Blame it on the Theraflu

What up home slices? 😀

Happy Friday! Woo hoo! I feel like I’ve been waiting for this day for-ev-er! Or maybe just since Monday 😉

I woke up today feeling not much better than I did yesterday, but I made it to work since today was only a halfie. And actually, when I got to work, I downed some Theraflu, which made my mind a big haze, but also made me feel a lot better.

A nice, hot, bowl of oats wasn’t too shabby either.

 

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Lip-smacking bowl of 1/2 c. oats, 1 c. water, 1 T flax, 1 T hemp powder, 1 T brown rice syrup, smashed ripe banana, handful of blueberries, peanut butter. Phew! That was a mouthful (pun intended ;)) And it was microwaved since I was in a pinch. Actually..I microwave my oats most of the time when their eaten on a work day. I think I’m the only one who can’t really tell much of a difference between stove-top and microwave oats.

Feeling better and better as the day went on, I decided to give the gym a go after leaving work. I hadn’t worked out since Monday, and was really craving a good sweat-inducing cardio sesh.

Hopped on the treadmill, and to my pleasant surprise, I felt pretty good! So good that I was able to run (with walk breaks here and there) four miles. Any time I felt like it was too much for the bod, I took a quick walkie break. Next was the stair master for a bit to round out the workout, and I was sweaty and feeling much better 😀

 

After gymin’ it, I ran some errands and popped over to a couple grocery stores. To help that be more pleasant, I gabbed away with several girlfriends while a-shoppin’. Then I was back at the casa and ready to chow down!

While grocery shopping, I had bought my all time favorite goat cheese at the Fresh Market, and knew just what I wanted to do with it. Can ya guess? 😉

 

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Slather it on an Ezekiel Pizza!! This had goat cheese, tomato sauce, sauteed spinach, garlic, and onion. So good I wished I’da made two!

 

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Mmmmelty melty gruyere.

On the side I had some Kale chips I made with kale, sea salt, and nutritional yeast, but my appetite was way too quick for the cam. You’ve seen it before.

Oh, and funny story – I also made the husband’s lunch, which was a grilled cheese. Yummy, melty, toasty, cheddar goodnesss…with a side of paper. This space cadet forgot to take the paper out between the cheese slices! bahah I blame it on the theraflu 😉 It clogs my mind.

Since the oven was already on full blast from the pizza and kale chips, and I still had a decent amount of energy, all the sudden lunch turned into a bake-fest!

 

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I made Carob-Coconut-Pecan cookies, aka the best cookies evvvvah (recipe from Vive le Vegan.)

 

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Not only do these cookies almost knock your head off, but they smell absolutely heavenly! I’ve never smelled a cookie so good.

I’m driving into my hometown tomorrow because I’m (finally) getting together with Jess to try on my bridesmaid dress (eep!!) and then getting together with some of my BFF’s for dinner and drinks 😀 So I thought I’d be kind and bake them up some yummy vegan treats.

The rest of the day included Niko walks, Jersey Shore Reunion drama, gabbin’ on the phone, and juices:

 

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beet, celery, carrot, grapefruit, deliciousness….tie dyed style.

As far as the rest of the night goes, it looks like I’ll be staying in and relaxing. The husband just put in Valkyrie, and it looks like one of those movies where ya have to pay attention, so I’m going to have to bid you all farewell 😉

Busy day planned for tomorrow!

  • Full body weights at gym
  • Coffee w/ Heidi friend
  • Ring store for a check up
  • Head into town!

Have a fabulous Friday night, all!

 

Do you typically workout when sick? I usually give myself a day or two to rest (more if I’m feeling horrid) but I’ll give it a go after couple days, so long as I’m not hacking and sneezing all over the equipment. Then I just listen to the bod!

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Vegetarianism Checkpoint

Hey all! How’s your Tuesday going? Mine’s juuuust about over. It went by SO fast!

Can you guess what I had for breakfast today?

 

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Heck yeah I had overnight oats!

The only difference this time was I used Soy milk since I had run out of almond milk (almond milk makes them a lot better, though, imo) and I subbed nut butter for cinnamon.

