The recent weather in NYC has been unbelievably sunny and warm (remind me of this in a few months…). After the usual 1/2 decaf coffee yesterday morning, I set off to Central Park for a sunny, Autumnal 4 mile run. Considering Sunday’s 12 miler, my legs felt surprisingly OK. Yay! I made sure to stretch and foam roll afterwards – I want to keep them feelin’ good.
Breakfast was plain Oikos greek yogurt with PB2 and a chopped apple mixed in. And then I crumbled an Honest Foods granola plank on top. The maple nut flavor was really good! It had a consistency similar to Kashi Go Lean Crunch – very crunchy. The granola plank was rather caloric, but packed with nutrition - (380 cals, 12 grams protein, 6 grams fiber, 600 mg omega 3′s). It kept me full until after 2pm!
Lunch was from the salad bar. It was Monday – I needed something exciting!
arugula, shredded carrots, red onion, mushrooms
roasted acorn squash
wild rice stuffing
bit of potato salad
pumpkin seeds, dried cranberries, feta cheese
Tbs balsamic vinaigrette
And then the afternoon snackeroos – decaf cappuccino and chocolate vita muffin
Around 4pm, the work really started to pile up and I knew it was going to be a late night in the office. Luckily, I had prepared and brought along a whole arsenal of healthy snacks for the week. When I’ve been sitting at my desk for hours on end and my stress levels are high, it’s so tempting to reach for candy (we have M&M dispensors in the pantry!), so that’s why I plan ahead. I know I’ll feel much better if I have a piece of fruit or something with a little protein & fiber.
Around 8pm, I broke into the almonds and they helped me power through the rest of my work.
I took a car home from the office (that’s one benefit of overtime!), but since I never drive anymore (subway and walking only for this lady) I actually got a little car sick. It was kind of funny in retrospect…
I had a coke zero to settle my stomach and some leftover pumpkin risotto with spinach and a dollop of greek yogurt for a late din-din.
Dessert was a white chocolate pumpkin cookie while I worked on some exciting blog updates – to be announced SOON! And then I attempted to get some zzzzz’s….
Unfortunately I was too wired (coke zero, damn you) to fall asleep easily and I tossed and turned for quite a bit. At some point I realized I was hungry and in need of a snack. I stumbled to the kitchen and munched on a clif bar. That seemed to do the trick – I was finally able to get to sleep! Lessons learned: don’t drink caffeine after 9pm and always have a snack at the ready!
If you’re tense or angry, you’re more likely to get injured. Read this Runner’s World article on how to run safely under stress.
Check out this NY Times article about a woman who walks up to 43 miles per day!
What healthy snacks do you keep at your desk? Fruit, nuts, and vita muffins are my go-to choices!