My first day of classes went great! I really enjoyed my two economics classes. One of them will discuss how businesses interact with government regulators – such as the FDA! – and the other is about financial markets and trading. I think both of them are very timely and will provide me with some new insight into what’s going on in the news today. My third class is about the laws and ethics of journalism – also timely considering the recent buzz about how the media is portraying news lately, whether it be political issues, economic issues or just plain issues.
Here’s a non-food related question that might stir up some discussion: what is your opinion on the current state of the media? Do you think there is a bias in journalism that shouldn’t be there and, if so, in what way?
My class schedule on Tuesdays and Thursdays is a little hectic, to say the least. I guess that’s what I get for scheduling all of my classes on those two days I needed a breakfast that would fuel me for several hours, so I went with obvious choice number 1) oatmeal and number 2) protein!
This yummy oatmeal concoction consisted of the following:
- 1/2 cup old fashioned oats
- 1/2 cup water
- 1/2 cup unsweetened chocolate almond milk
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1 tbsp. natural PB (stirred right in, VeggieGirl!)
- 1 tbsp. ground flax
- 1 tbsp. shredded coconut (on top!)
I savored each and every bite while catching up on my lovely blogroll and responding to comments from my last post – FINALLY! I’ve missed the interaction! By the way, I appreciate all your kind comments on my tummy troubles!
On the side I had the usual Coffee Cocoa, though it had been absent for a few days because I was out of the necessary components. I missed it!
I finished this breakfast feeling slightly stuffed, but I decided it was better that way because I would need it to hold me over for 4+ hours!
Well, the breakfast definitely did it’s job. I was able to listen to what the professors were saying without hearing a grumble in my tummy. No stomaches either – wahoo! When I finally got home for lunch, I was craving some more delicious protein, so I made myself a salad filled with goodies!
Another delicious concoction! This time the bowl was filled with the following:
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 4 slices deli turkey
- 3/4 cup whipped cottage cheese (missed you!)
- 1 tbsp. Annie’s Woodstock dressing
Yummers! I think I’ve talked about this before with some of you, but this is why I love eating with bowls. You can put whatever in the heck you want in there and it turns out good every time! Plus, it takes forever and a day to eat, which is good for someone like me who usually scarfs everything down.
After lunch, I had to run a few more errands – still working on getting everything organized – before heading over to LA Fitness I didn’t do a class today because my schedule didn’t permit it, but I got in a great cardio sesh (yes, sesh) on the elliptical and some ab work.
Speaking of the elliptical, I noticed there was some distaste for the elliptical on one of Caitlin’s recent posts. In her comments section, I posted my 40-minute workout. I thought I’d re-post my comment here because I really do love the elliptical and feel I must defend it!
Here’s what I said:
“So crazy that there is so much elliptical hate! I had no idea because I’m kind of in love with it! I don’t know what I do differently, but here’s my 40 minute workout just in case it helps you:
I break it up into five minute intervals, so each of the next 8 steps is equal to 5 minutes…
1) Pedal forward at level 8, incline 9 while doing the following: 1 min. sprint, 30 seconds rest, 1 min. sprint, 30 sec. rest, 1 min. sprint, 1 min. rest
2) Pedal backward at level 9, incline 20.
3) Repeat step 1 on incline 16.
4) Repeat step 1 on incline 6.
5) Repeat step 1 on incline 9.
6) Repeat step 2.
7) Repeat step 1 on incline 9.
8 ) Repeat step 1 on incline 5.
I know that probably looks really confusing, but it’s pretty simple once you actually do it, and it keeps my heart rate at a consistent 150 the whole time.”
I don’t know if that will help anyone out there, but my conscience feels better I know that not every workout is good for every person and what works for me may not work for someone else. But just in case you haven’t tried it this way, I thought I’d try to persuade you with my super persuasive powers!!
That was a long tangent. So before I even went to the gym, I had a ZBaR.
After I got back from the gym, I had to rush a shower and get ready because I had to go to a meeting for my campus news station. So good to be back! Some of you know this already, but last year I was the news director. It was a HUGE job that left me feeling a bit burnt out at the end of the year, but I’m glad that I did it. This year, I’m taking a step back and becoming a reporter again…but not just any reporter…
I’m going to be the health beat reporter!
And since I’m going to be on TV, I’m toying with the idea of posting links to my videos when I do stories. Would any of you be interested in that? I don’t just want to promote myself if nobody cares!!
When I finally got back from the meeting, I was pretty much famished. I don’t like how this new schedule toys with my ability to eat meals at consistent times! I’m going to have to figure out something or else I’ll be hungry on these days every week.
I started out by making myself some sweet potato fries!! I cooked up a sweet potato in the microwave for 3:20, then cut it up into “fries” and sprinkled them with garlic powder and pepper. I topped them with organic ketchup, which I found on sale at my grocery store this weekend. It’s HFCS-free!!!
These are so much better than McDonald’s – tasty, healthy and super-sized without feeling like they’re super-sized, if ya know what I’m saying.
For my next trick, I had a big container of Voskos Greek yogurt. I sprinkled TJ’s High Fiber worms in the mix and also added honey for the first time ever!! It was delish!!
Mm, yes, a Double D was definitely in order tonight! I started with another rice pudding with some Bear Naked blueberry granola on top! This combination is seriously fabulous!
And I ended the evening with a combination of frozen grapes and mango.
At which point we arrive to the purpose of the title of this post. This was my first time trying frozen mango. I have seriously been missing out! I can’t believe how incredibly juicy it is! I had to go back for a second helping after finishing this bowl. It’s my new favorite frozen fruit – mango-a-go-go!!
And that’s all she wrote. I certainly didn’t lack in the wordy department tonight, did I?
Hope your Hump Day goes just fabulously! I have plans to go to my FIRST YOGA CLASS EVER in the morning!! Wish me luck – I’m a bit nervous!