Workouts That Will Give Me Nightmares About Navy Bootcamp…But With Better Food


Sunday’s dinner was a lot of fun. I spent part of the morning planning the meal (settled on 4 Indian dishes plus rice), and then did my grocery shopping round (Trader Joes, the Asian Market, Fresh Market, and Harris Teeter), came home, and spent an hour or so prepping. I chopped, diced, pureed, blended, and packed everything (down to almost all the spices) in bags to bring with. I even brought my rice cooker!

So off D and I went around 4, and we hung out, cooked (mostly I cooked), hung out, and played with E (AC’s baby…and my soon-to-be Godson). It was really nice, and I was proud of the food. Visions of catering danced in my head all evening…. 🙂

Yesterday I decided I really wanted braised cabbage. Keep in mind, that I’ve never actually had braised cabbage, but I thought it would be a fun thing to make in my pressure cooker. Here’s the recipe….I’ll will say that I just loved it. And what’s cooler than purple food?? Served with some pan toasted tofu in tamari, corn on the cob (plain), and a baked spud, it was awesome.

Crissie’s Spicy Pressure Cooker Red Cabbage


*1 head red cabbage

*1 medium onion

*2 medium jalapeno pepper, minced

*1 tsp caraway seeds

*2 tsp salt

*2 cups water

*1/4 cup apple cider vinegar

*2 tbs agave nectar

*1 bay leaf

1. Shred cabbage (it’s easiest using a food processor)

2. Chop the onions and hot peppers (can us any hot pepper really). I also used a food processor for this.

3. Mix all ingredients into the pressure cooker. Cook on high pressure for 9 minutes. Use the quick release method.

4. Remove bay leaf.

This morning was a Vega smoothie. I’m seriously loving this stuff. So high in great plant proteins, fiber, vitamins, minerals…and it’s the best tasting I’ve had yet. I like it just fine mixed in ice water, but today threw in a banana and a handful of mixed frozen berries.

I hate to admit that dinner was a banana. I’ve been running around (literally) like crazy all night, and just didn’t have time.


Where or where to begin? M and I started Crossfit on Saturday. We went to an intro class at a Crossfit place by us (and these are big warehouses….where all the military and police go…not some polished gym!). I was sore for 2 days. So what did we do?? Went back today and started the Elements series. It’s 3 classes in a week that teach the moves and forms. It’s brutal. But in a good way.

Each day has a warm up, and a WOD (workout of the day). Possibly skills/strength things too. We do things like olympic style weight lifting, running, squats, burpees, box jumps (which intimidate the crap out of me), push ups….reminds me of boot camp! 5 minutes of these circuits is harder to me than running 5 miles. So cool….

M is kicking butt at it. He scores highest in everything (some of the workouts are timed….do as many reps or rounds in a specified time, etc). And he’s loving it. How can I not keep going when my child loves the workouts so much?

When we got home, I changed into my running shoes and went for a run. I have a feeling my legs aren’t going to work well tomorrow.


Life is good. Had a major success at work – and feel like the intensity of the past several months has paid off. It’s by no means done…just this phase…but it was pretty monumental, and I’m trying to just relax for 1 day and enjoy the milestone.

D and A are both sick. Stomach ickiness and general malaise, so they’re basically quarantined.

We did have an impromptu outing on Friday night. We were home and in jammies when we found out our friend’s husband’s band was playing at a battle of the bands for a local radio station – just down the road from where we live! D has never seen RS play, so we gathered a few friends and headed up there.

When we got there, some death metal band was playing and I was afraid my ears would bleed. The second band was better – a bit more my style. Then RS’s band came on – they do mostly 80’s hair band music. It was great. My husband and my one friend both had WAY too much to drink, so as the designated driver, it was sort of fun to babysit them. D had a blast. It was cute!

Okay, so I’m off to bed finally. Been a hectic day (but what’s new there??).




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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 “Workouts That Will Give Me Nightmares About Navy Bootcamp…But With Better Food

    1. I bet it would! I threw them in because I figured braised cabbage was pretty German, and caraway seeds are found in a lot of German food. That said, they didn’t provide much flavor at all. And I think I could have used a bit more vinegar (love vinegary foods!).

      I’m excited about Crossift. I struggle so much with getting into a strength training groove, so I’m hopeful. Especially with M loving it so much, and wanting to instill healthy lifestyles in my kids, he’s the perfect motivator for me to finally stick to a strength training routine.

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