Thursday, October 31, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 33 Happy Halloween!

Before I run out on my quest to find some fairy wings (getting my thigh tattooed yesterday means I'm not wearing fish nets today, so I may have a last minute costume situation), here's a quick post to hold me accountable for yesterday & to rave about the incredible vegan meal I a steakhouse!

But first...

This image is from the cover of Still Life with Woodpecker, my favorite book by Tom Robbins, my favorite author. The other leg will be done in a couple weeks, with The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood--my favorite dystopia. (Amazon links provided--if you haven't read them, you should.)
Minutes after Cindy finished. How awesome is my tattoo artist?
Yesterday started with herbal tea & oatmeal before Flywheel, of course. I had an OK ride on bike 33 & it felt good to fly after 2 days away. Now I have 2 more days away while my tattoo starts to heal.
Day 17 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
After Flywheel, I went to No Ka Oi Tiki (they just use vegan products, I didn't even have to ask!) for my tattoo, was there for a while, made a quick stop at Essene for groceries (including post-tattoo comfort food in the form of salt & vinegar chips & a Sweet & Sara S'mores!), then met up with the fam for Adam's 1st birthday dinner.

We went to Smith & Wollensky (I KNOW!). Nikki had called ahead & they said they'd be happy to make me something vegan. I snacked beforehand, not trusting a steakhouse for obvious reasons, but OH MY GODDESS, LOOK AT THE GRILLED VEGETABLE AWESOMENESS THAT WAS MY DINNER!
My favorite parts were the corn & the mushrooms.
OK, time to figure out what I'm wearing for Halloween dinner at Vedge tonight & possible trick or treating with nephews afterwards! Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Washington DC Trip Part 3

I'm home, but I want to post about my last day in DC before I head out for Flywheel, No Ka Oi Tiki Tattoo, & my nephew's 1st birthday! Wow, busy fun day I have planned! So excited!
Tourists on Segways provide a good seque to touristy pics, right?
After my webinar meetings yesterday, I had time to enjoy a beautiful fall day, so I took a nice walk. I found myself on Pennsylvania Avenue, so I figured, "Why not visit the President?"
Then I walked a little further & got this nice pic of the Capitol building. You know how I feel about politics, & I felt a weird energy around here, so I turned around & headed back for the hotel.
Happily, I found this tree with amazing changing leaves. Reminded me why I love autumn & how glad I am that I moved back to the northeast.

And here's my usual blogginess: herbal tea & oatmeal at Pret A Manger, Mac & Cheese (meh) & Devil's Food Cake (pretty good) from Sticky Fingers, Dim Sum from Ping Pong, & hot chocolate from Teaism.
Dim Sum Yum
Then I got on the Megabus, & headed for home. It was a great visit, especially with my friend Kenda. I can't let years go by without seeing her again!

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Washington DC Trip Part 2

Holy moly, did I walk A LOT yesterday! Probably close to 8 miles! It's gorgeous this week, in the 50s/60s, so I have to take advantage of those temps while I still can, & be outside every possible minute.

I had planned on an early morning walk for breakfast, but then discovered oatmeal & herbal tea across the street from the hotel at Pret A Manger. Not having to go far to maintain my breakfast routine is perfect for me! Later, Kenda had a break from work, so we walked to Teaism for lunch. I really should have gotten the tea, because my tempeh sandwich was pretty disappointing: literally, a slab of store-bought tempeh on bread. The soup I had was so terrible, I had like 3 spoons full. What a bummer.

I took a nice long walk to Sticky Fingers to earn my baked goods, then took a nice walk home from Sticky Fingers, because why not! I had a cinnamon roll wasn't the best cinnamon roll of my life (Vegan Treats knocks them out of the park), but I still enjoyed the hell out of it. I'm more excited about what I got to go to eat today for lunch in between my meetings--stay tuned!

After Kenda got done with work, we walked to Pilates. It was my 1st Pilates experience & I really enjoyed it. After Pilates, we walked to Busboys & Poets for dinner. YUMMY! SO many vegan options on the menu, I was almost overwhelmed! The waitress recommended the orzo & it was fantastic!
That was yesterday. Now I should probably get my ass out of bed & go get some breakfast before my webinars today. Heading home tonight, & tomorrow is a big day for 2 reasons--tattoo AND my nephew's 1st birthday! Woohoo!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Washington DC Trip Part 1

This may be the perfect 2-day trip I've ever planned & it happened by total chance.

I have this friend Kenda--we taught together in Miami--we stayed in touch & became even closer friends long after she escaped the clutches of that cesspool of a city. She's the smartest, worldliest person I know. She is currently working for an organization based in DC, but she travels a lot for it--most recently, to do research & field work in Nepal. She is currently working on her PhD in London, which is where she currently calls home.

Enter my need want of vegan Birkenstocks & the UK-based company that would not ship shoes to me in the US. I IMed Kenda, asked if they could ship the shoes to her & could she ship them to me. Turns out she was planning a trip to DC for 10 days, she could just bring the shoes to me!

So. Not only do I get my shoes. But I get to see my friend too! AND, she has to work, so I also get plenty of alone time, which I think we are all aware, I ALWAYS need.

Yesterday was crazy busy. After my usual breakfast of herbal tea & oatmeal, I went to Flywheel, got home, showered, finished packing, and made my way to the Megabus. Kenda met me at Union station, we dropped my stuff off at her hotel, hopped on the metro, ran some errands, & then had a nice long walk. I love being with friends who enjoy a good walk as much as I do--we walked almost 5 miles, mostly down Embassy Row, ending up at a phenomenal Ethiopian restaurant called Dukem (I ate there with Kenda the last time I was in DC in 2009, it was on the top of my list to eat there again.) We enjoyed a vegetarian platter (I am obsessed with injera bread!), then took a cab back to the hotel & crashed for the night.
Now I'm happily laying around in the hotel, blogging, reading, & doing some work even though I'm on vacation. Meeting Kenda for lunch soon! Enjoy your day!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 35 & 34, Mercury Retrograde

What a ride yesterday morning! I knew the bike was tight when I got on it, but I didn't care, because like I've said before, a great workout is still a great workout. Of course, today's DID feel better because the numbers were better. ;)

Days 15 & 16 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
I won't get into details with numbers, because it would require a lot of explaining, but I'll say this. The ride started out hard...then it got harder...& then all of a sudden, with 3 songs left in the class, it was normal! The only explanation for this was...dun dun dunnnnn...Mercury Retrograde. But if that's my biggest problem this retrograde, I'll take it!

