Sunday, September 29, 2013

A Look Inside & Ahead

All of this talk about a pantry clean out, and I thought: why not just show you?  So here you go:
 Far left (and hard to see) are baking staples of Ener-G Egg Replacer, brown sugar and whole wheat flour.  They are staying, no "cleaning out" here. Lots of small bags: sushi rice, energy bites (didn't even know they were there), dried pineapple, oat bran. Mori-Nu Tofu, quinoa, wild rice,grits, rice noodles, pancake & waffle mix. Various nut butter packets.
Pasta, oats, lentils, brown rice, more quinoa, dried apricots, pb, coconut milk.

The freezer:
Okay, I wasn't supposed to do this, but I purchased the Gardein yesterday at Target! $3.29 a piece! The Dr. Praeger's have been there a while, as have the frozen veggies.
Frozen bananas in the back, blueberries, mangoes, pineapple, and strawberries.

Since we're here: the fridge (it's normally not this empty nor this clean - you're welcome.)
 Tahini and miso in the back, avocados, tomato, garlic hummus, Smart Balance.  In the drawer: pine nuts, coconut flakes, shallot.
 Spinach, green chiles, potatoes, onion.
A lot of stuff.

When I was taking stock of all this, I realized I had everything to make guacamole.  
 And then I realized, I would need a few things from the grocery store:
Here's the lunch / dinner menu for the week:  Kinda Chipotle Bowls (quinoa, spinach, corn, guacamole), Collards & Onion Saute with Roasted Potatoes, Spaghetti & Gardein Meatballs with Broccoli, Mini Crustless Tofu Quiches (but with chiles, shallots, and different seasonings).

My work/trade membership has begun, thus now I am taking all the classes I want!
Sunday: YogaCycle (completed)
Monday: rest
Tuesday: Ride HIIT
Wednesday: RideTRX
Thursday: Gentle Vinyasa
Friday: Rest
Saturday: YogaCycle

See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Clean Out Continues

Breakfast both yesterday and today:
 Lunch Wednesday:
Onion roll, leftover Tomato Basil Soup, Asian Chopped Salad

Today's Lunch:
Asian Chopped Salad and a Qrunch Quinoa Burger.

Dinner yesterday:
Avocado Pasta

Tonight:
Spinach and onion saute, potato wedges.

I'm ready for the weekend.  Ready for sleep and getting things accomplished around the house! One more day, my friends. . .

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pantry & Fridge Clean Out

In continuance with the theme of seasonal change, I want to work through the rest of my fridge and pantry to clear out the old and bring in the new! I'll buy a little more produce this weekend, but otherwise I'll stick to working through what's already in the house.  I plan on documenting as much as possible, starting with today!

 Peanut butter and rice cake (also: coffee at work)
Rice pilaf, leftover collards and onions
Angela's Avocado Pasta Get ready for more avocados, I have three more (purchased a week and a half ago!) to eat and leftover sauce from tonight.

I also have plenty of frozen fruit that I should put to good use - most likely in smoothies - before the weather turns!

I hope your week is going well, and I'll see you soon!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Seasons & Things Change

Friday evening, I sliced into the Cinnamon Apple tart:
Really sugary and rich, hard to believe there's no butter in there.

Saturday morning, I awoke feeling a little off and a little tried of my ways: spending more money than I should, not being prepared for the work week, and *gasp* nearly feeling bored of my workouts.  It was clear to me that a change was in order.

Tofu scramble: spinach, tomato, nooch, seasonings.  Grits with Earth Balance.

Unfortunately, I didn't have time to really focus on how to make those changes yesterday.  I went through the motions, was overly busy, and it left me feeling grumpy.  This morning I went to a YogaCycle class with an instructor I really enjoy.  She wanted our focus to be on the positive side of change, embracing it and letting it happen naturally - she meant it to be for the season, but it obviously spoke to me on a personal level.

