Spinning and Strength

Good morning! Check out my latest contribution to the Running Shorts column on True/Slant – Alternative Sports Medicine. If you’re struggling with aches and pains, make sure you know all of your options.

Yesterday was an early one, but getting up with the sun was worth it – I love my Tuesday morning spin class! I started off with 1/2 decaf coffee and a few pieces of dried fruit.


After a fun 45 minute cycling session, I did some strength training (not my fav, but necessary):

  • 3 x 10 bicep curls
  • 3 x 10 tricep dips
  • 3 x 10 tricep extensions
  • 3 x 10 lunges

And then 20 minutes on the elliptical to read Marie Claire magazine cooldown.

Breakfast was vanilla greek yogurt with PB2 mixed in, a lazy girl’s baked apple, and a vita muffin.

My “lazy girl’s baked apple” was just a sliced Macoun apple, drizzled with maple syrup and cinnamon, and microwaved for 2 minutes. So easy to make, but it feels so much more special than a regular ol’ apple.

vitatop and chobani

Mid-morning snack: Heritage grain flakes and 2% milk.

Heritage flakes

Lunch was a cup of Campbell’s Select french onion soup and a hummus, arugula, and mozzarella sandwich on a whole wheat flat bread. I was pleasantly surprised by this soup – very rich and flavorful and no “canned soup” taste.

soup and sandwich

And then some leftover Halloween candy to power me through the rest of the afternoon…

Halloween candy

After I left the office I headed to my local polling place to vote. Yay, civic duty! And then returned to my apartment for dinner and a few hours of writing, emailing, and blog work. I think I stared at a computer screen for 14+ hours yesterday – yikes!

Dinner was a repeat of Monday – 1/2 baked sweet potato, lentils, lots of mozzarella cheese, and hot sauce. Oh, and some leftover apple cider!


I resisted the new Mad Men DVD sitting on my desk (must.respond.to.emails), but I could not resist the call of Katie’s homemade pb & j bars sitting in my fridge. I warmed one up in the microwave and added a big dollop of greek yogurt (tastes like whipped cream!)

pb & j bar

I may have eaten another pb & j bar around 1am. It was a long night…

10 Free Ways to Get Healthy in November!

Hungry for a sandwich? How about generous scoops of quinoa and hummus rolled in a blistered naan along with pickled vegetables, sauerkraut and tangy yogurt? Yes, please! Read more about these drool-worthy sandwiches on the NY Times.

Get the 411 on dried fruit – FYI yogurt covered raisins are NOT your best option.

Is there a connection between processed foods and depression? The BBC reports on a study that says yes.

A new study suggests that yoga is very beneficial for women being treated for eating disorders. Yay, yoga!

Question: What’s your “power snack” to get you through a late night of homework/work?


13 Responses

  1. Glad I’m not the only person to be ravaging my leftover candy supply. Thanks for posting the link to the BBC report on processed foods and depression. People tend to take nutrition with a grain of salt when it comes to dealing with depression and/or finding its roots. While it’s true that depression is a culmination of many, many factors (psychological, emotional, circumstantial, physical), how you treat your body day to day and fuel it plays a vital role. So, yes, we should eat with our mental health in mind as well as our physical!

    I’ve got to try that lazy girl baked apple, it’s a genius idea.

  2. Oh, and nothing like raw nuts and a piece of fruit to tide me over when I need a substantial snack. Or a Kashi, Go Lean! Crunch bar. Full of fiber and protein, plus they’re delicious.

  3. I love a big bowl of oats for when I’m doing work. It’s the snack that keeps on giving in my opinion
    Those PB bars look awesome!

  4. ahhh i am going to go check out 10 free ways to get healthy in november…i could totally be using some of those tips!

    yayyyyy for prunes…perfect for gmas like us :)

  5. I LOVE LOVE LOVE all the links you always provide! I will be reading the 10 ways to get healthy and the sandwiches asap – as well as your Running Short of course!
    Megan, I just have to say, I love your blog. I don’t have much time for blog reading and commenting these days but yours is one that I cannot miss! So there!

  6. Banana and almond butter…yum!!! I like the baked apple idea…I’m going to have to try it soon!

  7. THanks for these links! :)


  8. Love the blog, Megan! I’m so glad we didn’t buy Halloween candy this year; no ToTers=no leftover candy to snack on!

    My unhealthy power snack (that got me through many an all-nighter in college) was pizza and diet coke :) Now, I’m more likely to turn to something protein-packed — low-fat yogurt with granola/flax, egg sandwich, PB sandwich — to get me through a late night.

  9. apples and pb is my go-to power snack! Always a winner.

  10. Hot Chocolate, grapes or pretzels. Yummy yummy! Love the new article.

  11. I pound the tea and make something like popcorn that is crunchy, salty, and takes awhile to eat!

  12. Hot sauce just makes everything better, doesn’t it? My power snack for schoolwork is popcorn! With old bay seasoning.

  13. […] me, this means that while I did have dried fruit, a few pieces of candy, and a pb& j cookie on Tuesday (simple sugars!), I also consumed greek yogurt, whole grain cereal, whole wheat bread, hummus, part […]

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