Hello My Lovelies!
Thanks for all of your comments on my last post! You guys are a blessing in my life. My life is going in all different ways right now, but going through this has helped me to prioritize my time, to tune into myself, to find what matters the most to me. Thank you for all of your love and support β it has really helped me through this!
I feel that some of my other posts of where I show what I eat don’t illustrate a very balanced diet. I tend to picture a lot of oatmeal, bananas, nut butter, etc β but that’s not the ONLY thing I eat.
I want show a more close-to-fact version. So here’s another What Kat Ate throughout an entire day!
Chocolate oats with vanilla protein powder, red raspberries, juicy blackberries, and mixed nut butter! Aww, I love life. π
I had a bowl of Homemade Split Pea and Lentil Soup (this is the kind my Dad makes on Sundays, which makes lovely Sunday evening meals and leftovers), a sliced red delicious apple, and mini sandwich thins topped with my pumpkin spiced almond butter.
HERE’S HOW TO MAKE THEM! First, wash a bunch (as in how grapes come in bunches β that kind of bunch) of Kale, tear the curly leave-parts into pieces and lay them on a dry cookie sheet. You want to use enough Kale leaves to fill the cookie sheet. Then spray them with olive oil (I like spraying both sides) and roast in the oven at 400 degrees F (or degrees C) for 8-9 minutes, depending on the size of the leaves and how much is on the cookie sheet. You want the “chips” to be crispy. Sprinkle with a little salt, scoop them into a bowl β or eat straight from the cookie sheet, and dive in!
They taste just like potato chips, but are so much better for you!!! AND, you’re getting a serving of greens. π
I also had some of my Baked Pumpkin Pudding alongside my “chips.” The sweet pumpkin flavor really complimented the salty, savory kale chips!
A Boca Chik’n Burger with spinach (topped with smart balance light, which is unpictured) and mixed vegetables (x2).
And that’s a typical day. The next What Kat Ate will also include a Day-In-The-Life-Of-Kat. π
Talking about a day in the life of Kat, here’s what has been going on in my life in regards to how I’ve been exercising, when I’ve been going to bed, and what’s been going on with school!
This past week, my workouts have been at different times of the day β a couple at 4am before seminary, a couple right after I get home from seminary, some right before lunch/snack, a couple before dinner, and sometimes at 8pm at night! Mostly I’ve been doing either Jillian with circuit training, but I’ve also been riding our stationary bike β which I pump up the intensity for about 45-60 minutes (there are 8 levels of intensity on our stationary bike, which I use to my advantage and make and interval workout with each interval 3 minutes long. The intervals include 3 minutes warm-up, then three to four 15 minute “pyramids:” [8 β 7 β 6 β 5 β 4], [8 β 7 β 6 β 5 β 4], [8 β 7 β 6 β 5 β 4], and then end it with a three minute cool-down at level 3. I do this workout while I read my Old Testament. π I love the multitasking part of doing both at the same time!
I’ve been going to bed by 10pm every night (with the exception with last night) for a couple weeks and I feel amazing! I was babysitting really late last night and didn’t get home until after 12:30am. (I did catch up on quite a bit of school work while I was there though, since the kids had gone to bed at around 8:30pm, giving me about 4 hours to work with) AND THEN, I proceeded to wake up at 5:20am for seminary. I just got up from a 3 hour nap and I feel so much better now (especially since I woke up with a sore throat this morning, but it’s pretty much gone except this little cough I’ve got). I’m babysitting again tonight, but I won’t be out that late β only til 9 or 10 pm. Anyways, I’ve been working on getting to bed earlier, and I love all of the energy I have when I do it!
The classes I am doing this year are:
- AP Physics (which I just see as a lot of math, but it’s starting to throw in some science here and there),
- AP English Literature (I call it Advanced Composition, but either way it means analyzing literature/poetry and writing a lot of essays),
- Driving School (I have only 3 out of 7 more drives left: so far I’ve gone onto the freeway during rush hour traffic and had to “force” the car in, and then get back off the freeway at the next exit β over and over and over again; my last lesson should have been parallel parking, but my teacher got confused and thought I was on my 5th drive when I was only really on my 4th; my next driving lesson is this coming Friday, so I’m excited!),
- two years worth of Seminary (this is the scripture study class I wake up at 5am to go to every school day, and YES, I do consider this a class; the university I’m going to wants 4 years of seminary, but because I’m graduating early, I’m doing two years worth of it in one year: so I’m going to seminary in the morning, but then I’m also doing a home-study version at home in addition to it)
- lots of AP Physics and AP Literature Prep work.
I don’t have that many classes this year, but the ones I do have each take a lot of time to complete. They’re not necessarily hard β a little time-consuming and demanding, but I’m always up for a challenge.
I love life.
It might be busy; it might be a lot of work and effort; it might demand that I prioritize my time wisely. But it is worth it.
I might stumble along the way, but it’s about just getting back up and continuing forward. It’s about learning from mistakes and growing from them β becoming a better person from it. I know that by learning from my orthrexia, I can take care of myself better than I could before.
Life is about becoming the best YOU that you can be. π
Favorite food pictured? I love breakfast. Period.
What are some of your favorite ways to eat greens? I like making Kale into “chips,” steaming spinach and topping it with Smart Balance Light, and using collards, kale, and/or spinach in smoothies. I’ve heard of using the collard greens as a wrap, but I’ve yet to make one.
Do you sleep with a fan on at night? Does it have to be a certain temperature for you to get a good night’s rest? I CAN sleep without a fan on at night, but I find that I sleep better and more soundly when I have the fan on. Even though it’s winter, I still have to turn it on to at least medium β I toss and turn without the white-noise it creates.