The work day wasn’t too exciting (which can be an indicator of a good day ;)) but I did manage to sneak out of the office on lunch and get my oil changed in my car. I was about 2 months and 1,000 miles overdue. Bad, Paige, bad!

I stopped at one of the 134 Starbucks in town and picked up my fave – a Grande half-pump vanilla soy latte…in my eco cup. And guess what! My green intentions actually worked this time.

 

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No paper cup wasted. Job well done, eco cup :-p

After work I came straight home to finish up the work on the project I’ve been working on for about a week now. I really can’t wait to tell you guys…it’s been killing me. But apparently I can be superstitious. Sorry for being secretive, but I’m just SO nervous…

Anyway, after that, I got started on dinner. Made the hubski some tacos and for me, I decided to continue on with the Ezekiel pizza theme of the week.

Tonight’s special? HUMMUS PIZZA!!!!

 

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Roasted red bell pepper and zucchini seasoned with pepper and coriander a top of red pepper Sabra’s hummus. Such little prep, and only took about 15 minutes. This pizza was inspired from one in Dreena Burton’s Vive le Vegan.

 

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Go ahead and drool. It’s ok 😉 The sweetness of the red pepper combined amazingly with the savoriness (savoriness?) hummus.

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Three Month Veg Checkpoint

 

So it’s been a little over three months since I first declared my transition to vegetarianism, and I thought I’d write a checkpoint on how things are going so far.

I’ve dabbled in vegetarianism twice before. The first time, I quit because I noticed my hair was falling out. The second time, a more serious problem happened that coincided with it, and I ended up having to get a procedure done (not sure if my diet was a cause, but at the time, I correlated the two.)

Either way, both times, I did it for the wrong reasons, I did it irresponsibly, and I was uneducated.

Irresponsible because I didn’t prepare myself. Just cut myself off to all meat all at once. And I really didn’t eat that many vegetables to make up for it.

Uneducated because I didn’t research a healthy vegetarian diet at all – or plant-based protein sources. I knew about tofu, and that was about it.

It was for the wrong reasons, because I kind of just did it to do it. I’d heard vegetarians lived longer, and I just decided I’d try and be one too.

October of 2009, the urge to become a vegetarian crept up on me again.

Except this time, it was a passionate, committed, and necessary choice for me. It was a 100% ethical choice. I’d had it with being so hypocritical, being SUCH an animal lover, then turning around and eating them. I know this is fine for some people, and I respect that, but for me, it wasn’t. After reading a decent amount of literature and watching several videos, I knew this time vegetarianism wouldn’t just be a third stint.

This time I was responsible. I told myself that labels aren’t important, and I could ease into becoming a vegetarian. Strict guidelines weren’t a part of it. I ate fish up until the 1st of this year, and I’m still not 100% ruling it out if I really, really want to eat fish (though I haven’t had the desire so far.)

I also educated myself on the different vitamins and minerals, sources of proteins, and nutrients that plants have, as well as on the abundance of all the wonderful and delicious nuts, seeds, legumes, and grains available.

So now just three months later, I’m positive that I’ll be a vegetarian (perhaps even vegan some day – who knows!) the rest of my life. And even though my choice was due to moral reasons, the health benefits have shown through so vibrantly! My skin is is much, much more clear, my nails are so much stronger, I don’t feel congested at all, and my energy is through the roof. It’s also SO much easier to eat a rainbow of colors from vibrant fruits and vegetables.

I also haven’t yet experienced the boredom that some vegetarians do with their diet. Actually, becoming a vegetarian has opened me up to countless new food groups, herbs, nutrients, etc.

The only downside is the inconvenience within my household. My husband is a full out meat-eater (which is his prerogative – all I can do is try to make sure most of that meat is organic and ethically raised) so it makes dinners a little difficult. If you’re a regular reader, you know I do a lot of “his” and “hers” meals. This takes a good chunk of time out of the night, and is pretty inconvenient. Luckily, as I’ve been getting busier, the husband has been making his own dinners. Other hard parts involve attending dinner parties, dealing with anti-vegetarian people, and choosing a restaurant. None of which is too troublesome, though.

