Saturday, November 30, 2013

On Thanksgiving Part 1, Flywheel Philly Bikes 12 & 11, & Nutrition

My Thanksgiving dinner was a success! Everyone enjoyed, even my mom! My brother admitted to being a little scared of the seitan roast, but he liked it so much, he even finished my mom's serving, which seems like a good sign to me. Huge shoutout to my sister-in-law's ex-husband (I know, take a moment to wrap your mind around that one!). He always comes through with any kind of party supplies--a cooler on my birthday, tables & chairs for Thanksgiving--I definitely appreciate him, & I appreciate how positive their relationship is--it's so good for their son, & so different from what I went through with my parents' divorce.
My Dollar Store tablecloths look good to me!
Plate full of Vegan Thanksgiving Awesomeness
Oh, & here's something awesome! My stepmom adopted a Farm Sanctuary turkey in my honor this year! How great is that? She really gets it. Makes me really happy.

In other news, I'm almost finished with my Ride Every Bike Challenge! I had a tough ride today on bike 11 (except that I LOVED Jess's playlist, which included I Love Rock N Roll & Hungry Like the Wolf), then it's bike 10 tomorrow, & finally, I'll have made it to the front row (except I did bike 8 on Thursday)! I'm on bike 9 Monday, which I'm pretty excited about because it's the 1st bike I ever broke 300 on, & then I have to take a few days off Flywheel, because I'm getting tattooed Monday night. But after that, I'll have just 7 more rides to finish! YAY & YAY!
Rides 39 & 40 (Bikes 12 & 11) of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Finally, I've been concerned that I'm not getting enough greens because of cutting out raw as per my acupuncturist's recommendations. It's helped with one of my issues, but another issue is flaring up, so I'm bringing back one smoothie per day. The rest of my food intake will still be warm & cooked, & I'll add ginger to the smoothie to give it some heat, but something definitely needs to change. Wish me luck!

Thanksgiving Part 2 tonight--the Vegan Leftovers Party! So excited to get together with my friends & chow down again! Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful Thursday: The Thanksgiving Edition

First of all, I'm thankful that I did so much prep & cooking for the past 2 days, that today, I can kind of take it easy. I have 2 more dishes to make, but mostly, I just have to put some stuff in the oven & let the heat do the work.
So. Much. Chopping.
Taste-testing in Vintage Pyrex.
Because of that brilliant strategizing, I'm thankful that I have time to write this blog post & time to soak in a hot bath.

I'm thankful that my family is not only open to me making the whole Thanksgiving meal vegan, but that they're all excited about it too (almost is always a wildcard, but I think she'll be on her best behavior).

Oh & I'm thankful for Flywheel (I know, you're so surprised). I'm almost done with my Ride Every Bike Challenge. I'm thankful that today, I allowed myself to go really out of order on the bikes (I'm scheduled for 12, 11, & 10 later this week, but 8 was available this morning in Na'Tasha's, so I took it. I wasn't sure if I'd have time to workout today (see above), but when I saw that I did, of course I went for it!)
Rides 36-38 (Bikes 15, 13, & 8) of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Of course, I'm thankful for lots of other things: my friends, my family, my health, my career...& the fact that I'm really happy in my life right now.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

And so it begins.

Today is for prep. Lots of chopping & roasting. Starting a few recipes, finishing maybe 2.

This isn't even everything.
People have asked, so here's my menu:
  • Brie (from Artisan Vegan Cheese) & crackers
  • Hot artichoke dip (can't remember where I found this)
  • Roasted squash soup (LJ original recipe)
  • Seitan Roast (Vegan Dad)
  • Stuffing (LJ's mom's recipe, veganized)
  • Caulipots (Appetite for Reduction)
  • Gravy (Veganomicon)
  • Sweet potato latkes (hanukkah-ified from Veganomicon)
  • Cranberries (Veganomicon)
  • Green beans (Veganomicon)
  • Apple Galettes (Veganomicon)
  • Pumpkin chocolate chip bread pudding ( modified from Veganomicon)
Wheeeeee! I love cooking this holiday!!! Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Flywheel's Holiday Express Challenge

I hope you're not tired of hearing about how much Flywheel has changed my life, that you get that it's a really big deal that I've gone from couch potato to FLYaddict. I'm so much stronger since I started & I feel a lot better in my body. That's important.

