Monthly Archives: October 2012

Hurricane Sandy—I’m Alive!

Greetings, everyone!  Thanks for your kind comments, tweets, and virtual hugs throughout the past couple days.  Hurricane Sandy hit New York City hard Monday night, and I’m still without power.  Needless to say, it’s been a tough (read: grungy, ha!) few days. (On the bright side, I got quite a bit of reading done.) Anyway, welcome to my view.

Hello, Starbucks!  Power in my area won’t be restored for another 4-5 days—glahhh–so I’ll do my best to update the blog and tweet when I can, but I’ll most likely be off the grid for the time being.

Please stay safe, friends!   Any ideas for fun activities that don’t require power or electricity?  Any book recommendations?  What are your plans for Halloween?

Red Lentil Soup

During stressful times, everyone copes differently.  As Hurricane Sandy loomed overhead this weekend, I ran my emergency errands—I am now a proud owner of a flashlight, boom box with AM/FM radio, and Bath and Bodyworks aromatherapy candles—and relieved my anxiety through exercising.  And cooking.

There’s something therapeutic about spending time in the kitchen, and although I really wanted to bake cookies, I figured whipping up a batch of soup would be a smarter–and healthier–decision.

Vegetarian- and vegan-friendly—and inspired by this recipe—this is a basic, no-frills kind of soup.  It’s tasty on its own, but it won’t overshadow extras you want to add.

I’m already thinking about adding a can of chilies and maybe some sausage next time.

Until then, though, I’ll be slurping my soup and waiting out Hurricane Sandy.

Red Lentil Soup

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil

2 carrots, diced

2 stalks celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. basil

1 (14.5 ounce) can diced and fire-roasted tomatoes

2 cups dry red lentils

2 cups low-sodium vegetable broth

8 cups water

1 cup fresh spinach, rinsed

2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar

salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1.  In large stock pot over medium-high heat, add oil and cook carrots, and celery.

2.  Stir in garlic, oregano, and basil.  Cook for 2 minutes.

3.  Stir in lentils, broth, tomatoes, and 8 cups water.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, and simmer for about 15 minutes.

4.  Just before serving, stir in balsamic vinegar and spinach; cook until it wilts.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Hurricane Sandy Precautions

Hi, everyone!  First, thanks for your supportive comments and tweets.  Hurricane Sandy is supposed to hit New York City pretty hard today and tomorrow, and it means a lot that you’re thinking of me and my fellow Big Apple residents.  Both the city and my apartment building have been adequately preparing for this storm, and as you might have heard, the subways/public transportation closed last night at 7 p.m. (as did Whole Foods!); my building has sent a slew of emails and circulated fliers.

During Hurricane Irene in 2011, my building didn’t have to evacuate, and right now, management predicts it won’t be necessary this time around.  However, Chelsea Piers isn’t so lucky.

Yep, Sandy canceled this morning’s scheduled swim session. (Yoga Vida also canceled classes today and says practices tomorrow are TBD.) Although I briefly entertained the idea of swimming in the choppy Hudson River waters—totally kidding!—I ended up reformulating today’s workout plan.

Workout – Running

In the hope of avoiding Sandy’s wrath, I hit the pavement around 7:30 a.m. for a quick run.  I usually run farther west, but due to the city’s evacuation and at-risk zones, I avoided my usual routes.  Instead, I made my way up to Times Square—and was totally surprised to see tourists!  I figured the streets would be pretty deserted (given the relatively early hour and hurricane threat), but there were a fair share of visitors bustling around.  Even with the rain, I felt good and loose, so I picked up the pace, which basically resulted in a 40-minute tempo run. (I wanted to get back to my building as soon as possible.) There was one point where the winds became terrible—it felt like I was running with a weighted sled—but luckily, it lasted only 30 seconds or so.

Breakfast

Back at my apartment, I made a spinach and egg-white breakfast sandwich.

With plenty of Tabasco of course.

I spent the past few days stocking the fridge, so I have enough grub here to keep me going for a while.

I also made not one, but two soups.

Red lentil and tofu vegetable.  Recipes coming your way shortly!

Please stay safe today, friends!

Write It Down, Do It Up – Week of Oct. 28

Hey, hey!  Guess who signed up for her first New York City race?  This girl!