To wrap up–since I’ve rambled on a little longer than I intended to–even though it’s only been three months, I feel the best I’ve felt (physically) in my whole life, and am 100% sure that I’ve made the right decision. I’ve also learned that it’s a big, life-changing decision that you have to be completely ready to make. It’s OK to ease into it, but it’s still a big decision.

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Well I hope you all had a wonderful Tuesday and have an even better Hump Day!

 

Are you stickler or are you naughty (like me) when it comes to getting the oil changed in your car? I try not to let it go over 1,000 miles…I know that’s so bad! I really need to get better at that!

What has been your biggest change regarding fitness/health/overall well being?

A Baking Bonanza, + Hers Lasagna Rollups Recipe

Good morning bloggies!! Happy New Years’ Eve!! Got any big plans tonight?

We’re just doing the ushe. For the past four or so years, we’ve hung out with the same couple, Destiny and Steve, and this year our friends, Kim and Jason will be joining us! We usually stick around our house, because in this college town, going out to the bars means fighting the college crowds, and this year, baring the single digit degrees. Yiiiikes!

I got up bright and early yesterday and busted out el juicerino again to make a delightful carrot and grapefruit juice:

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OK, those of you who said juicers were a PITA (pain in the as*) to clean up, were right on the money. Shane did the dishes on the first morning I made one, but I did yesterday, and man o’ man is it a pain! I’m thinking juicing is going to be strictly prohibited on work mornings.

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Since I knew I wanted to hit up the gym after work today, I got to baking last night as soon as I got home. I made two different batches of cookies – each by the ever so clever, Dreena Burton.

First up were her Someone got Their Peanut Butter in my Chocolate Cookies:

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They turned out magnificently! I know, because I tried one 😉

The second were Carob Coconut Pecan Cookies:

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Yeah..these were a flop. A flattened, pancake, cookie flop. Woops. I mean they tasted delicious!! In fact, the husband kept going into what I salvaged and breaking off a “piece” of a couple cookies that had welded together, haha. I knew it was over when I put the maple syrup in the “dry ingredients” bowl. Doh! I would have started over, but I was plum out of spelt flour. Anyone have any ideas on how I can possibly salvage these babies?

At least the first ones turned out, aaaand I got to use a new, fun Pampered Chef toy! 😀

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Next, I made a sweet appetizer of sweet pumpkin dip!

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I’ll be setting out these lovelies for dippers:

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Sweet Pumpkin Dip:

 

Ingredients:

  • -1 cup of pure pumpkin
  • -1/2 block of extra firm tofu
  • -1/2 block of neufatenel cheese or cream cheese
  • -1/2 T pumpkin pie spice
  • -3 T maple syrup
  • -3 T pumpkin butter (optional)

In a food processor, puree the pumpkin, tofu, and cream cheese until well combined. Toss in the rest of the ingredients, and pulse until smooth. Sprinkle a little of the pumpkin pie spice on top. Devour! Easy peasy 😀

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A few of you asked about the His and Hers Lasagna Rollups I made for our Christmas party on Sunday. Man are they good!

His and Hers Lasagna Rollups

Recipe adapted Ellie Kreiger, Food You Crave

Hers – Ingredients:

  • 5 w.w. or regular lasagna noodles
  • ½ T of olive oil
  • ½ of an eggplant, chopped into small pieces (Note: this wasn’t included in Sunday’s meal, as I was out of eggplant, and there was a blizzard out sideJ)
  • 5 oz. of portabella mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 c. of tomato sauce of your choice (I think I just used Progresso)
  • 8 oz. of ricotta cheese – whole or skim (I used whole)
  • 2-3 c. fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ t. oregano
  • A handful of Romano cheese (make sure you have exactly one handful ;))
  • ½ c. mozzarella cheese

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Cook 10-12 whole wheat or regular lasagna noodles according to the package; lay each flat on a paper towel or tinfoil when done.

