). Yeah, I thought it was going to be all walking but… I don’t know about you but I can’t walk at 5.0. I got to 4.6 but even that got a little too much at 8-9 incline. I basically stuck between 4.4 and 4.5 mph and used Janetha’s incline recommendations. After about 17 minutes I decided that running actually wouldn’t be so bad. I finished the 30 minutes at 6.6-6.7 mph at 1.0 incline. That felt good. I need to bring running shoes to the gym next time. It felt weird running in those babies. After the treadmill, I did like 3 minutes on this weird stepmaster type thing (you move the legs sideways) but it was sooooo boring I couldn’t handle it. I grabbed a jump rope and did that for maybe 30 seconds and then an elliptical with a tv freed up. Sweeeeet. So I did 17 minutes on that, again using Janetha’s “moves” – elliptical HIIT. I was sweaty and happy by the end. After a little stretching and it was time to get moving.
My grandmas from Israel are in town so I rushed to my parents’ house after my workout (and a shower of course!). We ate dinner there.
Short-rib + polenta prepared by my dad. It was really good.
+ a little plate of hummus, tomatoes and pickled radish
I went back for more hummus (on 1/2 toast) and more pickled radish after this. Yum! And had a glass of Pinot Noir that my dad got me for my birthday. It was the same wine I had last time at Bin26 and declared it was my favorite wine of all time. It was still good last night. Not sure if I can give it the same mark though. Maybe I need to taste it one more time, just to be sure.
And that’s how you do it. Sorry for the crazy long post. I guess I was in a chatty mood.
Don’t forget to enter the RPS giveaway. I’ll declare the winner in my next post.