That’s right—on Saturday morning, I’ll be running the NYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K.  Not only will this be my first event of any kind in more than one month, but it will also be my first “straight up” roadrace (no swimming or biking beforehand) since … August’s half-marathon?  Wow.  Even though I want to do well, I need to keep a few things in mind when I toe the start line:

-Since this will be my first time being in a “competitive” (read:  race) environment in two months, I will inevitably be rusty, and it’s likely the pre-run jitters will seem more intense than usual.

-I’ve logged miles, but I haven’t truly trained for this 5-K race:  no tempo runs, no intervals, and no speedwork (unless sporadic fartleks count).  Therefore, I can’t go into the event with the expectation to “race” it.

-My mom and sister will be visiting—yaya!—and I have plans the night before the race, so I definitely won’t be hitting the hay at my usual grandma/pre-race bedtime; fatigue will most likely be a factor on Saturday morning.

Full Throttle Endurance (FTE) off-season training begins the next day. (Yes!) I want to make a good first impression, and it wouldn’t be great if I showed up sore, injured, etc.

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I’ll go into my race plan later this week, but basically, I will not be “racing” this event.  Rather, I’m using it as an opportunity to run some miles in a competitive environment.  Yes, I still want to do well, but setting a new PR (personal record) will not be a priority.  Speaking of, I’m meeting with Andrew of FTE two times this week to swim and bike.  Aside from those scheduled workouts, though, everything below is tentative depending on when/if/how hard Hurricane Sandy hits.  Here’s the latest edition of Write It Down, Do It Up! (If you’re new to WIDDIU, here’s how it works:  Every Sunday evening, I’ll post my workout schedule for the week, and I invite you to do the same.  This way, we can motivate each other and hold ourselves accountable.  Sounds like a win-win, right?)

Monday – swim workout with Andrew; run; strength train

Tuesday – a.m. bike; p.m. yoga

Wednesday – bike workout with Andrew; run

Thursday – run; strength train; swim

Friday – shakeout run

SaturdayNYRR Dash to the Finish Line 5-K

Sunday – off/easy run (and spectate the ING NYC Marathon, obviously!)

For those of you who raced this weekend (*cough* Gina *cough*), how did it go?  Anyone else doing the Dash to the Finish Line?  How about the NYC Marathon this Sunday?

Alphabet Survey

Happy Saturday, all!  How’s your day going?  Since it looks like Hurricane Sandy will hit the New York City area within the next few days, I’m stocking up on emergency supplies.

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Today’s first order of business is buying a flashlight with lots of extra batteries.  Anyway, both Alex and Meghan posted this survey, so I’m following suit and doing the same.  Who doesn’t love a good survey, right?

A is for age:

I’m 22 years old, which means I’m, like, an adult.  Scary.

B is for breakfast today:

I’m craving eggs and almond butter, so it’s anyone’s guess at this point.

C is for currently craving: 

As you can tell from my previous answer, my cravings have been out in left field.  Last night, I found myself craving a hamburger and French fries; who am I?  Ha!

D is for dinner tonight:

Right now, I have no idea.  I can’t think about dinner until lunchtime.  That’s normal, right?

E is for favorite type of exercise: 

Swimming, biking, running, strength training, practicing yoga—any and all of the above, please!  Running is my favorite, though.

F is for an irrational fear:

Nothing out of the ordinary here, just snakes, spiders, etc.

G is for gross food:

Olives and onions.  Keep ‘em away!

H is for hometown:

Small-town alert:  Cazenovia, NY, which is about 30 minutes southeast of Syracuse. (Go Orange!)

I is for something important:

I’m pulling a friends and family combo.

J is for current favorite jam:

“Tea, a drink with jam and bread” or “this is beat is my jam”?  Since I don’t use jam, I’m going with the music variety.  Right now, I have Maroon 5’s “One More Night” on repeat. (Funny enough, I had in stuck in my head during the DeRuyter Lake Triathlon, but I changed the words to “One More Tri.”  I like to think it helped me hammer on the bike.)

K is for kids:

Someday.  That day is not today.  Or tomorrow.  Or any day within the next five to eight years.  Ha!

L is for current location:

New York City!

M is for the most recent way you spent money:

I went to Whole Foods last night to buy carrots, almond butter, and onion powder.  Exciting stuff, right?

