Boy oh boy, am I wiped! Today was a killer of a day. I can't wait until the weekend! Unfortunately, I got to listen to a ton of people brag how they don't have friday classes, so their "weekend" has already started. Not fair! I've got 3 classes tomorrow.
My harp teacher also wants to move my lessons to fridays. I said sure, and then was like, "wait... we don't have a lesson tomorrow then, do we?" I could tell she kinda wanted to have one, and she asked if it would be beneficial. I straight-up said that I hadn't marked the new music yet, and hadn't had time to practice my Bach. She seemed a little surprised, but I really haven't had the time--and that's what I said. Harp isn't my major anymore, and I'm not even registered for lessons or studio class. It would officially put me WAY over the max number of credits. So I'm not technically registered for the 2-hour studio class or 1-hour lesson she wants me to go to. I've made it clear harp is more of a hobby, a side, than my kinesiology work. And there is A LOT of kinesiology work. I've already had homework assignments and quizzes...and we're not even done with the first week of classes!
So, now we'll go through the day with food. Breakfast was massive! I made a super big bowl of oats for my rumbly tummy. I also snacked on grapes while cooking this.
1/2 cup oats 1 small sliced banana Broken up pieces of Newman's Own Organics dried apple rings, cooked in Maple flavor Cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice Pumpkin More dried apple rings Maple almond butter
I got a question asking when I add the pumpkin. I always add it to the pot last, after I turn the heat off. I find it helps cool the oats so I don't have to wait for them to cool before chowing down! Works perfectly. And this bowl was delicious!
Then I packed a whole bunch of food to take to school. I received an email this morning from my harp professor saying that today's studio was going to be changed this week from 3:00 to 4:00. Of course, I got upset because I already have to be at school for a long time, and I'm not even registered in studio, this is so late notice, I wanted to do a cardio -kickboxing class at 6:20 and studio is 2 hours long, it's not fair, blah blah blah.
After talking to my mom, we decided I should email my harp prof. and just let her know that the 3-5 time works for me, but my schedule is set that I can't stay much after 5. Kind of setting boundaries at the beginning, you know? I spent all last year doing every ensemble, rehearsal, and performance thrown at me. And there were a lot. I got totally burnt out, and my schedule is soooo busy this year that it has to be clear harp is secondary. Anyway, it worked out and she was only planning an hour for today anyway. Moving on to what I packed:
I picked up some of this peppered tofurkey on Susan's recommendation of veggie meats for packed lunches. I made a yummy sammie:
I had it after my History of Science class and before Human Anatomy. It was really good! The only fake deli meat I like is the bologna style. This sammie reminded me of being back in first grade eating the bologna sandwiches my mom would pack for me at lunch. But instead of playing on the playground, I was studying a picture of a naked man and woman and trying to memorize the anatomy. It would have been nicer to go on the swings or play tag then fiercely try to remember where the antecubital, inguinal, and popliteal regions are.
Plus, the naked pics were a lil awkward... they were real life models, and the printout was detailed and in color. Annnnd, the models had tan lines, I kid you not! His butt was as white as a sheet. Guess they're okay with posing for anatomy textbooks, but not tanning at some nude beach or whatever? I think if someone was gonna stare at my butt for hours memorizing all the muscles and regions, I'd want to have an even skin tone! I might even cut out (most of my) pumpkin before so I wasn't orange ;) So after staring at arms, backs, legs, white booties, and hairy nether regions for a half hour, I went off to Anatomy.
Seriously though, anyone not in anatomy class would have done (and some did) a sharp doubletake. I had it out to study before harp studio, and the one guy in there saw it and was like, " WOAHNAKED PEOPLE!!!" Haha. It was amusing.
Anyway ( geez, I'm going off track a lot today!), I also had some Newman's Own Organics pretzels.
(Minus the bar)
These were just their regular pretzels, and I liked them! They were pretty salty but not too salty, which was nice. Of course, I need a ton of salt in Arizona! I was sweating like crazy and chugging water bottles like it was my job.