Maybe you've been thinking about joining me? Maybe you already go to Flywheel, but you're thinking about going more often? Well NOW is the time!

I am so stoked for this Holiday Express Challenge. First of all, if you don't have the monthly unlimited package, with this deal, you end up paying less per class than with the other packages. And secondly, you have the added bonuses of a Nutrition Seminar AND a Form & Technique Workshop. (I am beyond excited for this workshop--I can't wait to learn to refine & improve so I can gain even more out of what is often the best 45 minutes of my day!)

The timing couldn't be better--this challenge is nestled between Thanksgiving & Christmas, holidays notorious for overeating (I'm making 12 dishes for Thanksgiving alone!) & it gives you a jumpstart on that get fit & healthy new year's resolution that you know you're thinking of making.

So come on! It'll be fun & it'll be good for you--that's a win-win right there. And let me know if you're going to do the challenge--I'll totally arrange my schedule to be on a bike right next to you, my friends!

The challenge starts Monday, December 2, make sure you call or email to sign up (contact info in the flyer above). See you there!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

On OCD & Numbers & Flywheel

Let's preface this post with 2 things:
  1. I actually have been diagnosed with a mild case of OCD. I'm not just throwing the term around. Fortunately, like my anxiety & depression, it's no longer really affecting my life. (YAY for nutrition, exercise, & years of therapy!)
  2. I'm pretty damn awesome at laughing at myself. Which seems like a really good character trait. Or at least a really good skill to have. It took me a long time to get here.
Rides 33-35 (Bikes 16, 17, 14) of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Before I started my Ride Every Bike Challenge, I almost exclusively rode bikes 36, 27, & 18. The first time I broke 300 was on bike 9. Do you see a pattern here? Yeah, I like numbers divisible by 9. To force myself to let go of that, I challenged myself to ride all the bikes.

So, of course, I've been riding the bikes in order from 49 to 1. Twice (prior to this weekend), I've had to go slightly out of order (30 before 31, 19 before 20), but it wasn't a big deal, because I was able to get back in order the very next day. But then, I hit a section of the stadium that fills up quickly & I hit it on the weekend.

Yesterday, I did a double because it was the only way I could hit bikes 16 & 17 this weekend. I had to do 16 before 17, but only an hour before, hahaha! It was totally fun--I love Na'Tasha's playlists & my brother was on the bike next to me in the 2nd class! (Also, I enjoyed a Vegan Treats cinnamon roll that was as big as my head last night with no guilt!)

Today, I thought I was registered for bike 15, but I was on bike 14 when I checked in. Here's what happened:
  • I heard Nicole request bike 15 for her mom instead of another one.
  • Wanting to go in order, of course I butted in, "You can put your mom on 14 & me on 15! That way I can ride in order!" 
  • They explained something was wrong with the bike, that it might not be on the Torq Board or in my account. "No problem!" I said, because I'm trying oh so hard to not care oh so much about numbers!
  • I got on bike 15, started pedaling, & I noticed that the torq, current, & total power were all at 0 no matter what, so Nicole's mom (who has awesome taste in music, by the way--I loved her input on the playlist!) offered to switch back with me.
  • So we switched bikes. (Huge shoutout to Gladi & Hilary for switching my bike. Twice.)
So I rode bike 14. And maybe it was a hard bike. Or maybe my legs need a rest after that double yesterday. But I struggled! I'm actually amazed I came away with a 216.