N is for something you need:

Besides a full-time big-girl job, I would absolutely love some quality time with my college BFFs.  I miss everyone so much!

O is for occupation:

Um … let’s say blogger and freelance writer.

P is for pet peeve:

Giving less than 100 percent.  If you’re going to do something, then you might as well do it right and give it your all.  Pre (Steve Prefontaine) said it best.

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Q is for a quotation:

Besides that Pre quotation, I love this one from Dr. Seuss.

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R is for random fact about you:

I consider Sanibel, FL my home away from home.

My grandparents have a condo there, so I’ve been going since day one.

S is for favorite healthy snack:

This week, I’ve been noshing on Chobani and carrot sticks.  Weird combo, but it works.

T is for favorite treat:

Anything chocolate, although I’m still dreaming about that red velvet cupcake from Brooklyn Cupcake.

U is for something that makes you unique:

I’m a tad obsessed with grammar, and I find these pins incredibly funny and witty.

V is for favorite vegetable:

Raw carrots and red peppers; steamed asparagus; roasted broccoli and mushrooms.

W is for today’s workout:

It’s been 11 days since my last rest day (whoops!), so I’m recovering today.  Although I really, really want to run.

X is for X-rays you’ve had:

Oh boy.  I’ve had a ton on my ankles, plus I’ve had a few MRIs on my right knee when I tore my ACL and meniscus.  

Y is for yesterday’s highlight:

Definitely my biking breakthrough.

Z is for your time zone:

Eastern Standard, baby.

Your turn:  Pick a letter or two and share your responses.  Or repost the entire survey!

NYC Biking Breakthrough and Blackened Tofu

Happy Friday, friends!  This week seemed to pass slowly—probably because time doesn’t exactly fly when you’re looking for a big-girl job—so I’m glad tomorrow’s Saturday.  Not that my weekends look significantly different from my week at this point, but it will be nice to take a break from writing cover letters and sending job-related emails.

Breakfast

When I woke up this morning, I needed almond butter.  Not wanting or craving, but absolutely needing it, so I toasted two Van’s Power Grains and topped them with plenty of the nutty stuff.

This combo served as a perfect pre-bike ride meal.

Workout – Biking

Not to jinx myself, but I think I hit a milestone in terms of New York City biking.

As I made my way to the West Side Highway bike path, I didn’t feel nervous.  Yes, I rode cautiously and remained extremely alert, but my heart wasn’t pounding and making its way to my throat as I pedaled in traffic.  It was the same on the way back, too; zero nerves.  Awesome!  Anyway, once I got to the path, I warmed up for 10 minutes before doing some intervals.  Nothing too fancy, just adding gear and going hard for three minutes, recovering for one, and repeating.  After 40 minutes, I cooled down and headed home.  Also, knock on wood, I think I reached a new high point:  Since joining the triathlon world, I pushed myself the most during this outing than any previous training ride (minus my time trial on Thursday).  Obviously that’s because I had a clear workout plan (doing intervals instead of straight up riding for TK minutes), and I’m also feeling more comfortable in the saddle and on the bike path.  That being said, I’m really looking forward to getting a trainer from Syracuse Bicycle; even though I completed the intervals, I faced an added challenging of dodging runners and pedestrians, and I think it will be easier logistically to do this type of ride on a trainer.

Post-Workout Snack

Even though I wasn’t hungry when I got back, I made a small yogurt bowl with frozen strawberries, plain Greek yogurt, and a dollop of almond butter.

Need to refuel those muscles!

Now, time to share a new recipe—Blackened Tofu.

It’s no secret I eat a ton of tofu, and although I like this vegetarian-friendly protein, the spicy seasoning makes me love it. (You know I love my spicy foods!)

If you’re not a tofu fan, you can use this mixture on chicken and tilapia.

Be warned, though—it packs some serious heat.

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. paprika

2 tsp. salt

2 tsp. lemon pepper

1.5 tsp. garlic powder

1.5 tsp. ground red pepper

1.5 tsp. dried, crushed basil

1 tsp. onion powder

1 tsp. dried thyme

Protein of choice

Directions:

1.  Drain tofu. (Wrap several paper towels around tofu and place in between two plates.  Let stand for 15 minutes.)

2.  Coat pan or skillet with extra-virgin olive oil or non-stick cooking spray.

3.  Mix all seasonings in a bowl.  Cut tofu into strips and coat with seasonings.

4.  Cook until tofu is warm and blackened, about five minutes.

Take What the Defense Gives You, Part Three

This seems to be a reoccurring theme, but I’m not complaining. (Check the original Take What the Defense Gives You and the continued post.) When I left the building for my run this morning, there was a breakfast buffet set up in the lobby.  Apparently, my building holds this spread every Thursday?  Neat!  Anyway, after running and strength training, I nabbed a container of orange juice.

