I decided this morning it would be a good day to bike + swim. So all day long, I was picturing myself biking to the gym and gettin’ my swim on. I TRULY believe for a good evening workout you have to commit early to what you’re going to do and visualize it. Otherwise I picture myself bored and it always seems like more of a drag. Having thought about swimming all day (and pretending I was a hard-core athlete!) I was honestly excited to go when I got home. And it helped that the weather was nice! I don’t think I could swim in the winter in the dark – unless it was a heated pool!!
On the topic of swimming, I think I forgot to mention that after my foot surgery in college I swam a LOT. It was the only exercise I could do for several months (they didn’t have spinning bikes at Davidson, but I did spin a lot once I graduated and joined the YMCA). My recent interest in swimming was sparked by my leg injury, but swimming is something I have done regularly in the past. Just not in a long time!
What’s working well:
- Taking a HOT shower before entering the pool. It warms me up and then I turn the water to just luke warm before I turn it off. Then walking to the pool room I get cold and when I jump in the pool water actually feels warm. Great trick!
- Swimming in sets. You know how they always say keep goals to small measurable increments? I find that applies to swimming too. Rather than "I’m going to swim for 30 minutes" I think "I’m going to do 6 fast laps, 6 alternating laps and then a latter" and the time flies by because I’m counting small numbers.
- I made a rule that I only have to swim for 30 minutes. It helps so much to break up my workout. I might have wanted to swim for a whole hour, but I think that would burn me out – just like an hour of ellipticalling would – so I’m treating it as any other cardio and just doing 30 minutes along with some other short cardio or lifting.
Today I biked there and back (15 minutes each way) and swam for 32 minutes.
- 6 laps warmup freestyle (my upper body was SORE from pull-ups yesterday!!0
- 6 laps fast freestyle
- 4 laps kickboard + backstroke alt.
- 6 laps freestyle and breaststroke alt.
- Repeat #2-4
- Latter, all FAST freestyle: 6 + 5 + 4 + 3 + 2 + 2 (so I could end on the same side!)
I sipped on a diluted version of this coconut water drink while swimming (poured half the bottle into a big bottle of water). Whenever I have a sports drink – even if it’s a small portion – I never get hungry mid-workout and always have a much more even post-workout build (no drastic hunger that comes on fast.) Sure, you might not need to take in 300 calories of Gatorade during exercise to perform well, but I’m finding that a little fuel does go a long way.
I didn’t like this flavor as much as the lemon/lime – you couldn’t taste the coconut as much!
I showered at the gym and came home to find dinner made. Matt’s been such a big help for this busy girl!
I found a HUGE box of Food Should Taste Good chips on my doorstep yesterday and decided to schedule a Mexican scoop dinner.
I think this is my THIRD time sampling their chips. I told them that I’d sampled them before, but they offered to send me the newest flavors (which I haven’t had) and must have threw in the rest of the flavors as well!! I’m not complaining!! I honestly DO think these are the best chips ever. Especially the lime + sweet potato flavors, which rock.
So for dinner I told Matt to cook up a can of kidney beans with frozen corn and peppers and tomato and spices.
And make a nutritional yeast sauce to go on top!
Nutritional yeast is very nutritious! Emily did a post about it with some information. It’s got lots of B vitamins, 15 minerals, and 8 grams of protein per 2 tbsp, 50 calorie serving. Hard to believe for this little flakey food!
I say it tastes like parmesan cheese + fish food + mac and cheese powder.
Go to Emily’s post for her cheese sauce recipe. Ours was not very flavorful and I wouldn’t recommend it!
We settled on the Jalapeno flavor of chips for dipping
We nearly ate the whole bag!!
We topped the bean + veggie saute with cheese sauce, the rest of our Don Sabrosa’s salsa and some Oikos. Plus a ton of chips!
I had about double the chips you see here – mostly because I was too lazy to get up and get a spoon to finish!
For dessert I had an end-piece of cantaloupe as I packed my lunch.
Gotta go clean up the kitchen and then go do some readin’!