Sunday, September 30, 2012

Another Sunday

Honeycrisp, followed by an Americano with a little steamed soy.
Lunch: it appears that Whole Foods has decided to swap out Gardein for Beyond Meat Veggie Chick'n in their vegan wraps.
 Still good with veggies, grapes, pecans and Veganaise dressing.
I picked up some more raw cashews, and while measuring out a portion to soak for a cashew cream, I had a few. . .
Trying out a new recipe for dinner (and also for lunch tomorrow):
From Everday Happy Herbivore.
Good, but I need to play with the seasonings a little bit (which she recommends in the cookbook).

I think it's time to start adding tea back into my evenings.  I need something soothing while I try to finalize my lesson plans for the week on this computer - my work laptop crashed yesterday.  Luckily, I was able to get in via safe mode and move all of my important files.  Keep your fingers crossed that our district IT department will fix it soon. . .

Saturday, September 29, 2012

In-between Seasons

If I had a reliable car, I'd make more trips to the mountains.  Seeing as I don't, I went to a trail at the base of the foothills in Golden.
 Remy, my brother, and Terra (parent's dog) joined me as we did a trail hike for a little over an hour.  We would need to be higher up to see the Aspen trees in full color, but leaves are starting to change down here.
 Foothills (entrance to the Rocky Mountain range), and Clear Creek.  Yes, that's the actual name. ;)

 Slight incline, but an easy hike.
 Terra, looking for fish.

 Exercise = heavy panting = flappy tongue Remy.  

 On the way back, my brother and I stopped into the Coors brewery for a beer.  Just kidding.  However, when driving by the factory one is always overwhelmed (in a not good way) by the smell of barley.  Not really a Coors gal anyway.

Prior to the hike, I made a trip to the Farmer's Market.  I have a mixture of seasons represented:

Golden beet bunch (my first time purchasing!), HUGE cauliflower, Honeycrisp apples, big spaghetti squash, broccoli.  $17 total  - a slightly higher total, but I've already had an apple. . .absolutely worth it.

Hope you've had a fantastic Saturday!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Short & Sassy

Angela's Banana Blueberry Kale Smoothie.
Spaghetti squash with cashew cream and baby kale salad mix.
Vegetable Quinoa Soup, courtesy of Whole Foods.

While in line at check out:
When I think of vegan health and fitness, this is not what I'm picturing.  I actually laughed aloud (almost a snort or chortle, really) when I saw it.

Monday, September 24, 2012

The Method

The uphill climb to adding full workouts back into my day is slowly resuming.  I've had to set some reasonable goals for myself, and try not to get discouraged when I'm not perfectly on plan.  My current goal includes a progression of activity intensity six days a week (starting at 30 minutes and slowly increasing) - everything from walking to jogging to HIIT workouts.  Today, all I could put in was a long walk with Remy, but we both loved it; it was a cooler part of the day and he was able to spend a little time off leash at a lush park.  Which, by the way, had kale growing in its flower beds.  I will take a picture next time we're there to show you. . .

Good eats today:

Pumpkin Banana Muffin, one peach and a handful of blueberries.
Golden Beets and Arugula Salad (picked up yesterday at Whole Foods - some kind of citrus dressing), dry roasted cauliflower.
Snack size bag of Kettle Corn, provided by a co-worker.

Also picked up yesterday:
Hatch chile (hot!) guacamole.  I knew it needed to be sampled before dinner, so a few water crackers tested it out. ;)
Inspired by Shen's Boca Burgers, I cooked one up and decided to  hide the flavor load it up with a few pieces of Daiya, tomato slices and Hatch-a-mole.  Healthy sides to round out the meal.  Good choice, all the way around.

After cooking for an hour in the oven, I pulled out the spaghetti squash.  It is so soft, it almost fell out of my oven mitt.  I also whipped up some cashew cream, so I'll be marrying the two in a short ceremony before putting together a lunch container for tomorrow.  Have a great night!

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Weekend Update

Saturday morning, I was up bright and early to cheer on my brother as he participated in the Rock 'n Roll Denver Half Marathon.

