We are ignoring the constant sniffling and soreness sneaking its way down my throat. We’ll chalk it up to the wind and singing as loud as I could on my way home. To stave off this impending cold, I’ve been popping vitamin C cough drops and drinking as much tea and water as I can stomach. The gym was fine this morning because once I got up, the sniffles weren’t so bad. I knew that getting up and going to the gym was my only option because once that alarm goes off, I’m pretty much up anyways and I wouldn’t make the best of the extra sleep I could have had. I told myself that if I ever got to the point where I wasn’t feeling well, I could take it easy, but it never reached that.
I started out with a body strength workout and some stability/medicine ball action. I did have Burpees on the menu, but I cut that out the second I got there. It wasn’t the day to push myself that hard. The first circuit included step ups, split squats, push ups, mountain climbers, hip lifts, and side plank twists. The second circuit had rollouts, kneeling kickbacks, mermaid raises, hundreds, sit ups, and Russian twists. After, I headed down to the pool for some cardio and fit in a half hour of laps. The cold didn’t hit me so bad until well into the work day, so at least I got in a great workout! My meals for the day started with a little sweetness in the form of French toast. My batter included an egg, a splash of milk, pumpkin, vanilla, and cinnamon. I soaked two pieces of whole wheat sour dough bread and after frying it on the pan, topped it with peanut butter, jelly, and some shredded coconut for staying power. It was so satisfying and yummy and kept me nice and full until lunch. For lunch, I threw some leftover macaroni and cheese into a dish and served it with a fresh salad. I love the combination of the vibrant, crisp veggies and the warm, cheesy goodness. Dinner took us to our Irish roots. Since the weekend is looking pretty busy for us all, my mom wanted to cook a traditional Irish meal in honor of St. Patrick’s Day while we were all around. We always have smoked shoulder instead of corned beef, with boiled potatoes, cabbage, carrots, and turnip. Once a year it’s a treat! I remember only ever liking the potatoes when I was younger and my Nana would make it for us, but now my favorite part is the cabbage.