OK, so really quickly because I have a bus to catch for DC, but I want to share a couple highlights from the past couple of days:
  • I got to spend time with my dad--he noticed my weight loss & told me how great I look! He doesn't always notice things, so that felt good.
  • I had an acupuncture appointment yesterday. It went really well & the warm cooked changes to my diet have really benefited my health (which I already knew because I could feel it myself, but it's nice to have it verified.

And finally, here's my accountability for the past couple of days:

  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Hummus & crackers
  • Samosa & Chana Masala from Minar Palace
  • Cookies (minonos from VCIYCJ)
  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Leftover Chana Masala
  • Balsamic vinegars & breads (I went to Cardena's again)
  • Seitan jerky & coconut water
  • Cookies

That's it! Next post from DC where I plan to relax w/ one of my besties & eat really well!

Friday, October 25, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 36 & a Day Late Thankful Thursday

Bike 36 may very well be my favorite bike in the stadium so far. Last night, I hit a new PB AND it's divisible by 9. (I like numbers that are divisible by 9.)

Day 14 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
I just realized I totally forgot about Thankful Thursday yesterday. I'm thankful for one very specific thing at this moment...that I'm taking the next week off work & that I will be DONE for 9 days in less than 4 hours. First I get to see my dad, then I go to DC for a couple days, then TATTOO, nephew's 1st birthday, dinner at Vedge on Halloween with Jess, & the new moon! It's going to be a GREAT WEEK OFF! Wheeeeee!!!

Wait, wait. I'm also thankful for this great coaching training I'm doing at work. It's mandatory for Lead Teachers, but I'm enjoying the hell out of it. I'm even participating!

Accountability for the past 2 days:

  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • SO MUCH DIM SUM at New Harmony (this was the scene of the 2nd date, in which I was definitely judged for eating as much as I did, & taking great pleasure in said eating...if I can't enjoy a meal with you, then we are NOT a good 3rd date...ugh)
  • Ginger tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Channa masala
  • Linguine Carbonara (made with Upton's bacon...recipe still a work in progress, but it's a GREAT start!)
  • Hot chocolate

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 37

Really quick post because I have to get ready for a second date tonight. The fact that someone made it past the first date is a whole lot of awesome, & I'm really excited to see him again. We've been texting a little since Sunday, not too much, so I'm not so scared. (We'll see how tonight cousin offered to run free background checks for me, so I hope to have the opportunity to call in that favor.)

I had another great ride this morning, & Jeffrey broke 400 again (this time on bike 42...the one I PBed on, breaking 300 for the 2nd time)!
Day 13 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Jess's playlist was FANTASTIC this morning...though singing along may have affected my numbers. Singing & cardio don't really go together for me, but I tried. When class started with "Africa" by Toto, I was thrilled...& when she played "Say Hey (I Love You)" by Michael Franti, I got really inspired to pick up the pace (umm...except for the singing along issue, hahaha!). Here they both are, for your enjoyment:


Finally, here's my accountability for yesterday:
  • Ginger tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Sauteed greens & mushrooms
  • Spicy mustard chickpeas
  • Pasta & "meat" sauce (Upton's, of course!)

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 39 & 38 & Issues with Body Image

It's a 2-post day!

Days 11 & 12 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Whew, if you take a look at my score last night, you'll see I struggled on Bike 39. I'm not complaining, because a great workout is a great workout, & last night, I was more about being the proud big sister at Jeffrey's personal best--he broke 400 last night, I am in AWE. My brother is the coolest.

Obviously, you can see I did A LOT better this morning! And this morning, I was super proud of Nikki because she broke 300!

I'm sure it must be the endorphins, but after each of these classes, I was totally overwhelmed with love for my brother & sister-in-law. Or maybe it has nothing to do with endorphins at all...maybe I'm just lucky because I have the best brother & sister-in-law a girl could ask for.

with a new friend at the Farm Sanctuary Walk
After a day of deliberating, I just made the above picture my facebook profile picture. My first reaction to this picture was, "Squeeee! A puppy! With ME! YAY!" My second reaction was, "WTF are those dimples on my thighs, I sure am glad Leah didn't tag me in THAT one!"

I thought about asking my friend Kristin to photoshop my thighs before I posted. And then...I got the fuck over it. I'm 40 years old. My thighs are dimply, dammit! Who cares?! I'm healthy & I have cute pig tails & I'm wearing my awesome vegan socks & I raised lots of money for Farm Sanctuary & I'm WITH! A! PUPPY!

So yeah. I'm over it. And it feels good to be over it. Fuck you, media & society, for instilling the values in me to make me even consider photoshopping this! I'm stronger than you & I'm not alone.

And with that, here's yesterday's accountability:
  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal w/ all the fixins
  • Soft tacos w/ Upton's
  • Roasted sunchokes (meh)
  • Hot cocoa

I heart Upton's Naturals, Part 3

Subtitle: BACON!

So I may or may not have eaten an entire package of Upton's Naturals BACON yesterday. And the previous package was eaten over the previous 2 days. I might have an Upton's Naturals problem. But it's a yummy problem, so basically, it's NOT a problem!

Also, since JL posted her interview with Dan & Nicole, the president & vice president of Upton's Naturals, I figured that LJ should too, as we seem to be living these crazy parallel & also opposite lives.

LJ: What's new this year in the world of Upton's Naturals?
Dan: This past July we opened a new facility here, in Chicago. The first floor houses our seitan production and Upton’s Breakroom - a vegan cafe featuring our products plus soft serve ice cream (by Chicago Vegan Foods) and pastries (made by cookbook author, Kelly Peloza). The second floor houses our office, and the top floor is part public by-donation yoga space (to open later this year) and part living quarters for Nicole and I and our two rescue dogs.

LJ: Tell me about your logo--I like that dude, where did he come from?
Upton has a different mustache for each flavor variety!
Also, I might be sporting a temporary tattoo of him!
Dan: Upton was originally illustrated by our friend Johnny Sampson. We wanted a name and a face to go with the brand, and this idea seemed better than using my own…Dan’s Seitan? I don’t think so. The packaging and some of the other package design was done by Delicious Design League.

LJ: Why are you vegan?
Dan: I believe in the top 3; animal rights, environment and health. I’ve been at it for over 20 years and it's great to feel like less and less of an outcast.

Nicole: I’ve been vegan since 1996 because, as a teenager, I started to realize that a lot of my power in the world was going to be as a consumer. What you buy and what you choose to support is a vote every time. It’s really important to vote for what you believe in and not vote for industries that are bad for you, the environment, and the animals.

LJ: Why seitan?
Dan: Seitan was always my favorite food as a new vegan and I realized there weren’t many companies making it.

Nicole: It doesn’t hurt that it’s delicious! 
(LJ's note: no it most certainly doesn't hurt! YUM!)

LJ: What's your favorite thing about being vegan?
Dan: Everything!

Nicole: The food, the people, the incredible events and community. Veganism is such a huge part of my life and I’m so happy to be doing this.

LJ: What question are you asked most often about being vegan & how do you answer it?
Dan: Thankfully, as veganism has become more mainstream I’ve found that I get fewer questions about protein. Most people now just think that they can’t do it because they wouldn’t know how to transition or where to eat, but the internet makes that so easy. I generally just end up in a dialogue about what restaurants have vegan options and what to buy at the grocery store.

Nicole: During the process of constructing our new building and even in our day-to-day operations, we have a lot of contractors, delivery people, and others coming into our space for one reason or another. The conversation often turns to what we do and why. It never fails that if I can’t find Dan in the office, he’s probably somewhere in the building telling someone about the benefits of veganism, offering them a copy of Forks Over Knives or Vegucated, feeding them samples, or otherwise working to help open their minds to a vegan diet. We never get tired of answering questions no matter how many times we hear them because how we respond could color someone’s whole opinion of this lifestyle. There are no stupid questions about transitioning to a vegan diet – they are all GREAT!

LJ: How do you handle the gluten-free backlash?
Dan: We haven’t experienced any backlash. Our business only continues to grow. While we recognize there are a small percentage of people that have serious issues with wheat, most people are fine with it.

Nicole: We’re just making food that contains simple ingredients, is delicious, and happens to also be full of gluten. Most people don’t have an issue with that. If you don’t eat gluten, our products are not for you. It’s cool, we can still be friends.
(LJ's note: Both of these responses make me super happy!)

LJ: What are the most creative recipes/uses for your seitan that you've heard of?
Nicole: Bacon Seitan cupcakes and cookies and vodka?!
(LJ's note: Vodka?! Need more info here please!)

LJ: What's your favorite vegan charity?
Dan: It’s not fair to pick favorites, but we have worked with both Mercy For Animals and Farm Sanctuary and really believe in what they are doing.

Huge thank you to Dan & Nicole for taking the time to answer my questions, & for making super delicious seitan for us all to eat!

Once again, I highly recommend checking out Upton's Naturals, especially if you're a seitan worshipper like me! And if your grocery store doesn't carry their products, you can print out a request form right here

P.S. JL has a giveaway happening on her blog...go there for FREE SEITAN!

Monday, October 21, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 40 & the Weekend

Day 10 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
I struggled Sunday morning, throughout the class, I was sure I wouldn't even break 200...I felt like I could barely keep up with the RPMs (often I was 20-30 below Hanna's instructions)...& yet...I persevered & pulled through & kicked some ass on bike #40.

(Incidentally, Hayley requested a specific shoutout to bike #42--that's Hayley's trusty steed, her favorite bike, & the one I PB'ed on Friday night. Yes, I too am a big big fan of bike #42.)

I had kind of a busy weekend...a 1st & last date on Saturday night. In retrospect, I should have just said, "This is not going to work" the 1st time he responded to me in a way that made me know, 10 minutes into the date...but whatever, I saw a good movie, had a good walk, enjoyed a hot cup of tea....& had more awkward silence than conversation.

Then last night, I had another 1st date...we met up at Good Karma Cafe for tea after my massage with Jess. This one has potential...never made me wrong, no awkward silences, great conversation, great hugs, & so swoony hot! 2nd date on Wednesday...we'll see!

Also yesterday, I went to Essene. I've decided that I'm going to boycott Whole Foods for at least a week. The vegan unfriendliness on South Street seems more & more like a deliberate slap in the face (hot bar consistently adds dairy or honey to tofu, seitan, & Beyond Meat, discontinuing or refusal to carry quite a few popular vegan items, etc, etc), so fuck them, I'm taking my business elsewhere. Let's see how that goes. Essene is about 6 blocks further, but I think it's worth it. Not that a boycott of one person is going to make a difference to the corporate monster that is Whole Foods, but still, fuck them!

Finally, here's my accountability for the weekend.

  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Leftover risotto
  • Brownie from Sweet Freedom & Tater Tots from a foodtruck (Bloktoberfest)
  • Upton's Naturals seitan BACON!
  • The rest of the risotto
  • Hot cocoa
  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal
  • The rest of the Upton's BACON!
  • Chickpeas & steamed veggies in leftover cheese sauce
  • Baked apple
  • Rice snacks from the Essene bulk bin
  • Sweet & Sara s'mores
  • Soft tacos w/ Upton's ground seitan & leftover cheese sauce

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 42 & 41

Days 8 & 9 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Look at those scores up there. Do you see what I did last night at Flywheel? Yep. New Personal Best! Of course, I'm super proud of myself, but it was even more special because Nicole, who may very well be one of my favorite teachers (I certainly plan my schedule around her classes) was there & she saw it & she was ALSO super proud of me.

That's why I love Flywheel so much. The teachers (& everyone who works there) genuinely care about the students. When Nicole saw my score on the Torq Board & flipped out all excited about my PB, I just really felt the love.

Flywheel hires really good people. It's more than just good customer service, they are all just really good people who really give a shit. This is a big part of why I keep coming back.

Yesterday's Accountability:
  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal w/ all the fixins
  • Slice of pizza, a soda, & a cookie from Blackbird (worth it!)
  • Mushroom risotto
  • More herbal tea

Friday, October 18, 2013

I heart Upton's Naturals, Part 2

Let me tell you about what I made for lunch yesterday!

After falling in love with the Italian Seitan, I tried the Chorizo Seitan, but this time I decided to just keep it really simple. I wanted to see how Upton's Naturals products stood alone, without a whole lot of other flavors & textures. Also, I was super busy, so I only had time to throw together a really quick lunch.

So I made some super simple tacos: corn tortillas, cheese sauce I made the day before, Chorizo Seitan. That's it. Crumbled it up, heated it up, BOOM. Delicious lunch.

Umm. And delicious post-lunch snack(s)? Yeah, I may or may not have eaten the entire package of Chorizo Seitan over the course of a couple hours. I am totally a fan. YUMMY!
So simple. So tasty.
(I ate other things yesterday's my accountability: herbal tea, oatmeal w/ all the fixins, sauteed greens w/ shallots & mushrooms in balsamic vinegar, dried cherries.)

Once again, I highly recommend checking out Upton's Naturals, especially if you're a seitan worshipper like me! And if your grocery store doesn't carry their products (or, like the Whole Foods on South Street, only has a few varieties), you can print out a request form right here! (I called Essene today--they have every variety, including the bacon, which I'll probably be trying this weekend! YAY!)

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Thankful Thursday, Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 43

This may seem silly, but I'm thankful that I committed to doing Thankful Thursday posts, that I set it to pop up on my calendar every single week, & that I keep doing it.  You know why? Because I'm crazy busy & often unhappy at work, & that busy-ness & unhappiness takes up a lot of my time. So it's nice...really just take a moment to pause & be thankful.

Also, this probably seems like a cop-out, because I say it every week, but I am incredibly thankful for my friends. Especially all my girlfriends in Philly. I've really made a great life for myself here. Whenever there's an event that I want to attend, I have a core group of friends who I can text & make plans with. I never had that in 11 years in Miami. (Yep, I'm thankful every day that I left.)

And, of course, I'm thankful for Flywheel. I've said it before & I'll say it again. For me to be this engaged in a workout...well, it speaks the teachers, to the playlists, to the community, to everyone who works there. I've lost about 10 lbs since I started flying, but more importantly, I feel really good about myself...I feel strong, I feel fit, I feel awesome! Wow, yeah, thank you, Flywheel! And with that:
Day 7 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Bike 43 might have been a little tight, I was definitely on the low end of my scores, but it was still a really great ride. I learned something about myself today. Even if I'm on a bike that needs to be re-calibrated, I'm still going to ride my heart out. Sure, I'll let them know, but I'm not going to get mad about it. I love tracking my progress, but it's important to remember to not take those numbers too seriously. I'm there to workout & have fun--those are my priorities & I'm thankful I realized that today!

Yesterday's accountability:
  • Herbal tea
  • Oatmeal w/ all the fixins
  • Falafel from Appetite for Reduction
  • Steamed veggies w/ cheese sauce (Artisan Vegan Cheese)
  • Dried cherries
  • Small single-serving bag of Pop Chips (better than a big bag!)
Are you noticing something? More cookbooks are making an appearance! This is good...I've been forced out of my rut!

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 45 & 44

Days 5 & 6 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
There's one thing I've noticed since I started my quest to ride every bike in the Flywheel stadium. And it has nothing to do with the bikes, and everything to do with me. I'm not a back-row girl! Today and last night I was hiding in a corner & it's SO not me. I feel far away from the teacher & as if I'm missing out on the community aspect of being in a class. It's lonely.

Admittedly, when I was new to Flywheel, I was happy to hide in the back (I did that when I was new to yoga too, & I did it in almost every class I went to during Yelp's In It To Thin It). But I am not that girl anymore. Front & center, baby! (As soon as I finish the back row, that is!)

Here's another resistant as I was to cutting out the raw from my diet, I am having SO much fun in the kitchen again. I'm being creative & eating all kinds of toasty warm yumminess. Life is good, cooking is fun, & here's what I ate yesterday:

  • Herbal Tea
  • Oatmeal
  • Rice crackers + hummus (trying to use it up)
  • Chickpeas & steamed veggies in mustard sauce
  • Baked apple (meh, if you have recipe recommendations, let me know!)
  • Hot chocolate

I'm really glad I'm blogging about this stuff. Holding myself accountable helps me be really self-reflective, which is a good thing too. Also, I want to thank everyone who has commented, tweeted, texted, or otherwise messaged me about the honesty of my posts. I'm glad you appreciate it, & I appreciate you!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

On the phone w/ tech support for work...

Seems like a good time to do an accountability post for yesterday. I'm adjusting to the way Eva wants me to eat...all cooked, no raw. Except for one banana. I can't help it.

Here's what I ate on Monday:
  • Oatmeal w/ all the fixins I blogged about yesterday.
  • Herbal tea
  • Brussels sprouts--from the Vedge Restaurant Cookbook--YUM!
  • Edamame (even though Eva said no soy...but I had just bought it & didn't want to waste it!)
  • The rest of the Brussels sprouts
  • The rest of the leftover pasta (I froze some of the sauce to save for my bro & SIL)
OK. I should probably pay attention to what's happening on my other computer, now that I've been on tech support for nearly an hour. Add that to the half hour I spent trying to install this software on my own earlier, made for a really productive day.

The software better be worth it.

Update: They're sending me a new laptop. HA!

I heart Upton's Naturals, Part 1

So my friend Jess happens to be friends with Nicole, the Vice President, of Upton's Naturals. It seems they're expanding (I gotta get my butt to Chicago!) & as a lover of seitan, I'm happy to enjoy some samples & blog about them...because YUM!

So, while Jess is out & about doing tasting demos at local grocery stores of Upton's Naturals products, I'm blogging about them in the warm toasty comfort of my home with all the good smells coming from the kitchen.

On Friday night, Jess showed up at my house with a 5 pound package of seitan & we had an impromptu dinner party--my friends Takia & Becca were here too! It was the Italian Seitan, so naturally, I made a HUGE pot of pasta sauce, using 1/2 of it (we split what was left of the 5 lbs, to do what we will with it...I just got a text from Kiera, Takia's roommate, that she made some with veggies & kale & she loved it!).

(Indulge me a moment, will you? When my parents split up almost 25 years ago, I actually have fond memories of my dad & I learning to cook together. We made a lot of spaghetti & meat sauce. It was pretty basic. Ground turkey, Ragu, some herbs & spices. But we made it work. And to this day, I try to replicate those flavors & textures whenever I make tastes like nostalgia, you know?)

And then suddenly I have my hands on Upton's Naturals...the Italian Seitan crumbles & it is JUST the right texture for my nostalgia-flavored pasta sauce. So, without further ado:
That's a hearty pasta sauce, right there!
  • Olive oil (or water, I sometimes like the layer of flavor oil adds)
  • Onion, diced
  • Garlic, minced
  • Mushrooms, sliceed
  • Upton's Naturals Italian Seitan, crumbled
  • Thyme, Oregano, Basil, salt & pepper
  • Organic jarred marinara sauce 
  • Bay leaves
  • Nutritional yeast
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Pasta of your choice (I used linguine) 
Saute the onion, garlic, mushrooms in the oil, 5-7 minutes. Add the seitan, crumble it up into really small bits, you can even break it up more w/ a wooden spoon. Add the seasonings, mix it all up. Add the marinara. Bring to a boil, then let it simmer, stirring occasionally. Add the nooch & the vinegar. Don't forget to get rid of the bay leaves!

Mix that sauce with your pasta & enjoy!
I highly recommend checking out Upton's Naturals, especially if you're a seitan worshipper like me! And if your grocery store doesn't carry their products, you can print out a request form right here!

Monday, October 14, 2013

Why are Mondays so Monday?

I saw a couple tweets today about things to do to make your Mondays less Monday. I received 90+ emails (in my work email alone) today, so I didn't have time to read those lists. Pretty sure that it wouldn't have helped.

In my not-work email, I got a list from my acupuncturist of what I can & can't eat. I'm giving some things away to friends, but I'm also finishing what I have & doing the best I can.

Yesterday, I think I was comfort fooding as a bit of a coping mechanism for these dietary changes that I KNOW are going to help me & I even took some food pictures, so, here's yesterday's accountability:

OATMEAL! (with peanut butter, maple syrup, raisins, goji berries, coconut, chia seeds, & banana (which might actually be forbidden, sigh), but YUM!)

Sauteed GREENS (spinach & kale)! (with garlic, ginger, shallots, mushrooms, & balsamic vinegar YUM!)

Earth Balance Cheesy Poofs & Ice Cream (yeah, I know, don't tell Eva.)
Veggie Paella from Mixto.
Leftover Pasta w/ "meat" sauce

OK, so being as Monday as this Monday is, it's 5:30pm & I still have some work to do. Later, dear readers!

Sunday, October 13, 2013

Dietary Changes & Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 47 & 46

So I went to acupuncture yesterday. Dr. Jaie & I joked last week that as soon as I told Eva (my acupuncturist) about my problem, she would be completely unsurprised. We were right. My spleen Qi is weak, so she has me on some new herbs (blech) & she wants me off all raw.

That means no smoothies, no spring rolls, no salads (I just emailed her about whether or not fresh fruit is allowed). I'm a little concerned, because I get the bulk of my greens in my smoothies every morning. Looks like I'll be cooking my kale & spinach for a while now, so please, in the comments, link me up with some of your favorite cooked greens recipes!

So that's the latest in my quest to heal & prevent more pain in the ass issues. You know I'll keep you posted....

Accountability for the past couple days:

Friday (I had a little dinner party to be blogged about later):
  • Smoothie
  • Rice crackers + hummus
  • Pasta w/ "meat" sauce (loving Upton's Naturals seitan!)
  • Ice cream
  • Banana
  • Lots of bread w/ lots of varieties of Balsamic Vinegar (if you're in Philly, check out Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom in Italian Market)
  • Leftover pasta w/ "meat" sauce
  • Beer
  • Ice cream

Days 3 & 4 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Bike 47: I struggled, as you can see from my Total Power. It was WAY on the low end of my spectrum.
Bike 46: Felt a lot better here! I was nervous because I'm used to all the nutrition & energy I get from smoothies, & I thought a cooked breakfast wouldn't be good enough. YAY that I was wrong!

I'm almost finished with the back row on this side of the room. Next step is to do the back row on the other side.

Thanks for reading! And again, please share any & all cooked greens recipes! I'm really excited to see what kind of change this will make for me. :)

Friday, October 11, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 48

Day 2 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
  • I had a great class, definitely on the high end of my range with a 289, felt great!
  • I am SO not into that back row. (Though it should be less lonely with the classes I'm taking this weekend, because the weekend classes are busier.)
Also, this was my 1st class w/ Utley, I had a lot of fun & I had a great workout.  I wonder, much is about the bike, how much is about the teacher's style, & how much is about my energy level. I think too much, hahaha, but I was super low energy this morning, it took me until close to 9am to get out of bed...and now I feel great!

OK, back to work, lots to do before my impromptu dinner party tonight. Also, if you haven't read my post from this morning, please do & please comment...I wrote it so others wouldn't feel alone in their suffering, & I still feel a little bit alone (even though I have gotten some really great tweets--thank you!).

Yesterday's Accountability:
  • Green smoothie
  • Calzone from Blackbird that I ate throughout the day...better than a binge all at once, right?


I recently experienced the most debilitating, horrifying pain in my life.

I've had a cortisone shot directly into my left hip, broken a toe while running to answer the phone, had bladder surgery, cut my finger with an immersion blender, had knee injuries so bad I couldn't walk, shoulder injuries so bad I couldn't sleep, & migraines so severe that I've gone to the ER. And I'm also tattooed from the base of my spine all the way up to the back of my neck.

But the worst pain I've ever had came from a dime-sized varicose my ASS.

Yes. I'm being brave & I'm blogging about hemorrhoids. Mother fucking hemorrhoids. Which are as hard to spell as they are a pain in the ass.

A couple weeks ago, I started feeling butthurt. I figured, I'm such mostly a healthy eater & pooper (twitter knows!), maybe I just need some baby wipes?


I felt something. And had some awkward moments in the mirror. And texted my BFF freaking out about "ass cancer." And then I googled. I saw some pretty horrifying pictures (seriously, do not google image hemorrhoids, like ever), but I was reassured that I had a minor case & set to work on homeopathic remedies.

I tried (thank you, internet):
  • coconut oil
  • aloe
  • witch hazel
  • apple cider vinegar
  • Epsom salt baths
  • ice
  • heat
  • some kind of holistic ointment I bought at Whole Foods
  • various combinations of all of the above
Nothing. Worked. I tried these for over a week, & I was freaking out & suffering like crazy (itching, burning, & much pain). There were tears. And then one day...there was blood. Then there was freaking the fuck out & then there was the realization that it was my period. Yes. Hemorrhoids & my (5-days-early) period at the same time. (Is this paragraph TMI? Oh, yeah, I obviously don't care about those boundaries any more.)

Let's take a moment & talk about some of the causes & aggravators of hemorrhoids for a moment (again, thank you, internet):
  • not getting enough fiber (not a problem for me!)
  • not drinking enough water (not this either!)
  • constipation (nope!)
  • straining (nooo!)
  • pregnancy (oh hell no!)
  • thongs (not a cause, but they can aggravate)
  • biking (thank fuck it's not a cause, but it can be aggravating during a flareup...I promise you, I am SO NOT giving up Flywheel like ever, dammit!)
  • periods (timely flareups, ahem, see above, & my periods are already an issue)
  • age (yup!)
  • stress (yup! this fascinates me b/c I'm not having shoulder or neck pain anymore...stress from work is now a pain in the ass instead of a pain in the neck! delightful. but at least it's not both? positive spin.)
So after suffering for over a week, I went to my midwife last Friday. She prescribed an ointment. An ointment that contains animal by-product & has been tested on animals. I had one hell of an ethical dilemma, but after taking time to give thanks to the animals who suffered for me, you best believe I used that medicine. And now the vegan police are going to be up my ass.

This week, I finally had an appointment with my naturopath, Dr. Jaie. The ointment is just a short term solution, because as with allopathic medicine in general, it addresses the symptom, but not the overall cause or long term prevention. Dr. Jaie prescribed an herbal supplement & a cream from Wise Women Herbals called Bottoms Up (I know) for long term healing & prevention, as well as some hydrotherapy I can do at home (easy peasy, I love soaking in baths!).

Also, I bought a Squatty Potty, which is pretty much the best thing in the world. Basically, the way we sit on toilets in the west is wrong--squatting relaxes your butt muscles & puts them at a better angle for elimination (& therefore, hemorrhoid prevention). I've noticed a difference within 24 hours & I was already an awesome pooper.

That's it. The embarrassing post I've been promising you. As I started sharing this with close friends, it got a lot less scary...& I realized, a lot more common. Hemorrhoids are one of those things that happen to a lot of people but everyone is too embarrassed to talk about. Isn't it better to know you're not suffering alone? My friends thought my story could help others, so they encouraged me to blog about it. And here it is.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Thankful Thursday

I'm in a good mood today. Feeling gratitude for a lot of little things & some big things....

  • for being able to ask my mom to Veganlicious Thanksgiving in a heartfelt way, & for her being open to attending 
  • for my dad & stepmom who are totally stoked for Veganlicious Thanksgiving
  • for twitter friends around the world for being supportive of my ridiculous dating adventures (1st & last date last night, another 1st date tonight)
  • for my Flywheel instructors for always being so positive & encouraging as I work toward my goals
  • for the students who are polite to me on the phone, especially the nice teenage boy I just got off the phone with who called me "ma'am"
  • for YOU & everyone else who reads this blog--you don't realize how much you totally hold me accountable for what I put into my body (yesterday: smoothie, rice crackers, sweet potato fries, 2 beers, & a late night bagel w/ earth balance)
  • for my friends who I can say just about anything about anything to
  • for my colleagues who turned into friends
  • for dating websites, because as ridiculous & full of douchebags as they are, they still give me hope that I will find someone
  • for my BFF in the UK who will be accepting my Birkenstock shipment & then will bring me my new shoes the end of the month--seeing my international bestie + getting new shoesies = winning at life!
  • for the fact that lately, I've been putting money into my savings instead of taking it out
  • for colleagues who are supportive of me when I'm going through shit
And so much more. Just feeling full of thankfulness right now. It's pretty rad. 

What about you? What are you thankful for?

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 49

Day 1 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
  • I liked being by the mirror: I could see my form & I was impressed w/ the way my abs looked. I may or may not have thought to myself, "DAYUM GIRL!"
  • It was on point with my average, I had a great class.

  • Too far away! I felt all alone way in the back corner far, far away from Nicole! I missed her even though I was in her class! (That's really the only con, I'm going to get these back rows on the sides of the room over with first. Actually...the 1st time I came to Flywheel, during Yelp's In It To Thin It, I went straight for the back row where I could hide...I've come a long way!)

A Flywheel Experiment

I had a silly idea to do at Flywheel & people are encouraging me to follow through with it, so starting today, I'm going to work my way around the stadium to try every bike on a quest to find my favorite! I don't know, it's something to do, a goal...ride all 49 bikes by the end of November...why not?

(For baseline record-keeping purposes, my average total power recently has been in the 270s, low for me is in the 240s, & my PB is a 306.)

Here's my accountability:
  • smoothie
  • Whole Foods hot bar, including WF vegan chocolate pudding
  • rice crackers
  • vegetable soup
  • banana
And Na'Tasha's class last night:


OK, the embarrassing post is coming. It's just taking a while to write because of reasons. But it's almost done. I promise. And I hope it's helpful to others who have gone through (or will go through) what's been happening to me the past 2 weeks.

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

On family drama & misperceptions.

There is a person in my life, a person whose job it is to love me unconditionally, who,'s my perception that she doesn't.

Last night, she made asparagus. Offered me some, then "Oops! I cooked it with butter." I said, "thanks," and yes, I did take a tone, because COME THE FUCK ON! I've been vegan almost 5 years. She forgot? No she didn't...she either doesn't care, which is bad enough, or worse, she's so offended by my veganism that she did it on purpose...which is exactly what she said, "I did it on purpose," in a tone that was meant to be sarcastic, but I suspect an element of truth to it. Then, she didn't talk to me or even look at me for the rest of the night.

How much of this is my perception? I admit, probably some. I expect mistreatment from this person, so every time I see her, my shields are up, I'm totally on the defense from the first moment, so I admit, it's hard to walk away from any perceived slight. But still. Really?

I want to have Thanksgiving/1st night of Hanukkah at my house. With Dad & Stepmom, Bro & SIL & kiddos, any friends I have in town who don't have family nearby, & even my mom (I think we're all aware she's who I've been writing about). But I'm afraid to ask her. I'm pretty certain she won't want to come because VEGAN (ugh, the horror) & also her ex-husband (my dad), but I don't know how to ask in a way that won't sound passive aggressive. I'm working on it.

Meanwhile, after I got home from dinner, I asked my SIL (via text) if mom had said anything about me & just how mad she was at me. Apparently, not mad at all, seemed happy & even commented on how great I look because of the weight I've lost.

So. Maybe I need to work a little on my perception. Maybe I need to spend less energy building walls against her.


Yesterday's accountability:
  • Smoothie
  • Chocolate covered banana
  • Rice crackers
  • Channa masala (no asparagus)
  • Hail Merry Miracle Tart

Monday, October 7, 2013

I love lazy Sundays.

I spent a lot of time in bed yesterday. And a lot of time in the bathtub. And I also had a massage!

This will be a really quick post because things are crazy at work & my mom is in town, so this is basically me being accountable.

Yesterday started with leftover dim sum (breakfast of champions) & a smoothie. Then I had a first & last date at Govinda's (woohoo for the all-in-one & for being treated to a chick'n cheeze steak). After my massage, Jess & I finished up the eggless egg salad + rice crackers & the potato leek soup.

I did manage to take a quick walk down to Philly AIDS Thrift to make a donation, but otherwise, that's pretty much all I have to say about yesterday.

There's a post in progress about something I've been going through. It's pretty embarrassing, so I haven't even tweeted about it, but my friends are encouraging me because it might be helpful to others. We'll see how brave I really am....

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Potato Leek Soup

A few friends have requested this recipe, so here it is!
Olive oil (or if you're not into using oil, just sauté in water or broth)
3 leeks, chopped
3-4 garlic cloves, minced
2-3 russet potatoes, chopped
Salt & pepper
Vegetable broth

(I apologize for the lack of measurements or specific timings. That's not how I cook & why I won't ever write a cookbook.)
  1. Sauté the leeks in oil or broth over medium/medium-high heat until they soften (maybe 5-7 minutes?).
  2. Add garlic (1-2 minutes?).
  3. Add potatoes, give a quick stir to combine. 
  4. Add seasonings, stir to combine. 
  5. Add broth to a couple inches above the potatoes & leeks. Stir. Raise heat, bring to a boil. 
  6. Reduce heat, cover, simmer at least 15 minutes until the potatoes are soft. (I like to just smush the potatoes against the walls of the pot because an immersion blender would also blend the leeks, which I don't want.)
  7. Add miso (a heaping tablespoon full). Stir until dissolved. (I make smushing miso part of the smushing potatoes process.)
  8. Eat & enjoy!

Farm Sanctuary's Walk for Farm Animals: Philadelphia

Yesterday was a great day for a walk! My neighbor was one of the event coordinators, so I got there early to volunteer. I happily checked people in at the registration desk (so great because I got to meet so many new people!), dropped 18 tickets in just one of the raffle boxes (the one for the $75 gift certificate + SIGNED Vedge cookbook), & got marked with some temporary tattoos, before Jess & I had the honor of carrying the banner & leading the walk!
Jess took this when we were waiting for the bus.
My socks say VEGAN (of course they do).
"Compassion for All," "Someone Not Something," "Walk for Farm Animals"
Let's go!
It was a fun & sunny 3+ miles, we chanted & chatted, made some new friends, & spread the message to end factory farming & to stop eating animals for your health, the planet's health, & most importantly, for the animals' health--they don't want to be eaten. One asshole driving a horse-drawn carriage actually said to us "Ignorance is bliss," to which my new friend Ashley replied, "Ignorance is irresponsibility!" Well said, Ashley! (And YAY new friends!)

After the walk, we ATE! Huge thank you to Blackbird Pizza, MiLah, Vegan Tree, & Soy Cafe for providing us with lunch! There was music & mingling & Rachel Atcheson from The Humane League spoke. And then, the raffle! So many amazing donations from so many local Philly vegan & vegan friendly places. And guess who won the Vedge raffle!!!!!! ME!!!!!! So much SQUEEE right there! The cookbook is gorgeous & I need to make reservations asap for Jess & me! YUM!

The rest of the day was a blur of laziness. After a quick once around the Flea Market (they were at Seger Park yesterday, I came home, did a load of laundry, finished rereading Still Life with Woodpecker, soaked in the bathtub for about 45 minutes, ordered dim sum from New Harmony, watched Everything Must Go on Netflix, & was in bed by 10pm.

What I ate accountability:
  • Green smoothie
  • Pizza & cupcakes
  • Eggless egg salad + rice crackers
  • Dim Sum
Happy Sunday, everyone! Time to enjoy every moment of this day too!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

On the New Moon

Last night's New Moon was in Libra. The new moon is a time of new beginnings, & Libra is a time of finding balance in your life. What can you do now to bring balance into your life & relationships? 

That was basically the theme of last night's New Moon Women's Circle. It was small, but the 2 people I really wanted to be here--Jess & Kristin--were. I feel like I got a lot out of it--it's always great to share with your sister-friends, & we're all on the same page of wanting to change the status quo of relationships among women. We're often so quick to tear each other down (symptom of our patriarchal society, no doubt!), but women really need to make that shift to building each other up. That's why I started doing the circles. That's why we're continuing them. 

I've got a lot to do before I head out the door for the Farm Sanctuary Walk this morning (last chance to sponsor me! please make a donation for the animals!), but first, here I am being accountable for yesterday:

What I ate:
  • Smoothie
  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Pop Chips, Channa Masala, Go Max Go Bar (shopped while hungry again...also, Whole Foods South Street is discontinuing Go Max Go Bars (I know, WTF!), so I feel the need to eat as many as I can before that happens.
  • New Moon Potluck--eggless egg salad & rice crackers (guess who made that, haha), dumplings, kale salad, & herbal tea.
Also, of course I went to Flywheel yesterday:

OK, it's time to leave for the Farm Sanctuary Walk! I'm helping with registration, so I have to get there on time. Have a great day!

Friday, October 4, 2013

It's Friday!!!

I miss enjoying my job more. I miss not going through the motions each week, holding my breath for the weekend. I miss actually teaching & inspiring. But for now, here I am in living-for-the-weekend mode.

But enough of that sadness. I'm in process of making it better. And it IS Friday so life is about to get better!

It's the New Moon, so tonight, I have a small group of women coming over for a circle. I'm looking forward to it, should be very positive. Tomorrow, I have the Farm Sanctuary Walk for Farm Animals (it's not too late to donate!). Sunday, I have a first date. Maybe this one will get more than just a second date. That would be nice. We'll see. He's meeting me at Govinda's (on my turf & yum!) & he has dreadlocks. Fingers crossed!

Here's yesterday's accountability:

  • Smoothie
  • Potato Leek Soup
  • Water Ice
  • Whole Foods Hot Bar, Go Max Go bar, Kombucha
  • Salad
  • Chocolate Covered Banana
And of course I went to Flywheel (which was extra fun because my brother was on the bike right next to me!):


And with that, I need to get back to work, & also to Flywheel, & also to a doctor's appointment. I have a busy afternoon! Have a great Friday & a great weekend!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Thankful Thursday!

Another week, another Thankful Thursday. I really value writing these posts because they give me a moment to be really positive, & to find ways to put a positive spin to some not so positive things.

And with that...
  • I am thankful for BFFs who I can talk to about things that are difficult & embarrassing to talk about. (Deliberately vague...I think I finally found something that I will NOT tweet about! Seriously. Don't even ask. It's not going to happen.)
  • I am thankful for an amazing seamstress who is gifted at altering my vintage dresses that are always too long for me.
  • I am thankful for Flywheel. I just can't get over the fact that I actually LOVE working out. I don't know if you realize just how big a deal this is.
  • I am thankful for my bathtub that I'm about to go soak in right now.
  • I am thankful for online shopping. I bought some really good stuff today. (A new bathrobe, undies...very exciting stuff.)
  • I am thankful that tomorrow is Friday (duh).
  • I am thankful for talk to text. Since I only had the iPhone 4, I never got to experience it (or Siri) until now with my 5s. I love it! Life-changing!
What about you, dear readers? What are you thankful for today?

What happens when I wake up before my alarm.

Today, I did not wake up before my alarm. In fact, I barely woke up WITH my alarm. But yesterday....

I was up yesterday at 4:45. I laid there for about half hour, trying to fall back to sleep. Then I decided I might as well wake up & go to Flywheel. But before that 7am class with Keli, I wrote yesterday's blog post & graded about 20 papers.

Remember the girl who used to hit snooze for an hour or just lay in bed whining on twitter about having to wake up for work? I don't even miss her!

Wow. I also had 2 meetings, cleaned my apartment, did 2 loads of laundry, ran some errands, went for a walk, AND did all of the work that was required of me (including grading papers for 2 teachers & making around 30 phone calls).

And here's what I ate:
  • Banana (for energy before Flywheel, too loud to make a smoothie that early)
  • Edamame (when I got home from Flywheel b/c I wanted something not sweet)
  • Green smoothie (finally!)
  • Bowl of potato-leek soup
  • Chick'n cheeze steak from Govinda's
  • Chocolate water ice (I barely ate any of it, it's in my freezer waiting for later)
And here's how I did at early morning Flywheel:

And, of course I was in bed asleep by 10pm, an hour before my official bedtime!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Why I avoid talking about politics.

You may think that because much of my social media usage is about silly things (YAY! iPhone 5s! YAY! Flywheel! YAY! Dinner!), that I'm not paying attention or I don't care about the nonsense happening in this country. But I'm well aware of the government shutdown & I'm appalled by the behavior of politicians & the more I know, the more scared I am.

And that's why you don't see me tweeting about politics & issues as often as I feel like I probably should be. Because I'm terrified. The more I learn, the further down the rabbit hole I go, the more I feel like we're living in a police state, in a horrible dystopian fiction, & that the American government is really nothing more than a heartless corporation with the illusion of choices, & I. Just. Can't. Handle. It.

I try to be more of an activist, I try to do more work for animals' rights, women's rights, the environment, & everything else I believe in, but I just might not be tweeting about it because I'm seriously triggered. I guess, what I'm trying to say is, I may seem all "tra la la, I love my new phone, tra la la," but I promise you, my head is NOT buried in the sand. It's a coping mechanism & I'm doing the best that I can.

And with that, here's a dramatic subject change to me being accountable for yesterday's food & workout:
  • Green smoothie
  • Potato leek soup (I made a huge pot of it!)
  • Chocolate covered banana
  • Kombucha
  • Candle Cafe frozen ravioli (I shopped while hungry)
  • Hail Merry Miracle Tart (see above)
I also had a great time at Nicole's Flywheel class. I didn't break 300 again, but had an amazing workout.


So I guess, here's my question for you, dear readers. How do you cope with all the pain & horror in the world? Do you feel like we can make a difference? How? Please, please, please share, because I don't want to feel powerless anymore.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

I had a good Monday!

I'm kind of liking this something new of reflecting on the previous day after it's over. Maybe I especially like it on Tuesdays because it means Monday is over?

I had a successful work day--I was super productive, took care of a lot of little things & a lot of big things, & really took some time to work on LinkedIn, because ultimately, if I'm being totally honest, my goal is to leave my current job. I adore my Teamies, I really do...I can't say enough how lucky I am to work with such great people. But alas, I am still unhappy & the only thing that will get me out of this funk is a major change in my work situation.

So let's talk about what's really important. Last night, in Hanna's 5:45 Flywheel class, I broke 300! Though part of me thinks it was a fluke, I'm still pretty damn proud of myself & I've totally earned a 300 Club shirt! Let's see what happens today on a different bike in Nicole's class. I'm feeling really strong & fit & awesome & that's what really matters, right?



  • Smoothie
  • Spring rolls
  • Noodles
  • Chocolate-covered banana


OK, here I go, time for another successful day! Here we go! Bring it on, Tuesday!