March 31, 2011

His Infinite Love

Love each other unconditionally. Love your enemies. Give love. Love like Jesus loves. The greatest commandment is love.

It's so easy to say, so easy to wake up and dedicate the day to trying to love others. But what do I do when we don't receive love in return? When we constantly let down by cases of the grumps, when stress takes control of everyone, and we're ignored, as if we didn't love at all?

We still need to love. It was hard for me to wrap my mind around this yesterday. I didn't know how we, as believers and followers of Christ, are commanded to give all we have to those who we see every day, regardless of how they feel about us or how they treat us. But it hit me, and hit me hard: Jesus loves, forgives, comforts and seeks those who turn their backs on Him daily.

But you, O Lord, are a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness.
Psalm 86:15


He gives His unconditional love to people who ignore Him and mock His Holiness. He forgives those who curse His name. And no matter how much we take, how many times we forget to thank Him or we forget His existence, our Heavenly Father still loves us. He is the definition of unconditional love, a love that has no rules, doesn't change, doesn't fade, is always strong, always over-flowing, always ready to be accepted (it's our job to accept it or leave it).

It was a beautiful thing, being reminded of Jesus' love! I feel so blessed to have it and it's comforting to know How close He always is, in times of weakness and strength.

Greater love has no one than this, that He lay down His life for His friends.
John 15:13

This morning went super well in the ol' gym. Hubby had mentioned something about tackling 10km on Thursdays (6.2 miles) once my half marathon training starts - on Mooooondaaaaay!! But I understood that he wanted me to run 10 today, so I went with it. It was my first time ever running 6 miles on the treadmill, my first time going over 5.5 miles on a weekday, and I was stoked!


after a little walk on mr.mill

I started at a 10min/mile pace, and slowly brought it up to an 8.5min/mile pace through the run, total stats: 10K - 58:42! I felt really good, no pain in me legs besides some new running blisters on the bottom of my feet - rough days, man - and I was super happy to have completed the full 6.2 miles! Then a cool down, a stretch, some leg extensions with 30lbs aaaand home sweet home!

Breakfast was a gem, I'm super loving the whole "hey why don't ya eat your oats on a plate so you feel like you're eating cake" way of enjoying my steel cut oatsies! It's fun to decorate 'em, and I think I may eat them a liiiittle bit slower since there's no full-on scooping action like you find when eating out of a bowl. Bite for bite, fork or spoon, it's wonderful.



Lunch + snacks were as follows: same delightfully simple half sammie with almond butter and chia seeds, fruit, veggies, and homemade pot pie! Incredible, so much so that I made two of these guys and I'll be eating the second one for tomorrow's lunch! Her recipe is golden, there's no denying it. Dig it, tempeh pot pie loving friends!


[recipe here!]



At my hauuusee I did 10 minute abs and decided to eat a large quantity of veg for dinner. Since I feel like all I eat is fruit sometimes (today alone: 2 bananas, orange, pear, cucumber, pineapple), it seemed like a good evening to have a vegetable attack! I paired brussel sprouts + red cabbage (cooked in avocado oil with Liquid Aminos and toasted sesame seeds) with my all time faaavorite protein: pinto beans (with a squeeze of fresh lime + avocado slices)!



Then we watched The Biggest Loser and I took one thing away from it: a desire to hit a punching bag with a bat. Talk about muscular arms! I'd love to work my arms more with weights, but it's all cardio and abs for this sister, n' push ups will just have to do!

Beautiful Thursday, I'll see you again next week.

March 30, 2011

Carrot Cookie for Breakfast

I'll admit, I had high hopes for this post! But the day bit me out of no where, and I'm a sleepy child. So off to bed I go, real post tomorrow!


carrot cake oatmeal? yes please.


steel cut oats, rice milk, raisins [cook]
nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger [add to oats]
wheat germ, chia seeds [add to oats]
banana, shredded carrot [topped on oat cake]
almond butter, melted carob chips [spread + toppled]


giant cookie!


snacks, almond butter chia seed sandwich


quinoa crusted pizzas w seitan and veggies

delicious + killer spicy!


spinach pinto patties with gray squash, avocado...
butternut squash and asparagus lovin'




pot pie from Healthy Exposures!




oh shoot, a beautiful creature was made.




frozen blues for a rightbeforebedokaymorelikeonehourbeforebed snack!

Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus.
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

March 29, 2011

Don't Fear the Machine

Today started off like this:

okay, that was after my run. but still. it says it all: I was scared.


I usually work on the elliptical machine on Tuesdays. Since I like to push myself a little harder and little further on Mondays, Tuesdays just seem like a good time to take things down a notch. But Edu asked me to tackle another fartlek today, so I got all worried like (bad idea, give it to God and be strong! he reminded me) as I stared at the treadmill this morning.

But of course: It went, in a word amazingly.

8K - 46:04
Level 6: 10:00/mi
Level 7.5: 8:00/mi

1.83mi (3km) - 6
1 min - 7.5
1 min - 6
2 min - 7.5
2 min - 6
3 min - 7.5
2 min - 6
4 min - 7.5
2 min - 6
5 min - 7.5
2 min - 6
3 min - 6.5

Then I diddle-daddled on the treadmill for about 3 minutes, stretched, did some leg extensions with 30lbs, and felt full of absolute joy. It was beautiful! I definitely felt tired towards the end with that last 5 minute [@ 8min mile speed] stretch, but repeating that ever-so-powerful bible verse brought me just what I needed: I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13, you're golden.


hoooraaaay!


steel cut oats
[rice milk
water
cinnamon
raisins]

plus
banana, blueberries, strawberries, almond butter, chia seeds, wheat germ




my very last fig banana nut bar, you guys will be missed! new batch this weekend? of course!


[cabbage rolls] smell like feet, let's admit it.
and they taste a little silly, too. So I'm sticking to raw cabbage in sushi, or lightly cooked cabbage with brussels and sesame seeds, so much more delicious than this wrapped business! and, it'll prevent me from doing this:


teehee, sometimes carbs just make the worse experiments taste the best!

mini arm workout @ home (mini = 5 minutes, I got hungry!)


pineapple is the sweetest yellow piece of the tropics I know!


oh goodness, dinner was heaaavenly!

  • 2 handfuls kale
  • rice milk
  • frozen banana
  • frozen strawberries/blueberries
  • unsweetened special dark cocoa powder
  • ground flaxseed

carob chips, millet puffs, raisins, almonds, grapes, raw pumpkin seeds.

And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving each other, just as God also in Christ forgave you.
Ephesians 4:32

March 28, 2011

The Boiling Blue Waters of Cabbage

Oh Monday, you were kind of fabulous! You know what I think put the day into perspective for me? God's amazing Word! A verse in 1 Corinthians hit me the other day, "When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things" (13:11) - It really opened my eyes to my actions nowadays, and how I handle the little bumps in the road that life inevitably comes with. I took a mental stroll down memory lane, thinking of all my kid-like habits (anything from laziness to my good for nothin' short fuse) and then I came to the realization that some of my habits haven't died yet. So it's time to put away those childish things, and at age 22 I think I am finally going to be an adult. Spiritual growth feels beautiful!



Last night I asked coach Edu what my week would look like with the pre-training training, since my almost-set-in-stone half marathon training hasn't started yet. He said to shoot for 5 miles on the treadmill today, starting at a comfortable pace and increasing the speed as mileage creeped up. I, of course, got a bit excited and ended up wanting to run 6 miles, but ran out of time and only finished 5.5 - which still felt fantastic!! I definitely left the gym with a cup-overflowing type of runner's high, I was smiling from ear to ear and wanted to fly home. Unnnnbelievable!.



Stats, after a 2 minute "cool down" :)
Official tread time: 5.5mi - 52:17

Breakfast was a classic bowl of oats, with all the same friends atop, and a minute in the microwave for that "I'm a banana and when you heat me up I taste like cake" and "We're carob chips and we melt into heavenly chocolate spoonfuls" with "I'm almond butter and I turn even more creamy, rich, and satisfying" effects. It was pretty spectacular, won't lie.



Lunch didn't come soon enough, I was dyyying to try them "chicken" n' dumplings dish I had made last night (props to Rachel Ray and Jessica) and shoooot son was it worth the wait! This dish was so delicious, reminded me of being a wee-one and eating casserole type dishes with a Bisquick toppings. Every bite set me off the edge, every time the aroma of italian seasonings reached my nose, I went to a happy place. It was that good. And easy peasy to make, so give it a try!!


my lunchtime view outside the clinic is capable of making you forget where you are and what time it is, it's beautiful.



Snacks were the usual fellas.


Work was magical and productive and lovely, thank you Lord! And we drove home, mumsy and I, like we always be doin'. Then it was on to a mini post-workday workout to make up for lost gym time in the wee hours of the AM. I tackled the same ab-workout as last Saturday's, 'cause my muscles were burnin' and screamin' all weekend! Then it was time for chili beans and cabbage rolls.

The chili was super easy and tasted fantastic. I simply grabbed a bunch of veggies from the fridge, browned some garlic in a pan, and added the veg with pinto beans. Seasoned with more than enough chili powder, red pepper flakes and hubby's salsa! I made some tacos with the bean love atop corn tortillas (2) and lime with avocado were definitely side kicks!


celery, chard stems, broccoli bits, zucchini, cauliflower, red bell pepper



insanely delicious in each. and every. stinkin' way!

For the cabbage rolls, I was excited at first 'cause I loooove some cooked cabbage (usually served with brussels, sesame seeds, Liquid Aminos) and I love me the idea of anything stuffed! Stuffed eggplant, stuffed squash, stuffed (insert your fav here?) And these two recipes turned into my experiment.


of course, now that I hunt for it, I can't find the link to the lovely chef who made up the recipe to the right. Will find them, and will give them props asap!


But sadly, you have to boil a whole load of cabbage leaves, and the water turns blue, meaning about 800% of the dark purple nutrients evaporated into the air, the pot of bowling water, and I was left with dead leaves. But alas, the stuffing mix looked promising! I give you: lentils, brown rice, tomatoes, onion, and a homemade herb broth.




Dun dun dunnnnn! I'm happy to have 'em done, and my purple hands have been cleaned. All I want to do is try these babes but I'm nervous that they may turn into slightly soggy day-after cabbage rolls once tomorrow hits. We shall soon find out... In about 15 hours at lunch!

Sleep. 8:55pm, you're kind of my happiest hour. Let's do this resting business!

March 27, 2011

Carrot Cakes + Tofu with Biscuits

Herroooo! Today was pancake daaay 100% inspired by shredded carrots, and the blog world. But of course I made things more complicated than they should have been, and I was left with we-love-sticking-to-the-pan cakes that also were in love with falling apart. I think I hid that well, though, for their photo shoot. :)


  • 1 cup butternut squash, microwaved to soften + thrown into the food processor
  • 3/4 cup shredded carrots
  • 3/4 cup rice milk
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1 banana
  • 1 T each: chia seeds, wheat germ, raisins + almonds
  • 1 t each: cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg

just do it! carob chips melted on top with the almonds (chopped) and sunflower seedies



church + Ephesians 2:11-13
"...now in Christ Jesus you who once were
far away have been brought near
by the blood of Christ."


beanie snack

freshly cooked babes with avocado and serrano chili (yesh, I did burn my esophagus off with that dang chili, thank you very muuch!)

my best friend:

This movie changed my life in high school, and completely changed the way I saw anyyyy and allll fast food restaurants. That industry is seriously screw-balled! Hubby had never seen it, so we ate pizza and dove into the TV.


yes. we ate pizza 2x in a weekend, and we have done it before, happily!


brussel sprouts, broccoli, fresh pineapple, serrano chili, red bell pepper, kale chips!


for real, so heavenly.

6:20pm - 8:00pm

salsa: made
grains: cooked
oats: ready
snacks: packed
lunches: set
dinner: Healthy Exposures



tofu + biscuits?!

courtesy of this lovely girl and all her wonders!


see her recipe here

my changes:
  • doubled the recipe for Edu + self!
  • more kale for me, less for hubby
  • add some peas for lack of shallots
  • three tomatoes instead of one
  • wheat flour + wheat germ for pancake batter, and the fact that I don't own cornmeal - although I've needed it so much, you'd think I would have purchased a bag already.



dessert:

simplicty is incredible sometimes.
  • rice milk
  • frozen blueberries
  • 1 date

coconut, sunflower seeds, carob chips.

bliss.

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.
1 Peter 4:8