No, I Don’t Have a Strange Vegan Form of Tourrette’s


This morning was an all-staff meeting from 8-11 held at one of the local hotel/conference centers.  They’re really nice and a chance to see people I otherwise don’t get to (we have a really big department).  8-9 is a catered breakfast, and 9-11 is presentations and Q&A about things.  Unfortunately, I know that there is really never going to be anything to eat for me.  I’m certainly not complaining – I choose to eat the way I do, and I don’t get all indignant when large events don’t cater to me – but I’m not silly enough to be unprepared either.

I really wish I had taken a picture of my smoothie this morning.  It was probably my favorite in a long time…and so unbelievably simple!  Alas, I was in a hurry this morning to get out of the house (my husband spent a really long time dilly dallying around, and wasn’t overly helpful with the morning routine).  So I literally blended, poured into my large 24 oz pirate tervis, and ran out the door.

It was a simple smoothie.  A cup of water, an 8oz container of fresh blueberries, 1 frozen banana, a handful of frozen strawberries, and a scoop of Chocolate Vega Powder.  While I’m not the biggest chocolate eater, this is rapidly becoming my very favorite flavor of this stuff.  I don’t use supplements often, but when I know I’m going to be in a situation where I am in a rush or won’t have the ability to eat for awhile, this is always great.

Lunch ended up being Thai.  I know…shocker, right?  It wasn’t planned – I had to go out to one of our hospitals that happens to have some great Thai food nearby, and right next to a Border’s book store.  I picked up a raw foods “uncook” book that I’m absolutely loving, and then got some fresh tofu spring rolls and my every favorite – Tofu Green Curry. 

Early evening I made a fresh juice of mango, strawberry, carrot, orange, and pineapple.  It was amazing – D and A both really liked it too.  Funny story – I posted the picture on Facebook, and just titled it, Mango, pineapple, carrot, strawberry, orange juice!  My friends husband replied with probably the funniest thing I’ve heard in a long time….”It sounds like you have Tourrette’s, but based on shouting out fruit rather than swear words”. 

Dinner was a bit hectic, and I ended up having my favorite cracker and some hummus.  Yes, one cracker.  They’re huge and a single one is very filling.  Later in the evening I had some edamame and then some freshly made kale chips (simple – just olive oil, minced garlic, and sea salt).  I was too hungry to take pictures!

marinating before baking…


I swear, I tried.  I really, really did.  Before I went to bed last night, I packed up a bag with everything I needed to bike and then run.  And then Mother Nature derailed my plans by doing this….

this was noon….

So I spent the entire day waiting for a break in the weather that would co-inside for when I wasn’t actually working so I could do my brick workout.  It didn’t happen.  Eventually – in the early evening – the sky cleared mostly, and I did go for a run.  I didn’t have time for a brick (I had a 715 appt at the gym).  So I ran, came home, started dinner for D and the kids, and then decided that I was going to bike to the gym.  It wasn’t a brick for sure, but it at least got a ride in.

I packed up a bag with gym shoes (since I was clipped in on the ride), money, ID, towel, lock – all the things I needed.  D put the lights on the bike (front and tail), I had my reflector belt L bought me a few years ago too.  Even had a grocery bag because I was planning on stopping on the way home to pick up some produce.

Yeah.  SUCH A BAD IDEA.  I could not find a “safe” route to the gym, and thought I was going to die riding down one particular uber-busy street (with no side walks or even a shoulder).  I ended up getting off the bike and walking a good 1/2 mile just to stay in peoples yards, but not in the ditch.  It sucked.  D had to come to the gym when I was done and bring me home.  But…I am bound and determined to find whatever side streets and neighborhoods I can ride through to get me there safely some day.  Today just wasn’t that day.

The strength training session was good.  The trainer was awesome, and we had some really good chats.  He set me up on the new ActiveTrax system, and now I’m good to go.


Life was pretty status-quo today at work.  No major drama or fires to put out, so that was good.  I did have to go to multiple locations today, and that stinks.  With gas prices what they are, I may just have to start documenting and submitting my mileage for reimbursement!

On a different note – D’s test results from last week came back.  Good news is that the bone density and Prometheus tests came back well.  The bad news is that the small bowel series (where he had to drink the barium) did not.  It showed evidence of strong Crohn’s activity in his lower intestine, and a possible recommendation for a stronger medication (the strongest actually before they do surgery).  He’s back on a totally low residual diet (absolutely no fruits or veggies or fiber – and as always, no nuts or seeds or popcorn or corn).  He’s really bummed about it.  The good news is he’s not experiencing any pain or flare up issues, but he has to be really careful.  And I need to do some research on what can be done from a dietary perspective (he sucks at things like that – or taking the time to care or do much about it).

During lunch I stopped at Blue Ridge Mountain Sports and picked D up a new day pack for his geocaching/hikes.  He loved it (yeah), and is looking forward to using it this weekend if it doesn’t storm.  I’m just glad he’s finding a physical activity that he enjoys and looks forward to and actually plans.  It’s nice 🙂

So today has certainly been a busy, busy day.  Tomorrow I have a few meetings, but if all goes well, I’ll do a brick tomorrow (I’m not scheduled to ride, but I’d like to), and then I have the boot camp class at 6pm!  It’s going to be hard…but I’m looking forward to it.  Sort of….

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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.

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