Nope. Not a Purist….


Today was full of hot and spicy food!  Except for my coffee, which was just hot.

For breakfast, I had the leftover super-spicy curried cabbage, but put it into corn tortillas.  So a little Indian/Mexican fusion breakfast!  It was very tasty.  My own little curry burritos!

that's a lot of yellow on my plate. I wonder what it would have tasted like if I put tomatoes or avocado or vegan sour cream on it!!!??? Ohhh....gonna try that....

I will admit that my lunch wasn’t the most balanced thing I’ve ever eaten, but it was SO good.  I had a big vat of popcorn with nutritional yeast and Vulcan Fire Salt.  This came with my spices last Christmas, and I haven’t really known what to do with it (though duh…it gives you ideas ON the bottle, plus The Spice House’s website).  Anyway, this stuff is a blend of salt, tabasco, habanero, citrus, garlic, shallots, cumin, allspice, and vinegar.  My Dad mentioned the other day that the catalog says to put it on popcorn….so I did!  I dumped a TON of it on a big pot, added some nooch too, and devoured it.  It was so tasty.

For dinner, I had a big salad with a homemade vegan ranch dressing.  The recipe was almost exactly the Sanctuary dressing in Appetite for Reduction, but I added horseradish powder to it for some extra kick.  The dressing is pretty thick, so it’ll double nicely as a veggie dip or sammich spread.

okay, so my salad came from the salad bar at the grocery. Don't judge....I DID make the dressing!


So I was in a bit of a funk today (stress levels are up again), and knew that a good workout would put my head in a better place, but of course the problem with being in a funk is that you really don’t WANT to do anything.

I toyed around with hitting up a yoga class after work, or maybe going for a swim or spin class.  I didn’t find a yoga or spin class at the time I wanted, so I ended up going for a run after work.

Since I started running again after my back injury, I’ve been taking it really slowly.  I’ve used the last 6 weeks to not only work on rebuilding my base mileage and endurance, but to also run without headphones.  I figure since my runs are only 3 miles or so, I could use this as an opportunity to learn to run iPod-free.

That’s what the running purists do.  “Real” runners don’t wear headphone.

pffffft.  (Bill the Cat impression).

I am living proof that I am NOT a running purist!

I did my best.  I even enjoyed several of the runs.  But today, I just wasn’t having it.  I was feeling funky, and the last thing I wanted to do was be inside my own head, thinking about all the things stressing me out right now.  I wanted to escape, and darn it, that meant the return of the iPod!!!!

And ya know what??  I got through almost 2 chapters of my audio book (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), and had a FANTASTIC run.  So ha!  Eat that, running purists.

disclaimer…if you prefer to run without headphones…good for you….as long as you don’t think you’re better than the rest of us!   🙂


The day started out rough because I hardly slept last night.  These cyclical boughts of insomnia probably get to me more than any little stressors in life do.  The lack of sleep (and staring at the clock thinking….”if I fall asleep NOW, I’ll get 3 hrs”) just makes sucky things seem worse, and little things seem sucky.

At least it’s an abbreviated work week, right??

I will say the highlight of my evening was having my 8-year-old R just say that “she needs to upgrade her application to 1.9 because the sever version is 1.9, and she can’t play on the server until her’s is upgraded”.

Yeah…to be the daughter of two IT people is pretty cool.


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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 “Nope. Not a Purist….

  1. I like to run with music most of the time because I’m running alone, but sometimes I really enjoy no music. Typically an early morning run when everything is quiet and the sun is just coming up – so serene and peaceful. I got used to running 5 & 6 miles without music. I run halves without music too. So much going on around me! And I love spicy foods too. Yum.

    1. I do music sometimes, but find my distraction of choice is still audio books. I think of it as an idulgence….only listen when I run, so if it’s a good book, I’ll lace up!

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