But now I can't stop thinking about bike 15. As much as I claim to not care about the numbers, as I download them to my color-coded excel spreadsheet every day, it's pretty obvious that I care about them quite a bit. I think it might be really good for me to have no idea how I'm doing, to ride based on how the bike feels without seeing my scores. I wonder...would I cheat myself or would I push myself? It might be an interesting experiment.

That story was a lot longer than I intended. Sorry. The rest of my day includes Thanksgiving groceries & doing my best to stay warm. Have a good day!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Last Night's Dinner!

OMG. Can we talk about my obsession with Injera Bread? (Here's a hint--it's the texture AND the flavor!)

I first tried Ethiopian food YEARS ago with my friend Kenda in DC at Dukem, & I loved it--spicy, great flavors, great colors, great textures, & is there anything more fun than eating with your hands?! (The answer to that is an emphatic NO!) I went to Dukem with her again a couple weeks ago, & I wondered why I haven't eaten Ethiopian in Philly yet. Because YUM. And because I CAN! (There was no Ethiopian food in Miami, but here, of course, I'm walking distance from an Ethiopian restaurant that Ed goes to so often they know him!)

So last night, Jess & I took Ed's recommendation, & headed over to Almaz Cafe where we both ordered the veg combo. I should have taken an after picture, because I may or may not have licked my plate.
When I got home, I called my dad. Because he will LOVE this place & he's never had Ethiopian food before. (His response to me telling him about eating with your hands, "Awwwww, that's GREAT!") I told him that the next time he's in Philly (not counting Thanksgiving), that I'm taking him there.

OK, time to get dressed because I'm doing a Flywheel double today. Not out of a desire for extra exercise...nope, more like an obsessive need to ride the bikes I want to ride in as close to the order I want to ride them in as I can. Yeah, there's a little triple Virgo OCD thing happening here. Extra exercise is just an added bonus. I'm OK with that.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 18-21

Three more bikes down this week! Today, my brother texted me a list of 19 bikes: "Which one would you recommend?" Then my sister-in-law texted to see what time I'm going to Flywheel tomorrow & to tell me how close she is to earning the Power Up tanktop for November. I love that our love of Flywheel has turned into a whole Family Fitness Fun kind of thing!

Rides 29-32 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
I've had a lot of thoughts on the different bikes & why I like what I like, but I'm holding on to that post until I ride 17 more bikes to my finish line! Give me about (less than) 3 more weeks!

Getting ready for an awesome Ethiopian dinner with my friend Jess, then tomorrow, I'm riding a double with Na'Tasha! It was the only way I could get the bikes I wanted in order this weekend...I'm hitting a popular section of the stadium!

Have a great night & a great weekend, dear readers!

(And did you notice? 3 days no posts followed by 2 posts in 1 day! Maybe I was in a slump or something & now I'm out of it! Rad!)

Boring Blogging?

I'm afraid my blog has been boring me. If it's boring me, it MUST be boring you. Sorry, dear readers, but that's why I haven't posted since Monday.

But never fear...I always have ideas up my sleeve. First of all, check out the sidebar. If you really care to see what I'm eating, there's a google calendar widget for you. It's a win-win, I think, because it still holds me accountable publicly, but it doesn't clog up my blog with boring lists of what I ate. This means I can spend more time talking about specific awesome meals (like on Wednesday night, when my friend Ed & I went to New Harmony & happily binged on dim sum!).

Ed's pic of our dim sum yum is way better than the one I was about to take.
In other news, I'm getting ready for Thanksgiving next week--I'm prepping the dinner for my family (even my mom seems to be getting excited), & the Saturday after, I'm hosting a Vegan Thanksgiving Leftovers Party. If you're a Philly-area friend, & I haven't reached out to you yet about this, message me!

Flywheel update coming up shortly...I road 3 more bikes this week, just 17 more to go to complete my Ride Every Bike Challenge!

Monday, November 18, 2013

A Weekend of Junk-Food Junkie-ing

I don't know. Maybe it's PMS. Maybe it's the fact that I'm letting too many days go by without holding myself accountable on the blog (oops).

The worst was Sunday. I definitely need to start getting more greens into my system. I'm thinking about bringing smoothies back, despite my acupuncturist's recommendations. Not first thing in the morning, but maybe for lunch. I'm definitely not getting the nutrition I need, as you can see from the past 3 days.

  • Herbal tea & oatmeal (the day started off normal)
  • Channa masala
  • Seitan & mustard sauce
  • Hot cocoa
  • More random seitan (I love the texture of Upton's, can't help myself!)
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal 
  • Portobello sandwich & chips
  • Chocolate cupcake
  • Pizza & beer
  • Channa masala (for breakfast, yeah, this day was really weird)
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • An entire (big) bag of Pop Chips (I don't even know how this happened, so much for conscious eating)
  • Candle Cafe ravioli (why the hell am I buying all this prepackaged boxed stuff?!)
I don't know. At least I made it to Flywheel 2 out of the past 3 days. And even to yoga last night, which actually felt REALLY good!
Days 27 & 28 (Bikes 23 & 22) of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Have a great week!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Confessions of a Dirty Hippie

For at least a year, I've been using a combination of Dr. Bronner's, vinegar, and baking soda to clean everything. And by everything, I mean my clothes, my dishes, my apartment, & myself. And I was OH SO PROUD of this. "Look how eco-conscious I am! Aren't I a better person for not wasting plastic by refilling my Bronner's bottles? Aren't I great for avoiding chemicals? Validate my awesome minimalism & environmentalism & admire me for being so clean! For the love of goddess, praise me!"

But the thing shit was not. that. clean. Really, I was the ultimate dirty hippie.

My clothes were dingy, my dishes were greasy, my apartment had fruit flies, & my hair & scalp left this grody buildup on my comb (I googled it & found on a "long hair message board" that it's apparently normal, but still...I am obviously not that into grody buildup).

Now don't go thinking I walked into CVS & bought shit like Tide or Palmolive or Pantene, because ew, toxic! But I did go into Essene & Whole Foods, compulsively read ingredients, & came away with products made for their specific functions.

I cleaned my apartment last night. I also did 3 loads of laundry. In case you care, here are the products I'm now using:
  • Laundry: 365 Lavender detergent powder, 365 Oxygen whitening powder for whites, & white vinegar fabric softener (not everything had to change!)
  • Dish soap: 7th Generation Natural Dish Liquid
  • Kitchen & bathroom surfaces: 7th Generation Organic All-Purpose Cleaner (works SO well--made me not dread cleaning the bathtub!)
  • More bathroom: Earthworm Mold & Mildew Treatment(so needed for this crazy huge bathtub):
  • Hair: Griffin Remedy Volumizing Shampoo (every other wash--I like the way my hair looks better with Bronner's so I go back & forth)
And wow. My clothes are brighter, my dishes are cleaner, my apartment is fruit fly free, & my hair is fabulous.

Now I'm not only doing something good for the planet as a whole, but I'm doing something good for the people who have to be around me. This dirty hippie is clean!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Thankful Thursday & Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 25 & 24

I started writing this post yesterday (& by started, I mean, wrote a sentence & a half), so my Thankful Thursday is a day late. Sorry. But does anyone really care? It's nice to have gratitude every day, right?

I guess I'm thankful that I'm not so compelled (read: obsessed) to write every single day. This feels like a sign that I'm getting better at holding myself accountable, which is nice.

I'm also thankful that things are going so much better at work. It's amazing what a new manager can do for one's work life. I feel like the past 3 months with that boss I didn't vibe with were just a bad dream, & more importantly, I feel inspired again. This might also have something to do with the new coaching aspect of my role, but I know it has most to do with him.

I'm thankful for my brother, my sister-in-law, & my nephews. I love having them in my life. And I'm especially thankful for the friendship I have with my sister-in-law--she is totally one of my favorite people in the whole wide world.