I also had a yummy apple, which didn't have a rotten core today:
(I had the clementine later)
Then I went to my Human Anatomy & Physiology class, and it was really interesting! We started learning about the chemistry in the body, and the structure/use/formation of carbohydrates, lipids, glucose, and glycogen. I'd heard a lot about glycogen and glycogen stores in running magazines, but never really knew that much about it. I learned today that it's a sugar, and the only complex carbohydrate found in human tissues. It's stored mostly in the skeletal muscles and liver. Awhile after we eat and our blood sugar starts to drop, glycogen is broken down into glucose in response to low blood sugar. Humans have a limited capacity for storing glycogen, which is why we need to eat often and replenish our stores.
My professor also mentioned an interesting tidbit about polysaccharides, which are complex carbohydrates. These are in breads, pastas, whole grains--along that line. Polysaccharides don't taste sweet. But when they are broken down with saliva in the mouth, they start to taste a bit sweeter. Polysaccharide molecules are made up of thousands of monosaccharides, and monosaccharides (simple sugars) do taste sweet. So if you chew for a while, your tongue will start to register pastas, grains, (and oats!) as tasting sweeter. I'm gonna give this a taste test soon!
So there's my "hey mom, here's what I learned in school today!" bit. Of course, my mom actually will be reading this, and she's also a doctor and knows all this stuff. So I'm sure she'll have more to add/correct/share when she reads this :)
Okay, so after that class I ate my yummy clementine before trekking off to harp studio. I got all dressed up in my nice black skirt, a deep v-neck dressy green shirt that makes me look older, put my hair down, and put on my black heeled harp shoes. I figured, if I couldn't really play anything, I could at least look extra nice! To my shock, only a few of us dressed up! It is mandatory to dress up in studio.
So I was horrified to see a new girl in a cotton school logo t-shirt with a kind-of skirt and flats. You do not wear flats to play pedal harp. You need a heel to be able to control the pedals. Actually, 2 girls wore flats, one played in her socks, and one was wearing flip flops and had to play barefoot. I had actually told this new girl at the dinner that we have to dress up for studio, cause my teacher is very strict about it. And my teacher was like, "yea, we have a high standard." So I don't know what was goin' on today. Another girl was in jeans and tennis shoes, and another was in denim knee-length shorts!! And my teacher said nothing. Weird.
Anyway, after 5:00 I changed back into my street clothes. I carried around a nice change of clothes and shoes in my bag. I booked it to the light-rail station, then got home around 5:30. I threw together a huge salad while changing into workout clothes.
Spinach Grape tomatoes Sprouts Mushrooms Broken up pickle slices (gotta get that sodium! I felt sooo much better after having some salt. I had extra pickle slices too, and it really helps just clear that dehydration-fuzz you can get here.) Grilled chick'n patty Annie's island marinade
This was delicious, and I finished it quickly. Now, this was a huge serving bowl size salad, and somehow I was totally fine doing a moderately high intensity workout less than 30 minutes afterward! Even surprised me, haha. But right after I ate this, I booked it back to my school's gym. Thank goodness I have the option of driving to the gym! Even though I have to pay for visitor parking and I like to get into the habit of using the lightrail, I just didn't have the time. There was a cardio kickboxing class at 6:20, and it's one of my favorite classes. I made it in the door at 6:17! Cutting it close, but I got there. This girl wasn't as good as the instructor last year, but it was still a good class. I had fun!
I also had some frozen grapes when I got back from the class, as a cool yummy treat.
Look at that frost!
I was in desperate need of doing my laundry, but I totally just wanted to buy a ton more clothes to avoid doing it. Ha! But I sucked it up and went over to the laundry room. Now I've got a ton of clothes air-drying with my clicking fan...
And that wraps up my Thursday! I actually got 9 hours of sleep last night, which was MUCH needed after the 5.5 the night before. I've gotta wake up at 6:20 tomorrow, so I better get ready for bed. I promise I'll catch up on your blogs tomorrow and definitely over the weekend.
Q: What's your favorite fitness class (if you have one)?
I really love cardio kickboxing! It's such an invigorating class, and I always get a full body workout. I'll be doing a bootcamp and another TKO class this week, along with some new ones. So my favorite has the potential to change. But cardio kickboxing definitely is a lot of fun! What about you? Do you have a favorite fitness class, or one you're longing to try?