Monday, April 30, 2012

Creating Motivation

How I chose to spend my day after taking an 8am Portuguese exam:

First, I stuffed all my clothes that I had in my dorm into my laundry basket and carried the enormous bag home. Then, I sprawled them all out on my floor because I'm determined to clean out my closet before I put all of these clothes back.

Then I realized I was dead tired, so I took a nap.

I woke up and realized I was so hungry. So I ran out to the kitchen and microwaved a bowl of leftover Tomato, Lentil, and Kale soup. Because we still had so much leftover quinoa, I got really creative and made a new recipe! I made Quinoa Burgers, like we had this weekend because they were so amazing. And because the exam sucked away any creativity that I previously possessed.

Notice a trend... both the soup and the burgers were recipes in the last post. I'm so boring.

While the Quinoa Burgers were frying on my little pancake griddle, I thought about how I really should go on a run today. I need to get my body moving after taking an exam and a nap. But I honestly don't have any motivation to go outside and sweat for an hour.

What do you do when you lack motivation? Create it. In the form of food, of course...

So I made my Sinless Chocolate Milkshake, only this time I added a scoop of chocolate protein powder instead of ground flax. But instead of guzzling it right away, I put in the fridge. It's my run motivation and post-run recovery drink. Now you know it must be good if it can motivate me to get outside and run!

So, with my milkshake waiting in the fridge, I laced up my Saucony Kinvara's and headed out for an 8 mile run. It was completely exhausting, but it felt good to finally fit in a long run.

And now I am going to go have dinner with my friends because some of them are already done with exams. I'm so jealous. I want to be done. I can't wait for Friday!!


  1. Wow, the only time food motivates me in any way, is to skip the gym, and have breakfast instead ;) Those quinoa burgers do look good...I may just give it a try.

    1. Haha I guess it only motivated me because I told myself I couldn't drink it until I had finished my run... now that was motivation. I'm a choco-holic!! And please try the quinoa burgers. they're so good and I've just been refrigerating them and microwaving one or two to go with soup or some other sides. And they're pretty awesome because they're only 130 calories per burger! (not to mention just plain delicious!)