… and it’s October! September always flies by because of the new school year but it still amazes me every time. The air is crisp and it is that awkward time of year when you want to bundle up in the morning because it is close to freezing, but by the afternoon it is sunny and warm and you feel way too overdressed. Scarves are my absolute favourite accessory and I am thinking about changing my October goal to “Wearing a scarf every single day in October.” I went to the gym nice and early this morning and because it is October, it is socially acceptable to put the seat warmers on, right?
I just consider sitting on heated seats my exercise “warm up.” I was kind of nervous and excited to run this morning after taking the last week and a half off. I didn’t take as much time as I should have to recover after my marathon because I wanted to remain in “training mode” for the St. Albert Fall Challenge half marathon that was four weeks later. I could feel it in my body that I needed a break so immediately following the half, I stopped running and took a 9 day break.
This morning I kept it nice and easy, running 4 miles on the treadmill at an 8:43 min/mile pace. It felt reeeeeeeally good. I ellipticized, spun, walked, cycled on a wind trainer, swam, and lifted weights but there is NOTHING like the high you get from running. I did 40 minutes of elliptical after my run because I wanted more cardio but equally wanted to ease back into running and not go overboard on the first day. Then, I did 30 minutes of legs and 17 KNEE pushups. Yup, without pausing or losing form, I could only do 17. I think that at least makes a pretty good starting point for Day 1 of my October pushup challenge!
In case you were wondering, it IS possible for an iPod shuffle to go through the washing machine and come out PERFECTLY FINE! Whenever I do my laundry, I usually throw it in as soon as I get home from the gym so I can make sure and get all my sweaty clothes washed. Last time I did my laundry I took off the hoodie I wore to the gym, tossed it in the washing machine without a second glance, and pressed start. An hour later, I was putting my clothes in the dryer and saw the hoodie… and then saw my headphones peeking out of the pocket. I wrecked my last iPod in the washing machine but luckily this one survived and works perfectly!
When I got home from the gym this morning I made the decision that working from home in my leggings and big fluffy scarf was a better idea than commuting to school and sitting in my cubicle all day. It also meant I could cook up a big bowl of hot oatmeal and enjoy a peaceful breakfast without rushing off to school.
The latest oatmeal trick: adding eggwhites to your oats while cooking them. My mom looked at me like I was crazy… “Aren’t you having oatmeal?”… “Yes”… “Why are you getting egg whites out then?”
I learned this trick from Julie at PBF. It makes the oatmeal SO fluffy and even more filling because you get that added protein and a bit of extra volume. I usually use between 1/2 cup and 2/3 cup of quick oats, adding just less than 1/4 cup of egg whites to that amount. In my bowl this morning: 2/3 cup of oats, 3/16 cup of egg whites (PRECISELY THIS AMOUNT ;), a tablespoon of flax seed, and a dash of cinnamon. I start cooking the oats on high and when it begins to boil, I stir in the egg whites. Continue stirring until the egg whites are mixed in and cooked, and you will notice the oatmeal getting fluffier. Ahhhhmazing! You can’t taste the egg whites, it just makes the oats more filling and fluffy.
I remembered reading somewhere that an apple was actually better to have in the morning than coffee for making you awake and alert. In order to be super duper productive today I had both. I don’t know why I am holding the apple slices so close to my face, it just happened.
October is going to be a good month, I can feel it. I can also still feel that deep burn in my arms from those 17 pushups. Only twelve weeks until Christmas… maybe if I keep doing pushups I won’t have to ask Santa for muscular arms again.
What are you eating for breakfast lately?
Did you do your pushups today? You don’t have to tell me how many you did because I will just be embarrassed of my weak arms.