Happy Monday, all! This week will be a true test of mental stamina. I am facing my first two exams of graduate school, and seeing that I haven’t taken an exam in about 6.5 years, I have just a teeny bit of testing anxiety. In addition, I finally feel that I have fallen into a consistent routine crushing my workouts, and I don’t want to lose my forward momentum. I’ve already passed the first test: despite muscle soreness from yesterday’s kettlebell workout, and simply not wanting to get out of bed because I was so warm and comfortable (and it was 14 degrees outside and snowing), I did indeed throw my covers off at 5:30 am when my alarm went off (it definitely helps to know that all of your Boston area friends are awake getting ready to get their ass kicked by Sarah). Score one for Team L.
Some other weekend highlights:
- Saturday’s Wicked Intense Track Workout. I ran 100 m sprint repeats until I lost count and my legs were crying. In between sprints, I mixed in walking lunges, side squats, frog jumps and long jumps to really go for it with the leg workout. I will get faster and conquer the hills that have magically appeared upon moving (which did not exist in Boston – Boston hills are a joke compared to here) if it kills me, dammit.
- Sunday Super Kettlebell workout. I did a cardio circuit for 30 minutes, and then crushed a kettlebell workout with some of my favorite moves: goblet squats, one arm kettlebell swings, shoulder press, bent over rows. I got kettle bells on sale at Dick’s! They are the one piece of equipment the campus gym is missing, and I couldn’t resist. If you’re a kettlebell lover like me, there are some great ideas here: The 6 Best Kettlebell Exercises You Need to Do.
- Simple AF Sunday Night Dinner. After spending the afternoon studying, I was super hungry (mildly hangry) when I got home. I roasted all of the things last night, and while I was waiting for them to brown to perfection, I incorporated a quickie core workout with plank variations (walk out plank, opposite arm lifts, hip dips side to side).
Simple AF Sunday Night Dinner
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1 inch cubes
- 1 bag of Brussel sprouts from Trader Joe’s, quartered
- 1 cup of tricolor quinoa
- 1 cup of dried sprouted lentils
- Olive oil
- Balsamic vinegar
- Sea salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup tahini
- 2 small lemons, juiced
- 2 Tbsp liquid aminos
- 2 cloves of fresh garlic
1. Toss the diced sweet potatoes in olive oil and spread evenly on a baking sheet. Place the quartered Brussel sprouts on a separate baking sheet and toss with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Roast both at 400°F for 25 minutes, or until lightly browned and crispy edges.
2. Prepare quinoa and sprouted lentils according to package directions.
3. While your quinoa, lentils and veggies are cooking, combine the tahini, lemon juice, liquid aminos and garlic in a food processor. Blend until smooth, and set aside.
4. Once your quinoa and lentils are finished cooking, combine into a large bowl. Toss with tahini-lemon dressing.
5. Serve the quinoa-lentil mixture alongside the roasted veggies – voila! Perfect, easy meal. You can add some extra protein by adding frozen edamame, tofu or tempeh to your lentils – I had just downed a protein shake while I was waiting for my stuff to cook, so I didn’t need any extra prots.
Today’s mantra is resilience: overcoming challenges despite stress, life, everything else going on in your head. A significant part of being physically active/being alive is the mental toughness – you have to be able to put mind over matter and not quit when everything in your head is yelling for you stop what you’re doing. Resilience and consistency: the two attributes that make an athlete, which also happen to be my focus this week.
I hope you all have a week full of booyah! Happy Monday!