In Eats and Exercise.
Memorial Day has always been one of my favorite holidays. Of course, I appreciate the opportunity to be reminded of and be grateful for our troopsâ€™ sacrifices. But I also love how itâ€™s the unofficial First Day of Summer. The day begs for meals outside, fun and games, and some serious sunshine. Seriously â€“ has the weather ever been yucky on Memorial Day? Iâ€™m sure it has rained somewhere on Memorial Day, but I think Iâ€™ve always lucked out with warm temps and blue skies.
As the First Day of Summer, I always think of Memorial Day as a fresh start â€“ kind of like New Yearâ€™s. An opportunity to kick summer off with a bang. A fun, healthy Memorial Day bodes well for the rest of the summer, donâ€™t you think?
On that noteâ€¦ Hereâ€™s how I spent my Memorial Day â€“ in eats and exercise!
Breakfast: blackberries, Trader Joeâ€™s hashbrowns (which, by the way, are so delicious), eggs and greens.
Followed by a trip to the gym for 30 minutes of swimming. Laps, laps, and more laps. Iâ€™m doing a new thing where I swim by the clock, not by lengths, in an attempt to extend my swim distance. So much of swimming is psychological! I swim further when Iâ€™m counting the minutes â€“ not laps.
Post-workout snack â€“ a spoonful of sunflower butter and a fresh-squeeze juice (which I think was beets, oranges, and apples).
And later â€“ Lunch! A salad with tomatoes, white beans, cucumbers, sharp cheddar, and balsamic. And olives on the side. Oh, and fresh basil from the garden on top. A taste or two of basil is so delicious with tomatoes and cheese.
After getting cleaned up, we took Henryâ€™s photographs for his 11th month. Two weeks too late, but still â€“ I feel accomplished. Weâ€™re going to move onto yearly photos after his birthday. Every month is too hard to remember. And boy â€“ does time fly!
â€œWhereâ€™s my ballie?!â€
Our Memorial Day plans included a trip to the community pool, which opened this weekend. WAHOO. I predict that my family will spend many, many days by the pool. Henry loves the water, and he loves interacting with other children. At one point, he had two 7 year old girls doting on him, calling themselves his â€˜babysittersâ€™ and showing him how to write his name on the cement with a wet paintbrush. Play on, kiddos. Play on.
Before leaving for the pool, I had a glass of soy milk, and while there, I snagged a bunch of roasted almonds from my brother-in-law.
When Henry started to yawn, it was my signal to leave the pool. We drove home, he plopped into his crib for a nap, and I hopped on the indoor trainer. Iâ€™m really, really trying hard to be more diligent about triathlon training. Iâ€™ve been doing lots of two-a-days or back-to-back workouts, and Iâ€™ve been focusing more on cycling than ever before. Running, swimming, and spinning with a baby is easy (thanks to the jogging stroller and childcare at the gym), but cycling on my actual bike is hard. I donâ€™t like to cycle outside around my house (not safe enough), and itâ€™s hard to coordinate bike rides with naps because I usually work during naps. But since setting up the indoor trainer on my deck, Iâ€™ve been logging more time in the saddle than ever before â€“ even if mainly in short bursts. Better than nothing!
I got 30 minutes in before he woke up.
We split a banana as part of Henryâ€™s dinner.
Adult dinner â€“ quinoa, greens, onions, carrots, grilled tempeh, all doused in Earth Balance â€˜butter.â€™
And two apricots in an attempt to tame my sweet tooth. Fresh apricots are > than dried. Right?!
Alas, fruit did not satisfy me. So then I ate an entire dark chocolate bar + a glass of almond milk while cuddled on the couch with the Husband, watching TV.
All in all â€“ a perfect Memorial Day, and a great way to kick off summer.
What was the best thing you ate yesterday?