Hey HEY hey! How you doin’? I really can’t complain here. I started out the day totally feeling like McGrumpster, but just now realized that a lot of good things happened today, and I really need to kick myself in the booty if I decide to be grumpy for no reason again.
Anyway, this morning I continued the trend of waking up with the moon around 4:45, and by 5:00 a.m. I was out the door and on my way to meet my girl, Heidi at the gym.
I had my ushe pre-workout snack:
Smushy smushy then devour
but then I decided to do something in addition…I made coffee! I made it as fast as I could in my sleep deprived state, and drank about a half cup on the way to the gym. Honestly, guys – my run was so much better. Unfortunately, this kind of made me lose faith in the ever-so-hyped up Maca powder. Coffee-1. Maca-0. I’ll continue to sprinkle it on for taste and “energy,” but there’s really nothing like a good ol’ cup of joe.
At the gym, I ran 3.1 miles at my 5k pace, which is currently about 9:07. We decided to make it a cardio-only day, and finished out our workouts on the stair stepper. Fun, schweaty times
Got back to the crib, showered, and got ready for work, and pulled my breakfast out of the fridge:
Not my greatest recreation of the breakfast cookie. Sometimes it’s best to stick with what we know. However, it was tasty, and did it’s job of being breakfast for the day. In the combo: 1/2 c. oats, 1 large banana (too large,) 1/2 scoop chocolate protein powder, 1.5 T. PB2, 1 t. stevia, and a handful of raisins. Like I said – it did the job.
Work was super busy, but sped by like a freight train! However, the good news is, I got to depart to my favorite restaurant here in town for lunch! (Bad news is it was a goodbye lunch because my friend/coworker is leaving the team:( ) I didn’t whip out the camera and take a picture, because there were co workers there who don’t know about the blog, but let me tell you, the salad I ate was foodgasm worthy. Oh man, oh man. Let me paint a picture for you with my words: roasted beets, almond encrusted goat cheese, sun dried cherries, and avocado, atop a bed of arugula leaves. See? I told ya. Died and went to yumtopia.
Got back to work, regained my composure, and did the work thang for a few more hours. By the time I left for home, my body was practically begging me for a nap. You see, I haven’t been sleeping well at all lately. I’m not alarmed by this, because whenever I embark on a new and exciting, but somewhat life-altering journey, I either have nightmares or don’t sleep. This time it’s the latter. Combine that with 4:45 a.m. wake up calls and you get one tired Paigey.
To combat the weary eyes, I went to the bed as soon as I walked in the door, and rested for about a half hour with the furbabies until I was off to the gym to train a client. Even though I didn’t get in any sleep, it totally revived me! Plus, I was looking forward to the training session, so that always helps.
I got home a little while later and was starving. My appt. was at 6:00, so dinner time was a little later than usual, but I knew exactly what to make…Leftovers! Leftovers are great. They’re cheap, quick, easy, and don’t require much thought. The only downside? It’s a little repetitive. But, my bloggy friends, it doesn’t have to be!
For my dinner, I took the exact same coconut encrusted tofu I made last night, and made a totally different meal out of it, thanks to these guys:
That would be dressing. More specifically, 1 T. coconut oil, 1 T. Rice vinegar, 1 T. agave, and a couple shakes of sea salt! I just put it in this container…
my its money maker!
Add a bed of greens, and you have a delicious and reinvented tofu salad!
Please make this dressing and this tofu and thusly, this salad.
Had it with a side of Trader Joe’s low sodium organic red pepper and tomato bisque soup and some blueberries on the side. Perfecto!
A quick note about tofu… Many of you commented in yesterday’s post that you just can’t seem to make tofu how you like it. Seriously I thought the same thing. I tried baking it, frying it, sauteeing it, and nothing worked. Until one day I accidentally let my tofu freeze, and thusly had to thaw it out. Well apparently when you thaw out tofu, the texture of it becomes spongey. That’s how I found out I only like tofu that’s spongey!! Now every time I buy a pack, I immediately freeze it. Added bonus is it’s better longer So there ya go…if you just can’t seem to make tofu turn out right, try freezing it. Just a suggestion
Well, friends, I should probably but myself off, as it seems I’m in quite the rambly mood tonight. I should get ready to hit the sack anyway. I’m crossing my fingers I get in a somewhat decent night’s sleep!!
Question: What’s your faaavorite dish to make for leftovers? I’m a huge proponent of anything leftover, but I really like chili (duh) and any kind of pasta dish