A fully deserved recovery day with a horrible weather and some earthy pleasures. No exercises apart from biking to the university is a given. Started off the day pretty innocently with dropping off mail and eating a salad at school. The weather was horrible and pouring rain. Later I went to a cafe and had a soup with a small side salad.
An interesting thing I've noticed that now that I eat relatively plainly and savor each bite of the food I really taste how salty the food at some places is. I did not even finish parts of the salad as the taste seemed a bit too intense for my taste.
Towards the evening I felt like some comfort food so I went for a cappuccino and a small piece of cheesecake at the local coffee shop. It was so, so good, but again - the sweeteness of the cake really striked me as even a bit too sweet!
When I came home I passed out immediately and woke up only 3 hours later at 10pm. I blame it on the cheesecake an spike in insulin - I felt hungry so I snacked on strawberries and my flatmate's chocolate spread
Nonetheless, in terms of calories I should've finished the day relatively OK.
I woke up in an intensely desparate, depressed mood. I can hardly explain it, but insane, nearly suicidal blues with thoughts of life being pointless tend to take me over every once in a while. For the past semester there would be times when they don't go away for weeks. Maybe it was the Monday's sugar rush? Who knows? Luckily, they are over.
Another thing -the protein cravings! I've noticed that whenever I go too long without eating meat, I get intense cravings. I went to the store and bought 10 oz of cooked chicken and salad. Swapping the dressing with a tablespoon of organic mayo (I need my fats, haha) I ate nearly all of it in one sitting!
Later in the afternoon I ate the remainder of the salad with 2 fried eggs. In the evening I had a mix of strawberries, blackberries, raspberries with cottage cheese sprinkled with cinnamon and 3 oz of extra dark chocolate.
Again, seems like I went overboard, but first habits come first.
On my way to the store I realized that I have a very shallow breath and when suddenly I started breathing deeper I realize my nose was congested - as with an allergy. As I tarted breathing deeper on purpose I noticed that my morning blues went away after a while. Maybe I'm just not breathing well enough at night and my brain lacks oxygen? Who knows, but it's a hypothesis well worth considering.
Since Monday was the recovery day - it was time for me to go running again. It was an incredibly energetic run and I cleared 4 miles in 38min with far less effort than on my fatigued run on Sunday. Great to know that cheesecake went to replenish my energy stores in the muscles!