Go zags!

Oh Thursday, I detest you.

Seven forty-five a.m. meetings really cramp my style. You would think needing to arrive at work a whopping fifteen minutes earlier than normal wouldn’t be that big of a deal. But for some reason my body just doesn’t want to cooperate.

No, scratch that, not my body, my mind. Every Wednesday night I pack my gym bag, and every Thursday morning I skip the gym. Last night I was determined to go. This morning I awoke to my alarm at the normal 5:04 a.m. harp tune, hit snooze twice, and tried to talk myself into going to the gym. I decided a mental pro-con list might help.

Pros:

  • Probably won’t get any more sleep between now and 6:15 a.m.
  • The hubs is snoring.
  • I already have my gym bag packed.
  • I won’t have to take turns in front of the bathroom mirror.
  • Thirty minutes of exercise is better than none.
  • Coffee is already brewed, and ready for my contigo. If I wait it will taste burnt from sitting on the burner too long.
  • I get ready much more efficiently at the gym than I do at home.
  • I will feel better afteward.

Cons

  • My bed is sooooo warm and comfy!

Ummm that is all I had for a con. And, sadly, that con would usually trump all my pros. But today I pushed my con aside, and forced myself to get out of my oh-so-comfortable bed and hit the gym for a little jogging action.

I knocked out 2.36 miles in 30 minutes on the treadmill. Not too shabby, (for me, I am suuuuuuuper slow, so for me, that is awesome). However, I realized that I only have 6 weeks and 3 days until Bloomsday. The furthest I’ve run in my “training” is 3 miles. Three miles. And it is a 12K. I am in no way ready to be a participant!

Crap. (Not to be confused with runners trots.)

So I’m determined to find a six week 12K program to get my bootay in gear. No more of this laissez faire, run when I feel like it, I’m totally fine attitude.

Post gym I ate a packet of oatfit and a chobani, with coffee on the side, of course.

Then I had the most fabulous salad: spinach, roasted red bell pepper, craisins, goat cheese, sweet onion, and homemade dressing,

and look what I found inside, a 3-leaf clover!

It isn’t 4 leaves, but that has to be good luck, right?!

I also gobbled up the excess of my quinoa stuffed bell pepper mixture.

Later on I snacked on a nanner,

and some macadamia nut hershey’s kisses from my co-worker, who just returned from Hawaii, (lucky duck!).

And I also rocked a green halo all day.

After leaving work on time(!!!), I took off through the woods,

and to Grandmother’s house The Flying Goat I went.

I enjoyed quite a few treats,

tried to take in-focus pictures,

(oh wait, there we go),

and cheered on my zags.

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Oh, and by the way, we won. Thankyouverymuch. Saturday, I am anxiously awaiting your presence.

Do you watch college basketball? Which team are you rooting for in the NCAA tournament?

 

Curried Split Pea Soup [vegan]

This morning Rilo woke me up at 3:35 to relieve herself. I groggily stumbled to the back door and willed myself to stay in the half-asleep haze, hoping to get another hour and a half of shut eye. At 4:30 the hubs poked me in the forehead. Huh? Yeah…Rilo woke him up to relieve herself again. I desperately tried to cling on to the sleep that was draining from my body. No dice. I was awake, and none to pleased. I asked him why he poked me in the head. His response? To see if I was still here.

I guess I am weightless.

I almost got out of bed, but I resisted, thinking somehow I would still catch some zzz’s. Crazy, I know. I tossed and turned until 5:31, when I finally drug myself out of bed. Six ounces of iced coffee sent me on my way to the gym. And guess what? It wasn’t pitch black! Spring is around the corner folks 🙂

Post gym I went straight to work made a detour home because I forgot my work keys and id badge. Arrrgh. At least I had some nummyness in a bowl to improve my mood.

This Voskos Greek honey vanilla bean yogurt was bomb(dot)com.

And it paired well with oats + nanner.

Lunch was also fabulous. I had been looking forward to this meal ever since I made it last night: Curried Lentil Salad.*

Pure joy.

Paired with an impromptu kiwi+strawberry side salad. I forgot I had this little kiwi in my work fridge. Mmmm, it was the sweet pick-me-up I needed with a shot of Vitamin-D.

