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Work now, play later

Posted Dec 01 2010 6:30am

Yesterday, I spent almost all day in bed. The tiny cold I started to catch on Friday had worked its way into a full blown sinus infection—complete with yucky green mucus (sorry!), protesting vocal cords, and a doozy of a headache. Thankfully, my husband is an angel and biked to the pharmacy after work to buy me medicine and I’m feeling much better today.

My boss insisted I stay home and rest today. I told her I could probably teach my class since I was medicated, but she said I needed to rest. Well… okay.

I’m actually pretty far behind on work and studying, so a few extra hours at home really helped. And believe-you-me, I used those hours wisely. After seeing my husband off to work, I got to work myself.

Well, after breakfast.

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And coffee.

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Mmm… coffee. I’ve been erring on the side of lazy and not making much coffee lately. But, I’m stepping up my coffee game because A. I love coffee and B. Using the coffee I already have gives me an excuse to buy fun flavored coffee in the U.S. later this month.

Breakfast really was delicious, but no matter how much I want yogurt messes to be a breakfast option, they aren’t for me. My body metabolizes fruit/sugar very quickly and I’m hungry less than two hours later. Snack, yes, breakfast, no.

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I studied physiology all morning, taking short breaks to prevent my brain from exploding. Physiology is not the most stimulating of subjects, but I recognize what it’s important for a personal trainer to have a good base knowledge of physiology. After all, the body requires energy to do EVERYTHING, and that energy doesn’t just magically appear. I think I’ve finally got a good grasp on the subject now, though.

My attention started to drift after a few hours of studying, so I ate the other half of the apple from breakfast+peanut butter as a pre-workout snack. And I needed it!

During my study/exercise break, I busted out the best workout I’ve had in weeks. I did the 30 Day Shred DVD for the first time in forever and then went for a walk/run. A very solid workout—that video kicks my butt every single time. I’m not committing to doing it for 30 days, but it would be nice to drag it out and use it more often. The cardio follow-up felt awesome after being on the couch all day yesterday.

Running in a T-shirt and shorts on December 1 felt pretty fantastic, too!

Lots of foam rolling+stretching, then it was time for lunch.

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I baked some salmon and frozen veggies (with a little butter), and added some grapes on the side.

Ooof! I was stuffed after this late lunch. I finished the salmon, grapes, and most of the veggies, though.

More studying and educational video watching consumed my afternoon, but it was so worth the time I committed today. I feel much less stressed and even a little caught up.

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Our dinner plans for this week had already been switched due to my illness (and my husband’s lack of cooking skills). I think we were supposed to have spaghetti tonight, but that ended up being what we ate last night. J threw the idea of quesadillas out there, but I wasn’t in the mood for Mexican. So, my husband said he’d eat whatever I cooked, since I’m the household chef.

Okay! I had a major craving for chahan (Chinese fried rice) all afternoon, so that worked out nicely. <—My body must be needing some sodium.

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(If you’d like to see how I make my fried rice, you can see a video here —don’t laugh too hard, it was my first vlog!)

Looking back, I got a lot done today! So, now it’s time to relax with a little fun reading and foam rolling before sleep-time. (I’m currently reading Jane Green’s Straight Talking.) I’ve never been the kind of person who can relax when I know there’s still work to be done, so I’m excited about this chance to play guilt-free tonight!

I might look for a dessert in a little while. I’m feeling like something sweet.

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