Recently, my sleep has been terrible! In a weird way, I think having to get up at 6 A.M. for school programs me to get super-efficient sleep and make the most of those 8 (errr…okay, maybe more 7) hours I have to sleep. This means I avoid screens like the plague anywhere near bedtime. But, during break, I’ve gotten more lax which means I’ve been scrolling through blogs till at least 10, then realizing it’s time for bed and hitting the hay right then. Yeah…not so good for my sleep. It takes like an hour to fall asleep and I inevitably wake up at like 3 in the morning and roll around for 1-2 hours. So, no more screens. This meant I had to find something to read, so I stocked up on all the delicious cookbooks I could find at my library (that I haven’t already read). I’m trying to make a change for the better people 😉 .
Sooo…now for the full day of eats!
This morning started out around 8:30 A.M after another rough night of sleep. Like every morning, I dangled my feet (helps with P.O.T.S.), chugged down my big water bottle, and scrolled a little on Instagram. Since I sleep in my workout clothes on weekends or when I don’t have school, I’m pretty much ready to go.
By 8:45, my bed’s made, my face’s washed, my teeth are clean, my hair’s tied back, my sneakers are laced, my water bottles are filled, and my first workout video is up on the T.V.
- Fitness Blender’s Cardio Kickboxing (About 20-25 minute video with a warm-up, kickboxing intervals, cardio intervals, and a cool-down.)
After this, I was feeling like doing a little more kickboxing, so I decided to do another short video before continuing with the rest of the workout.
- Kelli’s Cardio Kickboxing (About 10 minutes of kickboxing intervals.)
This video was fun, but I will admit that for some of the more complicated combinations, I kinda just punched however I wanted. I got really mixed up with hook and cross, so I just went for it. As long as you go hard it’s all good, right 😉 ?
This next little workout is a fun, but intense, quick HIIT I came up with to really get an extra push in there.
- Tabata Style (20 seconds of the exercise, 10 seconds active rest-boxer shuffle)
I intended to do this x4, but somehow I messed it up, doing half the moves a fifth time, so I just decided to finish it out and do the whole thing x5. This is a great little push that can be done at the end of a workout or as quick cardio. Plyometric (meaning jumping) moves like this are excellent for building strength in those legs, improving fast-twitch muscles (makes you faster!), and really get your heart going!
Doing yoga after more intense exercises has been my favorite lately! It’s a really good way to add in a little push at the end of your workout and stretch a bit. Additionally, I love how refreshed I feel after yoga! Don’t ride this style of exercise off, it can be super challenging and beneficial if you focus on engaging your muscles.
My stretching is usually 5-10 minutes and focuses pretty much entirely on my lower body. I hold the moves for 20-30 seconds depending on how much time I have once I get nice and deep into a stretch.
After quickly rinsing my face (NEVER let sweat sit on your face! It’ll clog your pores!), it was time for breakfast!
Yesterday, at Whole Foods, I picked up this paleo pancake mix by Birch Benders.
All you have to do is stir water into 1/3 cup of the mix! Learn from me though, don’t be cautious with that water! You actually have to add a lot! I thought I added too much to part of my batter because it was liquid-thin, but it actually cooked perfectly!
To top off my paleo cakes, I added strawberries and a blueberry “compote” made by microwaving frozen wild blueberries. This compote is dee-lish and WAY better than any artificial syrup, trust me! The best topping though was this grain-free granola I made last night! It’s UH-MAZING!!! I’m totally addicted and WILL be posting it after I make a few adjustments and write down a recipe. You’ll be in love! I had it instead of peanut butter, it’s THAT good! On the side I had some egg whites for a protein boost to help heal my muscles and a mug of matcha green tea. This was down the hatch in a few seconds flat!
Gonna be honest, this breakfast did NOT fill me up! Luckily, I was eating an earlier lunch since I had a haircut I had to eat before. So, I knocked out some online training sessions, worked on the blog, and rinsed off.
Before my shower, I threw some butternut squash in the oven to roast. Super easy, just about 1/4 tsp pure maple syrup, some pumpkin spice, and Real Salt to season. Then place it on some parchment paper and roast it for 30 minutes at 400 degrees and turn it up to 450 for another 15 if you’re in a time crunch like me.
To make it a meal, I finished off the leftover blueberry B.B.Q. pulled pork (soooo yummy and wayyy better than your average pulled pork since we made it with a leaner roast), and had some steamed broccolini which was seasoned with garlic, lemon, and Real Salt.
I also had a little gala apple which was less than enjoyable since I had to cut out like 70% of it since it was covered in bruises 🙁 .
Just as I took my last bite, it was 2 P.M., meaning time to go to my haircut. Yay 🙂 !
Jeggings: American Eagle
Shirt: American Eagle
Rings: Forever 21 and Francessca’s
Necklace: Ann Taylor
This weird weather has me so mixed up! I stuck my head outside earlier in the day and it was about in the 60’s I’d say, but when I went outside to go to my haircut, I realized how seasonally inappropriate this outfit was, whoops!
Since lunch was fairly light, I was getting super sluggish and hungry after my haircut, so that meant a snack around 5 P.M. I had some popcorn mixed with that granola I mentioned earlier. Yum! Perfect snack to eat while working on the blog and watchin’ Netflix.
This bowl didn’t last me too long, soooo I went back for seconds 🙂 .
I’d thrown on a pullover sweatshirt, some super cute thick socks, and my little booty slippers to keep me warm.
After I’d finished this, my stomach wasn’t feeling so great, so I sipped on some Trader Joe’s Mint Melange team while I cleaned out the fridge and began to reorganize the pantry.
Around 8:15 P.M., I was fast fading, so it was time for dinner. Tonight’s was a sort of “every man for himself” deal or, in other words, leftovers.
I grabbed some leftover pasta from two nights before, which didn’t look or taste nearly as good the second time around. It was a maple roasted butternut squash, broccolini, peas, and Banza chickpea pasta (this stuff packs 14 grams of protein in a 2oz serving!) tossed in a sage hazlenut pesto. Yeah, I was feelin’ chef-y when I whipped this up for my mom and sister. But, in this family, we ladies like to eat all the veggies out of the pasta dishes (oops 🙂 ?), so I was left with mainly the noodles. To try to re-vamp the dish, I added more broccolini and peas plus some salt, garlic, and lemon juice. It was alright, but hey, not every meal can be gourmet. At least I got to sit down and relax! Man I was pooped!
Less than satisfying dinner=dessert in my book, so to round out the night I had this amazing treat.
Almond butter and chocolate…yum! Plus, the crust on this thing reminds me of an Oreo cookie crust! I had about 1/4th of the tart chopped up in popcorn. Extra delicious combo since the tart is made with coconut oil and gets all melty on the popcorn!
After promising myself, just one more chapter, I saw that it quickly went from 10:15 P.M. to 10:45 P.M., so I actually had to put the book down and go to bed.
So that’s it for yesterday’s eats! Let me know: What have your favorite bedtime books have been? Do you wanna see more WIAWs?
Enjoy the moment,
xoxo Meah <3