Suuuuuurely I deserve some sort of recognition for eating Tofu Lettuce Wraps while the rest of my family chowed down on pizza. Right?
Monthly Archives: September 2012
Yesterday I did something that scared me. Well, pretty much everything new scares me … anyway, I went to CrossFit for the first time.
I’ve been wanting to try it for a long time now, but I’ve always been too intimidated to actually go. I didn’t show up the first time I signed up to go to a free class.
I’m sorry, but this just looks intimidating …
That was my workout last night for my first class and thanks to Facebook, I saw this before I went.
*Oh cool .. run 400 meters … that’s like a cute little quarter mile. I got that shit*
*What the hell is an inch worm?* … *What the hell does OH mean?* … *What the hell is a Push Press?*
*Maybe I should Google and/or Youtube this stuff*
And so I did. And then I was even more intimidated.
But I went anyway, and I LOVED it!
My friend Kaitlin joined me, which always makes things easier. We learned the moves, did the workout and counted our reps.
I lived. And it wasn’t scary at all.
Yay for trying new things!
I have a feeling I’m going to become addicted. Can’t wait to go back tonight.
Mala is a term used for a rosary, or prayer beads, worn on the neck, or wrist, and counted with the fingers. (source)
Last night I participated in Mala Yoga for Peace which consisted of 108 sun salutations to inspire positive change with the changing of seasons. This is a common practice in the yoga community and is often done in studios globally on the equinoxes and solstices.
What is a sun salutation?
A sun salutation is a series of postures done in a flowing manner and each movement is coordinated with the breath.
And why 108? (source)
- On Mala, mantra counting beads, you will find 108 beads or some fraction of 108. A larger bead called Meru on Mala is not counted as one of the 108 Mala bead, rather it is the guiding bead, a bead that marks the beginning and the end of the mala.
- Sanskrit alphabet has 54 letters, each has masculine and feminine form called shiva and shakti respectively. 54 times 2 = 108.
- It is said that if one can be so calm in meditation to have only 108 breaths a day that enlightenment will come.
- There are said to be 108 energy lines or nadis converging to form the heart chakra.
- The distance between the Earth and Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Sun.
- The diameter of the Sun is 108 times the diameter of the Earth.
- The distance between the Earth and Moon is 108 times the diameter of the Moon.
To me it just seemed like a interesting thing to do for the Autumnal Equinox. The 108 were broken up into 4 groups of 27 … each group was dedicated to a different idea to focus on: family, friends, the world, etc.
It was very calming for the mind.
Here’s to making positive changes in the upcoming season.
A whole lotta nothin’ real interesting has been going on lately, just your typical first world problems and (mostly) stay-at-home mom madness.
I guess Monday was relatively interesting. For lack of anything truly spectacular to share today, I’ll tell you about it.
My day started off with cats puking all over the house while I rushed around to get Lincoln ready for school. Hubby was out for a run, so he missed out on all the fun.
After dropping Muffin off at school I rushed over to the gym to get in my typical Monday crosstraining session. I planned on doing the elliptical as usual and reading some of my new book that I recently started, Finding Ultra. But instead I ended up signing up for a Spin class on a whim.
Its been a while since I’ve taken Spin classes regularly and my legs were heavy from my 12 mile run on Sunday, but whatever. This hard 45 minute class was just about over when the instructor announced that her personal training client cancelled so we could go for an extra 15 minutes. *Yipee* At the one hour mark she once again announced that she had a special treat for us … an extra 10 more minutes. By the time it was all said and done we had spun … spinned … whatever .. for an hour and 18 minutes.
I was kinda pissy about the whole thing. Didn’t she know that I had just run a hard 12 miles the day before and was just looking for a little crosstraining? … Nah, of course not. But then after class the instructor asked me my name and told me that I was “a beast” and that I inspired her to keep going. That turned my whole attitude around and suddenly I was grateful that I went to the class and stuck out the whole thing.
I was also pretty grateful for the killer calorie burn and snack time in the locker room.
And then disaster struck …
I brought all my clothes to the gym to shower, change, do my hair and makeup because I had tons of errands to run and had to go up to work to pick up some paperwork. I showered … dried off, went to change clothes and realized … I didn’t bring a clean bra.
*Shut your mouth. Noooooooooo.*
Ever worn a soaking wet sweaty bra with clean clothes on your clean body? … whelp, I have.
Total first world problem, I know.
Anyway … lunch was the Spinach Veggie Wrap at Jason’s Deli where I sat alone in my own filthy underthings. I intended to take a pic, but I was so hangry I tore the face off the wrap before I remembered to snap one ..
And now for a confession …
Remember how I made my own ketchup a few days ago and threw out all of my HFCS stuff? Well, turns out my ketchup was kinda nasty after sitting in the fridge for a couple of days. I tried re-blending it with more vinegar and thinning it out with more water … but it was a flop.
Hopefully this EarthFare Agave Ketchup will do the trick for a clean ketchup … because I’ve gotta find something fast. I’m a ketchup addict.
