Getting My Running and Cooking Groove Back (just call me Stella)

if you don’t get the How Stella Got Her Groove Back movie reference, I apologize if my title wasn’t amusing…


I will be honest.  I’ve been such a nut at work, that I haven’t had any time, energy, or inclination to cook.  Which is just sad in itself, since I’ve always said that cooking is my “therapy” or chill time – which I clearly needed after the stress of the past few weeks.  Anyway, I ate well and healthy – but simply and with little to no cooking at all.

The highlight on the food front is probably the Mexican goop I made for Taco Tuesday.  It was one of those “holy crap, I have to make something, and I didn’t plan, and they all expect tacos because it’s Tuesday…”.  But I didn’t really want to cook, so I threw a bunch of stuff into my rice cooker and hoped for the best.  I was lucky.  It was yummy.

Crissie’s Mexican Goop


* 1 cup brown rice (I used a short grain rice)

*1 can tomatoes, drained

*1 can green chilies (4 oz can)

*1 can black beans, rinsed and drained

*1 can full of mixed frozen veggies (I used a blend because it’s what I had)

*2 cups water

*Mexican spices – I really just dumped some cumin, oregano, and garlic in

Turn on to the brown rice setting and wait for dinner to be done.  I didn’t even bother with heating up my corn tortillas – I just put it in a bowl, topped with lettuce, vegan sour cream, and hot sauce.

Tacos in a bowl!  Perfect for the lazy eater in you...

I imagine this would be easy on the stove top.  Just cook according to brown rice directions.


Well, sadly – today was the first day that I had any energy to run.  And run I did!  I went this morning, and it was just great.  After coffee and a banana, I finally got to run in my new shoes.  It was a beautiful morning, and I was just so happy to be running, that I didn’t notice anything else.  The shoes were comfy, and so far, I’m happy with the change.

Tomorrow I’m going to a crossfit class with my son at 10.  Should be interesting, but I’m excited.

Otherwise, I’ve been doing yoga only.  I’ve needed the centering!


First things first.  Chelsea beat Barcelona on Wednesday.  It was a league semi-final…in case you cared.  And they play Arsenal tomorrow…so it might actually be on ESPN (they seem to only play Manchester United and Arsenal games from the English Premier League….sucks being a soccer fan in the US sometimes).

The theme in my last (sparsely populated) posts has been stress.  Without going into too many details, I’m doing a major project at work,  and it’s been crunch time.  There are a lot of moving parts, and as of my presentation Wednesday night, I’m done with this first phase of the project.  While there will be more crazy phases to come, Wednesday night was the first I felt I could relax in a while.  Don’t get me wrong – I have a ton of confidence that it’ll rock in the end.  I just have a tendency to make myself crazy in the mean time.

Speaking of, all day on Wednesday I thought it was Friday.  Drove me nuts, because after meetings, I kept telling everyone to “have a good weekend”, and wondered why they looked at me funny.  I figured out last night why.  Since Wednesday night marked an end to a phase of my project, and I feel that an end to something means Friday, I was just confused!  Or…as I mentioned to AC…it’s the cumulative effects of chronic insomnia making me batty.  I’m going to hope for the former over the latter.

But…for those that know me and my troubles sleeping…rest easy.  I actually have an appt with a sleep specialist in a few weeks.  I need it too.  D tried to get me to relax on Tuesday.  Kept telling me to pour a class of wine and to sit still, that he’d make dinner and all I had to do was lie in bed and read or watch TV.  I broke out into crazy hysterical laughter.  I’m sure I sounded insane!

Anyway – looking forward to a great weekend.  Crossfit with M tomorrow, then shopping for a dress for the Christening next weekend of my (soon to be) Godson E.  Then Sunday we’re going over to AC and JC’s house for dinner.  But I’m cooking.  It’s a belated birthday meal (AC, JC, and D all have bday’s within a few days of each other), but due to E’s birth right in the middle, we had to postpone.  Rather than go out, I’m going over to make an Indian feast!  Besides…she picked up new curry powders for me in Richmond at Penzy’s, and I think she’s holding them hostage until I cook.

Sammie!  Pretty pups after her spa day Monday!
Sammie! Pretty pups after her spa day Monday!

My husband sent me the below picture.  A friend of mine told me I’m basically screwed 🙂

But it’s funny…

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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 “Getting My Running and Cooking Groove Back (just call me Stella)

    1. I lover her nutty personality. She’s a sweet girl.
      I wish sleep weren’t such a problem. I know I probably bring it on myself, and really should try harder to relax and unwind. Maybe that’s an excuse to get a whirlpool tub in my bathroom!

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