Hey, just taking what the defense gave me; I had plans to use it later.

Breakfast

Even though there was barely any peanut butter left from making the no-bake peanut butter protein bars (which have magically disappeared, so strange), it didn’t seem right to throw away an almost-empty jar.

Yeah, it fell short in the PB department, but any OOIAJ is better than none.

Workout #2 – Swimming

After some digesting and blog reading, I walked to Chelsea Piers to swim.

Guess who was there again?  Andrew does work there, so I guess I shouldn’t be surprised.  Like my last pool workout, I continued to practice the drills he showed me.  Here’s what I did:

200-yd. warm-up

100-yd. with kickboard (only kicking, obviously)

100-yd. “normal”

50-yd. using only left arm; 50-yd. using only right arm

100-yd. normal

100-yd. stroking with fists

200-yd. normal

50-yd. using only left arm; 50-yd. using only right arm

200-yd. normal

50-yd. cooldown

Two high points from this workout:  one, I feel like I’m becoming more efficient; two, the on-duty lifeguards recognized me.  Ha!

Post-Workout Snack

Here’s where the OJ came into play.  On my “Refuel Post-Workout” board, I pinned a delicious-looking smoothie from Runner’s World.  The original recipe called for orange juice, but I didn’t want to buy an entire carton.  So thanks to this morning’s find, I made this tasty Banana-Avocado Smoothie.

Ingredients:

1/2 avocado, peeled and pitted

1 frozen banana

1/4+ cup orange juice

1 tbsp. lime juice

1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Jay Robb egg white)

Directions:

1.  In a blender, combine avocado, banana, orange juice, lime juice, and protein powder.

2.  Taste and add more orange juice if desired.

After mixing it, 1/4 orange juice wasn’t enough, so I added a bit more.

Lunch

A couple hours later, I threw together a salad for lunch.

I still had leftover blackened tofu to finish, and I saved some of last night’s sautéed peppers. (I’m a girl of routine; I had the same dinner as the night before.) I cooked the peppers in coconut oil, which gave them some extra sweetness.

What’s your favorite smoothie these days?

Developing a Triathlon Off-Season Workout Plan, Part 2

Hi, friends!  Great news—I survived my bike workout this morning!  It actually went a lot better than I anticipated. (If you missed part one, read it first; I’m working with Andrew Kalley of Full Throttle Endurance to develop my triathlon off-season plan of attack.) Before getting to that, though, here are some eats from my last few meals.

Dinner

I haven’t been eating salmon as often as I usually do, so I’m craving it more and more; it’s like my body wants to make up for lost seafood opportunities.  Anyway, when dinnertime arrived last night, I rolled with it.

This is the same Hungry Girl-inspired crazy pineapple salmon teriyaki I had before.  The teriyaki and sweet Asian chili sauce work really well together; I’ll share the measurements next week.

Breakfast

Before heading to Chelsea Piers this morning, I “carbed up” and toasted two Van’s Power Grains.

With almond butter and banana slices, of course.

Then I headed to the Performance Center.

Holy cow—talk about super impressive.  With a total of two Super Treadmills and eight CompuTrainers—bike trainers that allow cyclists and triathletes to execute very specific, monitored workouts—this hub has everything an endurance athlete needs.  Oh, and casually hanging on the wall was an autographed tri-top from Tim O’Donnell.  No big deal.

Anyway, here’s how the workout progressed:

-First, I told Andrew that I’ve never used a CompuTrainer—let alone a trainer (except for my fitting at Syracuse Bicycle)—so I had no idea what any of the readings and numbers meant.  Ha!  Honest is the best policy.

