After an 8 mile run yesterday morning and no chance to nap throughout the afternoon, I decided to just suck it up and go out like a normal college kid last night. Training has put me in such a zone that I often forget to just let go sometimes.
(The people who make college nights out worthwhile)
Although I did not partake in the binge drinking festivities, I did enjoy a glass of wine and a beer over the course of the evening. I was completely comfortable not drinking to get drunk, which has not always been the case, but there were several people at the bar who pointedly called me “no fun” for not taking shots and acting ridiculous (Not the people pictured above. Those are my favorite people in the world).(My drink of choice: Green monster with 1/2 banana, 1/2 cup frozen mango, 1 heaping tablespoon rice protein powder, 2 cups spinach, water, dash of almond milk, 1 scoop Amazing Grass powder, ice).
To them I say sorry I’m not sorry for having the balls to say no. This is the first time in a long time that I feel comfortable in my own skin. For a while I felt like I needed alcohol to help me feel that way. But not anymore.
(On the left, a normal size salad bowl. On the right, a Knack for Nutrition size salad bowl.)
(Mountain of salad: spinach and mixed field greens, green pepper, broccoli, purple onion, mushrooms, 1/2 avocado, 2 tbsp hummus, 2 tbsp salsa)
Now don’t get me wrong, drinking can be tons of fun but it is also very taxing on the body. With just 27 days between me and the most exhilarating 13.1 mile run of my life, I am certainly not going to let a little peer pressure steer me off course.(Breakfast Spread: coffee with almond milk, ice water, and pumpkin oats)
(Pumpkin Oats: 1/2 cup raw organic oats, 1/2 cup organic pumpkin, 1/2 cup water, 1/4 almond milk, cinnamon, and stevia)
I did not intend for the topic of being a normal college kid turn into a full-fledged rant. I am really not opposed to having a good time, I swear! My night actually ended up being a lot of fun, despite what those negative Nancy’s has to say.
(Lunch Spread: Everything bagel thin, vegetable burger, 1/2 tomato, spinach, 3 tbsp hummus, carrots, and unpictured broccoli).
The local bar here has turned into the place to see and be seen for the over 21 crowd. As such, I was able to mingle amongst several groups of friends, chat with some familiar faces, and make some new friends. We stayed until last call, so by the time I finally crawled into bed it was nearly 3AM! That meant I had been awake for nearly 20 hours. No alcohol was needed to nurse me to sleep…I passed out immediately.
(Snackizzle: It’s pear season again!)
I continued the ‘normal’ college routine well into this morning. Although I set 2 alarms for 9:30 and 10:00AM, I slept through both of them. I rolled out of bed at the leisurely hour of 11:30AM. Glorious, except for the fact I will probably struggle to fall asleep tonight.
Now it is time to once again hit the books. I am gearing up for quite a busy week so I need to make sure I am on top of all of my assignments!
Until next time,