It’s Tuesday. Maybe we can pretend it doesn’t exist if I only talk about Monday?
I’ve started to attempt early morning workouts when I go into the office later (9:00 vs. 7:30). The schedule rotates every week, so I”m crossing my fingers that I’ll stay good to my 5:15 wakeup call all this week. I am one of those crazies who enjoys her workout, but it really is nice to get home and not be rushed to fit everything in before sleepytime needs to happen (or in my case, starts to become ignored).
Yesterday was a success in that department. I got up and was at the gym by 5:20. It’s upsetting to me that you can already tell the days are shorter and it’s still very much dark at that time. I walked in and it was me and another lady I see there often when I get up to go at this time. She ignored me completely. As usual. Granted, no one is ever chipper at that time, but really, I’m just trying to make eye contact and say “good morning!” But you just go ahead and pretend like you didn’t hear me come in… that’s fine. I can’t imagine that the newest story about Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart can be THAT attention absorbing, but maybe I don’t know power of being a diehard Twilight fan, either. I just wanted to crack a smile and give you a wave. Whatevs- I’ll let you do your thing.
Obviously, I’ve already gotten off subject. Sorry. My run… oh yeah… I was noticeably a bit sluggish at first. Could have been the two glasses of wine I felt the need to have the night before. Or the lack of sleep. Or the fact that I was still only half awake. But I won’t try to make up excuses. ;) I did 4 miles- and by the last one I was picking up some speed to make up for my lead feet in the first one. My first mile is always horrible, but I’ve accepted this and moved on. End stats were 4 miles at 8:25 pace. I’ll take it.
I also did some resistance band work. Which proved to be challenging being as how I spent the day before slinging cinder blocks into a dumpster. I think every time I use the bands, I always go through the same mental process. First I think, “oh this really isn’t doing that much… not really challenging me…. oh wait, there it is… yep, I feel that…. ooooowwww!”
If you haven’t tried using resistance bands, I definitely think you should at least give it a whirl.
On to dinner… Meal planning is something I struggle with. I usually get a general idea of what I need in my head, but I see a sale and somehow I end up with spinach and lettuce coming out of my ass. I apologize in advance for all my creative attempts at meals that are “leaf” heavy this week. Little ol’ me forgets how daunting it can be to have salad a million days in a row. At least I’m only on day one and so this random salad was pretty fabulous-looking.I could talk about the cauliflower, mushrooms, chick peas, and green peas that I threw in on the salad. I can talk about the mushrooms being sauteed in curry powder beforehand. But I know we really just want to talk about that dressing.
I made a peanut butter-based salad dressing. Partially because I’ve always wanted to try it, but mostly because I am running a little low on salad dressing. So I searched out a recipe. My pantry isn’t quite as stocked as what some of the websites would like for it to be, so after a while I gave up on finding an exact recipe and just winged it from what I had read.
Basically, I heated extra virgin olive oil and peanut butter on top of the stove. Then I squirted in a little honey and – here’s the key- added red chili pepper flakes. It sounds really weird. But it turned out soooo well! If I could change one thing, I would have used a little more olive oil. The end product was really thick and I would have preferred it a little thinner.
This makes me realize I need to make my own dressing much more often. For real.
Do you cook by recipe or wing it? I will only bake by the rules (aka the cookbook), but when it comes to cooking, I rarely use exact recipes. I’m more of a “dump it all in” kind of person…
Gotta run- time to get busy!