While noodles are cooking, heat the olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the eggplant, and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly browned. Add the mushrooms, and cook for 3-4 additional minutes, or until mushrooms are slightly browned. Add in chopped spinach and cook until wilted. Pour in half of your tomato sauce, and simmer for 2-3 minutes.

In a medium sized bowl, mix the ricotta, egg, oregano, and spinach until well combined.

Spread a spoonful of the ricotta mixture on each noodle – cover each noodle, but leave 1-2 inches uncovered on each end. Then, spread 1-2 spoonfuls of the veggie and tomato sauce mixture on top of the ricotta spread.

Lightly grease an 8×8 (or whatever you have on hand) baking dish. Roll each noodle from the bottom up, and stand it up in the dish.

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Take remaining tomato sauce, and evenly pour on top of the rollups. Top the sauce and noodles evenly with the mozzarella cheese. Cover with tinfoil, and bake for 35 minutes. Remove the tinfoil, sprinkle on the romano cheese, and bake for another 10 minutes.

Then devour!

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For the “His” version of the rollups, instead of sautéing the eggplant and mushrooms in oil, simply brown the meat, then add the tomato sauce. Then continue per the directions above. I did still include the steamed spinach in the His version, just because I think spinach goes excellently with lasagna!

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Anyway, after all this baking for today, I wasn’t really hungry come dinner time (who, me? Eat the leftover dough? Well, I nevahh!!) but I did make a little somthin’ somethin’ cause I didn’t want to be hungry later. Enter, house salad:

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Romaine, spinach, kale, broccoli, yellow bell pepper, TJ’s meatless balls, goddess dressing. Now that salad is the size of a house!

 

I hope you all have a fun and safe New Year! Don’t get too crazy, now 😉

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Have a great day!

Veggie Bean Burritos and Vega Vibrancy Winner

Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve!

How we all doing this morning? I, for one, can’t believe how close Christmas is! It doesn’t really feel like it to me. See, I used up all of my vacay days on the cruise, so I’m working right up until noon on Christmas Eve (Christmas Day is a work holiday.)

I’m currently enjoying a delicious breakfast of a great big GREEN monster.

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1 frozen nanner, 1 c. almond milk, 2 cups of spinach, Smooth Operator PB, and some Vega Smoothie Infusion. Yummy and filling 🙂

So my decision to change my way of thinking helped out a ton today. I only got stressed out once, and it only lasted for about 5 minutes, so I’d say that’s progress in its fullest 😀 Work actually went fairly smoothly, and before I knew it, it was time for me to head on home! So headed home I did, and then headed straight to the gym, where I had a major cardio session. I couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to do at first (spin class or run, spin class or run.) I decided on running, and ran some intervals! However, technically it wasn’t intervals, because they weren’t timed intervals. For last nights run, I chose a different method:

I strapped on my Polar F6 HRM to monitor my HR, did a 5 minute brisk-paced walk for a warm up, and then:

  • Ran at 6.4 until my heart rate reached 160 – about 80% of my max HR
  • Kicked it up to 7.2, and ran at that speed until HR reached 170 – about 85% of my max HR
  • Backed it down to 6.4 until my HR recovered to 160
  • Sped up to 7.2 until my HR reached 85% again

I repeated that series until I completed 3.1 miles, and I was absolutely breathless by the time I was done. Actually, I think it was a wee bit rough on my cardiorespiratory system, but that’s what HIIT will do to ya! Gotta love those anaerobic workouts. After I did a 5 minute cool down, I did 10 more easy minutes on the elliptical, stretched it out, and called it a day. Speaking of stretching it out, make sure to stop by tomorrow morning for my go-to post-cardio/legs workout stretches!

Was out of the gym by 6:00, and then stopped at the store and found a couple unicorns!

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Still haven’t found the coveted Sugar Cookie Sleigh Ride though :-/ I feel like I’m on a goose chase!!

When I got home, the husband let me know he was about to wither away if he didn’t get some dinna, so he and I decided to cook some veggie and bean burritos together! The recipe we followed was from Vive le Vegan!