The sunshine didn’t keep me going as much as I had hoped. By 2:30 I was ready to crash. Unfortunately that wasn’t an option.

Luna tried to help, but she didn’t succeed.

Luckily the day was almost over and I could crash. Oh wait, nope, I needed to make dinner. I found this recipe for Curried Split Pea Soup on Huckleberries Natural Market website and was pretty excited about it.

It did not disappoint! Plus it was easy-peasy (pun intended) to make. A great meatless Monday meal to add to your meal plan.

I, of course, modified it. I just can’t help myself, no recipe is safe.

Curried Split Pea Soup

Serves 6 (approximately 1 cup servings)

(Nutritionals: Cal: 176, Carb: 43g, Fat: 0g, Pro: 14g)

Ingredients:

4 cups vegi broth

2 cups yellow split peas

8 baby carrots (or 2 medium carrots), sliced

1 medium yellow onion, chopped

4 garlic cloves, minced

1 TBS curry powder

1 tsp turmeric

1/2 tsp cumin

1/2 tsp corriander

1/2 tsp paprika

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1 tsp salt

1 bay leaf

Directions

Spray large pot with cooking spray, olive oil spray or pour 1 TBS extra virgin olive oil. Heat over medium, and add garlic, onion and carrots. Heat for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add curry, cumin, turmeric, paprika, cayenne pepper, corriander and salt. Stir. Add broth, split peas and bay leaf.

Cover, bring to boil, reduce to low and simmer 45-60 minutes.

I like my peas on the softer side, so I simmered an hour.

I topped my bowl with sour cream, defeating the whole vegan purpose of this dish. But it was just so tasty! If I had plain Greek yogurt I would have topped my bowl with that instead.

With a side of sourdough bread. Mmmm, my stummy is very happy right now.

Oh, and Rilo says Go Zags! This game is intense!!

 

 

(s)no(w) way, snow day!?!

My district NEVER takes snow days. Ok, that isn’t really true. Since I’ve lived in Spokane, (9 years), there have been 3 winters where snow days were taken. Rumor has it they are the only 3 in the past 20 years, and during that time there hasn’t been a single 2-hour delay. I don’t know if there is any truth to this, but it does make sense. We are within city limits, which means major roads and bus routes should be plowed. Therefore there should be no reason we can’t make it into school.

Should.

This morning I rose at 5:04, ahem, with my alarm(!), and poured the freshly brewed joe into the carafe. I knew it was supposed to snow last night, so I quickly assessed the driveway and determined I was not going to attempt to shovel in the dark for a 30 minute date with the dreadmill. Back to bed I went, resetting my alarm for 6:00 a.m.

At 5:37 a.m. my phone started buzzing. No way is it 6 already, (check phone), some asshole is calling me at 5:37! Uggh! And back to bed I went. ZZZ’s did not come my way. 6 a.m. phone starts buzzing again, (check phone), weird, Kammi texted me, and I have a voicemail. (Check text from Kammi), Can you believe it, no school! (switch from text to phone log). Hmmm, better check my voicemail. (tap number) ring, ring….Hello? (oh crap, I am in call, not voicemail),

Oh, hi, ummm sorry.

Whose this?

Leila. Sorry.

Oh, hi, it’s (co-worker), I just left you a voicemail. School’s are closed today, you’re on my phone tree list. You need to call (another co-worker).

Oh, thanks. Sorry, I thought I was checking my voicemail. I’m still asleep.

Attempt to fall back asleep. Fail miserably. Get up, pour cuppa’ joe, settle in with my MACbook Pro on the couch watching KHQ. Hear that Spokane Federal Court is closed, alert the hubs. Bummer, although the court is closed his office is open.

He was not thrilled to be clearing off the 10 inches covering the Volvo.

The cat and dog, however, were very pleased to have company today.

I spent six hours transferring my blog from tumblr to wordpress…exhausting! Pumpkin Banana Bread + more coffee fueled me,

and before I knew it, it was 1 p.m.

Well hello boots, I thought we had broken up for the season.

