Before I go on a little rant (and, I promise, it will be short), I’ll post my eats from last night and this morning.
Yesterday, all I was craving ALL day was a huge salad. So, when I got home, I pulled out all the salad like things I could find, and went to town. Here’s the final result:
Biggest salad EVER!
Here’s the run down on what’s in in: One of those huge plastic containers of greens that is intended to serve 4 (or one hungry me!), steamed mini carrots, snap peas and zucchini (I love hot ingredients in my cold salads!), kidney beans, beets tomatoes, 1/2 a sweet potato and a few leftover pieces of Gliding Calm tofu. YUM!!
This morning, I woke up NOT wanting to go to the gym, but I knew that it was exactly what I needed to relieve some stress. So, I went, and as usual, I’m super glad that I did. I did 25 minutes on the elliptical (interval training) and two circuits of The Fitnessista’s workout #2. I love these workouts, mainly because I feel SO STRONG when I finish. It’s always wonderful.
When I got back, I needed some serious morning fuel, and I got just that by making myself another fall-ish, protein packed smoothie.
This time, the lineup was: 1/2 a frozen banana, 1 whole apple, 1/2 leftover sweet potato, 1/2 cup of almond milk, 1/2 cup water, 1TBSP of protein powder, cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and a little bit of PB. And, as you can tell, I also ate 1/2 that banana sitting next to the smoothie. Such a filling breakfast :)
Now it’s time for my rant:
I was sitting at lunch yesterday when a friend/coworker asked me about my workout regimen, because she’s considering signing up at a gym. While I was talking to her PRIVATELY, another coworker interrupted and said that she get “angry at skinny people like me who make heavy people look bad by going to the gym.” Are you SERIOUS! I mean, I’m taking care of myself. I’m healthy. It’s not about fitting into size triple zero jeans, or anything like that at all. It’s about being the best me that I can be.
This past summer, I was diagnosed with skin cancer. Me…the girl who is always SPFed up to the max and never goes into the sun. I’m the palest girl ever. But, I guess I’ve been neglecting the back of my hand my entire life, because that’s where it was. Things happen to people who are in great shape, and if anything, this shows how important it is to be in great, healthy shape because things happen, even to the fittest person. Our bodies need to be able to handle those things. I mean, I have Celiac…and autoimmune disease. I have to be healthy. Ugh. It gets me so mad.
My sister, at age 32, was diagnosed with heart disease a few months ago. She had to have her arteries unblocked. She’s so young, but she doesn’t take care of herself (obese, smokes, etc). Doesn’t anyone see that you have to take care of yourself?
Ok, end rant. I’m off to have a (hopefully) fantastic day. I’ll be giving exams all day long, so there’s not much teaching for this girl! It’s nice to rest now and then :)
Edited to add: Yes, I have gotten my skin cancer taken care of. Luckily, it was caught super early, and I have a pretty big scar, but that’s the least of my worries. And, I know that this wasn’t a terrible thing to occur in the grand scheme of terrible things, but it was totally a wake up call about how you need to be able to fight anything that happens to your body, you know?