It’s getting to that point in the year. The point where I have to defrost the car at 4:45 in the morning before going to the gym. The point where I start thinking, “maybe exercise is over-rated….” It takes epic amounts of motivation to do this in the morning, but I know I’ll always feel great when I’m done.
This morning was one of those de-frosting mornings and I’m already looking forward to spring. Basically, once New Year’s is over there’s really no point to winter, in my opinion (anyone with me?). Until spring, however, I’m stuck driving to the gym with numb hands and my de-frost on high.
As many of you may know, I’m not much of a long distance runner. My attention span isn’t really the greatest when it comes to cardio. I love the sweaty, heart pumping feeling of doing cardio, however, so I love running even for short distances. Given my chosen workout time, running outside isn’t really an option (28 degrees and pitch black? No thanks). This means I’ve come to be good friends with the treadmill.
I know a lot of people who think the treadmill is the worst torture you could go through! I’m not one of those people. I actually think treadmill running can have a lot of perks, such as:
- No weather extremes to deal with
- Less chance of injury
- A place to lay my sweat towel
- A place for my water bottle
- If I have to go to the bathroom mid-run, I’m not 2 miles from home (you’d be surprised how often this happens)
- A TV so I can watch the morning news
That being said, I know the lack of scenery can make the time pass much, much slower.
I try to keep things interesting by coming up with new workouts when I’m on the treadmill. I came up with this little gem last night and really enjoyed it!
You could obviously change the speeds around based on how fast you are. Including a couple minutes each of warm-up and cool-down, this only took 35 minutes to complete. The time also flew by because I was only thinking in 1-mile increments.
After my run I did some ab work, then stretched for about 10 minutes before heading home.
I was craving something savory for breakfast today so I sauteed some red onion, orange pepper, and spinach before adding some egg whites and cheddar cheese. I topped it off with a slice of Ezekiel toast with butter.
It definitely hit the spot! While I was cooking, I quickly assembled my lunch for the day: quinoa, leftover turkey, roasted sweet potato, almond slices, and cheese.
I’ve been really bad lately about packing lunches for work so I’m trying to make more of an effort this week. It gets so hard when I have to walk past the student union pizza place that’s right in-between my office and the bathrooms. I know, I have a really hard life.
I’m off to work for the day, so have a good one!
Treadmill vs. outside: Go!
Do you pack lunches for work? What do you usually bring with you?