I generally really like Thursday’s. They’re busy (lots of standing meetings on Thursdays), and it’s a signal that the week is almost over! I have some hope that today will be a good day, but we shall see.
First of all, I’m working from home today. My littlest monkey isn’t feeling well. She’s been snuffly the past few days, and has those big purple bags under her eyes that indicate allergy hell. I whipped out her neti pot last night and we had some success getting the nasties out, so I’m hoping that’ll help. For now, she’s sleeping peacefully, and I certainly don’t want to disturb that.
Working from home days are double edged really. It’s nice to be in my jammies still at 830 am, but I find that I actually work more hours in the day than if I were in the office. Other than two meetings this afternoon (which I’ll do via webex), I have several hours of uninterrupted time to get a LOT done. What I find I end up doing though, is to keep working through until pretty late in the day (like 8-9 pm), and even though working at home is nice, I end up putting in 12 hour days! Oh well. I think the whole jammie thing balances that out.
Breakfast today was a sandwich made from Ezekiel bread, mustard, soy cheese, soy bacon, and lettuce. And coffee. It was very fabulous.
Yesterday was a busy work day again, and while I ate great, I didn’t workout. Breakfast was some oatmeal and a piece of Ezekiel bread with low sugar jelly and coffee. I think that’s the most “breakfast-like” breakfast I’ve eaten in a long time!
Lunch was a totally awesome sandwich from Jason’s Deli called a Veggie Muffaletta. They are HUGE, only 177 calories (without the cheese), and are just yummy. It’s made with marinated and grilled portabello mushrooms, spinach, yellow and red bell peppers, tomatoes, red onion, and an olive mix. I ate half of the sandwich for lunch, and the other half for an early dinner. I didn’t have much of an appetite the rest of the day, so I had a few tortilla chips, but that’s about it. I fell in way below my expected caloric intake, and only ate 857 calories. That’s not good…eating too little is as bad as eating too much.
Tuesday was a pretty good day. I didn’t have a ton of meetings, so I got a lot done. I was really worried about getting the data for a budget I’m working on (new IT system purchase….it’s been a bit of a cluster before I got involved in August, but it’s finally coming together). Breakfast was a Tofu Alfredo sauce with whole grain pasta. Very tasty! For lunch, I made a concoction in my rice cooker that is similar to a Mgedarrah Lentils and Rice recipe that I found on VegWeb. So here it is….
1 cup brown rice (soaked for about an hour)
1 cup lentils (any will work, I used red)
2 onions, chopped
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons Allspice
2 tablespoons cumin
4 cups water
I put the oil and onion in the rice cooker, turned it on, and sauteed them for about 5 minutes. I added everything else on, restarted the rice cooker (I have a fuzzy logic one, so I used the Brown rice setting), and that was it! I dump tons of hot sauce on it, and it’s amazing. A ate it for dinner on some whole grain and seed crackers. High fiber, high protein, low fat, all fabulous.
I’m a big fan of full meals that can be cooked in a single pot. It’s just neat.
I hit the gym on Tuesday afternoon for my Fitnlinxx routine. As planned, I bumped up the weight by 5 lbs for every machine except the shoulder press. Not quite ready for that one.
Monday was another pretty good day. I had lots of meetings, but they were highly productive. I made a Cream of Broccoli Dream soup from my V Cuisine cookbook that my parents got me for Xmas a few years ago. Talk about uber simple…
2 chopped onions
3 cloves chopped garlic
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp flour (I used whole wheat)
2 cups broccoli
2 cups unsweetened soy milk
1 peeled and diced potato
Saute the onions and garlic in the oil. Add the flour to mix into a roux. Add everything else, cover and cook until the stuff is tender. Blend (I use a hand held immersion blender). Yum! I served it with french bread an an olive oil dip with mixed herbs.
So here’s my family dilemma. Well, it’s not really a dilemma I guess. I have noticed (and have done some reading to confirm), that the more you eat whole foods and a clean diet, the more you taste the flavor of the food. Diets high in processed foods, are high in salt, and high salt diets kill your ability to actually TASTE food. Since I try to keep processed foods in my life to an absolute minimum, I find that I rarely use any salt in my cooking. This, of course, is the polar opposite of how my husband eats (though he was a very good sport about the soup for dinner on Monday). He ends up having to dump mounds of salt onto his food, just to taste it. It makes me sad really, that his diet is more on the unhealthy and processed side. I’m working on him slowly 🙂
I learned about an event next fall that I really want to go to. It’s a Vegan Blogger Conference! It’s next August in Portland, Oregon. I think it would be incredibly cool to actually meet people who have the same passion for a meat-free life as I do. That, and I haven’t been to the west coast in SO long…I’d get to visit one of my very best friends in the world, who lives outside of Seattle. D is all for me going, so I really hope we can swing it.