And speaking of favorite people, I'm thankful for Flywheel, & everyone who works there. Na'Tasha & Nicole both always cheer me on & they are both ALWAYS genuinely proud of my achievements. THANK YOU!!!!

Days 25 & 26 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Finally, I'm thankful for myself for sticking to my goals even without daily blogging. That being said, here's what I ate this week:

  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Potato-leek soup
  • Spicy mustard chickpeas
  • Hot cocoa
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Rice bowl from Agno Grill (#lunchontheFLY)
  • Potato-leek soup
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Spicy mustard seitan
  • Boston Creme Donut from Vegan Treats
  • Cheerios & almond milk at my brother's house
OK. Happy Friday all! Have a great one & a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 26

Whew, that bike was TOUGH yesterday, & Ryan likes a high torq, so I worked really hard! It was a fun class, he played Michael Franti for me--The Sound of Sunshine always makes me happy (it's a regular on the home office dance party playlist), so it was rad to hear it at Flywheel!

Day 24 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge

I'm having a great day at work, getting a lot accomplished, & had a great video conference call with my Teamies today that felt really successful. But I'm excited to leave for Flywheel in a little over an hour. I really need to get a workout in!

OK, yesterday's accountability:
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Hot & Sour soup from New Harmony
  • Sauteed greens & mushrooms
  • Candle Cafe boxed frozen ravioli
  • Hot cocoa
I really hope that you all realize just how helpful it is for me to share what I ate every day. I've talked about it before, but I would really have some crazy binges before I started doing this. Eventually, I hope that I won't have to hold myself accountable like this every day, but right now, it's just what my OCD needs. So...thank you, readers, you're helping me just by existing!

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Wonderfully Lazy Sunday

I had a nice Sunday morning in Harrisburg. Had my usual oatmeal & herbal tea for breakfast, scored 2 unopened packages of steel cut oats from my dad's pantry, spent some time with my mom & didn't get in a fight with her (even though she tried to pick one with me--super stoked that I remembered to use one of the neutralizing techniques that I recently learned AND that it actually worked!)
This is the house I grew up in. Pretty leaves, slightly filtered.
For lunch, I had leftover channa masala before getting on the train back to Philly. On the train, I mostly dozed off or looked out the window--it was really great to get out of the city & see some foliage, but I'm happy to be home.

Yesterday evening, I ordered dim sum from New Harmony, then proceeded to spend 6 hours on the couch finishing season 3 of The L Word.

A wonderfully lazy Sunday, indeed.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

On Traveling by Train & Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 28 & 27

So I wrote this whole entire blog post 2 paragraphs on the train today. About being out of the city & getting to see the changing leaves & about looking forward to helping my dad figure out his new iPhone. But Amtrak's wifi was super sketchy, & nothing saved, so I was left with one sentence. So, here's the revision hours later.

The train was amazing. First of all, I love just rolling into the train station less than 20 minutes before departure--it's SO much better than all the anxiety of flying. Secondly, the ride was gorgeous. I spent a lot of it just looking out the window at the leaves. Is "Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful" still our anti-litter slogan? It should be, because wow, this state really IS beautiful.

I spent a lot of today doing iPhone tutorials for my dad & stepmom (dad has the 5s, stepmom has the 4s--her work JUST upgraded her from her ancient Blackberry). At the end of the day, I think they're both a lot more comfortable in the 21st century, & I think dad might REALLY be into talk-to-text. Tomorrow, I'll take some time to review before I head back to Philly.

