Resting is Good for the Soul

Hi Friends,

So as I type this, I am sort of feeling guilt about not going to the gym. One day per work week I take off to let my body recover. I prefer working out on all my days off since my sessions aren’t as rushed. Anyway, I felt fully capable of going to the gym. I wasn’t super tired (even though I should’ve been- lack of sleep and a puppy who is your wake up call slapping you in the face at 4:30am to get up), but rests are NEEDED! Just because I didn’t feel physically tired, doesn’t mean my muscles do not need a break.

The reality is muscles need to recover. Let’s face it, I go hard core with my workouts, and I work my muscles reallyย hard! I need to take care of myself and give my body the rest it deserves. It’s also really hard to take breaks when you see such progress. Not that one day will ruin me. In fact, that one day off helps. Muscles grow correctly by the recovery period. It’s more of a mental game than anything. You think “oh I need to workout to see change”, but really you also need rest to change! I did my job in the gym, now my body needs to repay me ๐Ÿ˜‰

Work was quite busy for me. I stayed on the floor the whole day and was able to get a lot of work done. Today I am in the OR for most of the day. A good way to end the work week for sure! Yes my Thursday is FINALLY here!

When I got to work I actually forgot my badge. It’s impossible to do ANYTHING or go ANYWHERE in the hospital without a badge. I couldn’t even get scrubs. I had to go to laundry to pick up some. Luckily I was able to score a pair of smalls and finally better fitting scrubs are on me!

Scrubs are supposed to be baggy, these fit much better than those huge ones I had to roll 3 times
Scrubs are supposed to be baggy, these fit much better than those huge ones I had to roll 3 times

For breakfast I had the usual for me ๐Ÿ™‚

Banana nut Quest bar, cottage cheese with jam!
Banana nut Quest bar, cottage cheese with jam!

The banana nut is really good! Still a cookie dough fan though. Lunch was another veggie medley with chicken. I dumped a little cholulu on my wheat berries and veggies too. Just what my heartburn needed…

Veggie medleys are awesome!
Veggie medleys are awesome!

I also had my mid afternoon snack along with it. Corn cakes with “nutzo” on top. Yum

Love nutzo, takes so long to eat though!
Love nutzo, takes so long to eat though!
Oh and don't forget the cucumbers I had
Oh and don’t forget the cucumbers I had

Before it was my time to go I was in the resident lounge and these were sitting on the table.

gold fish...
gold fish…

I couldn’t help but think how many hands were in this all day. I don’t exactly work in a germ free environment and I saw multiple sets of hands going in there. You couldn’t pay me enough to eat from that!

When I left the hospital I went to the store to pick up a few things I was out of and decided to make an asian inspired dish for dinner. While browsing the international aisle of the grocery store I was shocked at all the sodium in asian products. Really guys be careful buying this stuff! Let’s take a peek at this product.

Sounds pretty good huh?
Sounds pretty good huh?

710mg of sodium!? Plus that’s 17 servings in there. I doubt anyone would get 17 servings out of this. Not to mention all the preservatives you cannot pronounce. Get ready to blow up like a balloon. Way too much sodium.

If you must buy something pre-made, this is a safer bet

only 105mg of sodium
only 105mg of sodium

When I got home from the store I decided to lay down for an hour with Phoebe. I fell asleep for 15 minutes and then she woke me. Bad dog.. So we got up to make dinner!

This is a creamy spicy shrimp dish with soba noodles.
This is a creamy spicy shrimp dish with buckwheat noodles.

I really don’t have a name for this yet. I used coconut milk, sriracha, shrimp, buckwheat noodles, and veggies. It was super creamy and delicious! Recipe to come soon ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime here is the pancake recipe!

Toasted Coconut Protein Pancakes
Toasted Coconut Protein Pancakes

Hope everyone has a great Thursday!

XOXO With a Cherry On Top,


P.S. In an effort to be fair to the blog universe I have to mention this. If you are a healthy blogger, I realize we all have different styles, and then some of us have similar styles. If you choose to use information from the site, all I ask is that you give me credit. I consider myself a pretty cool laid back person, and while it is extremely flattering that my information is being used by other bloggers, it’s also not fair to claim it as your own. So be cool guys and don’t steal! ๐Ÿ™‚ Your mom wouldn’t like it.ย 

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  1. Chelsea @ LittleOneRuns

    I hate how much sodium they put in those products, and also how they put high fructose corn syrup….is it really needed?? I think not. Hahaha I’m the same way, on my days of rest, I have to force myself to do absolutely nothing, like minimal stuff, maybe go for a walk or bike ride at the most, because otherwise my day of rest is pointless lol. Happy “Friday”! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Sarah C

    I gave you credit for what I’ve made of yours! I also added the link, so others can check you out! I’d want someone to do the same for me, so of course I’d do it for others! I hope you don’t mind that I’ve blogged about your stufd.

    1. Sarah C

      It submitted before I could finish! I hooe you have a good “friday”! Small scrubs look much better ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. tam

    Hi! I tried the choc chip cookie dough quest bar for the first time today and loved it. I heated in the microwave for 20 secs which made it feel like I was eating a baked cookie, so good. I now know how you feel! I ordered the sample box so I’m going to work my way through the various flavors.
    I also agree with you regarding rest. Sometimes you have to tell yourself you don’t have to go hard-core with your workouts every time, you shouldn’t feel guilty! All the best tam x

    1. Katie

      I do the same with heating them sometimes!

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