So that’s it for today. I’m hoping to go to the gym after D gets home from work. I need to strength train, and since it’s such a rainy day, I think I’d like to use the rowing machine or take a cycling class too. Since the marathon is over, I do want to keep running of course, but also do some other forms of exercise as well.
I’m not sure what the typical window is for losing toenails post marathon, but thus far, mine are still all there. I’ll keep monitoring though to be sure.
Yesterday was my birthday and all in all, it was a pretty good day. I had a meeting in the morning and then a leadership conference. Then I ate way too much Thai food and rented Iron Man 2! It was fun, but Scarlett Johannson didn’t get enough screen time. After lying on the couch and recovering from my steamed spring roll and tofu green curry indulgence (and doing a ton of laundry and watching my movie), I started cooking. I made an awesome acorn squash alfredo and served it over veggie shell noodles. It was so smooth and creamy, I was just shocked it’s made from pureed squash! D made the pork tenderloin, and I stir fried up some mushrooms.
While dinner was cooking (and D was busy baking me a homemade vegan birthday cake), M and I went for a run! He and I are going to do a 5K training plan together. I’m sure I’ll do some additional runs during the week to keep my base mileage up, but it was really fun. It was an 18 minute run total, and while we both felt we could do much more, I don’t want to see him burn out by doing too much too soon, so we’re going to stick to the plan.
After the run and then dinner, I got to open presents and eat my cake! D and the kids bought me a beautiful dress, belt, and necklace. I was surprised since he already got me the iPod a couple weeks ago. I also heard from a bunch of people on facebook, calls, texts, and emails. It was really nice.
We watched a little TV, and then went to bed. Low key, but nice.
I’m not going to run in the OBX marathon weekend this year, but I’m thinking of going down to volunteer. It’s beautiful down there this time of year (really, it’s beautiful down there any time of year), and after the Chicago marathon, I’d hate to not give back to the running community. It’s Veteran’s day weekend, and the kids are off anyway. M would probably love to do it too; we did one year at the Shamrock marathon and worked one of the water stations. I would like to do the Flying Pirate Half-Marathon in the Outer Banks next spring though. It’s a new race that just started last year, and I think it would be a lot of fun. I still haven’t picked my next full marathon, but I sort of have my eye on the Philadelphia Marathon next year in November. D was talking about wanting to take a vacation, so if not Philly, maybe Disney, which is in January every year.
Today started with an early morning meeting and turned into a festival of hives! After my morning meeting, I took A and two other kids in the neighborhood to the high school this morning after their bus was running 20+ minutes late. Then it was time for a parent/teacher conference for my youngest. She’s sweet, very smart (especially loves math), gets along with everyone, is helpful…and has a hard time shutting up! She’s chatty and wants to fidget and play rather than pay attention and finish her work. I can’t say I’m surprised. A was the same way as a kid, and I think I was too. She’s also the youngest, so used to being the center of attention.
I was pretty much minding my own business when most of my body started breaking out in hives! I have no clue what happened, but after panicking just a little bit, all ended fine after some benedryl. I’m not sure what I was worried about more…the head to toe hives, not making it to the gym for a Fitlinxx session, or potentially missing Wine Night with the girls tonight! I guess I shouldn’t worry now…the hives are gone, so the wine is on!
This weekend has been good, if not just as busy as most. I really can’t wait to have a weekend where I don’t have to do anything…or get up early for any reason. I guess I just really want a day to sleep in!
Friday was work and boss’ day. Fortunately for my boss, she was on her way to Hawaii, so I didn’t feel bad about not getting her a card 🙂 I did get a card and some balloons myself though, so that was sweet.
Friday night D and I went to a wine party for a couple hours. It was nice to get out for a little while, and we had a nice time. We both were tired though, and I slept great Friday night.
Saturday morning D had an appointment at the Apple store at the mall to have his iPhone looked at. They fixed it, and while he and M were at the mall, R and I went to the gym to workout. A stayed home and cleaned her room (though to be fair, I gave her the option…gym or clean. I can’t believe she chose to clean instead!). I did my Fitlinxx workout and it felt good; nothing sore anymore. I was hoping to go for a run on Saturday, but I ran out of time.
After getting home, I took a shower, and the 5 of us took off for Busch Gardens’ Howl-O-Scream Halloween fun again. We made a pit stop at Starbucks and Trader Joe’s before making our way up to Williamsburg. We all hung out, and the older kids met up with a few friends for a couple of hours. We went through several haunted houses, and had a really good time getting the poo scared out of us. At one point a werewolf flew out of the ceiling, I screamed, and D doubled over laughing hysterically at me. A and M spent most of the evening screaming, and R (the 7 year old) declared repeatedly how unafraid she was of everything. All in all, it was a very nice time. My new iPod has a pedometer, and according to it, we walked 24,000 steps in our 4ish hours at the theme park.