(Still spending money! Ack!) Whole Foods: Asian Cabbage Salad, Tomato Basil Soup, Ciabatta 

And perhaps she's right - things will fall into place.  I completed my first work/trade shift for the exercise studio this afternoon, which will allow me to save money.  I am determined to be prepped for the work week, so I am making time to cook ahead and write lessons tonight.  I am going to a different workout class tomorrow night, and my usual Wednesday night TRX class is full - causing me to try something else.  I don't have to have all the answers, I just have to be open to change - and let it happen.

Sunday: YogaCycle
Monday: Zumba Toning
Tuesday: Off
Wednesday: Speed & Drill (Ride class)
Thursday: Gentle Vinyasa
Friday: Off
Saturday: YogaCycle 

Thursday, September 19, 2013

A Filling Thursday

So Delicious Vanilla Yogurt with Maple Granola
Cashew cream, tomato, spinach on Rustic Italian and: 
 Dry roasted cauliflower, beet brownie bite
Rice, black beans, green chile, and tortilla (not shown) from Whole Foods Hot Bar.

Gentle Vinyasa this afternoon: lots of stretching and a few new poses/ breathing techniques.

Full. Must digest. Sending all blood and brain power to tummy. . .

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

If It Aint' Broke. . .

 My breakfast picture was blurry (So Delicious yogurt with maple granola) but my Starbucks (soy latte) was not:
Lunch: the last of the Mock Tuna from last week, tomatoes, spinach on Rustic Italian.  Beet Brownie bite.
 Cheesy Kale Chips (store bought) in the afternoon:
 An early dinner of collards and onions, cooked in veggie broth and heavily seasoned with Old Bay.  Dry roasted cauliflower. Cashew cream.
As mentioned in Sunday's post, I went to a spin and yoga combo class tonight - and that is not my usual class because of two reasons: it starts really late (also, it's 75 minutes), and is taught by my least favorite instructor.  Tonight, there was a sub - a gal whose workout and personality I really enjoy.  As much as I appreciated the full body workout, by the time I got home and showered - it was almost 9:30.  And now I have a second wind, when I should be going to bed.  Note to self:  stick with the classes close to 5:00pm, like you usually do.

See you Thursday!

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Treats & Workouts

A visit to the Vegan Van (and waiting in a light rain - that's commitment! Ha!) yielded the Planet Rock with a side of spicy popcorn.  I split the sandwich in half and enjoyed it over two meals.
A visit to Beet Box produced their Beet Brownie (it has a reddish hue in person), and. . .
 Cinnamon Apple & Coconut Cashew Cream Tart.
 Don't worry, I won't eat any of these things without you!  ;)

I cut the brownie into four chunks, setting aside three for relishing in front of my meat-eating co-workers.  Here's this afternoon's chunk (the red really comes through in this photo!)
 It was moist and tasty, very light on chocolate flavor - but maybe that was the point, being a beet based brownie and all?

Luckily, I have a plan to work off the treats:

Sunday: YogaCycle (completed)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: YogaCycle
Wednesday: Ride/TRX
Thursday: Gentle Vinyasa
Friday: Rest
Saturday: YogaCycle

I'm excited about doing my favorite class during the week; YogaCycle is usually only possible with my weekend availability.

I hope you have a great night! See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

The Cool Down

This week has been a blessing in terms of temperatures; we've been in the upper 60s and low 70s all week - and our building has almost cooled down.  It's still above 80, but at least there is a cool breeze coming in through all the windows.  The amount of rain in Denver proper has been manageable, but perhaps you've heard - cities near Boulder, and in areas with poor drainage have been flooded, causing a lot of damage and calling for evacuation.  If you're interested in extreme weather, definitely click the link in bold.

Also, in case your interested: here is the current status of the Denver Trader Joe's!

PB Toast for breakfast:
 Kale Avocado Potato Salad for lunch:
Pre-yoga snack:
Dinner:
Sweet Korma bowl with tofu and sauteed vegetables, chili lime sauce.  I still have a third left, so that will be my lunch for tomorrow.

