July 30, 2011

Oh, July.

I wrote this on July 30th, with every intention to post it the very second we had internet. But, alas, 'tis life. Today is August 5th. I blame it on the boxes. Busy, busy bees... Time to play catch up!

"It's a pretty amazing morning when, for a minute, you go into a panic realizing that you no longer have access to a cardio machine, only to remember the fact that you own a jump rope, and two hands to hold the ends of it, so you will in fact never need an elliptical machine or a treadmill ever again. In your entire life.

I had the best, most challenging workout of my life in the quietness of my garage on Monday. Sweat was dripping onto the cold floor, my iPod earphones were sliding out of my inner ears, heart pumping more than it does during intervals at the track. It was pure madness, but pure bliss all at the same time. 12 reps each move, each side, with 1 minute jumping between each set. Foam roller to top it off, abs and exercise band used as a warm up. 50 minutes. Good morning, Monday.

Tuesday ye hubby and I did something for the first time ever. We woke up at the same time. We got our running gear on, including Garmin watches. We hopped into his car. We drove for a whole 6 minutes. We found ourselves at my high school. It's been 5 years since I had walked the sidewalks of that beauty, and almost an entire year since I had run on the track. We jogged together, for one lap, then he bolted. I continued to trot. 12 laps, over 3 miles, 30 minutes, 45 seconds. It's been a long, very long, while since my shoes have touched the track, and I missed it so. Nothing compares to the simplicity of it all, or the peace that a runner finds at 5:30am on the loops.

Wednesday: yoga in the living room, abs and foam roller in the bedroom. It was calm and woke me up real good, which is all I hope for in a Wednesday mini-workout.
Thursday: jump rope + weight session on the menu. What really went down? Strength training (weights) and a broken jump rope after only 2 minutes of speed jumping. I may have panicked again, standing in my garage at 5:10am with a jump rope that only had one handle attached to it. But I quickly ran upstairs to snatch a little fitness-life-saver called my notebook of magazine workouts. Cardio, cardio, that was all I needed. The winner? KICK BOXING!

I looked a bit like a dufus, since I had never done any form of martial arts before, and my form was far from perfect. I did break a good sweat, though, and I felt a little bit like a professional boxer. Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby? Yeah, that's where I'm headed. Or at least that's where I daydreamed I was headed, and I maybe sorta imagined I was in the movie, for a little motivation. It worked. I was beaming with boxing joy 40 minutes later. And I ate like a mad woman, because professional boxers need their calories. Need lots of calories. More oatmeal, more almond butter, more shredded coconut, more blueberries, one and a half bananas - you know.

Friday included a full hour of yoga, after waking up a little late and maybe feeling guilty about it (gosh - being human is hard) and btw: yoga on a mat on a hardwood floor = uncomfortable. Standing poses were lovely, but anything on my back or even sitting was painful! I need myself a sleeping bag under that there yoga mat, I s'pose.

So that was last Monday thru Friday, today is Saturday, and I (we) hope to have real internets by Tuesday. We'll see! Happy August!"

July 21, 2011

Jesus and Journals

So, I've been diving into this gem pretty often, kind of daily, and I'm amazed.

"as the deer pants for streams of water,
so my soul pants for you, O God.
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.
When can I go and meet with God?"

Psalm 42:1-2

"Those who look to Him are radiant;
their faces are never covered
with shame." Psalm 34:5

"...so that you may become blameless
and pure, children of God without
fault in a crooked and depraved
generation, in which you shine like
stars in the universe..."
Philippians 2:15

I also seem to have found a new addiction that is journaling as often as humanly possible. It's healthy, right? Of course it is. It's the best form of therapy I have ever experienced. I go days without it and I find myself suffocating and drowning all at the same time. And guess what? Writing to Jesus is overwhelmingly beautiful. Calm spirit, cheerful heart, burdens cast away to Him.

[The mini story] ...Last Christmas I found myself online looking for one of the top rated devotional books on sale. I was planning on giving one to my older brother and another to a friend at work as gifts. "Jesus Calling" grabbed my attention, not only because everyone seemed to love it, but also because of how it is written. Instead of the devotional saying, "cast your cares to Jesus, He will carry your burdens" it says, "cast your cares towards Me, I will carry your burdens." Jesus speaks to us directly, making it more intimate and personal, which I think we all need.

I ended up purchasing 3, one in Spanish for my hubby and two others. I wanted to by a fourth for myself, but I had a few months left on the devotional I was currently reading through, so I decided to wait. And let me tell you - it was so worth the wait!

I'm only a few days into "Jesus Calling" but I am loving it so much! It takes a bit of getting used to reading this type of writing, where Jesus Himself is speaking to us, yet it's so beautiful. At the end of each page are a few bible verses that are sort of foundations for the daily text, and it's lovely to pull out my bible in the morn' and dive deeper into what God has in store for the day.

Truly delightful, I recommend it to everyone! And, well, no pressure on the journaling, it just helps hit home for me. To each his own. :)

Apart from reading and writing and reading some more, we have been giving away all our hard earned cash and earning us a fancy HOME!

The apartment is filling up with even more boxes (is that even possible?!), we're holding onto our new house keys like their our own children,
And... well, I may be forgetting to snap photos of all of my meals, since I usually end up slurping them up (who chews their food anymore?) in less than 3 minutes. veggie pasta + lentil tomato sauce!

pinto beans, lime juice, chili powder, zucchini, summer squash, homemade pita bread, avocado, greens, salsa, roasted bell pepper, tomato heaven.

This weekend is going to be insane.
In a good way.

I'm (we're) so excited to start a new chapter in our life, and all the thanks goes to God who has worked out all the details. Without Him, we probably wouldn't even have met (and by probably I mean most definitely) and I'd be a pretty empty, grumpy, depressed, lost soul. True story. Jesus is so loving, I can hardly believe all the blessings He pours into my life!

Happy almost FRIDAY!!

July 19, 2011

(Wonderful) Recipe Madness

This post may or may not be an excuse to empty out my photo file on my computer. May or may not... but don't you worry, you're about to dive into a what seems like endless list of delicious recipes (or mini-recipe ideas, as in: heyyy I forgot what was really in this, type of recipes). Enjoy!

chocolate puddin' without and with oatsstrawberry cream.

mexi + toast
a mix of tomato, spinach, edamame, bell pepper, corn, avocado, lime juice and cilantro atop homemade bread right out of the toaster, man.

lentil patties!
simply 1 cup cooked lentils, 1 cup spinach, enough oat flour to make 'em thick and not fall-aparty, curry powder, garlic, onion, salt n' pepper (process in food processor) and a frying pan with avocado oil. these were unbelievably good!

lentil sniffle soup from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan.
aww, shucks. You'll just have to buy the book for that recipe!blend those ingredients, make that dressing.
simple and tasty inside a pita with grilled veggies!

bean veggie bowl
over quinoa, or with rice waffles!
for 2 servings: 1 1/2 cups pinto beans, as many veggies as you have on hand (I used frozen green beans, broccoli, bell pepper, frozen okra and some golden cauliflower), 4 tomatoes, green onion (1 or two skinny fellas), chili powder, garlic, salt, pepper, and a splash of salsa (hubby's homemade stuff was used in mine!) and a good amount of simmering in a pot. Serve with your favorite grain. Delicious!

almond quinoa bake
in other words:
best dish you will ever partake in, hands down. Maybe. Most likely. Okay, top 5. Recipe is based off of this one and mine and that one. It's so tasty! And tofu-licious, of course.
Whew, deep sigh of relief. I love emptying my computer of endless photos of food. It just feels good inside. And, well, sharing recipes feels pretty stinkin' good, too.

The LORD gives strength
to His people; the LORD
blesses His people with peace.

Psalm 29:11

July 17, 2011

True Story: Homeowners

We just can't hide it anymore! And by "we" I really mean "I" because I'm pretty sure Edu would be okay with hiding it from everyone until we found ourselves 100% settled in and fully-furnished (in other words: about a year from the actual move in date!). Tomorrow we become actual homeowners (!!!) with keys, and a garage, and a doorbell - everything you could ever imagine and dream of! Say it isn't so?!

So the many hours of this:

is so going to be worth every drop of sweat, and every strained back, because of this:All the thanks goes straight to God! We never expected this all to happen so quickly. I remember the day my hubby told me it was time to start the somewhat dreaded house hunt. But I knew it would all go smoothly if we gave it to God. And honestly, it fell into place so calmly I can hardly believe it - or remember any of it. We only stepped foot in one house - no fixer-upers, no fancy 6 bedroom-ers, or cute cottages with picket fences and green pastures, none of the above. Just a model home in a new community, less than 2 miles from what we have been calling home since we got married.

Leave it all in God's hands. He knows what He is doing, He has a time for every big moment in your life, and things go so much smoother if you don't try to carry heavy loads on your own. Stress can so be avoided! Cast your cares, prayers, and petitions to Jesus Christ, you will find complete peace when you do!

Anywho. Among all the cardboard box hoarding, I have also consumed some pretty delicious bites along side my hubby. We watched (part) of the best movie I have ever heard and immediately sung along to before he said "enough 'tis enough" and I found myself in the kitchen, willing and ready to finish this goodness-awesome film tomorrow, sans spouse that for some reason can't stand movies where every other scene is full of song and dance. Go figure. Ooh and do I have the pictures to prove all that FOOD!? yes. why yes I do.

  • Exhibit A: breakfast [spinach, coconut water, frozen 'nanner, strawberries, blueberries, wheat germ, ground flaxseed, 1/3 block of tofu, rolled oats, chia seed raisin almond sunflower seed topping]
  • Exhibit B: dinnerlunch [pizza for 2: his with turkey and cheese, mine with zucchini, red cabbage, broccoli, and both with red bell pepper, serrano chili, fresh pineapple bits and more red pepper flakes than our bodies are happy to digest. sorry tummy]
  • Exhibit C: Filmage.
  • Exhibit D: tommorow lunch [filling for tofu + dumplings]
  • Exhibit E: tomorrow dinner [rainbow bean delight with pinto beans, tomatoes, onion, green beans, corn, summer squash bits, brown rice, serrano chili and red cabbage joy]
  • Exhibit F: dessert [zucchini squash loaf, almond butter drizzle, fig jam for dippage, apple banana frozen blueberry cinnamon bowl]
Today was wonderful.

So was reading at church this morn' about how pumped we should all be about working this week! And by "working" I really mean going to our 8-something to 5-something jobs and loving what we are doing and serving those in need and working our hardest 'till we are borderline exhausted and keeping in mind that we are at that specific job because God placed us there for a reason even if we have no idea what it is (even though His Word tends to make it pretty clear: give to those in need with however much you earn)! I'm pretty excited.

Anyone who has been stealing must steal no longer, but must work, doing something useful with their own hands, that they may have something to share with those in need. Ephesians 4:28

PS: "stealing" doesn't necessarily mean taking money out of someone's wallet at work, it can also be referred to as sitting lifelessly at your desk, twiddling thy thumbs, or picking your nose while getting paid. We're all guilty, let's not hide it.