Sunday was spent cleaning, cooking, and I even went for a run! The 5 of us cleaned the entire house from top to bottom all morning, and then went to do yard work, which also took an hour or two. After that, D went to the grocery, and I went for a run. A nice and simple run of just under 2 miles. D was asking me what my plans were for it…distance or time, etc. I told him that for the first time in a long time, I didn’t have a goal…nor did I want one. I just wanted to enjoy myself and feel no pressure. It was lovely.
After my shower, I turned into a cooking machine! I made homemade samosas (think Indian egg rolls…only roundish. And filled with potatoes, peas, and yummy Indian spices), Chicken Korma for the meat eaters, Tofu Korma for me, Garlic Naan (a completely fabulous flat bread), and a bit pot of saffron basmati rice. After dinner, we all watched How To Train Your Dragon before heading off to bed (D took the kids out back and they looked at stars and some planets I think too).
I received an email from Brooks (the company that make my incredible running shoes) to join what they call Run Happy University. It’s basically an informational website on training, nutrition, and of course a vehicle to hock their products. I found a training plan for beginning 5K’s. While I know I’m maybe just a bit beyond that, I was thinking it would be fun to do with my son. We had tried about a year ago to have us all train (except R) for a half marathon. I think that was too ambitious, so I’m the only one who kept running. I was thinking that maybe a 5K would be a better starting point. Heck, even R might like doing it! So I asked M, and even though I could hear the major hesitation in his voice, he said yes. I figured we could do the Hair of the Dog 5K in Virginia Beach on January 1st. We start tomorrow with a run/walk of 3 minutes each x 3. Simple, but the 12 weeks gets him to running 3 miles without stopping. That’ll be pretty cool to watch.
Today is a gym day. I got up early, but not to workout – just to get to the office early. I got a lot done, had a couple morning meetings, and then met D for lunch at Olive Garden. I ate too much, but it was really tasty and I was starving. I’m not sure what I’m going to do for dinner tonight, since it’ll be just me. I’m picking up R in a few minutes from school, going to do homework, and then take her to swim lessons. D is going to meet me at the Y to collect R around 645, and then he’s taking all the kids to the mall to do some bday shopping. I’m going to stay at the Y and do my Fitlinxx workout, and then come home. I have plenty of the Tofu Korma and rice leftover, so I’ll likely do that.
The rest of the week will probably be a blur. Tomorrow is my birthday, and after going to a conference at the oceanfront all day, I want to do that run and then something fun with D and the kids. Wednesday is a Fitlinxx day…but it’s also Wine Wednesday at Carrabba’s, and a few of us are going out to celebrate. Then Saturday is a girls weekend in Williamsburg to celebrate my birthday and take one last trip to Howl-O-Scream before the season ends! I wish my camera hadn’t died during the trip to NYC in August. Then again, most pictures from “girls weekends” shouldn’t be made public anyway 😉
The past few days have been pretty good, if not exhausting. I know, I know…you’d think that just running the marathon would be tiring. Turns out, it’s the crash afterwards that has me dragging.
I’m glad I decided last week to take this Tuesday off. While I was home in plenty of time to go to work on Tuesday…I certainly wasn’t feeling up to it.
I slept great Monday night. I hadn’t on Sunday night, probably because my body was so sore, every time I moved in my sleep, I just woke right up. So after a day of travel and then being in my own bed, I slept pretty well. I woke up with D and the kids, made breakfasts and lunches, and then started doing wash. 8 loads actually. Of just mine, R’s, and D’s clothes. A and M do their own. That’s a LOT of wash! I did manage to catch up on 3 shows though while doing it.
Around 1130, I decided I should venture out, grab something to eat, and then go to the grocery. I really didn’t feel like it, but I was hungry and didn’t have any on-hand easy vegan meals. So my first stop was Moe’s!!! Of course I had to have the Personal Trainer veggie salad. With tofu (crazy cravings for tofu lately – probably since I really need protein). I ordered it sans shell – see picture below. Now that I’m not running 40 miles per week, I have to clean up my diet again. I’ll admit…the last 6 weeks before the race I ate EVERYTHING I wanted because I knew I’d just burn it right off. The time is again at hand to watch what I put in my mouth, and keep it to the fruits, veggies, vegan protein, and complex carbs that I usually do. At this point I also have to mention that I haven’t had any alcohol since Friday. Probably because I’m still hungover….6 days later. It’s feasible.