We got to cooking the innards:

 

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Wrapped em up in his (whole wheat Chi Chi’s) and hers (Ezekiel) tortillas, and popped em in the hot box for about 15 minutes at 375º

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They turned out wonderfully! Hot and gooey on the inside, and crispy and warm on the outside. Then we proceeded to top them with mozzarella and an abundance of salsa:

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And devour. Mmm mmm good.

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Vega Bar Winner

And the winner of the Vega Vibrancy Bars is…………

Random Integer= #18, which is Kate!

Kate, please email me your address and I’ll have your Vega Bars shipped to you ASAP!

Everyone else – thank you SO much for participating 😀

Hope everyone has a fabulous day and Merry Christmas Eve’s Eve!

 

PS – for more giveaway fun, check out Averie’s Nutridel giveaway!

Vegan For a Day #1

 

Yesterday I spent the day as if I were vegan. I ate no foods containing animal products (meat, eggs, dairy, what have you) at all. I’ve teetered on the idea of veganism ever since deciding to become a vegetarian,as I have a hard time justifying why I won’t eat tortured animals, but I’ll eat products that contain their byproducts (unfortunately, almond mnm’s are not vegan. hmph.) So I thought I’d jump on board with the other bloggers who are taking up the challenge of going Vegan for a Week and Vegan for a Day.

So it goes…

As you know from yesterday’s post, it started out kinda shaky when I poured out my first cup of coffee I made with half and half. I have an excuse though! My brains don’t work until you insert coffee!!

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While sipping on coffee and catching up with your lovely bloggies, I dug into my delicious (and favorite) breakfast cookie. So glad the fitnessista introduced these to my world! 😀

Before leaving for work, I organized my vegan snacks for the day:

 

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Luckily, I was able to come home over lunch, because I saw that there was honey in my Clif bar! And while it was organic, supposedly honey is not vegan. Note: if I ever go vegan, honey will beee an exception. I don’t care for bees.

While home, I warmed up some of the chili from Monday night’s meal from ED & BV:

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Chili is so good on its second day. So good, and so filling. On the side I had some almond butter and a nanner on Ezekiel. At first, I grabbed for the Naturally More Peanut butter, but then saw it contains egg whites (!) which is a little bit more blatantly non-vegan than the Clif Bar. So instead, I reached for the old’ faithful:

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Pure, vegan, raw, goodness. And since I was home, I traded out my Clif Bar (which I will devour today, mind you ;-)) out for some veggies and hummus:

 

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Ahh perfect combination. Not so perfect crunching noise in a quiet office, however. Regardless, I chomped away anyway.

Last night was my second to last night of personal training class, and I have to admit, I’m pretty darn sad about it 😦 I really like the group of people and the instructor in the class, and it’s just so fascinating to learn about the body and fitness in my opinion. I did, however, learn that the cost of the class covers the cost of the exam. Baller 🙂

Before class, I was able to sneak in a quick ab routine. I was torn on whether to play with Niko or workout, so I tried to compromise:

 

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by bringing my stability ball from our workout room to the living room! As you can see, Clarabelle was intrigued, but all Niko did was growl. Apparently it threw off the feng shui for her or something in her dog land brain. Alas, I did my workout upstairs: ab roll out on ball, plank, side plank, crunches on ball.

Then I got to work on dinner:

Pumpkin Spice Roasted Veggies and Lemony Cashew Basil Pesto Pasta

Phew – that was a mouthfull. Anyway, first I chopped up a sweet potato and two large carrots, and tossed them with:

  • 1 T rice wine vinegar
  • 1 T apple cider
  • 2 T maple syrup
  • 1.5 T coconut oil
  • 1 t pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 t sea salt

 

 

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And roasted at 350 º for about 35 minutes

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   Meanwhile, I whipped up the pesto, which came from…you guessed it, ‘>Eat Drink and Be Vegan, and boiled some water for the pasta:

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Class went swimmingly, and we gave our instructor a gift card to Target at the end for being such a kickass instructor! She really is awesome – energetic, fun, and very knowledgeable.

After class, I came home to dessert #2, which was a glass of vino, chocolate, and a side of the Hills.

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Scrrrrumptious.

