New Quarantine Obsessions?


So I haven’t really taken many pics of eats this week. But it’s been typical – salads, stir fries, and I had a Beyond Burger one day and a Beyond Brat today! I made a huge batch of cole slaw (vinegar based, no sugar), and munched on that too.

Really love the tofu-eggless salad in lieu of a dressing


Well, it hasn’t been varied! I’ve used the rower every day.

I gave up on that intro series. I hate to say it, but it was just too easy, and I missed the feeling of being utterly spent at the end. So…I jumped to a different series called Shred and Burn.

Day 1 was still a bit easy. Day 2 a little harder. Day 3- today – was tough. I was bummed that my HR monitor stopped capturing it a minute in so I’m not sure my actual burn – but I tend to be almost double the “estimates” from my Apple Watch or other height/weight based guesstimates.

I admit, I’m pretty addicted to the data, and having inaccurate information really gets on my nerves. But for today, have to go based on how I felt – which was pretty dang drained. So – good stuff.

Day 1
Day 2
After day 2
Day 3. And I’m throwing the BS flag down on 295 calories burned. HA. More like 500 since I felt about as spent as I do on a good run

Also need to shout out the iFit coaches. I’ve had 2 so far – and I love them. This guy (name is Gideon Akande) is literally the best. Encouraging and funny and knows when to push. I’m hoping they’re all like this! I’m looking forward to paddling through Ireland one of these days (virtually – outdoor paddles is an option – and someday maybe for real!).

I did get some new kicks! I read that running shoes aren’t great for rowing – too much cushion. So I got a pair of Inov8’s – used to wear them back in the CrossFit days. Minimalist shoes (vegan of course), and I love them! Also – like I need a reason to buy new shoes.


All in all, been a good week so far. On the school front, have made a TON of progress. Lots to go, but still really pleased with the pace and the progress.

Work has been good also. Working on some new prototypes for domestic manufacturing of PPE’s. Plus several other projects, but I’m definitely being kept busy. I really, really hope that we, as in industry (healthcare) take this as an opportunity to reimagine how we operate going forward. I will be honest – the darling of MBA supply chain logistics – just in time inventory – has literally killed us. As is being a net importer. Don’t get me wrong – I am NOT a populist by any stretch of the imagination. But we must be more thoughtful in what we do and not just be driven by finances. Do I need the next iPhone? No – keep that in China. Do I need isolation gowns, N95 masks, and gloves to keep our staff and patients safe? Hell yes. Make them here as well as anywhere we normally go. But in this crisis, we couldn’t source anything – so we’re re-using, sanitizing, and doing things we never would’ve conceived of before. Lecture over. But it’s important.

On the garden front, I am LOVING how it’s going. The cilantro is growing great – not something I’ve always done well. Used it to make a copycat cilantro rice for taco Tuesday yesterday. But honestly, the lettuce and spinach are growing nicely as are all the herbs. In the main garden, the cucs still suck and I think I’m going to dig it up so it stops sucking nutrients. Zucchini is sprouting like crazy, as is the cherry tomato plants, and kale. The rest are all doing great too.

Look at that cilantro!!!

I wish I had a picture from this evening’s Zoom meeting. It was at 5, and around 515, Luna started pacing in front of me. On camera. She does this when she feels I should stop what I’m doing and feed her – even though her dinner time is 630. She spent an hour walking back and forth and cracking everyone up.

Otherwise – random pics of the past couple days!

Coffee this morning while out with Kuma
Because they’re the cutest besties ever
Actually, I’ve only had wine twice in the past almost 2 months. But it’s still funny
Worked outside all afternoon today – was so beautiful out
Blue jay came for a visit!

Okay – so – gotta know if you have any new habits/obsessions/etc that have developed since quarantine?

For me – I’ve been not-so-low-key into makeup and skincare YouTube videos. It’s literally what I watch before I fall asleep (still struggling finding a series to keep my interest). As a result – I’m actually wearing makeup, and establishing a skin care routine! So I’m 46, and my entire lifelong philosophy can be summarized as this….”I wash my face in the shower, I use the same lotion on my face that I use everywhere else”. And honestly – I’ve never had issues. I’m fortunate to have always had clear skin, I am aging well and don’t have blemishes and tons of wrinkles, etc. So I’ve always taken it for granted. The skin cancer got me to change my lotion to one with SPF, but I’ve really otherwise ignored everything. I can report I’m actually washing my face 2x per day and using various lotions and serums. It’s wild and I don’t even recognize myself anymore 🤣.

As for new habits, they’re all healthy ones. I have become quite obsessed with my health. I’ve cut out sugar and feel amazing – it’s been almost 2 months. I’ve also been 100% gluten free – I had been “gluten-lite” for years for the RA, but decided it was time to go all in. Being home and making my meals, it’s easy. It’s traveling – being a gluten free vegan can be tough in some situations. I’m also working out and meditating daily. Basically just making myself a priority and I have never felt better – physically and mentally. I hate the reason for it (COVID), but am grateful to have found this focus.

So yes – my new quarantine obsession is apparently feeling healthy, pretty, and pampered. Okay, I can live with that!

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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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