Declutter Your Mind

Greetings! Everything OK in your world? I hope so – things are fine here.

I just returned from a quick 2.5 miler(with a 8:45 pace!! I was in a hurry) and am about to down some oooovernight oats. It’s been a while.

 

Yesterday

Yesterday after I took a nap lay awake in bed for an hour, I got up with a fierce craving for hot oats. This is rare in the hot summer heat, so I went with the craving.

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Craving=solved and it was a lovely bowl of oats indeed. A dollop of Greek yogurt does wonders to hot oats in the summer. It’s the perfect way to cool them down without going so far as to making them overnight oat-esque.

 

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A load or two of laundry and some scrapbooking later and I fueled up before heading to the gym:

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Half a peanut butter chocolate Lara Bar.

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It was all I had not to finish the whole thing. I stuck the rest in my purse to eat post workout/pre-training session. After an intense 3.5 interval run followed by back and biceps work, I trained a client, chatted up the owner, and headed home.

I had another errand to tend to. This one’s a doozy.

 

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Getting this one to the vet. She actually didn’t do too bad! And got copious amounts of Greenies when she returned. All is well in the tough life of Clarabelle. Although I do think it’s a load of crap for my county to instill a law that I pay a fee each year to have my INDOOR cat registered for rabies. Whatev.

Still on minimal sleep, I trucked on. Lunch helped!

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I had leftovers of this, but the leftovers pic turned out to be way less appetizing looking than this one.

Dessert was even more unappetizing-looking.

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I glowered at my to-do list when I saw what was next: scrubbing the floors. Once a month I get down on my hands and knees with some rubber gloves and a bucket of hot water and soap and scrub ‘til I’m mad. It’s so rewarding, though.

My reward:

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Pretty sure this is the last Kombucha in my city. Wah!

By this time, I was so beat, the thought of going back to work seemed like a sin! I almost rescheduled for tomorrow, but then I thought of how I’d feel about that tomorrow, and changed my mind 😉 It’s always fun, but getting there is sometimes a challenge.

Before I left for my client’s house, I made a little dinner for the hubski and me:

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Taco salad! Taco taco; burrito burrrito; taco taco!

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I actually got this recipe out of my Hungry Girl cook book. I was feeling uninspired with the usuals, and haven’t made anything from that cookbook from a while because there’s usually chemical-laden/not whole foods ingredients in the recipes like Splenda or egg white substitute. Of course I tweaked it a bunch, but the overall concept was from her recipe;)

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I added some tempeh on top to mine. I love tempeh!

When I got home from training my last client of the day, I started winding down immediately. I didn’t want another restless night like Sunday night. I had a small dessert of some ice cream and then made some sleepy time tea. Finally, I prepared this morning’s coffee, shut down the kitchen, and laid everything out for today. It majorly helped declutter the mind. Another thing that helps is writing down what you need to do the following day right before you head to bed. That way, instead of thinking about it and trying not to forget it when you’re head hits the pillow, it’s already all laid out for ya!

Well I’m off to eat some breakfast and head to work. Catch ya lata 😀

 

What helps you declutter your mind before calling it a night? If tea and a list don’t help, I put on some lavender-scented lotion. The calming aroma does wonders to calm the brain 🙂

Last Kombucha Standing

Hi guys! Thanks for all the congrats on my blog’s first anniversary/blogiversary (if you will.) I was pretty stoked, haha. Now I can say “last year today, I/we…” and have a clear picture of what went down. It’s the simple things, people.

Anyway, what a great 4th of July! After training and getting in a little cardio and weights myself, I was in need of some fuel. I bought some tempeh over the weekend, and had been wanting to try it out with jam. I’ve seen it so many times on other blogs, but have only eaten tempeh savory. Let me tell ya, it was a winner!

IMG_0046Tempeh with Crofters jam on a whole wheat bakery bun…it was divine!

Before Independence Day festivities, I ran some errands, and cleaning relaxed. One of my finds was some kombucha!

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This is pretty exciting because kombuchas being taken off store shelves for its alcohol content, and I grabbed the last two bottles standing at Fresh Market!

Later, we finally headed over to a friend’s house for a barbeque.

I brought red, white, and blue green cookie dough balls (Averie’s recipe) and sweet and savory coleslaw (which will be on the recipes tab soon. I’m slowly but surely chipping away at it:) )

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We had a great time at the cookout – good food, wine, and company. Actually, I should say DELICOUS food. Take a look at these kabobs (TWSS heh)

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I also tried lychees for the first time. They peel like an orange, look like a strawberry, feel like a grape after peeling (or some other unnamed object) and taste like melon!

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Pretty weird!

When it got dark, we drove over to the park to check out the fireworks.

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The show was actually pretty weak sauce. It lasted all of 10 minutes! Feeling the effects of the economy I suppose. We headed home shortly after because while many people have today off, I had a client to train at 6:00 a.m! Luckily, I woke up feeling not too shabby at 5 this morning, and headed on in, trained, and then stayed for a 4 mile sweaty tready run of my own.

Starved, I ate over night 25 minute oats.

