Yesterday morning I was in such a fog over the week I'm having. (Not going into it all again, just read past posts to catch on up.) I felt like an absolute and total zombie. What took me out of it? My training session. For an entire hour, I was able to temporarily step away from all of the awfulness & enjoy myself: move a whole bunch of iron, focus on getting stronger, laugh with Dustin - just give my brain a brief respite. In this awful, awful week, my two hours of personal training were the brightest points of light for me. I walked out of each session feeling refreshed, stronger, and better equipped to handle the world. I wish everyone would realize that a workout can do even more for the brain than the body. Yesterday's blog post by Marsha touched on the very same topic, and I believe she puts it more eloquently than I can: Why do I train?
My nutrition was solid:
615a-2 fried eggs, 4 slices bacon, c regular coffee, 50g freeze-dried blackberries, fish oil, zinc, vitamin D, magnesium, dandelion root
730a-c decaf coffee, 4 pecan halves
8a-1.5c regular coffee
9a-2 turkey dogs
11a-2 turkey dogs, 20g freeze-dried blueberries
115p-salad, chicken sausage, 3 grapes, cauliflower floweret, 2 fish oil, dandelion root
3p-5 celery strips, 5 baby carrots, 2 cauliflower flowerets
330p-10g freeze-dried blueberries, apple turkey picadillo
630p-2 chicken sausage, 20g freeze-dried blueberries
730p-oz brain food, few banana chips, zinc, magnesium, dandelion root, fish oil
TOTALS: 1942 cal, 92g fat (22 sat), 162g carbs (44 fiber), 113g protein
-I hadn't planned on the evening snack but I was making Brain Food for Dustin's shower today, and simply couldn't resist having a handful. On such an emotional day, though, it was perfectly acceptable, even expected.
-Freeze-dried blueberries: deliciously crunchy, appropriate for mindless eating, like a bag of potato chips, except HEALTHY. The only problem: they will turn your fingers & mouth blue and stick in your teeth. Eat at home only!
-On-the-go eating: three of us went to Josh's visitation right after work, at 5. So I ate my picadillo at 3:30p, more filling than usual snack, but that way I lasted through the visitation with no issues. I was on my way home at 6:40, finally, so in my car I ate two [cold] chicken sausages, and the blueberries. It worked well! The lessons: plan, plan, plan; and now and then, just go with the simple concept of "food = fuel."
Today is going much better, because my weekend plans now include a whole bunch of awesomeness: the baby shower; having a [favorite] running partner for a portion of my 18 miles; getting my house cleaned; going out to eat with my husband; vegging on the couch watching NASCAR for the first time all year. Life is good! Plus, since I moved my run up to tomorrow morning (will work Sunday while it downpours), today is a high-carb day and I get to eat the fruit I brought for the shower! Sweet deliciousness!
And finally, I have to share something that my mom wrote on my FB wall. I doubt it's original, probably something from an email forward, but it's still a wonderful note, and today was a great day to receive it: