I think I broke my body today. My mind and my body are in disagreement. In protest, my body decided to break. I have been wanting to swim ever since they opened the pool. I love to swim but it is sort of like a sick disease. I cannot get in a pool and just “hang out” or swim around and do flips and float. No, no. I get into water and immediately begin swimming laps. I have been swimming for as long as I can remember and have never been afraid of the water. I swam competitively in high school and loved every minute. So now, when I can swim laps for general health and wellness, I LOVE it. So I planned on a mini alternative Brick workout (brick workouts are a training method for triathlons where you perform two legs of the race back to back). I always do my bricks backwards, because once I am finished swimming, I cannot run in training. So I did an interval run (2 minutes jog 1 minute sprint) for 6 repetitions and then finished out with a walk while reading my book. Then I did a leg workout and this is where my mind and body began to fall into a bad place with each other. I finished the leg workout and was excited to get into the pool. I jumped into the pool and cranked out 100 meter warm-up, 100 meter for time, 200 and 300 meters for endurance. I did 50 meters of water jogging and then stretched and got out of the pool.
After returning home, I got the dogs out for their bath which is no small chore. I then bathed myself and that is when my body broke. Everything caught up to me and I am now sore all over!
To top it all off, prior to my workout, I was a little hungry and grabbed a banana. Once I got everything done it was 1100 and I had not had anything but the banana! I grabbed some Salt and Pepper Cashews, which are delicious, to make it through the preparation of lunch. I also had four slices of crusty wheat baguette with black olive hummus as an appetizer:
That’s organic spinach, cabbage, carrots, blackberries (a little tart!), cucumbers, califlower, chopped black olives, and green onions. I made Sweet Honey Dijon and used local organic Orange Blossom Honey :). It was really good.
Then I made PB chocolate chip blondies and some brownies. The brownies were from The Joy of Vegan Baking and the jury is still out. There is something not right. I take one bite and think it is the flavor and then I take another bite and think it is the texture. I’m taking them to work tomorrow to a trusted friend who is not afraid to tell me the truth :). The blondies on the other hand…I could have eaten the entire tray! I used Veggie Girl’s recipe for Fig Almond Blondies and used 1/2 c. crunchy natural PB and 1/2 c. semi-sweet dairy-free chocolate chips instead of the almonds and figs. It worked really well and provided for just a hint of PB flavor and velvety chocolate chips.
PB chocolate chip blondies:
Tonight for dinner I had a delicious vegan organic Boca on Sesame Seed Ezekiel Bread, with dijon mustard, a touch of black olive hummus, cucumbers, and spinach with a side of watermelon. Then I had a small square of blondie for dessert :). Tomorrow is going to be a whirlwind day, and may change my course of things for the coming months. More on that later…
Alternatively, I found an awesome call for essays on women and the media. I want to submit an abstract about the way that homemakers are preceived in the media versus reality. We will see how that comes along. Maybe I will be published in the collection! I am actively getting back into the writing thing because outside of cooking it is something that I love. I will have a lot of free time soon, so that will give me a break from the back and mind breaking labor that will be sorting all of our possessions.