Happy weekend! Hope yours is off to a beautiful start!
My day began at 5:30 a.m. I had to be at work by 7:00 a.m. and wanted to squeeze in a quick HIIT workout before my shift at the clinic. I decided to tackle ZWOW #28. When I watched the new video on Thursday, I knew it was gong to be a doozy but was more-than up for the challenge. Instead of doing AMRAP for 10 minutes, I gave myself the goal of getting through three rounds. Um, yeah. This was one of the hardest ZWOWs, in my opinion. I was panting so hard the entire time but I never gave up and felt like a warrior at the end of it! Win.
The drive to work was pure bliss. I listened to The Decemberists, sipped warm, black coffee, and soaked up the morning sunshine. I absolutely love morning drives – it’s such a precious time to me. Everything is still, fresh, and new.
Mid-morning, between patients, I snacked on some mixed nuts. I’m especially loving walnuts and pecans lately Mixed nuts are my favorite go-to snack because they’re portable and, most importantly, nutrient dense enough to tide me over during my shifts.
After work, I headed home to prep lunch and then went to Matty’s. Both of us had freelance projets to work on, so we figured it would be better to get them done in the same room. I munched on a big, beautiful bowl of veggies and tofu!
To start, I sauteed 1 cup. organic, extra-firm tofu and 1/2 cup broccoli in 1 tsp. coconut oil before adding a tride-and-true blend of seasonings: 2 Tbsp. nutritional yeast, 1 1/2 tsp. Mrs. Dash Garlic & Herb seasoning, and 1 tsp. mesquite. This combo never fails! After about 10 minutes in the pan, I tossed the tofu with a bunch of raw kale, spinach, and carrots. A generous drizzle of Whole Foods Sesame-Ginger dressing pushed the flavor of this salad over the top!
There is quite a bit of celebrating going on over here! And by here, I mean my brain.
1.) After completing my final summer course at the end of June (and officially becoming a college graduate!), I didn’t anticipate finding a job in the nutrition field so quickly. After accepting my position as a nutritionist, I set out to put my journalism minor to use and embarked on getting into the freelance writing field. Ideally, I’d love to make my full-time job a combination of nutrition counseling, blogging, and freelance writing. This, as I’ve quickly realized, is easier said than done – but I’ve never met a challenge I wouldn’t face head-on!
When I started seeking opportunities in the freelance writing world, I was totally stumped and overwhelmed. After lots of research, creating a media kit (thank you, Katy!), completing some applications, and pitching story ideas, I’ve officially gotten four freelance writing gigs! I’m so excited to finally see my dreams slowly coming to fruition. Can I get a woop woop?!
2.) Outside of the working world, as we know, I’ve increased my strength training regimen, cut my HIIT workouts to once per week, and increased my fat and energy intake. Well, in the past three weeks, I’ve gained 0.5 lbs. of muscle! My primary goal isn’t to gain muscle, lose weight, or gain weight – it’s to do whatever I have to do to get my period back. That being said, it feels really great to see some progress in the process. Our bodies are constantly changing and need different things at different times. Right now, I know that I’m doing what’s best for my body. Can I get another woop woop?!
I guess I’m just here to update you all on my life – because I promised that I would – and show you that hard work yields hard results. Dipping your toes into the sea of unknown is scary (that’s why I despise the dark) but you always feel like a rock star afterwards. And that you are, my friends.
Question of the Day: What have you made progress on lately?