Running Without Wheezing!


The past few days have mostly been simple meals as I was getting over the sinus infection and bronchitis.  BBQ tofu with green beans, Tofurky Kielbasa, smoothies, and things like that.

marinating my tofu in my homemade BBQ sauce

Yesterday I made an eggplant dish that I always enjoy.  A make a simple tomato/garlic marinara (jar would work too) and put it over pre-roasted eggplant slices (salted and sweated for 30 minutes, rinsed, then brushed w olive oil and roasted).  Top with (gluten-free) breadcrumbs, and bake for 20.

baked eggplant served over pasta

Today I had some GF toast with sunflower seed butter and banana.  You know what that means!  I feel well enough to run 🙂  That’s my favorite pre-run meal.  Lunch was leftover eggplant, and dinner is (so far) a roasted root vegetable salad (beets, parsnips, fennel, and carrot), and I’m not sure what else.  Baked beans and maybe some grilled tofu.

beautiful roasted veggies!

I also made a batch of raw cheezy sauce with sunflower seeds, and coated some kale leaves that are now in the dehydrator for some cheezy kale chips!

making my cheezy sauce! Sunflower seeds, garlic, sea salt, lemon juice, water, turmeric, and nutritional yeast.


I finally was able to get out today and run.  The hacking from the bronchitis has kept me on the sidelines from anything other than some gentle yoga.  D was especially worried.  He’s so cute.  He knows how intense Crossfit workouts are, and was afraid I’d end up with an exercise-enduced asthma attack and land in the ER.

He knew how much I wanted to run today, and encouraged me to go to the botanical gardens to do it.  It is one of the reasons we bought the membership anyway!  And as usual, he was right.  I loved it.  I had my water bottle belt and iPod, and set off on a 4 mi run that took me partially around the lake and through the Enchanted Forest.  I’m excited to have a place to run that not only offers a very beautiful landscape, but one that changes throughout the year.  Since I suffer from “route boredom”, I think this just may be my cure!

I also told AC that I plan to steal my Godson on many weekends, and push him in her jogging stroller there while I run.  Then we can walk around and have picnics too!


Yesterday was my son’s 15th birthday!  The birthday person gets to pick dinner (either going out or dining in), and of course I always make a birthday cake.  M’s choice was chicken parmesan, Daddy’s Magic Noodles, and garlic bread.  It’s D’s signature meal, and I didn’t have to cook it.  I did make the eggplant, but I was the only one who ate it.

The cake was the highlight tho (of course it’s because I made it!).  Chocolate devil’s food cake with a fresh strawberry frosting.  My daughter A did the decorating.

Happy Birthday!!!!

After dinner, presents, and cake, D and M went to see Prometheus, and us girls went to bed.  He’s having a bday party next Friday.

This weekend is gorgeous (in the high 80’s-low 90’s).  After my run, I went to a farmer’s market in Norfolk I had never been to (AC had sent me an email about it).  I have to get used to the fact that I will NEVER find here in VA a farmer’s market similar to the one I grew up with in WI.  WI is a big agricultural state, and the farmer’s market in my hometown was the size of many city blocks.  We’d go on the weekends, and walk through rows and rows of fresh produce, jams, honey, etc.  I’ve never seen anything like it since.

That being said, this market was cute.  There’s a few food stands inside serving fresh local fare (I picked up a strawberry-rooibo iced tea), and (since we’re on the ocean), a lot of fresh seafood vendors.  There were also a few rows of produce and pet foods.  I picked up beets, parsnips, red lettuce, and sugar snap peas.  I also signed up for a CSA!  For this Community Supported Agriculture, the summer session is June 29-Sept 16th.  For $250, I get a bunch of produce every weekend.  This means all my produce will be locally grown – so not only will it taste amazingly fresh, but it goes to support my local farmers.  I know I’ll be getting more than $250 worth of fresh produce in that 3 months.  And for weekends I’m not here, I can designate my bounty to a friend – or a local food bank.  Win win.

While I was out having fun with flowers and veggies, my hardworking hubby was knee-deep in yard work.  We have a new deck, and had to put down some soil and seed in the areas of the yard where the new deck didn’t exactly match where the old one was.  He also did a ton of edging and bush trimming and weed whacking.

Back in late April, early May, a co-worker of mine who knows A does fashion design, asked if she’d be willing to make her daughter J a dress.  Here’s the final product.  A custom-made and fitted dress for J’s end of 8th grade dance (which just happens to be tonight).

sorry for the blocked out face. I don’t post pics of people without asking permission – especially kids.

Tomorrow we’re hitting up the water park as a family to enjoy a hot summer day, and then it’ll be catching up with AC when she gets back into town from her weekend out.

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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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