Wednesday, August 16, 2017

In the Middle

It's only day three, but the work week is challenging me in every facet! Remy is also unhappy about the schedule change. Lots of whimpering and laying on my feet as I get ready in the morning.
 Meals have included tostadas (beans, green chile, Tofutti sour cream, lettuce)
 Seitan, avocado, spinach, tomato, and Just Mayo sandwich. Watermelon and pineapple.
Lots of meetings, as well as cleaning, organizing, and sweating in the classroom.

See you on Sunday!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

It's Officially Over

I considered Friday my last day of summer break, as this weekend has been busy seeing a few more people and also prepping for the transition ahead. 

Oat flour (I want to use it up!) zucchini bread:

Beautiful weather for patio lounging (looking east - skyline in the background):
I'm going to be "on a break" from avocado toast for a while, as I've had it so often for breakfast.

I had my annual physical, and I asked my doctor about taking this when I was feeling stressed out during the school year. I've seen it pop up in a few places, both in person at Natural Grocer's and in lifestyle blogs.
She said it couldn't hurt, but I probably get enough magnesium in my diet. She did recommend that everyone, vegan or not, take Vitamin B Complex, as it helps with everything from stress, brain and heart function, to skin and nails.  I spent a bit of money ($22) for a high quality formula, and have taken it twice - we'll see if I notice a difference!
 Lastly, some groceries from the Farmer's Market and also King Soopers. I'll be sure to share how I use it this week in meals!

I'm satisfied with my break, and am hopeful for the upcoming school year.  Thank you for letting me share my summer with you! I'll see you on Wednesday with the work week update.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Muscles and Treats

With the exception of the two weeks I was out of town, every week this summer I completed six workout classes. During the school year, I vacillate between one and four classes a week, so this was a big accomplishment. I'm stronger, leaner, and excited to keep the momentum going into the fall.

Each week, the schedule included two yoga classes:
 Three HIIT classes (two circuit and one kettlebell)

 And one spin class.
The school year consisted of entirely spin or spin/HIIT combo classes. The addition of circuits has been key in my upper body strength. Tricep dips were always hard, and now they are getting easier.  I'm still doing pushup from the knee, but I can chaturanga (or knees-chest-chin) much better, which is exciting!

My plans for the fall include four to five classes a week: two circuit, one spin, one spin/HIIT combo and if possible - one yoga class. I might rotate in a spin/yoga combo for a circuit class on occasion.

And now for the treats over the last few days:
 Yes, I watched the Bachelorette finale with half of a small watermelon and a spoon. I did share with Remy. He, too, was shocked at Rachel's choice (I didn't like Peter, but he was clearly her favorite.  I don't think Bryan will last).
 No arguments from me, Beet Box! Chocolate glazed Pumpkin Donut, accompanied by an unseen Iced Bhakti Chai.
I went in for an Apple Cinnamon scone, but they were selling a savory chive scone instead that I didn't trust. Ha ha! The donut was delicious, though, so it all ended well.

Are you someone who can work out alone, or do you prefer a class? I work out harder when I'm being told what to do, and held accountable. 

See you this weekend!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Almost the End

Lunch with my brother at Fire on the Mountain. Spicy Peanut Seitan Salad. Spectacular.
Farmer's Market first of the season peaches: 
 My Zinnias have exploded. Yes, those are my toes.
Still rockin' those tacos:

I plan to end my summer posts with a bang. Expect a lot of photos on both Wednesday and Sunday!

I hope you've had a great weekend! See you soon!

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Stormy Weather

Two weeks left. I'm sad. Remy's sad. The sky is sad raining.

But seriously, we're in monsoon season - so it is rainy and humid (65% feels like a lot here, ok?!).  
 Met a former colleague friend for coffee.
 Lazy Tacos: Boca Vegan Crumbles, taco seasoning, sour cream, shredded lettuce.
 Veggie Sushi
 Not my best banana bread. Debating buying vanilla ice cream to put on top of it, and call it dessert.
(Mashed banana all sank to the bottom, so it's like cake sitting on mushy banana.)

See you mid-week!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

So Many Questions

The last of the gazpacho.  I'm ready to be finished, but what to do with all of the tomato juice in my fridge?
 Less gazpacho taking up room means another red product takes over:
The last two times I went to Snarf's, a new gal (twice!) forgot to add avocado and sprouts to my sandwich (LADY! Who orders a sandwich with onion, lettuce, tomato, and pickles only?!). 
So, in a small protest, I went to City Bakery Cafe for a veggie sandwich. ANOTHER new gal, who remembered I didn't want cheese or banana peppers, but added jalapenos and olives to the usual veggie sandwich (sundried tomato hummus, cucumbers, red onion, romaine, tomato, pickles).
 I pulled off the jalapenos, and the olives stayed. It was fine. Am I not supposed to pick sandwiches any more? What is the lesson here?!

On a happy note, I found the single serving sold Rice Dream bar at Natural Grocers. Yes!!
How are you? Any happy or disappointing food finds in your life lately?

See you on Sunday!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

It's Delicious

 Smoothie Bowl topped with TJ's Coconut Granola

Sweet Cooie's Vegan Salted Oreo Ice Cream.
 Farmer's Market Scenes:

 Market results: tomatoes, yellow squash, and zucchini. But that's not what you're focusing on right now.  You want to know: "how was that vegan iced bun?" It was delicious.
 Modern Market's Superfood Salad without cheese and with sesame toasted tofu.
 Breakfast by hand.

See you on Wednesday! I hope you've had a great weekend!