In other news, this morning I did my 1st 60 minute Flywheel class with Hanna. It was AMAZING! I kicked such ass on bike 27, that I definitely need to ride it again in a 45 minute class, because I think I can PB on this bike, for sure!
Days 22 & 23 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
And finally, here's my accountability for the past few days:

  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Sauteed greens & mushrooms
  • Chick'n cheeze steak from Govinda's
  • More herbal tea
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Sauteed greens & mushrooms
  • Cheesesteak, potato salad, & a whoopie pie from Blackbird (I cancelled a 1st date that was supposed to be there, & ordered delivery instead)
Saturday (today):
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Falafel & lentil soup from Shab's
  • Samosas & channa masala from Passage to India
That's it! I'm caught up on blogging! I'm actually enjoying this visit to my home town of Harrisburg (which I basically fled more than 20 years ago) & got to see my friend Adam who has been my bestie for almost my entire life. And now it's time to go to sleep in my childhood bedroom which has been dramatically redecorated over the years, but still feels like mine. G'night!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Thankful Thursday & Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 29

I think I forgot Thankful Thursday last week because I was on vacation. So yeah, I'm thankful that my week off was so rad that I had no idea what day of the week it was.

Right now, I am SO thankful because it's Thursday & I'm STILL having a good work week. It's amazing what a new boss can do for one's morale. I feel like I can trust this one, like he really has my back, & that the English department will finally no longer be treated as the red-headed step child. The Lead Teachers had our first meeting with him yesterday, & I immediately felt comfortable enough to tell him exactly why I feel that morale has been so low lately. It feels good to have that after the last boss I had who seemed really sketchy to me. If I'm not being myself, I'm obviously not happy, so I'm happier already at work. YAY!

(Whoa, more thankful--the new boss just keeps getting better & better...I just got off the phone with him & I am THRILLED!)

I'm also thankful that I'm reconnecting with a friend with whom I'd had some miscommunications. Oh Mercury Retrograde, you so crazy! Ah, yes, I'm also thankful that MR is almost over! Whew!

Of course, I'm also thankful for Flywheel (duh, when am I not?). I kicked some serious ass yesterday in Nicole's class. I remember the first time I broke 300, I thought it was a fluke. But now I've been up there often enough that it might be time to gift myself with a 300 Club tanktop. We'll see.

Day 21 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Also, I'm thankful that Flywheel is partnering with Agno Grill for "Lunch on the Fly." I love this--on Wednesdays at 12:30, you can order lunch before class, then come out & it's waiting for you! And YUMMY!
Look how happy & thankful I am to have lunch!
Closeup of my rice bowl & falafel. SO tasty!
In addition to that beautiful rice bowl from Agno, here's the rest of my accountability for yesterday: herbal tea & oatmeal, Candle Cafe mac & cheese, hot cocoa. 

OK, so what about you, dear readers? Please share what you're thankful for!

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

On forgetting to eat.

I have no idea what the hell happened to me yesterday. I was really busy? I just wasn't that hungry? My stomach was upset? I forgot to eat? How the hell does someone "forget" to eat? How the hell do *I* forget to eat?

I had my usual breakfast of herbal tea & oatmeal w/ all the fixins (banana, chia seeds, coconut, goji berries, etc, etc).

I had my epic poops in the morning (I could seriously set a clock by my epic poops. I also just like saying "epic poops.")

In the afternoon, I ate a whole bag of Brussels sprouts (I made Vedge's recipe again...perhaps I should try something else from their cookbook someday too).

In the late afternoon, shortly before Flywheel, I had another epic poop...which confused me, because they're not usually an afternoon occurrence.

During Flywheel, I found myself a little bit nauseated &, umm, gassy (sorry, ladies on bikes 30 & 32), & when I got home, instead of ravenous like I often am, I didn't eat anything, I didn't even make a cup of hot cocoa.

Weird. I don't know what was up with yesterday. I have had a headache for a couple of days, but it's not a terrible migraine, so I just don't know.

Whatever. I'll do better today.

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

A Good Week (so far) & Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bike 31

So far, so good. I'm excited about some changes at work, & even though I had 4 meetings today, I feel really awesome about this shift. The Lead Teachers are going through this "corporate coaching" training, & I'm more than enjoying it...I'm a little obsessed with it, as well as with everything I'm learning about Emotional Intelligence.

