Did Monday sneak up on anybody else? It definitely did for me! And while it felt like it dragged onnnn and onnn at the time, I just got the wierdest feeling thinking about Monday being over. Mreh. Can’t complain.
Waking this morning could have been easier than it was, but of course I got caught up in watching the next Food Network Star. I’m not a reality show watcher…but I love this show! Anybody else watch? I already have my favorite, but can’t remember names! I think Aria is the one who is all about local foods? We SO need one of those on TV! Arti and the “laid back guy in the flannel” also look like tons of fun to watch.
That being said – it was still pretty easy to roll out of bed when I knew breakfast and a cute little boy named Teddie was all waiting for me.
I’d like to work him in the mornings because it’s both cooler and I have more energy/motivation. After work I tend to just want to get home and relax, and would likely not give him the workout a young horse needs. That means my mornings need to be more efficient, and I was glad to discover today that efficient does not mean hectic and rushed. I only woke up about ten minutes earlier, but left an hour earlier. (er, almost – if I hadn’t decided to buy a saddle I would have been a little more punctual.)
- Plan the night before your breakfast and lunch, or at least have a couple options for each. You don’t necessarily have to prepare everything the night before (just say no to soggy sandwiches) but if you at least have one or two ideas, you at least won’t waste time trying to figure out what you’ve got. Another reason I often won’t pack the main part of my lunch the night before is I never know if I’ll want something on the sweet side, or the savory side.
- Know your routine. I get my butt in gear if I get dressed first, before eating. Additionally, don’t try out new breakfasts when you’re in a hurry, and find what’s most efficient for you. This morning I had overnight oats – grab out of the fridge and top real quick! But even if I hadn’t, I have a whole pattern when it comes to making hot oats or waffles.
- Pack small workday snacks the night before. I tend to snack the same and based on what I have for options at the time, so packing snacks the night before isn’t as much a problem.
- Don’t waste time on the internet! Yes, I used to be so guilty of this, but I’ve finally broken it. And so glad, too. Trust me, everything that is there in the morning will be there at night, and unless it’s urgent, it can likely wait.
- Don’t hit snooze. Just don’t. You’ll start a vicious cycle. It’s easier to get up and get going than get up and lay in bed. It’s a life lesson everybody knows but never acknowledges.
This bowl of Blueberry-Vanilla Protein Overnight Oats may make me a believer of the technique. They’ve been slowwwly gaining my admiration, and I loved the creaminess of this bowl. Although, I think I was a little backwards – it was cold this morning (think 40*) and I think I was out of my mind to eat something equally as cold!
Last night, I mixed and then refrigerated:
- 3 T steel cut oats, microwaved first for a minute with an equal amount of water
- 1/4 c. rolled oats
- fresh blueberries
- 1 T. Vanilla Tera’s Whey
- orange honey creme
- chia seeds
- 1/2 c. pure almond
and then this morning, added:
- more almond milk (didn’t need it, though!)
- sunflower seed butter (how come I only like sunflower seed butter in cold oats – not hot?!)
- trail mix (with dried apples & cherries, seeds, choco chips)
- and some blueberries that I microwaved and semi-mashed.
And don’t forget the extra chia seeds to help soak up the soup I created!
Bananas were had as the workday progressed…
and a delicious lunch was consumed.
(+ dessert of a date ball I brought in to work on Friday for us all. I never mentioned I brought in SuperCharge Me Cookies for everyone! I gave them my disclaimer of the previous batch being super stellar, so now I’m obligated to make those to bring in, too.)
A LaraBar is always a winner in my eyes, and this one was no different.
One small suggestion? walnuts and some cinnamon would have been simply splendid in this bar. I found it neat that this one had more almonds than dates, too. Bumped up the protein, too!
And dinner turned out not only drop dead delicious, but mom-inspired!
How is this mom-inspired? Well, I had thoughts of bulgur on the drive home, and figured I’d have that as a side to a black bean cutlet.
But when I walked in the door to see my mom preparing herself a black bean cutlet burger with freshly sliced tomato and mayonnaise…I had to have a sandwich, too.
On some whole grain bread sliced even worse than the bread my sandwich had, I spread some greek yogurt and dijonnaise, and then layered on some romaine and a fresh hydro tomato slice. Leftover snap peas rounded out this super simple but absolutely amazing meal. I may very well prefer “chickpea” cutlets with black beans, instead!
The Teddie Diaries, Day 3
Mr. Pony was wonderful this morning. I was happy to discover he remembered everything from our lesson yesterday, and he was walking, whoa-ing, backing, giving to pressure, and standing quite nicely when asked in the indoor. He didn’t even bat an eyelash at the ranger (atv-polaris type thing) going up and down the aisles while Adrienne was mucking stalls. I thought that might freak him a bit, but nope!
He did get a bit strong again as we were walking back through the aisles to go out, and again passing through the runs to get back to his paddock. I simply re-did the lessons we’d worked on inside, outside. Whoa, back, head down, etc. He’s a smart cookie, so he picked up right off that just because we’re outside now, doesn’t mean he can get strong again. The good thing when he does get strong, is that it’s simply because he doesn’t know any better. He doesn’t do anything mean, and he’s really quite sweet and playful.
Horse-readers – any fun ground work exercises you’ve found extremely helpful to get a little bit more when it comes to good manners? So far, we’ve just done walk on, whoa, back, head down (give to pressue) and standing still. I think I’ll start working in more side-bending and carrot stretches since that helps with bending undersaddle, too. Pretty much every horse I’ve worked with in the past came to me with good ground manners, and so it was never something I spent a ton of time on – but with him, I’d really like to spend some time making sure we have respect from the ground up. I hate a pushy horse, especially if they don’t learn respect as a baby. Teddie is young yet, so I’m not worried that he gets a little excited initially.