-After setting up my bike (and raising the saddle a few inches; maybe I grew?), I warmed up while Andrew gave me the lowdown on CompuTrainers.  Basically, this type of trainer is a great training tool because it allows the rider to replicate courses from all over the world (hypothetically, I could ride the Ironman Kona bike course), and it calculates the exact wattages and cadences required for an efficient, successful ride.  All of the terms he mentioned—lactate heart rate, lactate power, lactate threshold, V02 max—I’ve heard of, but I’ve obviously never been tested for these values and don’t know how to use these measurements to structure workouts.

-Time trial time.  For my workout-turned-test, I had to ride a flat, three-mile course as fast as possible.  Then I would rest and recover for 10 minutes or so and repeat the course.  Pretty easy, right?  Not exactly.

-Even though I wanted to negative split my rides—or complete the second faster than the first—I put forth a “monster effort” (Andrew’s words, not mine) for the first leg and finished in 8:26.  On my second ride, though, I started too conservatively and couldn’t make up the time; I clocked 8:32.  So no negative splittage today, but the highpoint of the ride was finishing strong and notching a wattage of 400, which I guess is pretty respectable. (Again, total CompuTrainer newbie here.)

-Based on these two time trials, I now have some data that will come in handy for planning my bike workouts.

Where do I go from here?  Now that Andrew’s seen me swim, bike, and run, I wanted to hear his general assessment and thoughts on how I should structure my off-season.  Based on these sessions, he says I have the potential to become a really strong biker-runner, as in those two disciplines are where I’ll win (yeah—wow!) triathlons.  And as I know, my swim needs work. (Although he did say he watched me swim yesterday, and I’m already improving in terms of form and efficiency.) So here’s the plan:  I’ll focus on my bike (number one priority) and swim technique (number two).  In terms of running, he said I should continue to log miles, which will help maintain my base, but I shouldn’t train intensely; my running workouts should be fairly low-key and should be based off how my body feels.  Sounds good to me!  I plan to hit the pool a few times before our next session on Monday.

Post-Workout Snack

CHO-time!

I inhaled this Chobani before showering.  Hey, priorities.

Lunch

After sending out more resumes, I broke for lunch around 12:30 p.m. and assembled a salad.

Even though the leftover blackened tofu and roasted veggies tasted great, it was the avocado that made the salad today.  Yum!

Why You Should Do the Seneca7

First off, thank you so much for your supportive and encouraging comments on yesterday’s post.  Sometimes, the no-full-time-job situation doesn’t upset me, but yesterday it hit hard.  I know the market is tough, but I’m keeping my head up; I’ll find something eventually, but I wish it would be sooner rather than later.

Speaking of yesterday’s post, did you take a good look at my water bottle?

This isn’t your normal Nalgene—it’s a Seneca7 water bottle.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’ve referenced this relay race a few times, but since event itself occurred before the days of Fitness and Frozen Grapes, I think it’s time for a short explanation.

The Seneca7 is a 77.7-mile relay race around Seneca Lake, one of the Finger Lakes, which is located in upstate New York.  Seven runners comprise each team, and each runner tackles three legs of varying distances (anywhere between 2-ish and 5-ish miles).  So basically, you spend the entire day running through wine country.  Sounds awesome, right? (Starting to see the emphasis on the number seven?)

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What sets the Seneca7 apart from other relay-style races is its focus on local products and “green” approach.  Popular, upstate NY-based brands like Chobani, Red Jacket Orchards, and Once Again Nut Butter donated items for swag bags, and local businesses—including wineries, cafes, and chocolate shops—donated contents of prize baskets.  Plus, the post-race party offered only locally grown food.

[Stuffing swag bags]

In terms of the “green-ness,” bringing reuseable water bottles was encouraged, and each team was required to appropriately dispose of their own trash and recycling.  Here’s a neat twist:  to further reduce the race’s carbon footprint, a “travel by bike category” let teams bike to each exchange point instead of driving. (At that point, you might as well hop in the lake for a 1.2-mile swim and call it a deconstructed half-Ironman, right?) Oh, and Runner’s World featured the Seneca7 in last April’s magazine.  No big deal.

I had a really interesting perspective on the Seneca7 because I was a member of the planning committee—I was responsible for local and national publicity—and participated in the race itself.  Prior to this working-behind-the-scenes opportunity, I had no idea how much planning goes into a race.  Needless to say, I now have a huge respect for race directors, committee members, anyone who helps put an event together.

[Ah, the day-after clean-up.]