Wow, now if that wasn’t a food post, I don’t know what is! All in all, I was surprised by the ease of eating all vegan foods for the day. I didn’t feel extremely limited or frustrated like I thought I would. The Vegan for a Day challenge is supposed to be on Thursday of this week. Originally, I was just going to try it out for today, as my Thursday is a little more hectic, but what the heck, I’ll just consider today a practice or warm up day for Thursday! :-D  I doubt I will become vegan anytime soon, however, today let me know there’s hope that is could eventually be a possibility for me!

Do you ever feel guilty for leaving your pet to workout? I do all the time! It’s hard to evade those sad puppy eyes 😦

The Dessert of Yoga

Good morning! I’m still waking up – *yaawwwn.* I have to be at the gym from 8-12 today for class. I’m super pumped because today we’re actually diving head first into the equipment (not literally, ow) and doing some workouts! Hooray 😀

Like every other Friday spent running around like a crazy person, yesterday was no different. Right after I got off work, I had to go to Target to a gift for a baby shower I’m going to today after class. After Target, I just kept of driving to a couple other various stores…Sam’s, Von Maur, Fresh Market…

and came with this!

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It’s more than it looks. Oh, and see that 3 pack of DiGornio pizzas? Well, ever since I’ve been busy and gone about every night, I don’t have time to cook dinner for Shane and I about 3 or 4 of the 5 nights. He always says, “oh, I’ll fix something myself.” However, “fix something” to my husband (God bless him) means either a.) sticking in microwave or b.) sticking in oven – aka frozen. Before I just had Amy’s burritos or veggie frozen veggie meals, but now he has himself three 3-meat pizzas to go to town on.

Some highlights of the haul:  IMG_2090 IMG_2091 After putting the groceries away, I made a wonderfully nutritious lunch:

 

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It was my turn to bring dessert to Bunco that I had last night, and I decided to be brave, and try a recipe I haven’t tried before out of Vive le Vegan!’>Vive le Vegan!:

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Peanut Butter Bars!!

 

Started with the dry, base layer:

 

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And then made the middle peanut butter layer:

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the CHOCLATE layer!!!

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While the bars were cooling, it was time for me to twek it out! I didn’t have much time to play with, so I did an easy breezy 35 minutes on the elliptical while watching Keeping Up with the Kardashians: Wedding Special, while I heated up my yoga studio of an office as high as the space heater would go. It was wonderous! It was the first time in a loooong time where I’ve felt that “outside of body experience” during yoga. I ended up with a heavenly shavasana, aka the dessert of yoga, and then got dinner ready before I left for Bunco night! (aka Wine-o night)

Part of dinner was a recipe from Dreena Burton’s Eat, Drink, and Be Vegan 😀 (Don’t expect to stop seeing her name soon by the way.)

Autumn Puree

I cooked a sweet potato until soft, and then put it in the food processor, along with Thursday night’s butternut squash,with some other secret ingredients you can access if you happen to own this cookbook.

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Then I took out a portion for me, added brown sugar (Shane’s crack) and set it aside for Shane.

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While the sweet potato was baking, I also had some cod baking in the oven, which I marinated in some Saucy Mamaaa sauce:

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Perfect meal!! Delicioso to the max.

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(Remember – I’m in a vegetarian transition – not quite 100% yet, but it’s the first time I’ve had fish in a long time.)

Then I left for Bunco, which I was late for, of course (can I ever leave the house not running towards the door?!) I didn’t win any money, but I did get an ab workout in from laughing so hard. While consuming Moscato d’Asti. Good times, good times. Oh, and the bars were a hit!! There were NONE left – NONE! I let on that they weren’t so bad for you, and the girls loved it. Plus, there was a vegan there who I got to introduce to Dreena Burton’s cookbooks! I said go to Borders, pick up off of shelf, buy, cook.

I’ll leave you with our first Christmas decoration put up today:

 

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This is probably my favorite decoration of ours. Shane and I love Christmas, but we don’t have gobs upon gobs of decorations out every year. We are kind of minimalists when it comes to interior decorating.

 

Off to class! See you tomorrow with a recap of training, baby showers, and dinner out!

