Sunday, September 29, 2013

Argenta Farmer's Market and BDB100 Race

I had a lovely day Saturday.  I ran 2.3 miles, made a delicious breakfast, then headed to Argenta with friends to watch more friends finish the Big Dam Bridge 100.  It was a lovely day.  Hopefully next year, I'll be able to ride in the race again.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Tofu Tacos at Moe's

I'm still getting a handle on my eating routine, and I haven't quite hit my stride yet.  When I eat light and healthy, I feel like I could karate kick any problems.  I strut around the house like a happy cat, and I can't stop smiling.  When I'm overeating, or eating junk, I often feel down in the dumps.  These are things I need to remember.

I started the day with a fairly healthy choice, although I stuffed my breakfast burrito with avocado and tempeh bacon.  It was delicious, though.

I knew I was having a lunch date with my beautiful, veeeery pregnant friend, Amber.  We always go to the same place, Moe's.  I like it, because they have tofu.  I usually get a salad or a very small burrito, but I thought I would try the tacos today.  I really thought they would be smaller, but they loaded me up!

My taco was tofu,grilled onions, corn pico, peppers, green olives and cilantro.  They were absolutely delicious.  We gabbed and had a good lunch, and I headed back to the office to work on drawings.

Dinner was more of the same.  Noodles and tofu and veggies.  I need to come up with more creative and healthy dinners.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Butler Park Picnic

You should know something about me.  I love picnics.  The other day, I mentioned to Josh that I needed to go to a park and shoot some pictures at lunch, and he suggested we make a picnic out of it.

I ran around the kitchen frantically this morning, trying to make breakfast and get our picnics packed up.

Breakfast was an English muffin, daiya cheese slices, sauteed spinach, baked tofu and avocado.  I packed a tempeh "bacon" sandwich, salads and vegan chocolate cupcakes, made by my wonderful friend Erin.

We had a lovely picnic, and we walked around the park taking pictures for my photography class.

My coworker brought me smoked jalapenos and garlic that had been pureed and dehydrated.  I'm really excited to give it a try.

After work, I headed to yoga for my favorite class of the week, Lunar.  It's heaven.  After a long bath and some Downton Abbey, I made up a bowl of noodles and veggies for dinner.

And finally, just for the fun of it, here is a picture of Bodhi, our beautiful cat.

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Mofo Review: Consistency


Consistency.  That has been my theme for vegan mofo and for my greater outlook on life.  However, the past week or so has been a slow back slide into my old habits.  Because I had surgery last week, however minor it was, I have been off my game.  After yesterday's carb overload and some short comings today, coupled with a lot of pain getting in the way of my workouts, I'm in a bit of a funk.  I can pull myself out, though.  I think a week has been far long enough to be off schedule.

Today started off with me waking up to quite a bit of pain and being sad that I couldn't get up and run.  I brought some pumpkin granola to work and munched on that while I started my day.

I brought a tempeh wrap and carrots for lunch, but the vibe in the office seemed as though it might be beneficial to go to lunch with everyone, so I headed to Izzy's with my coworkers.  The food here is fresh and good, and they take special considerations for vegans, so it really isn't a bad choice when we go out.  I have realized that taking my lunches back not only has helped me keep my nutrition in check, it's been great to have a break from the work day where I can think and talk about other things that work.  It's critical.

My veggie melt (no cheese) and black bean soup was very delicious, and I gobbled it up.  I was a little sad to not be able to read during lunch, but I need to be social every now and then.

For some reason, this didn't really hit the spot, and I was hungry by 3.  I think I'm used to eating more than I need, and it's uncomfortable to be a little hungry.  Knowing my lunch was in the fridge, I went for my hummus and carrots as a snack.  I have snacked on worse things.

As the afternoon progressed, the weight of working all weekend finally started wearing on me.  I haven't had a break since I was out for surgery, and I knew I needed a break.  I was torn, because I knew yoga would make me feel better, but I just wanted to go home and do nothing.  So, that's what I did.  When I'm feeling lazy, I want one thing... beer and Mexican food.  Is there anything better?

Sometimes you just need a giant beer.  I am trying to listen to my body and pain level, so I might have to back off my workouts.  It's incredibly disappointing, and I'm not good at taking it easy.  Life gets in the way of workout plans, though.

What do you do when your schedule gets off track?  What brings you back?