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“We’re just having fun and sweating together!”

11 Feb

Good morning readers!

This weekend was super crazy, but was a lot of fun. Working different shifts at lululemon gave me the opportunity to start getting to know everyone a little bit more and become more familiar with our way of doing things.


Woah, talk about crazy. I clocked in some hours at our research lab in the morning and then darted over to lululemon in the afternoon for the closing shift. How did I manage to continue eating healthy with all the craziness of the day? Planning ahead. Since I knew I was going to be running around this weekend I woke up early Saturday to make sure I had plenty of time to make myself breakfast, then pack a healthy lunch and dinner to eat throughout the day.

Eating food on the go or “fast food” typically makes me feel sluggish, more tired, and “off.” If you know what I mean. Since I knew I was going to need a lot of energy, I made sure I had lots of vegetables and complex carbohydrates. What are those you may ask. Well here’s a little breakdown for you 🙂

Simple carbohydrates or simple sugars – These carbs are broken down and digested very quickly, but most simple carbs contain refined sugars and very few essential vitamins and minerals. Examples include table sugar, fruit juice, milk, yogurt, honey, molasses, maple syrup and brown sugar.

Complex carbohydrates – the complex carbs take longer to digest and are packed with fiber, vitamins and minerals. Examples include vegetables, whole grain breads, oatmeal, legumes, brown rice and wheat pasta.

With that in mind, I packed a big salad for lunch – spinach and arugula mix, cucumbers, tomatoes, avocado, cranberries, yellow bell pepper, and baby bella mushrooms in a light balsamic vinaigrette.IMG_2305I was so glad I had taken the time to pack a lunch and get started on it before I got to lululemon because we were having SUCH a crazy busy day that I was constantly moving until I went on break for dinner. I was actually really pumped for this dinner, which I also ended up eating for lunch on Sunday since it was quick, easy and delicious.IMG_2315Trador Joe’s Butternut Squash Ravioli with sauteed garlic, onion, broccoli and tri-color bell pepper in mariana sauce. HOLY YUM.

Once I got home Saturday night, this girl went straight to bed to re-coop.


For some bizarre reason, I was up and at ’em at 7:34AM. Uhhhh what? I was only falling asleep the night before at 1215AM! Oh well, I spent the morning workin on that tax return, exciting stuff I know, then decided to try out a spin class at my gym. Although I’ve been at my gym since November, I had not ventured into the spinning room until yesterday morning. I didn’t really know what to expect, the last spinning class I took was freshman year of college at our school’s gym, but was excited to see what all the ranting and raving was about. The room had a cool biker theme to it complete with a disco ball on the ceiling to make it fun.IMG_2049Since I was new to the class, I hopped on on of the LiveStrong bikes in the back row and asked a fellow classmate to help me set up my bike so I was at the right position.IMG_2050Since the instructor came into class right before we started I didn’t get a chance to introduce myself, but she quickly revealed just how personable she was. First and foremost, she impressed me with her tech skills and interest in pop culture. She not only made a playlist of every single Grammy nominee, but she told us what they were nominated for as each song played and read us an interesting tidbit from People magazine all while biking and teaching the class! Crazy! And it kept me engaged with her which made me want to push myself when she asked us to.

As for the class aspect of it, I don’t know about you guys but I have a pretty non existant butt. That being said, riding for an hour on one of those stiff and slim seats did not feel so good. While the class was definitely challenging at times, I wouldn’t say that spinning is for me. I was pretty uncomfortable for a lot of the class, but I did feel better when we started to do “runs,” standing up and pedaling sprints instead of seated sprinting. I am definitely glad I tried it and I even got to learn a lot about some artists I hadn’t even heard of before. I felt that was a really creative and fun way to get everyone involved and keep your mind off of that huge hill you were currently battling.

One thing she said during class really struck me. We were working on an increased tension sprint interval and she noticed some people were having a hard time keeping the pace as the tension increased. She told us to crank it down a little if we needed to and added, “You don’t have to prove anything to anyone, we’re just having fun and sweating together!” I just felt that was a such an incredible attitude to have as an instructor. It made me as a newcomer feel comfortable going at my own pace, I didn’t have to kill myself trying to keep up with everyone. And she’s right, we are there to have fun, we just happen to be sweating while we are 🙂

Once I got home, I ran around to pack a lunch and a second breakfast for work while nomming on some Overnight Oats  I had popped into the fridge the night before:)IMG_2309 This mix had 1/2 a banana, 1/3 cup oats, 1/3 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 cup non-fat Greek yogurt and was tossed into the almost empty jar of Old-Fashioned Crunchy PB I had.IMG_2312 I drank my smoothie on the way to work (1/2 cup mixed frozen berries, 1/2 banana, 1/3 cup non-fat greek yogurt, and 1/2 cup of OJ – to keep fighting off that cold I just got over) and packed the same ravioli and vegetable mixture I had on Sunday for lunch 🙂

One thing I have noticed about working at lulu these past few days is I am not drinking enough water or eating enough throughout my shifts. I have been getting hunger headaches and feeling dehydrated for a good portion of my shifts. For today’s shift, I’m keeping this in mind during meal prep and am going to make a more calorie dense dinner to eat on break, but also pack more snacks I can grab and munch throughout the evening.

To make my meals more satisfying overtime, I’ll need to add some more sources of whole grains in addition to some more healthy fats. These two components of my meals help keep me satiated overtime, versus only a couple of hours. Especially since I’m constantly moving around at this job versus sitting down I need to make sure I am fueling my body with the right amount of energy it will need to help me do my tasks effectively.

To make sure I’m staying hydrated, I’m simply going to pack a bigger water bottle. As you guys know, I love my clean kanteens, but 20 oz of water just ain’t cutting it for a 7 hour period. No worries though, I’ve got my trusty nalgene I can count on.

Readers, any suggestions on some great calorie dense meals you turn to?

Until next time,