So my plans for running today were squashed by the soreness that still exists in my legs. This, folks, is a prime example of listening to your body. Not only were my legs still super sore, but my knee was twinging a little bit and in the essence of staying injury free I listened – I took a rest day. From cardio…
Tuesdays are usually my swing day, meaning that there is the potential for rest or adding it as a 6th day of exercise. Today the rest won out. Listen to your body kids!
We are having a potluck at work tomorrow and being the overachiever that I am, I signed up for two dishes. I’m being sarcastic about the overachiever part, but I did this more so because I rarely get to cook for large groups, so I always double my efforts when the opportunity presents itself. Tomorrow morning, I will finish off an old recipe for cranberry casserole and tonight I fixed a twist on what is known as “German potato salad” by adding sauteed asparagus to a dressed hot potato salad. There was no mayonaise used in the production of this potato salad. As a side note, I’m completely convinced that mayo is complete evil. No nutritional value whatsoever. Stay far, far away. Anyway, for the dressing, I combined some dijon mustard, fresh dill, nutritional yeast (good source of B12 for vegetarians/vegans), water, maple syrup, the juice and zest of a whole lemon, and some minced garlic. I roasted the potatoes with some additional minced garlic and a little olive oil. Asparagus was trimmed and sauteed in a little olive oil. When everything is finished, mix it all. Done
The cranberry casserole is an old favorite. Combine 4 c. fresh cranberries, 2 c. chopped apples, about 1 c. sugar (I usually cut this back to 1/2 c. and it still works, you are basically just trying to mascerate the cranberries and draw the juice out). You then mix in a separate bowl…1 1/2 c. oats, 1/2 c. brown sugar, 1/3 c. flour, 1/2 c. chopped nuts (I typically go with walnuts or pecans, stay away from regular peanuts) and 1 stick melted vegan butter. Mix all of these and pour on top of cranberry mixture. Place in a preheated 350 degree oven for 1 hour, checking at 45 minutes. The mix will thicken as it sits.
Other than that, eats again were really not spectacular. I had lunch with a friend at Qdoba and while it was enjoyable, I think I am out of my Qdoba/Chipotle phase. My normal go to is a veggie bowl with minimal rice, extra mild salsa, guacamole, and black beans. I’m just over it now. I resisted the lemonade, which was a health win for the day. I had a Fuji apple for a snack and breakfast was a repeat from yesterday.
Tomorrow morning, I plan on having a green monster smoothie for breakfast to break up the monotomy. Step class is tomorrow night and it is the highlight of my exercise week. If you like step class, take a BodyStep class and see what you think. As a step instructor, I have some issues with Les Mills, but I have enjoyed pretty much every BodyStep class I have taken. Except party step, because I feel like it brings my endurance level down a few notches. Also, completely unrelated, I am entertaining the idea of signing up for the Gasparilla Half Marathon in Tampa. I have the running itch.
My pull up bar is staring at me from across the room, so I’m going to make some attempts and check back in tomorrow.