Planting Things I Don’t Know What To Do With, Boob Soreness, and Pesto!!!

Food was really good today.  Not that I don’t try to always eat yummy fun things, but sometimes it just isn’t possible to have something amazing, so when I have days that I do, it makes me really happy.
First thing this morning I had a cup of black coffee and half a banana.  Can you tell this was in attempt to workout in the morning??
After my shower and before work, I made a quesadilla.  Refried beans made with green chilies and onion in the tortilla, and leftover Spanish rice, lettuce, vegan sour cream, and hot sauce on top.  It.  Was.  Awesome.  I can’t believe it took me this long to get a stupid $15 quesadilla maker thingy. 
a nice wholesome breakfast!
Lunch was a quick “greek salad” wrap.  I put a little hummus, romaine lettuce, tomato, big chunks of cucumber, kalmata olives, and some lemon juice on a whole wheat wrap.  It was like a little portable salad.  No pictures…didn’t think of it until it was half eaten (what can I say….I was hungry).
Because my quesadilla was so filling, I didn’t eat lunch until after 3pm.  As such, I wasn’t really hungry for a real dinner.  Instead, I had a small salad, some white wine, and made some cilantro pesto – which I plan to eat on pasta sometime tomorrow.
Cilantro Pesto
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup pepitas (raw pumpkin seeds)

1 bunch of cilantro (my single little plant I planted 3 weeks ago is now HUGE)

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar (I imagine almost any white vinegar would do)
1/2 ish tsp cayenne pepper
1/4 cup vegan parm topping (though I can see not adding this at all)
6-7 cloves garlic
5-6 tbsp water
salt to taste
Put it all in the Vita Mix and blend until creamy!
container plant with 2 bell pepper plants and cilantro

I can’t get over how sore I am from lifting weights yesterday.  I know it’s been far too long when every muscle my body does and doesn’t have screams all night long every time I move.  Sleep last night was quite elusive…I have a tendency to move around a lot (probably where my ninja-sleeping 7 year old gets it from; she has a tendency to beat me up when I let her sleep in the same bed as me), but each time I rolled over or twitched just a little bit, I woke up with angry muscle pains.  Honestly – I wasn’t mad since it was a “good pain” and not an injury, but it was still annoying.
Still though, I set my alarm for earlier than last week, and managed to get my butt out of bed and go for a 3 mile run before work today.  It wasn’t bad – especially since I had almost an hour to digest my coffee and 1/2 banana first.  Baby steps, honey.  Baby steps.
It took almost a half mile to work out the stiffness and get past the pain and annoyance of my muscle aches (ever try running when your chest muscles hurt…with larger than normal boobs?  It sucks.  That probably woke me up more than the coffee did).
It helped that D ironed my clothes for me (in my defense…I made breakfast and lunches while he did so), but still.  I would have either worn something wrinkly or from Chico’s travel collection that requires no ironing (though it was too warm for those).
After work I hit the gym for a 1200 meter swim workout.  This is the same workout I got off of, and I’ve decided it’s gotten too easy.  The first time I did it, it took me almost 45 minutes.  Today, it took 34, and I didn’t feel like I was pushed too hard.  So….my next swim is Saturday, and I’ve already gone on the site, indicated I needed something harder, and will see how that goes.
I have to say that my body has hurt all day – except while I swam.  It’s either the miracle of swimming…or the Ibuprofen I took around lunch.  I’d like to think it was the swim….
I also finished my summer/fall training schedule!  Here it is!!!  Feel free to follow along and see if I actually stick to it…..
I have the Tri in July and the Rock N Roll 1/2 in Sept (so far).  I figure that’s quite enough for now.
So…tomorrow I’m scheduled to punish my muscles some more and then run.  Today was nice because I did one workout in the morning, and one in the afternoon.  I did the run in the AM since it’s more familiar to me than swimming is.  I’m a little nervous about tomorrow.  I HAVE to do both workouts before work – since my team has a planned drinking/team building event at 6 with one of the technical guys who’s been saving our collective butts on hardware.  We all want to take him out for a few to show him how much we appreciate him.  However – that means getting up at 415am to be at the gym when they open at 5 to lift – which takes about an hour – and then get my 4 mile run in and STILL get ready for work.  Me thinks D will be ironing for me again….
Today didn’t suck so bad for a Monday.  I had meetings most of the day, but not all of it, and I was still able to get quite a bit done.
I stopped at the grocery and loaded up on pineapple, mango, oranges, and strawberries.  I started running out of things to juice and was afraid of the concotions I’d start making if I didn’t hit a produce stand quickly.
When I went outside to my container gardens to pick my cilantro, I took pictures of the progress of my other plants.  They’re all doing quite well, and I’m really excited (nervously though, since I have a black thumb).
Greek Oregano, Stevia, and Sweet Basil.  Don’t exactly know what to do with Stevia leaves yet, but I’ll figure it out.  If nothing else, boiling it with my tea would work great!

flowers blooming all over my topsy-turvey tomato plant.  They’re going to be tomatoes when they grow up!!!!

my hot pepper topsy turvey.  See the little buds in the middle?  Those are going to be spicy goodness when they grow up!
On a fun note, D was on his geocaching website to look at the status of his buried treasure.  It really is crazy what an entire universe is out there.  One of the coins he buried yesterday was already picked up and is enroute “somewhere else”.  Apparently he put one into a cache in late March down in North Carolina when he was there for work, and it has now made it’s way – via two stops in Florida – to Switzerland!  This link shows it’s progress.  It’s pretty cool.  He’s planning to go out on Sunday again, which I think is awesome. 
So I need to sign off and get to bed if I have any hope of getting up again tomorrow to work out….wish me luck (it should be pretty comical).

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

2 thoughts on “Planting Things I Don’t Know What To Do With, Boob Soreness, and Pesto!!!

  1. That dressing looks fantastic! I was just sipping coffee, trying to psyche myself up for my first outdoor bike ride, thinking about making a big salad for lunch but wasn't sure what to put on it. Now I know!

    You have great race goals (July Tri and Sept half) — bet you're feeling great!

  2. I do feel good – pretty invincible actually (though I'm not sure why!). I wanted to sign up for a few more things, but figured I'd best not overdue it!

    Hope you like the dressing!

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