Gentle Vinyasa was so good today - perfect with the weather, perfect calming activity for my work week, and it was like one big cool down routine after yesterday's ride and TRX class.  There was a lot attention given to the quads, hamstrings, and hips.

One more work day till the weekend! Woo hoo! See you soon. . .

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Two for One

I captured my meals from both today and yesterday; a feast (maybe?) for your eyes! Enjoy!

Breakfasts:
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Lunches:
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Dinners:
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Snack:

In other news, Google+ no longer allows me to copy and paste my own pictures from my file there onto this blog (thus, some pictures are grainy and not high quality).  Awesome!  Now I need to figure out what I'm going to do about it. Grrr. . .

Sunday, September 8, 2013

A Short Weekend

How is it already over?! I want one more weekend day, please.  It's amazing how my days fill up, and it's already time to do "homework" (write lessons).  Before that happens, here's a few things from my weekend: I had a long, leisurely lunch this afternoon with a friend at WaterCourse Foods.  In case you didn't know you were there, even the graffiti in the bathroom says "let's all get along, world peace" and "go vegan".  ;)
I had the Dona Lee, with double greens as a side and their lovely balsamic dressing.  I still have one wrap left that I'll enjoy for dinner.

Yesterday, I went to the Farmer's Market but didn't have any ideas about what to make this week - so I left with a light canvas bag, only filled with organic peaches (yes, the expensive ones) and tomatoes.
Not in the canvas bag, but also purchased: iced coffee from a local vendor.

I'm cutting back a day of workouts this week, as I did six last week:
Sunday: YogaCycle (completed, and she really handed it to us - super sweaty, already sore)
Monday: Rest
Tuesday: Rest
Wednesday: Ride TRX (my beloved YogaCycle class was removed from the schedule, so I'll be workout with the owner and pushing myself in another attempt at TRX after a spin class).
Thursday: Gentle Vinyasa (my "I'm sorry, body" stretching session after Wednesday's class)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: YogaCycle

What was the best part of your weekend? See you on Tuesday!

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Roll With It

I don't care about football, so I didn't realize a) the season opener is tonight and b) the whole world revolves around football.  Thus, I was a little surprised to learn that my school decided (two days ago) to move Back to School Night from this evening to next week - because of the Bronco game.  I celebrated this free evening with a last minute Gentle Vinyasa class, yes - that takes me to six days of activity this week - but it really is mostly about stretching and a little toning.  The instructor is so amazing; all of her poses are beautiful and appear effortless.

Smart Start and vanilla almond milk:

The usual sandwich and blueberries for lunch:
To take our mind off the boiling heat in the building, we were handed a box of Lemonade Popsicles in the afternoon - I enjoyed one.

Dinner: spicy sauteed collards (I was a little heavy handed with the hot sauce), oven roasted potato and golden beet slices, served with cashew cream.
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Wishing you a lovely, football free evening.  ;)

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Quick Tuesday

This morning my option was to a) wake up on time and make a smoothie, or b) sleep in and take a Larabar.  Here's the outcome:

Another week of the same lunch:
Happy Herbivore's Mock Tuna with spinach, on Sunflower Whole Wheat.

Blueberries and cocoa almonds for a snack.

Dinner:
Farmer's Market collards (cooked in veggie broth, with shallots, nooch and hot sauce), served with a dallop of homemade cashew cream and corn on the cob.

Prior to dinner, I went to a Ride Interval class with a new-to-me instructor.  She is a track/cycling coach, and this weekend will be doing an Ironman (in Madison, WI)  - 112 miles on the bike.  She took us through speedwork and hills, and ended with class with a sample of her course.  My legs are already sore!

On the temperature front, we hit 90 degrees in my classroom - thus bad, but not horrific.  Or maybe my idea of "horrific" and "bad" are skewed.  ;)  See you Thursday!