Dear Jet Lag,
Before even leaving for the other side of the world, I had already put it in my head that I was above jet lag. I had travelled from the west coast to the east and back with no problem. I will barely need one day to recover and can return to work in perfect condition by Tuesday.
Well, as a late night Clarissa Explains It All episode and all of Food-Network-On-Demand-watched-at-2-am can explain, I am not above jet lag. Jet lag spit on me for even thinking it.
I had gone to bed around 10pm and was overly ambitious to get right back into my old running in the early morning routine, so I set my alarm for 5:30am. In preparation, I even had a post-run 2nd breakfast of steel-cut oats soaking in milk and a smushed banana (I soak them overnight because it takes a really long time to cook but can’t trade a packet of bleh instant oatmeal for the good steel-cut ones.).
Anyway, I finally went to bed around 3 and needless to say, I did not make it outside for a run this morning.
The oatmeal did come in really handy though. Because I wasn’t active in the morning, I didn’t need my caloric-bomb of a daily smoothie and decided to eat my oatmeal as my first breakfast since I didn’t need it as a second breakfast anymore (You follow?).
It was helpful because this…
Saved me from this…
It was the boss’s birthday today so there was a Nothing Bundt Cake hanging out in the office. It was carrot cake too, a flavor I hadn’t yet tried. I almost grabbed a piece until I realized that I was still really full from breakfast. I walked by it a couple times. Each time, it got smaller and smaller. I thought that maybe if I hung around the office long enough, I would get hungry and there would still be a piece left for me. Nope! I was still full from my superhero steel-cut oats!
I did, however, grab one of these to eat my packed lunch on later…
Why all the Glee themed party supplies and paper plates? My boss bears a ridiculously striking resemblance to Mr. Schuester. I had noticed it when I first met him, but chalked it up to just being a really big Glee fan. I felt relieved today when some of the girls from the office chose a Glee themed birthday to further point out the similarities.
So to summarize my points…
- You are not above jet lag. No one is.
- Make overnight steel-cut oats
- Eat overnight steel-cut oats
- Stay powerful against what is likely a moist, perfect, flavorful carrot bundt cake
In case you want to make your own overnight-steel cut oats…
Chocolate Banana Overnight Steel Cut Oats
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1 cup milk
- 1 ripe banana, cut into small pieces
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder