As you can surmise, I'm nowhere near finished, so there's no mashup to post. I figured I'd take the time to tell you about the other things I've been up to during these last few weeks.
First, I've become consumed/obsessed with shopping in the bulk bins at Whole Foods and putting my purchases in mason jars. Dried beans, lentils, flours, nuts - I think I have a sickness. I can't stop. But thanks to Whole Foods, I've learned that I have a new love of raw cashews (I was originally a roasted girl) as well as eating medjool dates stuffed with walnuts and these Energy Chunks as a pre-workout snack. I love the Cacao Gogi Berry and Cha Cha Chia bars, but sort of wanted to puke up the Mixed Berry Blast (those will be thrown out soon).
The pre-workout reference leads me to my next activity. For the past two months I've been working out at 5:30 am before I go to work (hence the 9:30 pm bedtime). What a change that has been. Getting up at this time means no meal before running/biking/stairclimbing/weightlifting, because that would require me getting up even earlier. So now I pop in a date or an energy chunk on my way the gym, and I have to say, they oddly do the trick. It's amazing how your body can adapt to a workout schedule if you stick with it. I really like working out that early pre-breakfast and work. It definitely makes me ready for the day.
So onto breakfast. The next big change has been my abandonment of eating cereal. For six years, I would have a bowl of Kashi Go Lean with banana, blueberries, and raisins. FOR SIX STRAIGHT YEARS. During this past spring, my body suddenly starting rejecting the kashi. I felt gross at work and sluggish. These feelings, combined with my desire to decrease/ween off any processed carbohydrates has led me to abandon all cereals. So what do I have now? I have this.
A smoothie usually filled with vanilla protein powder, rolled oats, chia/flax seed, some greek yogurt, spinach, bananas, peaches, mango, pineapple and fresh ginger. It may not look too appetizing, but it tastes amazing and makes me feel totally energized. I am never going back.
[I need to thank my sweet friend JL of JL Goes Vegan for clueing me in to medjool dates and green smoothies!]
Next up: I bought a new "used" car. It's a sage green 2008 Nissan Altima (my previous car was a '99 Altima) and I'm in love with it. No seriously - LOVE. I want to cry every time I sit in it. It's the little things, ya know?
And finally, Pat and I made it to the Big E. It was what I always expected - lots of food I would never want to put in my body (e.g., fried dough, fried twinkies, fried kool-aid, the "Craz-E Burger" comprised of a bacon cheeseburger sandwiched between two halves of a glazed donut. Barf.), people who would be classified as "real lookers," and freak show exhibits of epic proportion.
I actually took a photo of the Hercules Unicorn Cow, but it was so horrible to see that I feel terribly guilty posting it.
Despite these oddities, we had a pretty good time. We went with some fine friends, rode on some rickety fair rides, got a good dose of carnie-sightings and spent a nice, hot (and super humid) day outside.
Marvel in my productivity! I will be back soon - I promise.