A Cautionary Tale About Squats


After my juice Sunday evening, I made an awesome stir fry.  I just threw in things I had lying around – cubed tofu, red onion, orange bell pepper, bamboo shoots, chickpeas, brown rice, and some Bragg’s Liquid Aminos (soy sauce would work too).

orange, apple, carrot, celery, ginger juice. Talk about energy in a cup! Refreshing and spicy from the ginger.
tofu and veggie stir fry

Monday morning I made some french toast!  I blended soft tofu, vanilla, cinnamon, and soymilk – soaked two slices of whole grain bread – and baked them up!  Along with some grapefruit and chocolate soymilk, I had one heck of an awesome breakfast.  I don’t tend to spend much time on myself in the mornings.  Since my family is generally adverse to hippie foods, I tend to make their breakfast and run out of time for myself before I head out the door.  Luckily, I thrive on quick smoothies, juices, and even the occasional bowl of cereal, but it felt good to make a hearty breakfast for myself.  I’m also not complaining since I have no problems eating leftover dinner or salads for breakfast either!  But still…I felt a little pampered Monday morning!

For lunch on Monday, I had a tofu curry and veggie soup (awesome) and some strawberries.  Late afternoon between meetings I munched on a whole wheat pita and hummus.

sorry it's not a prettier picture...I was in my office....it's interesting enough to explain to people why I'm taking pictures of my lunch!

Dinner was a grilled Mediterranean tofu sandwich (recipe courtesy of Candle Cafe) with avocado, tomato, and onion on a pita with a simple arugula and spinach salad.

the tofu was an awesome combo of cumin and mint. SO amazing!

Breakfast today was cereal with half a banana and soymilk, and a slice of whole wheat toast with a piece of vegan pepperjack cheese.  Not a typical combo – a toasty cheezy sandwich and cereal – but it was yummy and my breakfasts are rarely standard fare anyway.  It works for me 🙂

Lunch was the highlight of my day!  I didn’t have time this morning (after making everyone’s breakfasts and lunches) to make myself anything.  So…I treated myself to a favorite.  Quenna’s Raw and Vegan restaurant in Norfolk, VA is absolutely wonderful.  If you find yourself in the Hampton Roads/Tidewater area, I can’t recommend it enough.

I was between meetings, and decided to come with my Kindle for a nice, quiet, and healthy lunch.  I was debating on stopping for Thai or Moe’s, but in the end – I wanted to be sure I ate a wonderful and healthy lunch.  There really was no debate in my mind!  It’s Tofu Tuesday, so I was able to get a Tuesday special.  I had the Tofu Pita Pocket sandwich with sun beam salad and the most amazing avocado-tomato dish I have ever eaten.  Friday’s are Avocado Friday’s, so I hope to have a reason to find myself out that way on a Friday soon!

I don't care what your dietary preferences are...this is ridiculously good

Dinner was just a veggie burger.  The fun part was me getting to use my very own bread and butter pickles I made a few weeks ago.  It was simple – whole wheat bun, mustard, vegan pepperjack cheeze, onion, tomato, and pickle!

So…I’m totally happy with my food the past several days.  I’ve taken more time in the kitchen (which makes me happier than almost anything), and had a lot of wholesome and tasty food.  Can’t really go wrong!


Mostly my workouts have been about yoga.  However….on Sunday, I decided to do some strength training.  I found a Woman’s Health workout, did the warm up and the routine in the upstairs gym at home – no weights required, which was good.  It was hard, but felt good to workout without pain.  Little did I realize, that I did the equivalent of 60 squats plus 40 walking lunges (plus planks, push ups, etc – but that’s beside the point).  That’s ONE HUNDRED squat like moves.  Today is Wednesday…and I still hurt.  Walking upstairs…walking downstairs….doesn’t matter.  I’m waddling like a 90-year-old who needs a cane.  My thighs burn in ways I couldn’t even imagine from the world’s best torture experts.  Clearly…..I need to strength train more (and MUCH more slowly).

Really the most amazing news is that I’ve been cleared to start running tomorrow!  Between the yoga and the chiropractor, I’m a new person.  I feel great, and since Sunday evening, haven’t had any pain at all (thighs not withstanding).  So, I’m going to run tomorrow (on the treadmill…too hot for outside) and then I have an appt on Thursday with Dr. S again.  It’s my last one unless I’m hurting from my run.  Woo hoo!!!

I don’t think I’ll be ready to run the Rock N Roll 1/2 in Sept, but I can at least manage a run-walk.  I should be totally good for the OBX race in November though!

On another fateful note…remember how I said there’s no close non-hot yoga studios?  That’s still true…BUT….for a good deal, I’ll drive the 10-15 miles to a studio.  As it happens…the Deal of the Day (similar to Groupon), had a deal yesterday….$20 for 20 classes (normally about $200!) at Namaste yoga.  Too cool.


Life is good.  Monday and today were both productive and good days.

We had crazy storms last night, and while the heat itself didn’t break – the humidity did, so I’m happy.  D and the kids sat in the back yard watching the lightening and electrical storms until I freaked out that it was too dangerous.

While cleaning up the kitchen, somehow my oldest two kids (16 & 14) devolved into some wrestling on the kitchen floor.  I was in the green room working, and since I heard nothing but giggling and reassurances from my husband that they were goofing off, I didn’t intervene.  D took some pictures and it looks like A is schooling M…but they all claim it was funny.  It looks like butt kicking to me, but what do I know?  I wasn’t there….

Today I had a one on one with my VP which only confirms over and over again that I have the BBE (best boss ever).  While the job can sometimes be stressful, all it takes is an hour with her to make me realize it’s all worth it.  I’m lucky.

The rest of my week looks promising from all fronts.  Work looks good (light on the meetings, heavy on the productivity!), I get to workout at normal capacity (assuming my body is willing after 3 weeks of inactivity),  D is taking the older kids and their friends to overnight laser tag on Friday (which leaves me and R to have a fun girls night renting movies), and Sunday I’m going to Richmond with AC to go shopping and goof off.  Life is good!

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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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