A Bitter Sweet Kind of Day

The first thing I heard upon waking up yesterday morning was Niko barking. This meant one of two things: it was in the middle of the night and there was an intruder in the house or she was barking to go outside because I overslept and it was past her morning potty time. After looking at the clock and seeing it was 5:45, I quickly realized it was the latter, and shot up straight out of bed, realizing that I would inevitably be late to work. However   …this was kinda bitter sweet because scored an extra hour of sleep, which is pretty sweet since I didn’t get to sleep until midnight. 😉

Since I participated in Vegan for a Day yesterday, I planned on starting it off right with a Green Monster. Since time, time, time was not on my side, I had the next best thing:

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Kombucha! I actually enjoyed drinking this first thing in the a.m. 😀

Vegan Meals for Vegan for a Day

A little later, I forgoed (is that a word?) my breakfast cookie I’ve been eating lately, and went with a breakfast wrap in a Flat Out!

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Inside this blanket of goodness was a mashed nanner, blueberries (random, but such a good addition,) flax meal, maranatha’s raw almond butter, and hempseed powder. It was as glorious as it sounds 😀

Some other vegan snacks:

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(Thank you, husband for bringing my veggie chips to my desk! <3)

And lunch was an easy choice – leftovers from the night before! I had the cashew lemon pesto from ED & BV with ziti and some meatless gourmet.

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It tasted about 1,000 x’s better than it looks. I promise.

After consuming lunch, I jetted across the street to my hair salon. I had to get a much needed bang trim and brow wax. I’m so glad I was able to sneak in over my lunch break, because I have zero free time this weekend! Not so glad I came back to work with red marks on my face from the wax (no reaction, my skin just always does this.)

I had the best vegan dinner planned in my mind on my way home from work. I had the perfect idea – Mama Pea’s pumpkin spice roasted chick peas! I followed her recipe to a T and then stuck em in the hot box:

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While they were getting nice and toasty, I jetted upstairs to the workout room where I got in a super quick workout:

  • 32 minutes on the elliptisizer
  • 2 sets of 10 stability ball core roll outs
  • 2 sets of 10 deadlifts w/ 15 lb. dumbbells
  • 2 sets of 10 squats w/ 15 lb. dumbbells
  • planks, planks, and more planks – I got a cruise comin’ up, darnit!

The chickpeas were done roasting and cooling when I was done, and I couldn’t wait to inhale eat them. Not knowing what to eat them on or with, I decided to go the no fail route and use them as a salad topper. They were accompanied by some spinach, avocado, tomatoes, sunflower seeds, a few slivered almonds, and some red bell pepper:

 

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Which does not belong? I’ll tell you: the bell pepper! All the other flavors got along well together, but the bell pepper just did not want to play. So I ate those separately and then consumed the delicious salad. As I said, the salad was delicious, however, all the chickpeas scurried down to the bottom of the bowl, which led to not so balanced bites 😦

Fortunately, I reached them at the bottom, threw in some more avocado, and continued to go to town:

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On the side, I had some mango with blueberries:

 

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If you guys are like me, you can’t just cut up a mango and leave the core alone. Oh no. You must eat around the core with an apple. SO good. However, I spent the rest of the night picking mango shreds out of my teeth. Not so good.

After dinner I was off to my last personal training class 😦 This was definitely bittersweet. I was happy, because now I get my nights back for a while, but I wasn’t ready for it to end! Each class provided a wealth of knowledge, our instructor was wonderful, and I met some really awesome people in the class. *Sigh*

But I left with a certificate!

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Booyah! Now I can save yo life and get you fit! Well, after I pass the ACE exam  🙂

There were several bittersweet moments throughout the class, but one that was most notable. The instructor baked oatbran peanut butter cookies for our last class, and because we had all pitched in and gotten her a Target gift card. Poor girl was a little upset, because somehow the cookies turned out drier than she hoped for, but she still thought they tasted good. Without thinking – at all – I popped one in my mouth…chewed…swallowed…opened eyes really wide when she mentioned there might be too much egg or butter. CRAP! I totally blew Vegan for a Day! Ay ay ay. Let’s just pretend she was talking about flax eggs and Earth Balance spread, kapeesh? Kapeesh 😉

I didn’t let the blip in day long veganism throw me off. Instead of blowing it again when I got home, I searched the house for a vegan snack (Annie’s Bunny Friends aren’t vegan…*sniff*) and finally decided on Puffins and Almond milk:

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Bittersweet days aren’t so bad afterall. You take the bad and the good, and move on! At least it wasn’t just a bitter day 🙂

Today is just going to be a plain crazy day! After work, I’m rushing to the gym to get in a speedy workout, making some healthy treats for my parents, then heading to my mom’s house for the night. She and I plan on doing a little baking (I plan on teaching her how to make Angela’s balls) and getting a pedicure. After that, it’s girl’s night! Girl’s night! Girl’s night! This will include wine and food and non stop chitchat. And if my persuasive techniques have any power against my lovely friends, it will also include Edward, Bella, Jacob, and the gang.

I hope everyone has an awesome day!! What are your plans?? Did any of you see New Moon yet? What’dya think?