When I was promoted (well, not really a promotion b/c my salary didn't change) to Lead a year & a half ago, I remember telling my mom about my new role. She was excited because it sounded like a "manager" & my response to that was HELL NO...I told her I was more like a "helper." "Servant Leader" seems to be the right corporate-ism for my role. And now this coaching training is really taking things to a whole new level for me & I like it! I had FOUR meetings today & I still feel awesome! It feels good to be happy at work again.

Also, I have a new boss--my 11th in 7 & 1/2 years--I'm hearing great things about him from a lot of people...many of whom I actually trust. So, I'm thrilled to work with this guy. Apparently, he's NOT a micromanager! YAY!

When I finished with work, of course I headed over to Flywheel. Na'Tasha's playlist was AMAZING. As usual, I had a blast in her class & I feel great having had a good workout at the end of the day. I'm happy to have ridden bike 31...skipping to 30 yesterday & going out of order wigged me out. What? You all know I'm a little weird. This isn't new information!

Day 20 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
OK, I have a little more work to do before I chill out with "The L Word," but here's my accountability from yesterday:
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Leftover roasted squash soup
  • Sauteed greens with balsamic vinegar
  • Hot cocoa
That's it! Have a great night!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Too Busy for Blogging & Reflections on Flywheel Philly Bikes 32 & 30

OK, I haven't really been too busy for blogging, unless you define "too busy" as "can't stop marathoning The L Word."

My tattoo is healing really well...I was freaking out a little bit about how many days the pain lasted, but then I talked to a friend of mine who has a lot of large tattoos on her legs, & she reassured me: totally normal. Every time she would get up from sitting, her healing tattoos would throb--exactly what I've been experiencing, what a relief! Now I'm to the gross itchy phase of healing, & after 3 days of laying around on the couch, I got back on the Flywheel bike yesterday.

I'm not super comfortable in the shorts--I really prefer my capri length leggings--but I'm glad I bought them, because it's definitely good for me to be able to workout while I heal.

Here's how the past 2 days looked for me. I kicked ass yesterday on bike 32...not so much today on bike 30...but it still felt great!
Days 18 & 19 of LJ's Ride Every Bike Challenge
Sunday night was the New Moon Circle...really powerful changes happening this month, & it always feels good to gather with my sister-friends.

And here's a little bit of accountability:

  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Pasta
  • Hummus & pita, roasted squash soup, & quesadillas at the Circle
That's it! And if blogging for myself wasn't enough, I'm applying to be a blogger for my school's website. Should be fun! Have a good night!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Laying Low

Wow. So it's either been so long since my last tattoo that I've just forgotten what the healing process is like, or a tattoo on the leg just hurts more because I put weight on my leg all day long. Whatever the case may be, I've been spending most of my time over the past few days on the couch. I just started watching The L Word, & I'm officially obsessed, so it all works out, but I miss Flywheel A LOT. I'm hoping to be healed enough to go tomorrow...I guess we'll see!

Just going to make this post a quick "what I ate" for the past 2 days, so I can get back to Netflix, but first, I DID leave the house on Thursday, because HALLOWEEN:
Fairy Princess at Vedge & a closeup of Squeee-tastic Pigtails
I called myself a "Last Minute Fairy" because all I did was buy wings at the last minute at a shop on South Street. Everything else I just had in my closet.

OK, accountability:

  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • WF hot bar (Yes. I went there JUST to show WFC my new tattoo.)
  • VEDGE with Jess! We ate A LOT. It was amazing. We had 3 desserts because they're small & because HALLOWEEN!
  • Herbal tea & oatmeal
  • Chicken cheesesteak & a donut at Govinda's
  • Homemade burritos w/ Daiya & Upton's seitan
  • Hot chocolate
OK, that's enough of a blog post for today. More Netflix please!