Thursday, January 22, 2015

Emotional, Mental, Physical

As mentioned earlier this week, our school had arranged to take students to see "Selma".  I did a little background on the events in Selma, but certainly did not have the depth of understanding of all the people involved. What a phenomenal experience. I cried at least three times, uncaring if any student saw me. It was so powerful, and I urge you to see it! I'm looking forward to the rich discussions we'll have in class tomorrow, even though words fail me when I think about the sacrifices and trials of this time in our history.

Prior to starting the day, my brain woke me up 30 minutes before my alarm. I figure it was payback for sleeping in on Tuesday.  I had time for a hearty toast with pb and banana:
 Packed my lunch of roasted brussel sprouts, apple, onion, dried cranberries and walnuts. (I made it last night for dinner. Another "meh" creation.)

Some edamame hummus and crackers in the afternoon.

A really, really hard 45 minute spin class. I started coughing in class, and continue to cough more than I have in over a week.  Apparently pneumonia did a real number on my lungs, and they are not liking this four workouts in a week situation. I'm going to dial it back next week to two or three (my coughing is more wheezy than bronchial spasm this time).  Back to letting my body be in charge, instead of my agenda.

Also, I lost my wallet on the way out of class, and noticed it when I got home.  Luckily, I was able to get a hold of someone and drive back - to find it wholly intact on the floor. Whew! When I returned home a second time, I was hungry and wanted something quick: angel hair pasta with soy crumbles and marinara to the rescue.

What a day! See you this weekend...

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

It's a Tuesday

Apparently, on Tuesdays I can't get up on time. Another school breakfast whilst prepping my room for first period:
 The remaining Asian Chopped Salad packed at home, eaten for lunch:
 Yesterday, I ran into TJ's for three items but left with one more: edamame hummus! It has been out since last May (when they had to change distributors due to a listeria outbreak).
 I made sure to try it several times, just for the posterity of this post:
 Yum! It has a distinct flavor, so take it to a gathering and try it before committing to a tub in your fridge.

45 minute spin class, and I think she wanted to kill us. It was in upper the 40s today, so not terribly cold outside.  She had the heat cranked when class started, but she never turned it down! It made class so much harder, and I know I worked less because I couldn't regulate my temperature.  Upon leaving, I glanced at the thermostat: 80 degrees. Gross.

Not gross: tacos.
Corn tortilla, Tofutti Better Than Sour Cream, Bibb lettuce (one of my items from TJ's), salsa (also TJ's), SmartLife Mexican Style Crumbles, and avocado.

See you on Thursday!

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Weekend Treats

I finally made it back to Native Foods, and was in the mood for a salad.  I settled on the Mexican Cobb Salad, and the cashier assured me it was the best one on the menu.  It was also huge.
 Still eating it...
 I started reading the book club selection...
 I've been working on this same avocado all week - and it still yields a perfect slice each time!
 I picked up a few groceries at Whole Foods, and treated myself to a Bhakti Chai...
I went to another spin class this morning - this time taught by my friend, and she made us work! I plan on making it to her Spin & HIIT class tomorrow.  Enjoy the MLK holiday! We are taking the high school students to see Selma this week, so the honoring of this great man will continue!

Thursday, January 15, 2015


Avocado Toast

Asian Chopped Salad with mandarin oranges

Steamed Kale with Happy Herbivore Mushroom Gravy, wild rice.

Celebrations: 1. Tonight was my third spin, and no coughing during class! There is still some coughing afterwards, but it's more of a bronchial spasm from exercise than anything else. 2. Remy did not attack any toilet paper while I was at said spin class. 3. Tomorrow is Friday.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Full Tilt

I wanted normal, right? It's January, so it's snowing. Second week of school, therefore, massively busy.  My to-do list for tomorrow is equally as challenging as today's, but I'm not ill or sad - so there will be no complaining! ;)

In a rush (I might have hit snooze twice...) this morning, so breakfast in a mug at school it was - the flavor du jour: cinnamon apple.  Accompanied by Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson...
 I meal prepped a "winter roast": potato, carrots, brussel sprouts, and Gardein Beefless Tips tossed in green onion dip mix (I used this seasoning packet) and olive oil.  In the oven, and into tupperware:
 An apple and peanut butter upon arrival home.

45 minute spin class, followed by no desire to cook for myself.  I settled on Chipotle, and teetered between sofritas or veggie bowl. The result:
Guacamole (veggie bowl). Wins every time.  

This is how Remy feels about me returning to evening workouts (read: leaving him alone again)
 Message received. Little stinker.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

A Normal Weekend

I haven't had a "normal weekend" since mid-November. No sadness, no coughing, no crisis. I'm in such a state of gratitude, it's nearly emotional! I only made a few plans and appointments, that I might continue to move forward in my recovery and adjust to a working schedule.

I finished off the delicious Couscous Kale Salad:
 Remy went to the groomer's:
(He also came along with me this afternoon to catch up with a friend.  She has a big house, and two dogs.  He was in heaven!)

Grocery shopping and meal planning.  My parents were in the area, stopped by to say "hi", and mentioned they were heading Trader Joe's.  I tagged along, and picked up necessary items:
 This morning, I put on workout clothes for the first time in 23 days.  My friend who usually teaches it ended up needing to take care of something, and her sub was a guy I didn't know.  I made sure to tell him that I didn't know what I could do due to my recent illness.  My lungs burned within the first two minutes, but I kept on plugging away and eventually my lungs opened up.  I've signed up for a class on Tuesday, but my legs are already sore from today!  It feels good to be back in the saddle!

For lunch, I decided to try out a new purchase...
 I added red bell pepper and onion to the grounds, and put them into tacos with shredded lettuce and Better Than Sour Cream.
One thing I didn't do was sleep in - and I just might take a nap before Downton Abbey tonight (Shen are you watching?!).  

I heart normal weekends. And being (almost) back to my normal.  

Thursday, January 8, 2015

On the Edge

I am feeling thisclose to being back to myself.  I met with my friend/coach/trainer (the gal who used to own the studio that closed) this afternoon, talking about goals and life in general.  I've signed up for her Sunday morning class, and am hoping that my lungs are ready. I know I can't pick up right where I left off, but I have to start somewhere!  I have settled into my second semester schedule and it's lighter than the fall - which I so appreciate.  Speaking of school, I started my AP Lit class on The Scarlet Letter this week.  In two weeks, I start "The Crucible" with my American Lit class.  Puritans and New England, all the time.
 Vega Vanilla (I added water) and an orange for breakfast at work.

Couscous Kale Salad packed up for lunch:
 Finished off the last two macaroons:
 After meeting with my friend, it was getting on towards the dinner hour.  I checked out the Whole Foods hot bar, and picked up Tofu Curry with Peas and brown rice.
It's almost the weekend - woo hoo! I hope you've had a great week!