Notable recipe so far this week was Skillet Eggs in a Rustic Tomato Sauce with Lima Beans from Tosca Reno’s – The Eat Clean Diet Vegetarian Cookbook.
Lima beans, kalamata olives, tomatoes and eggs? … Uh .. yeah.
I have to admit that its a little embarrassing how happy grocery shopping day makes me. Its kinda like Christmas … once a week.
I keep opening the refrigerator door to admire my beautiful purchases. It’s true.
This weeks menu will include:
- Clean Eating Yakisoba
- Homemade Bran Muffins
- Portobello Burgers w/ Homemade Sundried Tomato Basil Spread
- Skillet Eggs in Rustic Tomato Sauce w/ Butter Beans
- Greek Tempeh Stuffed Peppers
I’m proud to say that I’ve made it the entire week ON IT! Not a single binge-fest. And believe it or not I haven’t had a drop of alcohol in 6 days. Good things are happening on the scale as well.
Now comes the hard part though, making it through the weekend. My eternal downfall. The good news is that I’m broke so I can’t really blow my caloric load on food and drinks at restaurants.
I have been dreaming about Chocolate Shop since about 10 am though.
I’ve really been making an effort lately to cut the crap out of my diet. Some days I win and some days I fail miserably. But the important thing is that I try. I’ve found that I’m much more successful when I think ahead and prepare. This blog by one of my favorite healthy living bloggers is what inspired me.
Yesterday I made the snack balls, brown rice patties, baked “boiled” eggs and clean fudgesicles. I also pre-cut a bunch of fruit to store in tupperware for the week.
Today I’ve been in the kitchen again working on a few more things. I found this device at Publix a few days ago, which happens to be something I also saw on Ashley’s blog:
It was so easy to make my own Balsamic Vinaigrette that I actually threw away all my other salad dressings …
I had a hard time letting go of the Green Goddess, that shit is delish after all but after I checked the ingredients lists it was an easy choice.
Yellow 5, Blue 1? … No thanks.
The verdict on the Brown Rice Patties from last night is a big thumbs up. A lot of work, but worth it. For dinner I had them on a gluten-free bun hamburger style.
Today for lunch I re-purposed them as croutons on my big salad.
This next bit is going to surprise some people.
I threw away my ketchup today.
But not until I made sure that I could make a cleaner tasty version of it on my own. So I got in the kitchen and started experimenting.
The winning combo ended up being 16 oz tomato paste, 1 cup water, 4 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, 4 tablespoons agave nectar, a pinch of allspice, cinnamon, salt, and cayenne and about a tablespoon each of garlic powder and onion powder.
I used a funnel to fill up a squeezable plastic bottle for the fridge and froze the rest in ice cube trays for later use.
All this preparation has definitely been time consuming, and not totally necessary … but I happen to love this stuff so no skin off my back. A couple hours in the kitchen is a trade off for easy quick meals the rest of the week.
I have spent the better part of the afternoon in the kitchen. My sous chef, aka hubby, is out of town so it was all me today. I chopped, grated, baked, rolled and mixed my heart out.
I started yesterday by making a meal plan for myself for the week and shopping for the ingredients. Because it would just be me and Lincoln eating, I tried to think of things that froze well or that I could eat for multiple meals without getting bored. Making several recipes that use similar ingredients really cuts down on grocery store costs.
First I made these snack balls:
Dried fruit, nuts, flaxseed, almond butter and rolled in sesame seeds. Black sesame seeds are what I had on hand. In a moment of pure effing genius I told Lincoln they were chocolate seeds. He’s been begging for more “peanut butter chocolate balls” all afternoon.
Next up, Baked “boiled” eggs.
I love having boiled eggs around for salads, breakfast and snacks. I read online somewhere that baking the eggs instead of boiling them yielded creamier more flavorful and consistently cooked “hard boiled eggs”.
325 degrees for 30 minutes. Ice bath. Peel. Done.
Next up dessert. I’ve learned over and over again that the number one thing that causes me to fail my entire day of healthy eating is not having something healthy on hand to have for dessert. It’s times like that when I end up wrist deep in a jar of peanut butter.
I found a great recipe for natural fudgesicles on Pinterest. There are only a few ingredients involved:
A blender, popsicle molds, canned coconut milk, cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, bananas and one super silly assistant.
Blend 2 TBSP cocoa powder, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 2 bananas and 1/2 tsp vanilla extract and pour into molds. Freeze for atleast 2 hours.
Each popsicle works out to be about 130 calories and there is absolutely no sugar involved.
Last but definitely not least are these babies:
Brown Rice Patties.
Grated sweet potato, carrots, zucchini, cooked brown rice, flour …
I think I might actually have developed a bicep after all the grating I did for these. Definitely the hardest workout I’ve done today. Whew.
Here’s hoping they are delish because after an entire afternoon preparing food, I’m hangry.
Now I’m off to make some homemade ketchup and chow down on a brown rice patty burger.