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Smoothies, Cantinas & Exercise Balls!

It’s only 2:30 and it’s already been an eventful day of ups and downs.

This morning I could barely wake up since I got such terrible sleep last night. I’ve had this pain in my left shoulder, mid-trapezius area for a few months that comes and goes. I always chalked it up to sitting improperly at work, but last night it came and stayed all night.  I finally crawled out of bed with no time to squeeze in a workout, even though I promised myself I’d make up for not doing anything yesterday.

Since I didn’t have time to make a full breakfast, I threw  a few things in the blender for a protein and fiber-packed smoothie.

Protein-Packed Banana Smoothie

  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp peanut butter
  • 1/2-1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ice to fill

This gave me plenty of energy and made me feel super full until about 11. Be careful not to overblend your smoothies when you use flax seed, because it gets an egg-y texture if it gets too frothy. But the benefit from all the fiber and protein definitely outweigh any flavor funniness for me. I guess I’ve trained myself to like funny flavors and textures, as long as they’re keeping me full in a healthy way.

Hey, the smoothie matches my shirt! (My ADD is in high gear today.)

Before I left, I was experimenting  with my new tripod and I think I already broke two things on it. I’ll have to find someone to teach me how to use it (and my camera). My tripod-tinkering was making me run really late, but I did remember to grab my exercise ball to take to work.

Six hours into the day, and so far, so good. My shoulder isn’t even giving my that much trouble anymore, and I’m able to engage my core without even thinking. My coworkers are looking at me funny, but what do they know?

For lunch, I tried one of those new Cantina Bowls from Taco Bell. Before you berate me for eating fast food, I checked the nutritional value on it and it’s not awful. Plus it’s walking distance from work, so I got some pavement action instead of driving somewhere.

All the spinach and lettuce on the right side of the bowl are leftovers from a salad I had at work, which means that giant bowl was only halfway full. So let’s direct your attention to the left side. It’s nothing like Chipotle or Moe’s. The chicken tastes like fake chicken and the corn, rice and beans are pretty bland. Everything else is smothered in some sort of green ranch topping. Next time, I’ll stick with the tried and true Chipotle bowl. It’s definitely worth the extra $2.

After work, I’m doing Insanity again and hopefully my shoulder injury goes away on its own. That’s how it works, right? Right?

 

I’m wondering…

 

How do you stay healthy at work? What do you do to counteract the harmful effects of being sedentary on the job?

About youmefit

I am a college student that is trying to stay physically fit and eat healthy. We all know how hard this is, so I am trying to post some tips, and get some discussions started so we can all learn from each other.

2 comments

  1. ooooo I tried sitting on a ball at my desk for a few days but it wasn’t high enough for me! I think I need a bigger one!
    This year I have been making the effort to get up and leave my desk every 30-40 mins even if its just to do a few star jumps 🙂 I love how it helps me feel so much more energetic throughout the day

    • We have an open office, so my coworkers always look at me funny when I bust out a workout in the middle of the room. I always sneak a few squats or high knees in the bathroom, though!

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