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And then headed to the Dr’s office to get some bloodwork done *cringe*

I had grand plans of finishing my recipe’s tab afterward, but I came home to an office that looked like this:

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The husband apparently caught the organizing bug, heh

So I fueled up:

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Veggie baked beans, potato, carrot, and onion mix, and aforementioned sweet and savory coleslaw.

And am now going to go help him tackle this impromptu project.

Wish me luck ;)           

 

What were you doing on this day, July 5th, last year? I went to my parents’ anniversary party and then to another cook out! Fun times.

Sweet and Sour Cashew Tofu

Howdy everybody! How’s the start to your week going? Mine was a little rough, but I’m going to go ahead with the mindset that this week is full of opportunities, and I’m bound to find each and every one of them! 🙂

I made a supah good dinner I want to share with ya’ll tonight, but first…my tempeh veggie burgers had to make a second appearance on the blog. But this time, in the form of a wrap!

Flat Out wrap + hummus + tahini + tempeh burger – smushed style:

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Layered spinach on top and rolllled ‘er up!

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It was fantastico. Like my aluminum foil silver metallic placemat? 😉

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Sweet n Sour Cashew Tofu

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Commence drooling

Tonight after my Monday night client, I had time to cook another Monday night dinner!

I had all the fixings to make a stirfry, and at the last minute, decided to make one of the husband’s favorites…cashew tofu stirfry!

With sweet and sour sauce instead of soy.

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I was going to make my own S&S sauce, but we didn’t have any pineapple juice. Ah well.

I just baked the chicken per directed, and for the tofu I pressed, cubed, and the marinated it in a tamari/maple syrup/apple cider vinegar marinade.

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While the “meats” were cookin’, I cooked some brown rice.

And then got started on stirfrying the veggies.

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Onions, garlic, and cashews; broccoli and asparagus.

And combine!

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The flavors went together SO well.

Brown rice, veggies, tofu.

1, 2, 3…

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Honestly, I was very excited on Friday to have a Monday post telling everyone what I’ve been up to lately and the decisions that have been made. However, that’s not possible because I’ve been thrown a curve ball. Not necessarily a bad curve ball…it might just be one I can nail out of the park;) We shall see. Only time will tell, and for the next couple of days, I’ll be in somewhat of a limbo. Wish I could tell you what’s going on…but now I don’t even know!

*Looks up at God laughing at my ‘plans’ *

In other news, this week is taper week! My half marathon is on Saturday, so I just have two more short runs (after yesterday’s 10 miler and today’s 3 miler) tomorrow, and Wednesday. This morning’s run was on the treadmill, but the back of my knee has been feeling off ever since. I’m about to go roll it out on the foam roller. Hopefully it feels better tomorrow? I’m counting on it…

How was your Monday? A good start to the week? Or just another manic Monday?

Tempeh Veggie Burgers

hfglskjdhglsdhg;sldfhg.

That pretty much sums up what’s going on in my mind right now. Or to put it in layman’s terms: TOO. MUCH.

Still can’t share all the details yet, but this week has been one anxiety-filled, indecisive week. Oh yeah, and my half marathon is in 8 days. I’m pretty pumped for that though. So this whirl wind I’m in explains my lackage of posting yesterday.

Currently digested a wonderful FRIDAY breakfast:

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Couldn’t imagine a better post-workout Friday way to break my fast 😉

Last night I got home an hour earlier than intended since a client cancelled on me, so I decided to actually make a dinner! (A novel concept in my household as of late ;))

So a dinner I did make!

I’ve had a half a block of tempeh sitting in my fridge for the past few days. The first half was used here and there – in wraps, in casseroles, and in salads. But the each time I ate it, I thought, next time I’m going to get creative with it. I made…

 

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Tempeh Veggie Burgers

These burgers were insanely delicious! And soooo super easy. It honestly took me about 15 minutes to prep and cook. The texture of tempeh has always reminded me of cold ground (cooked) turkey. It hadn’t occurred to me to turn it into a burger until last night!

Ingredients (makes 4 burgers or 3 Paige sized burgers)

  • half a block of tempeh, cubed
  • 1/2 can black beans
  • 1/2 vidalia onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 3 T. w.w. flour
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • dash of pepper
  • 1 T Braggs or you could use soy sauce

Directions:

Heat a skillet over medium heat and spray with oil. Then place all ingredients except for the salt, pepper, flour, and sauce into the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.

 

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Add the rest of the ingredients and pulse again several times. Form the mixture into three patties, and cook on the grill for about 3-4 minutes on each side.

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I topped mine with some avocado and ketchup and ate it ontop of an unseen piece of Millet toast (told ya the burgers were Paige-sized :)) and a side salad of spinach, romaine, zuke, shrooms, and a dressing of balsamic + Dijon + stevia + salt+ olive oil.

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I bet it would also taste wonderfully with hummus! Or even some tahini! Mmmm 🙂

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Happy Friday everyone! Got any big weekend plans? For once I have a semi-free weekend! Got a few clients to train here and there and my LAST long run before the big half marathon next Saturday, but other than that, it’s all about the catching up. Love it.

Hopefully I’ll get back on the regular blogging cycle soon… thanks for sticking with me guys!

 

Clarabelle says peace out!

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