Wine > Sleep

I love how packed my social calendar gets during the holiday season, but lately I feel like I’ve been burning the candle at both ends. For the past month I’ve been running 50+ mile weeks, averaging only 6 1/2 hours of sleep per night, and consuming way more than my fair share of red wine and holiday cookies. I could really use a few days of R&R before Christmas arrives, but I don’t see that happenin’.  Guess I’ll just have to be a little more diligent about an early bedtime (or brew that second third cup of coffee)….

When my alarm went off before sunrise on Monday, I was a seriously cranky girl, meh. Coffee with Frida and 1/2 peppermint stick luna bar helped me to become functional. After a little time for digestion, Alma and I headed out the door for a morning run. My IT band and hamstring felt good for the 6.5 miles through Central Park, but I was feelin’ pretty sleepy and tired. Post-run I hydrated with a big glass of water and an apple and then got ready for work.

Pre-run and Post-run

Arrival at the office signaled time for coffee #2 (well, a cappuccino to be exact) and a bowl of apple-cinnamon steel cut oats from Jamba Juice. Ah! I love these oats. They’re not on special for $1 anymore, but they’re totally worth the full price. The oats contain 290 calories, 60 grams of carbs (energy!), 8 grams of protein, and 5 grams of fiber. Plus they taste great – I love the layer of cooked apples, cinnamon, and brown sugar that comes on top.

Jamba Juice

After a morning full of work, I paused for lunch. There’s not really any way to make black bean & pumpkin soup in a take out container look appetizing, but I promise it was delicious! 

Black bean and pumpkin soup

Plus a salad because…vegetables are good for you!

  • romaine, shredded carrots, mushrooms, onions
  • spoonfuls of fruit salad, orzo salad, and cottage cheese
  • sunflower seeds, craisins, balsamic vinaigrette

Salad

I had a serious chocolate craving around 4pm, so I snacked on a baggie of Cocoa Roast almonds – delicious! And then I wanted more chocolate, so I had two Adora calcium supplements. In a row. Eh, I’m pretty sure you’re not supposed to do that. “Do as I say, not as I do.” 🙂

Cocoa Roast Almonds

I attended a holiday party in the evening and some more red wine was consumed (at least it’s good for my heart, right?).

wine

And now for some blurry awesome cell phone photos. Yay!

I had about 3 small plates throughout the evening – I tried to include some healthier fare like cucumber-feta salad, raspberries, olives, tabbouleh-tomato salad, and hummus, but plenty of Humboldt-Fog goat cheese and pita crisps were also enjoyed. I really love Mediterranean style tapas – I could eat like this every day!

party plate2

After my soiree, I headed home and got a little gift-wrapping out of the way. About an hour for bed, my tum started growling. I’ve been holding off on buying groceries this week since I have so many after-work committments, but I managed to scrounge together a fairly decent snack. I mixed a Tbs of peanut butter into a container of Chobani (peanut butter flavored yogurt!) and a 1/2 cup of Kashi Go Lean.

Chobani

I didn’t make it to bed as early as I planned, but at least it was before midnight!

Today was another early morning. Pre-gym snack involved coffee and 1/2 peppermint stick luna bar. No photo, too early. After a few weeks hiatus, I made it back to my favorite 7am spin class. Today’s theme: Angels, Demons, Heaven, and Hell. The instructor got very creative with the music including such classics as: “The Devil Went Down to Georgia”, “Losing my Religion”, and “Halo”. Interesting…

I followed up 40 minutes of spinning with 3 miles on the treadmill in 24:45. A year ago, my usual “easy” run pace was around 8:00-8:30 per mile and that speed is finally feeling normal again. Yay! I foam rolled and stretched afterwards and then hit the showers!

Breakfast was healthy, but a little boring (I want $3 jamba juice oatmeal everyday!). Grapefruit and orange segments and a cup of Oikos non-fat greek yogurt.

Grapefruit and orange

Oikos

And a decaf cappuccino. Hey, at least it was decaf!

Cappuccino

Now, on to productivity! Enjoy your Tuesday 🙂

Do you love Trader Joe’s as much as I do? Check out their list of most favorite products of 2009. I just about swoon everytime I think of their economically priced nut butters….

Kelly Rutherfood a.k.a. Lily from the hit TV show gossip girl is actually an UES mom in real life. Check out her tips for staying healthy during the holidays in NYC.

Question: What’s the first thing you slack on when you’ve got too much to do? Exercise? Healthy Eating? Sleep? Time with friends? For me, it’s sleep! I need to start making it a priority…

  • For me when I’m overwhelmed the first thing to go is any social life. people probably thought I skipped town when finals started haha

  • Sadly, it seems exercise is first to go for me, unless I can combine running with socializing 😉

  • Unfortunately the first thing I slack on is usually exercise 🙁

  • Ada

    I totally hear ya on the holiday craziness! I’m glad you were able to get in some nice runs and have some good eats though:)

  • I don’t slack on exercise so much as specific types of exercise. When I’m being “good,” I hit the pool two or three days a week to give my poor IT band a rest, and to do some cross-training that really gets my heart pumping. This time of year, my cross-training days turn into sad little episodes on the recumbent bike, during which time I edit or read the paper. Also, I’m not even sure I’d recognize my foam roller anymore …

  • For me its definitely healthy eating. I keep up with exercise and 7-8 hours of sleep a night because I honestly can’t function without either one of those but when I’m stressed all I want to eat is junk!! I def need to work on that!

  • I start skipping the gym…any old excuse sounds good to me. And I really need to not do that…I feel so much better and happier when I work out on a regular basis!

  • Exercising unfortunately. I’m trying to plan better and make fewer excuses though. Signing up for a bunch of 2010 races has helped keep me on track.

  • When I have too much to do I tend to lose sleep too…mainly because if I try to go to sleep all the things I still need to do keep running trough my head. So rather than lay there and be restless I gey up and do them!

  • When I’ve got a full plate, sadly, exercise tends to get nixed first. That, or food blogging. Both of which are significant contributors to my maintenance of a healthy lifestyle. *sigh*

    Though, when my regular exercise isn’t an option, I just try to squeeze in extra walks to and from places (rather than taking the subway or bus.) That way I know I’m at least getting a little low-impact exercise.

  • I always slack on housework! Laundry, cleaning the bathroom, etc. So bad.

    That plate of food looks like heaven.

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  • I need to try Jamba Juice’s oatmeal! I’ve tried Starbucks’ Perfect Oatmeal and that’s pretty good but the Jamba Juice one looks amazing!!

  • Sleep is normallythe first thingthat goes out the window for me followed closely by exercise. I’ve made a concerted effort to eat well and exercise this holiday season as much as possible and I’ve actually managed it which is a miracle! If I run on my lunch break all those cookies seem so much better!

  • For me it seems like my exercise time starts to get cut down… maybe instead of a 4 mile run I’ll just do 2.5, or my favorite 90 minute yoga DVD will turn into a 40 minute okay On-Demand yoga video. I still try to get some form of exercise in, it’s just usually not as much as I’d prefer.

  • Dark chocolate almonds…so yummy…those are my favorites! Such a fabulous snack and dessert, too!

    Happy Holidays.

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