How was your start to the weekend? Have anything fun coming up today or tomorrow? I have a race on Sunday – a 5K, and I can’t decide if I want to run it for fun or run it to get a PR. I’m running it with a group of girlfriends, so I’m leaning towards fun, but I keep going back and forth! We’ll see 😀 Have a fab day!

Moscato and Cado Love

I had myself a nice little Sunday yesterday! Shane’s friend ended up picking him up from the Bear’s game, so I took off to meet my friend Heidi at the gym. It’s super funny/cute, because she’s due with her first child in December, and her belly is getting SO big. She’s all belly though. I know a lot of people say that, but I honestly don’t think she’s gained an ounce anywhere else (perhaps busting her booty at the gym 8 months pregnant has something to do with that;)) Well, she had two people come up to her and ask her about 5 questions, then tell her just how awesome it is she was at the gym. I told her I thought that was so nice, and definitely a confidence booster. She then told me after hearing it multiple times at the gym every. single. day. it gets old. I can only imagine! I still think it’s cute though;)

Anyway, I got to the gym about 20 minutes before Heidi, so I did some strength training:

 

  • 3 sets of 15 lat pull downs
  • 3 sets of 15 bicep curls
  • 3 sets of 15 rows
  • 3 sets of 15 lower back extension

I can already feel the burn in my lats. Burn, baby, burn!

When Heidi got there, we did 50 minutes of cardio, split up between:

  • 20 minutes of the treadmill
  • 10 of the stairmill
  • 20 on the elliptical

Then it was Starbucks time!!! This is becoming quite the ritual of ours. I ordered a nonfat latte, and since I hadn’t eaten breakfast time, I figured it’d be the perfect time to try out one of their pumpkin scones!

(not my picture)

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After we finished our coffee and scones, I drove across town to get a new light bulb for one of my headlights. Hubski tried replacing it for me last night, but he got the wrong side, so I went ahead and exchanged it out for the right one. After that excitement (ha) I went to Borders, and read a little bit of Alicia Silverstone’s new book, the Kind Diet.

Fun Fact: Did you know that carnivore’s intestines are much, much shorter than ours? It’s a reason she believes that humans weren’t supposed to eat meat in the first place. Because food is able to pass quickly through the short intestines, but spends a lot longer time getting digested and setting in longer intestines. Interesting, eh?

I’d like to buy this book soon, but for now, I just got Dreena Burton’s “Vive Le Vegan!”

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And as you can see, I also got her other book, Eat, Drink & be Vegan (thanks, mom and dad!) My parents’ got me that one, and came over today and gave it to me. I’m so excited to try out a recipe. And you can definitely expect a recipe from EDABV this week, per RAN dad’s orders! So far, my dad’s LOVED every healthy/vegan/gluten free dessert I’ve made him, so perhaps I’ll make a dessert in case I see them again next weekend!

So my dad watched the Bear’s game while my mom and I hit up Von Maur (duh) and Fresh Market. I got a beautiful sweater at VM, which I’ll post tomorrow, and a couple Christmas presents that went home with my madre.

At Fresh Market, we got tons of fresh fruit, and a couple desserts. I also got some sushi:

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Raw tuna-cado roll. Mmm, mm, mm!

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My parents’ got Potbelly’s, but it was already 3, and I had to go to a birthday dinner at 6, so I stuck with something light. This worked perfectly!

I said my goodbyes to the parental unit, did a little housework, and was on my way to Biaggi’s for a birthday celebration! Celebration it was, indeed!

 

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Oh, moscato, d’asti. How I adore thee.

After I got back to the homefront, I kicked back, did a little leisurely reading (as opposed to homework reading – which is leisurely as well, I guess. But I digress..) and watched me some Desperate Housewives. Good epi btw 😉

 

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Now it’s time for some before-work-yoga! The candles are lit, and the room is filled with vanilla-lavender scent. Yogadownload, here I come:) I’m really getting to like this little ritual, by the way! It really sets the tone for the work day, and helps me to keep the calmness with me throughout the entire day. Love it:D

 

How was your weekend? Any good Halloween stories or any super cool costumes??