Monday, November 4, 2013

WIAW: What I ate this Weekend

You would think that with all the chili we made on Thursday, I'd be eating it all weekend.  However, I only broke into it Sunday night.  Honestly, I was saving it for a quick and easy weekday dinner.  It really is so spicy.  Yum!

I had a weekend of ups and downs.  Friday, I was feeling excellent.  I was having no pain, so I did a double workout!  Yoga + a 2 mile run.  I felt on top of the world.  I was bouncy and happy and all smiles.  Then, Saturday rolled around, and I was laid out with shooting nerve pain (an unfortunate and random side effect of the procedures I've been having.)  So, I spent the rest of the weekend on the couch playing Tomb Raider with Josh and trying not to barf from the pain pills.  Ugh.  I will be very happy when I'm back to full health.  I really admire people that deal with chronic pain for a huge part of their lives.  It's so hard to get everything together and in focus.

Friday, the good day, I got to work pretty hungry and chowed down on leftover Chinese food.  I cracked open my stack salad sometime later in the morning and had that too.  I felt great, so I headed to Barefoot West for Ashley's noon class.  It was heaven.  My body felt strong and limber, and I spent an hour and a half moving.  I even did a few handstand strengthening poses.  I felt so good, and it was so beautiful outside, that I left the yoga studio and went on a 2 mile run around Pinnacle Valley.  It was labored, but I pulled in my stomach and straightened my back, and my stride felt strong.  I miss running, and I want it to be a big part of my life.

Once I was done with my workouts, I set out to re-fuel, and where do I usually find myself on Fridays, Whole Foods.  I grabbed a juice and a small salad and ate outside.

After a quick trip to Art Outfitters, I headed home for a relaxing bath.  I even gave myself a manicure.  Friday was shaping up to be the best day ever.

When Josh got home, we headed to Erin and Phillips for a cookout.  It was so much fun!  Our gracious hosts made quinoa salad, grilled tofu, green beans and vegan cornbread!  It was so delicious.  We also played with Erin's insane Lego collection and shot some pool.

There was mention of a grilled pizza night next, which I am very excited about.  Josh had to work in the morning, so we headed home and to bed fairly early.  Saturday morning, I was pretty hungry, so I made up some tofu salad wraps with the tofu salad I made last week.

We did some house work and eventually had to go run a few errands, so we picked up Tropical Smoothie for a late lunch.  I veganized their southwest salad, making sure to get some Beyond Meat!  We may not have much in the way of vegan restaurant options, but it's improving.

By the end of our errands, I was in pain and needed to spend the rest of the day on the couch.  We relaxed and played some video games while I tried to recover.  At some point later in the night, I made up some cabbage wraps with hummus, edamame and veggies.

Sunday, I woke up feeling worse.  Once I felt ok enough to get out of bed and move around, I wanted one thing, biscuits!  I have been eyeing these from Minimalist Baker for a long time, so I decided today was the day.  They definitely live up to their name.  The recipe calls for 7 biscuits, but I made them smaller and we got a lot more.

So yummy!  I'm sure this will be our go-to biscuit recipe from here on out.  Josh loved them.  Luckily, we saved about half the pan for breakfast this week, but we each tore into quite a few.  Later in the afternoon, I REALLY wanted to make cookies again.  I knew I didn't need them, but I didn't feel good, and I needed comfort.  Instead, I made up a chocolate peanut butter smoothie.

It was 2 cups almond milk, 1 frozen banana, 1 huge spoonful of peanut butter and 2 tbs vegan chocolate chips.  Yum!  I had a salad with it, for a "healthy" lunch.

My pain didn't let up, so I had to miss our Lululemon sponsored Glow Yoga on the Junction Bridge.  I was heartbroken.  I've been looking forward to it for weeks.  I knew my body wasn't up for it, and I decided not to push my luck.  Pain isn't something I want to mess with.  I'll be so glad when I'm fully healed.

Dinner was finally the So Hot it's Scary Chili we made on Halloween.  It definitely lives up to its name.  The cashew cream sauce fills it out and the cilantro is perfect on top.

I also spend Sunday making up salads for the week.  You can check out that post here.

So, that was my weekend.  I hope you guys had a more productive one than I did, and I'm hoping next weekend I'll be able to get outside and enjoy the changing colors.


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