That's him (the speeding blurr) on the right.  He averaged 8 minute miles, and completed in an 1 hour, 44 minutes.  So incredibly proud of him.
Finish line bananas and Jamba Juice:

 Lots of runners. . .
Both the men's and women's race leaders averaged 5 minute something per mile, and finished in a little over an hour.  That's just crazy!  While all of the natural athleticism in the family landed on my brother, I am going to make it my goal to run it next year.  Time to start adding distance to my running (and start running. . .again).  On the way back to my car, I walked through the Cultural Complex (which houses art museum, etc) I thought of Molly and decided to show you all Colorado cows. . .
I haven't been feeling 100% (probably allergies - I'll be fine), and turned to my sinus clearer:
Tofu Pho - lots of Sriracha added after this photo.  In the evening, I enjoyed a late season peach - so juicy!
 It should also be noted, that Remy supported my brother by attending with me - and he has offered a lot of snuggles this weekend.
 After a busy morning, I had a late lunch - courtesy of Whole Foods.  Asian Almond Slaw and Cucumber Noodles.
I was inspired by Sarah's recent posts including pumpkin, so I decided to make Pumpkin Banana Muffins.
 Originally I planned on making the recipe in Skinny Bitch Everyday Cookbook, but I didn't have coconut oil  or evaporated cane sugar.  After some searching, I found this one that actually uses less sugar and is AMAZING.
These are currently cooling, and will be placed in the freezer so I don't eat them all.  Currently in the oven: cauliflower, dry roasting.  I haven't decided what to make for lunches this week, as our agenda only calls for one long day.

I hope you have had a great weekend!

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Therapy Thursday

As previously noted, I see a therapist twice a month.  I started four years ago after a string of bad choices in boyfriends and anxiety, and found there was plenty more to be handled after I healed my broken heart.  I keep a lot from my sessions private, but occasionally a topic emerges that I wonder if any of you have experienced.

Thus, today  I mentioned that there is a theme from my younger life where if you treated me poorly, I worked really hard to get you to like me.  Part of that younger self still pops up, consciously (a judgemental, over-bearing person in my work life) and while dreaming (bad ex-boyfriend) - especially as of late.  I had to check in with my system today, to remind myself that not everyone will care/accept/love me, no matter how hard I try or change.  I am enough, just as I am. (That's hard for me to remember sometimes.)

On to today's meals:
Breakfast to go, eaten at work - onion bagel, oj, and there's some black coffee in the Halloween travel tumbler.  Yes, it is close enough to October to break out the Halloween tumbler.
Prepped and taken to work: Gardein Chik'n Strips tossed in peanut sauce, sliced avocado, baby kale salad mix all shoved into a whole wheat tortilla.  Water crackers and garlic hummus.
Burrito bowl (no BOGO - it already expired!) from Chipotle.

Remy and I also enjoyed a short walk at the park, it was still in the low 70s at 7:00pm.  It's definitely still summer here.  :)  Have a great night.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012


Please be on the lookout for any exercise routines that belong to me.  I am missing them from my daily schedule, and can't seem to find them.  Exercise, if you're out there - please come home.  ;)

While I'm trying to not feel guilty but rather put together a plan, here's what I ate today:
Angela's Blueberry Banana Kale Smoothie.  Love, love, love.
Tofu Salad Rolls with peanut sauce.  This is what happens when I don't prepare lunches in advance. Ha!

Trail mix in the afternoon, while at work. NOT from the vending machine.
An entire cucumber, prepared sweet and spicy, two ears of sweet corn.

There might be peach, too - but we'll have to see if they are ripe enough to be enjoyed. . .

I hope you're having a great week thus far!  See you soon. . .

Sunday, September 16, 2012

A Good Cause

This morning I was asked to walk with a co-worker friend in a 5k Pulmonary Hypertension Fundraiser.  My friend is a patient, and lost both her mother and sister to the rare disease.  A little info: it is high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs, causing the right side of the heart to work harder.  Currently, science is only able to treat the symptoms and there is no cure.
 A couple of other friends also joined in, and we had a great time catching up while we walked.  This was a very kid friendly event, complete with clowns and face painting.
 Bagel halves, water, and a swag bag upon completion.
 A bunch of fliers, pens, notepad, and more - along with the goodies.  Veggie chips, Odwalla Bar, granola.
 I tried the veggie chips and they were okay.  I haven't checked the other two for their vegan-ness.
Later in the afternoon, my parents and their dog, Terra, came by for a visit.  Remy was too excited, and wouldn't sit still for a picture.
 It was such a busy day, I only prepared a meal for tomorrow's lunch.  From that, I made a small bowl of spaghetti for dinner.  I added in a little Wayfare We Can't Say It's Cheese as a sauce.
 There was also a kale avocado salad.
I hope your Sunday was fabulous! See you soon. . .