Anyway, here’s the best way to sum up the Seneca7:  Best.  Day.  Ever.

My team consisted of fellow Writing and Rhetoric/Writing Colleagues students, faculty, and alums, hence our awesome name, The Run-On Sentences.  Even though we didn’t all know each other prior to race-day, we definitely got to know one another pretty well—spending 12-plus hours with a group of sweaty runnerds bonds people.

[Contemplating dangling modifiers, obviously.]

Team Run-On hopes to come back for the 2013 campaign, and speaking of which, registration opens Nov. 7!

Have you participated in a relay race?  How did it go?  If you haven’t, would you ever consider it?

Back to Two-a-Days and Job-Hunting Frustrations

Did today fly by or what?  I actually did a double-take when the clock read 4 p.m.  Where did the day go?  Oh, that’s right—I ran and swam this morning before I became wicked frustrated and discouraged during my job hunt.

Dinner

Let’s rewind to last night first.  For Meatless Monday, I originally planned to bake tempeh, but during my Trader Joe’s run, some biddie cut me off and proceeded to take the remaining three packages.  Uh, rude.  Girlfriend already had two, so why not share?  I was peeved.  Anyway, I ended up making blackened tofu and green beans.

Luckily, she left one package of tofu for me.

Workout #1 – Running

My day began with a 40-minute run.  Before heading out, I looked at my workout schedule, and I couldn’t believe the last time I ran was this past Wednesday—yikes!  Even though I anticipated heavy legs, I was pleasantly surprised; I felt fresh, rested, and fast enough to sprinkle in some fartleks.  Afterward, I completed some upper-body exercises that will help to strengthen my “swimming muscles” like bicep curls, tricep kickbacks, and pushups.

Breakfast

A craving for eggs hit hard, so I made an open-faced breakfast sandwich.

Sadly, I used up the last of my Greenmarket spinach.  Oh, well; I guess I’ll have to go again tomorrow.

While my breakfast digested, I caught up on emails and started poking around online for job postings.  I haven’t talked about my job hunt at all because there hasn’t been anything to report.  Even though I’m doing some freelance writing now (I wrote these three articles for SheKnows.com), I still need a full-time “big-girl” job.  My friend Gabby wrote a really good blog entry about the current market, and basically what it comes down to is everyone wants an unpaid college intern, which I am not, or they want an employee with 3-5 years of experience, which I don’t exactly have right now.  Anyway, after searching for an hour, I became really restless, so I headed over to Chelsea Piers to swim.

Workout #2 – Swimming

When I went to bed last night, I mentally prepared for two workouts today.  Given my employment status, there’s no reason I shouldn’t be able to workout twice a day, or at the very least, swim on a regular basis.  Plus, since I did a bunch of drills with Andrew yesterday, I wanted to work through them a bit more.  From my basketball and strength training background, I know it’s all about muscle memory, which can only be accomplished through lots of proper repetitions.  Basically, hitting the pool 24 hours after working with a coach was a no-brainer.  Anyway, as I walked into the pool, I wondered if I’d see Andrew, and sure enough, he was there working with another triathlete—too funny! (I’m hoping I got a few brownie points!)  During my 40-minute swim, I revisited a lot of the drills Andrew showed me yesterday.  It might be mental at this point, but I’m already starting to feel faster and more efficient.

Post-Workout Snack/Lunch

After my swim, I was staving, so I whipped up a protein smoothie and chased it with plenty of water.

Today’s glass included one frozen banana, frozen kale, a few frozen blueberries, almond milk, and one scoop of Jay Robb egg white protein powder.  I was still a little hungry, so I also ate a no-bake peanut butter protein bar.

It hit the spot!

More job searching ensued this afternoon, and I’ll be honest, it was quite depressing.  There are a few career websites I consult multiple times each day, plus the webpages of big-time publishing companies like Rodale, Meredith, American Media, etc.  I’ve started to think creatively, and I sent my resume and a general cover letter to a bunch of New York City-based fitness brands.  However, for every unsolicited email I sent, there were easily five postings that asked for applicants with at least three years of experience.  One webpage even said, “If you graduated in 2011 or 2012, you will not be considered.”  Glahhh!  So yeah, I’m feeling a little down right now.

How did you land your first job out of college?  What did you do?  Did you like it?  How long did you stay there?