Blizzard conditions turned into bright blue skys.

After shoveling away the better part of an hour I was determined to eat some leftover goodies. Mmmm bean burritos by daylight, so much prettier!

My afternoon + evening was spent catching up on blogs, watching Oscar nominated movies and cheering on my Zags. If you didn’t see it (shame!), the Zags won!!

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I decided to spread a little blog love for my NEDAwareness post today. I recently started following Laury at The Fitness Dish, and Nicole at Yuppie Yogini. This week, both of these ladies had fabulous posts to support NEDAwareness week.

Laury, a personal trainer, pointed out the myths vs. reality of eating disorders. The biggest misconception is that someone must be severely underweight to have an eating disorder. Not true! Clickity-click to read more.

Nicole, a therapist, brought up the fine line between dieting and disordered behaviors surrounding food, which often lead to full-blown eating disorders. It is a sad fact that our society has turned food into something we agonize over, make deals with and compromise happiness for. Yes, eating disorders are a real issue, and as Nicole points out, they are a big enough problem to warrant an AWARENESS WEEK! Clickity-click to read more!

If you’re a skeptic about eating disorders, and how dangerous they really are, I highly recommend reading both of these posts. And even if you aren’t a skeptic, I hope you will take the time to educate yourself regarding this issue. Remember, it is just as harmful not to do/say anything, as it is to do/say something negative regarding body-image. Treat yourself, and others, with respect. We all deserve it.

G-O-N-Z-A-G-A Go Gonzaga!

Tonight my two alma maters face off!

I attended Saint Mary’s my freshman year of college and transferred to Gonzaga my Sophomore year. Tonight’s game is a big one, and students have been camping out in “tent city” since Tuesday.

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I never participated in the camp out for games, I always had to work 😦

I missed the first 6 minutes because ESPN2 seemed to think showing the end of the UCLA v. Arizona game was more important. Sigh.

But back to the beginning of my day…I actually hit the gym for that treadmill date. I knocked out 2.19 miles in 30 minutes. Did I mention I am painfully slow?

A brekkie of oats were consumed during my normal Thursday meeting.

A mixture of old fashioned oats, almond milk/water, chia seeds, blueberry and cherry craisins, and pepitas.

So you know how I mentioned I make 3 containers of oats at a time? By the 3rd day the oats are kind of amazing. They soak up so much moisture that I have to add a tad more water to them. They cook better in the microwave this way and never explode (unlike my Monday oats). If you haven’t tried pre-making your oats, you should give it a shot.

Snacks included a strawberry chobani and a babybel.

Lunch was a freezer meal that looked a lot more appetizing on the box.

Real version.

If you must eat a freezer meal the Kashi are pretty good flavor wise and they don’t give you a stomachache or sluggish feeling afterward unlike lean cuisine/smart ones/healthy choice.

On the side I had a salad.

Yesterday’s salad was so much better!

I also was suckered into buying some World’s Finest (WORST!) Chocolate for a school fundraiser…

And Libb, my live-in sue chef, responded kindly to my 3:30 text (requesting veggies to be prepped for dinner). It is so nice to come home and have everything ready to go.

But first we had to make a detour to the goat. They are doing a “check-in” deal through facebook right now where you will earn a free app after 5 check-ins. Clearly we needed to partake. Funny thing, I’ve never checked in anywhere. Leave it to the goat to change my facebook ways.

Tonight we sampled the McLellan Rocks Spuds.

And I definitely ate more than my share of the arugula clump in the middle. I’m fairly positive it is supposed to be garnish. I don’t care, I’m an arugula freak.

Arugula pesto is bomb.

More please.

Upon arriving home I whipped up some Barilla Plus whole wheat penne and basil,

and a quick sauce of onion, shrooms, garlic, diced tomatoes, crushed red pepper, oregano with spinach and feta chicken sausage all deglazed with some chardonnay.

Pretty good, but I don’t think the whole wheat soaks up the sauce as well as regular ‘ol enriched pasta. The Brailla Plus brand is the best, but it still isn’t the same as the less nutritious kind.

I’m really hoping my Zags win, I can’t face the taunting from my Gaels if they don’t!