Truer words were never spoken, my dear readers.
I’ve spent the last couple of days feelin’ annoyingly shi**y. Not in a funk but just ick-tastic enough that it’s put a damper on things. If you read yesterday’s post, you’ll know that I’ve also not been able to squeeze in much physical activity during the past few days either. Whelp, therein lies the source of the shi*…
Things started to turn around yesterday afternoon when I killed the Static Five-Minute Plank Challenge. Feelin’ pretty impressed with myself, I then went for a run and that was all it took – the blues were gone, the slight sniffle that had been developing over the course of the day disappeared, and I slept better than I have in the last three nights.
All this only confirmed what I already suspected. I’m addicted to running, guys and gals. Just a couple of days sans run and I start to feel withdrawal symptoms. I’ve been good about fitting in other kinds of exercise when I’m too busy to run and I’ve been really good about cross-training and building my upper body strength…
Those shoulders are coming along nicely, no?
…but nothing quite does it for me like a good ol’ run. Exhaustion, sweat, endorphins, serenity. Yup, running is the only drug I need – well except for the occasional glass (or two, or three…who am I kidding, sometimes I need the whole bottle) of wine.
I may be addicted, but it’s a healthy addiction and if it keeps me sane then fair enough, right?
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
I can also apply this adage to the foods that I eat. I’ve stuck to pretty much the same basic diet for the past eight years or so. What can I say, people? I’m a creature of habit. Far from being boring, this routine cuisine has served me quite well – it’s nutritious enough to keep me energized and healthy while also offering enough “wiggle room” and indulgences to keep me happy. Again, I must say…
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.
So, my darlings, this week’s edition of What I Ate Wednesday shall be renamed What I Eat Always.
Mornings always start out with coffee. Must. Have. Coffee. Just one cup, mind you – and no caffeine after 10:00am – but I’ve gotta have that one cup. Oh, and if you’ve ever lived with me, you know that you probably shouldn’t talk to me before I’ve had that cup. Fair warning…
Say hello to my little friend.
Breakfast typically starts with fruit – an orange, a peach, some grapes, a pear – I’m not picky.
Little friend #2.
There’s only one fruit that has not ever made an appearance in my breakfast – or any other part of my diet, for that matter: an avocado. Ew. They taste like how sweat smells. And the texture? **gag** Don’t even get me started.
Anywho, breakfast continues with an english muffin or toast – there’s usually a variety of spreads involved, one of which is always a nut butter of some kind – …
Sometimes the nut butter doesn’t make it to the muffin…
…and a handful of vitamins.
Cocktail includes: multi, fish oil, B-complex, MSM, calcium, and a pro-biotic.
I haven’t hidden the fact that I have a sweet tooth – mid-morning usually involves some sort of candy.
I go for the classics.
Lunch is a relatively staid affair – not very exciting but it does the trick.
You know what they say about an apple a day?
Throughout the day there are many refillings of this…
Green is my favorite color.
…because we all know how important it is to stay hydrated.
On days I’m not enjoying a glass of vino, dinner is preceded and/or accompanied by a glass of seltzer mixed with one of these…
I told you I had a sweet tooth…
…and drunk out of this…
Quick sidenote: The glass is from Nashoba Valley Winery – good wine, worth a visit.
Dinner is usually centered around a HUGE salad.
Big Bowl of Friends.
This one included iceberg, romaine, cherry tomatoes, celery, red onions, some olives, a crumbled up Morning Star Farms Garden Veggie Patty, and a generous dusting of nutritional yeast.
I keep my nooch in a tiny little tupperware – you know my love of tupperware.
With a random gathering of crackers on the side…
Yes, those are animal crackers – a lion and a bear, maybe? No, I am not five-years-old.
…and a cup o’ pudding or cottage cheese concoction – two slightly melt-y Pumped Up Strawberry Cheesecake Bites and a spoonful or two of Friendship Whipped Cottage Cheese – for dessert…
Doesn’t look like much but it tastes delightful. In other news: cute spoon, huh?
…dinner is complete…except for the mango that’ll come into play when I realize I want just a little something extra to tide me over till morning. 🙂
The lovely cashier at my local grocery store – who sees me nearly every week – once told me that I have a mango fetish. She is correct.
And that about does it. A day in the life of Michelle’s belly. 🙂
Do you have a “standard” diet?
What foods are staples in your culinary repertoire?
Do you have a particular form of exercise that you just can’t do without?