As much as I love my boatmeals, I have an opened box of oatbran that I’m trying to get through while the mornings are still cold. Lately, I’ve been combining 1/3 c oatbran with 1 scoop vanilla protein powder, 1 T crunchy almond butter, and topping it off with Grape Nuts, maple syrup and a chopped-up fudgie. Extremely creamy and filling. And such a nutritional dynamo! (Especially when I remember to add in flaxseed meal and/or chia seeds.)
I also tried tempeh for the first time this past weekend. I read that you should steam and/or marinate it first, so I filled a pan with about 1” water, boiled it, and steamed the tempeh for 10 minutes. In the meantime, I made up some of Freya’s Peanut-Maple-Banana Sauce. zomg so good. I loved the sweetness the sauce added to my meal, since lunch/dinner is usually a savory affair for me. It made for a great first-time tempeh experience. I will probably cover the rest of my tempeh package with this sauce, it was that good.
Even though I haven’t had any pain for two weeks, on Friday my body decided to rebel in spades. It started at work when I just had a little pain. I ignored it at first and ate a snack anyway. Then, when I stood up, a huge wave of nausea hit. However, I couldn’t go home because participation in my class was required that day. I took the meds that my doctor gave me for those rare occasions that nausea hits, which ended up helping about 45-60 minutes later, but left me light-headed and dizzy for the rest of the day. Not really a very good thing to be happening when you have to drive yourself home and then drive back to puck your mom up from work.
Because of all this, I decided not to push my luck with the all-nighter for Relay for Life. I feel terrible; like I let my team down by not being there. I had to bail early last year for medical reasons as well. I had already scheduled Friday as my rest day from working out, so at least that worked out okay. At least I didn’t waste my recuperation time. I finished a 10-page (13-page if you count cover page and references) Honors Anthropology paper and got caught up on Physiology and I even got the chance to watch Harry Potter (the most recent one) for the first time. SO LONG, but good. I had forgotten a bunch of stuff that happened since I read the book so long ago.
Saturday, I got a really awesome surprise in the mail:
2 free T-shirts from Sunwarrior! I had forgotten that I entered their protein naming contest, but apparently all participants got free shirts. I’m not complaining!
Tonight I’m going out for a friend’s 20th birthday. I actually get to dress up and look pretty for something for a change! It should be pretty low-key though, because she has some pretty serious medical issues and so kind of has to stay at home or the hospital. I’m okay with low-key! I can only stand being rambunctious every once in a while. Most of the time I think rowdiness is just plain annoying (MAN does that make me sound old).
Like I said above, with my IBS acting up, I was afraid that I was sabotaged for my schedule long run this weekend. Luckily, as you can see below, that was not the case.
Mile 1: 9:10
Mile 2: 8:38
Mile 3: 8:20
Mile 4: 8:16 <— woah, what!?
Mile 5: 8:28 <— stopped to glug water and pop a gel chew
Mile 6: 8:28
Mile 7: 8:20
I was literally almost in tears at the end I was so proud of myself. This is a Personal Distance Record for me. I had originally planned to only do 4 or 5, but I just felt so good that I decided to keep going and I am so glad that I did. My body is so strong and I really don’t give it enough credit most of the time. I even pampered it a bit once I got back home with some frozen vegetables on my knees. They weren’t hurting during the actual run, but after I got cooled down a bit they were getting a little achy and I didn’t want to risk just waiting it out.
Have you tried tempeh before? What did you make with it?