Thursday, September 3, 2015

Leaps & Bounds

It has been a crazy week, but I've managed to achieve my goals of breakfast daily and three workouts.  Next week, I'll move to four workouts and probably hold there.  I haven't peeked at MoFo - hopefully this weekend.
 Vega Vanilla & Protein with blueberries and water.

The last of the curried vegetables (so over it!)
Wok Me Up Spicy Orange Tofu, TJ's stir fry veggies, and mai fun noodles.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


I haven't stopped all day, and I'm heading to bed in just a moment... But first, I'm two for two on having time for breakfast, and I've got one of three workouts in. Yoga tomorrow will be number two. Here's the day:
Banana, strawberry, cocoa powder, and almond milk smoothie.
Quinoa with roasted tomatoes, zucchini, corn, and shallots over kale.
Toasted spelt bread with avocado and tomato.  I was going to make a salad, but ended up making a second one of these, and called it dinner.  A handful of roasted cashews for dessert.

I hope to catch up on the rest of life tomorrow...See you Thursday.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Recovery Weekend

I realized that I haven't shown you any pictures of my backyard after the flood two months ago.  It's fair to say that the marigolds rebounded triple fold.
 Even with the week kicking my butt, I ended up needing to write lessons on Saturday.  I worked for four hours! Gross. (New computer from the school district - yay! Bless Me, Ultima was the summer reading for American Lit.  AP Lit & Comp read The Odyssey.)
 Frankie from next door came to visit.  Remy appreciated the company while I worked.
 Spelt is my favorite kind of bread, and here it is toasted with avocado, tomato, and Old Bay seasoning.
 I finished off one of the three dishes I made last week, but have exactly enough of the curried veggies as well as quinoa and kale to get me through this week's lunches.
 My first homemade loaded sweet potato.  Oven baked both the sweet potato and the marinated tempeh (just long enough to heat it), Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, and green onion.  I'm not sure I love it, because the sweet potato is....sweet.  But, I needed to use it and I'm glad I tried something new.
I took naps both yesterday and today, caught up on household chores, and only left the house once today.  I wish I could have had more energy, but the week really took it out of me.  I'm adding workouts back into this week, and I hope to have enough time in the mornings for breakfast.  See you soon...

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Back to School

No rhythm as of yet, so I missed out on breakfast again this morning (third day in a row). Lunch was the curried veggies, afternoon snack of chai and dolmas, back to school night for two hours followed by the last of the zucchini, tomato, and pine nut linguine. I can hardly keep my eyes open, so I'll see you this weekend....

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Searching for a Rhythm

I think I've described it like this previously: summer break transition goes from being the boss, to unemployed.  Going back to school is like being unemployed to being the boss.  I'm still trying to figure out my sleep, workout, and eating schedule - hoping that I can get a rhythm nailed down by the end of next week.  This morning, I chose to snooze and didn't have time for breakfast.  Late morning, I started to work on lunch:
 Quinoa with zucchini, tomato, sweet corn and shallots over kale.  Delicious.

Once I came home for work, I was really craving a smoothie. 
Banana, blueberries, and Vega Vanilla Protein & Greens

Dinner with a Remy tail in the background.

All of the meals were delicious.  Full time classes resume tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Mega Meal Prep

I've taken a new approach: to prepare the laborious part of both lunch and dinner meal options ahead of time, so they only need reheating/adding of something along with a fresh salad.

Exhibit A: zucchini, tomato, and toasted pine nut linguine.
 Pine nuts dry toasted in a skillet, cherry tomatoes halved and tossed with zucchini, sauteed in olive oil and Herb de Provence. When I'm ready for the meal, I'll cook a portion of linguine and add them together.
 Exhibit B: The other zucchini and remaining cherry tomatoes, corn off of the cob, shallot, and quinoa.

All done.  Will serve over steamed kale.

Exhibit C: (No real idea on this one. Just needed to use up produce that has been in the drawer for three weeks.) Cauliflower, peas, red onion, and white sweet potato.  I made a mild curry sauce, although not enough as I didn't have enough coconut milk.  Will probably attempt a saag as a side, or a salad. If you have any ideas - let me know!
I'd say my first Sunday meal prep was successful.  I feel like I've been in the kitchen for hours!! See you on Tuesday with the actual meal results.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Work Retreat

Webster defines "retreat" (when used as a noun), as a place of quiet mediation and relaxation.  This was our third year participating in a mountain "retreat" with colleagues. Yesterday and today we had meetings and team building activities aplenty.  I'm so tired. I'm retreating to my bedroom in just a moment.  Ha ha! 

We have more vegetarians and one more vegan (total of four!) on staff, and the food has never been more displeasing. Ha!  Lots of white bread, beans, and salad.  My principal did make "healthy" sopapillas (no lard or crisco). I ate four. Sooooo good.  Cinnamon and sugar after they cooled to "warm".

My thanks to you for the encouragement on my previous post! I'm still not certain about the longevity of this hobby, but I suppose the answer will reveal itself in time! xoxo