This Thursday, I’m not thinking about too much too serious (except for contracts law, which nobody feels like thinking about unless they have to!) Instead, I’m thinking about dessert. Of which I eat a lot. While I like both sweet and savory foods, my taste buds definitely tilt to the sweeter side. Most of my oatmeal cakes and muffins could qualify as dessert, except I eat them in the morning and call them breakfast. I eat sweet snacks all day, and I always like to end both lunch and dinner with something sweet, whether it’s fruit, ice cream, or baked treats. Or, more commonly, all three! I try to keep the processed sugars in check, but since I don’t actually eat many processed sugars or carbs other than what I make myself for dessert, I like to say it’s all about balance. For example, my gluten free ice cream cone from Ferris Acres last Saturday – that balanced out a whole day of healthy eats beforehand!
Welcome to my first bar prep WIAW! For the next two months, my posts are likely going to feature a mish-mash of eats, because studying for the bar means an off-kilter schedule. I’ve worked out a routine these first few days. The lectures for the bar exam review course are actually available through an iPhone app, so I’ve been listening to the first hour and a half on morning runs or walks and cool-downs/stretching times. Then I come back, shower, eat breakfast or brunch, and finish up the rest of the lecture either at my laptop or while running errands (it’s amazing when you can listen – on the subway, getting a haircut, grocery shopping – as long as you don’t zone out and become a walking zombie!) I’m trying to fill in the lecture handouts and make flash cards for each subject while I do this. I take a late lunch or snack break, get outside, maybe play with Sasha, then do an hour or two of review and practice questions and look over the lecture notes for the next day, cutting off bar-related things by 5:30pm or so. I work best when I break up material into manageable chunks and focus for fewer hours. This may all change when things get more intense, but so far it’s working. It does mean my food is a little boring, because what is easy to grab? Apples and yogurt and snacks you crunch on while working like popcorn. Prepare for a million more photos of Pink Lady apples and peanut butter Greek yogurts, my friends! And also, my laptop and/or study books in the background.
Pre-run breakfast: Just a muffin and some blueberries before my 9am run. I try to keep this small when I’m running 6 miles or less. It’s still strange eating before such short runs – when I first started running, I didn’t ever eat, even before long runs, until I learned my lesson at my first half marathon. But if I am going to start my run later in the morning (after 8am or so) which I’ve been doing to coincide with peak lecture-listening, and also to avoid Ridgefield traffic early in the AM, my stomach actually starts growling en route.