Yesterday started out like any other Tuesday… alarm goes off at 4:30… rush to the gym… do some strength training/rowing… teach spin class at 5:30… rush to shower and get to work at 7:00… eat oatmeal… teach the kiddos.
Though my Tuesday started out crazy and rushed, the afternoon and evening were devoted to more comforting things. I went to my regular Tuesday deep-tissue massage right after work. My massage therapist is a goddess- I pay her for an hour (and the rate she charges is a steal anyway) and yesterday she worked on me for 90 minutes. The first 30 minutes were devoted just to stretching- which I really needed. Overall, she worked mostly on my quads more than anything, because those tend to be the muscles that I overuse and need attention. She did such a great job yesterday, I basically stumbled out of her office.
When I got home, I whipped up an afternoon snack in the form of a smoothie. In the mix: 3 T peanut flour, 1 T Vega Chocolate Health Optimizer, 1/2 c pumpkin puree, guar + xanthan gums, a splash of almond milk, stevia, ice and water. Oh, and a sprinkle of cinnamon on top. So thick that it needed a spoon. YUM.
After I took the photo, it dawned on me that it was actually light outside and I could take advantage of that.
Of course, taking pictures outside when there are dogs around means that someone gets jealous and needs attention.
When I looked through the mail, I saw that the latest Bodypump release had arrived- yay!
Lance was excited, too. A moment later, he tried to bite it.
I had to fight the urge to pop it into the DVD player and practice right away (there’s no way I’m ever going to ruin my massage by working out afterwards!), but I did listen to the music and look through the choreography booklet. It’s going to be a good one- and I love the warm-up song (and have had it stuck in my head!). I probably won’t get to run through it until Friday, since today is my rest day and tomorrow’s weather forecast is amazing (which means dog-running outside). I’m really excited about this release for many reasons, but mostly because it is the first one that I will be a part of teaching when it launches next month!
When I was planning out meals for the week, I decided that I wanted to do a grilled cheese/tomato soup night. Grilled cheese is something that I never eat. It’s not that I don’t like it- but honestly, I don’t eat many sandwiches in general, and if I do, they’re usually packed with veggies. But something about grilled cheese just called to me (I think it’s due to the fact that I saw it on about 10 different blogs last week). It was also an excuse to finally use my Vitamix to make soup!
I just kind of threw stuff in there: some diced tomatoes, onion and garlic cloves that I roasted, salt, pepper, almond milk (unsweetened), basil and some red pepper flake to add a little kick. The friction of the blades actually “cooks” the soup and it gets very hot!
When I tasted it, I realized that it was a bit too spicy, so I tried to mellow it out with some nutritional yeast. But, it was too late- the spice had already taken over. It was still okay though. While the soup cooked away in the Vitamix, sandwiches grilled away in the skillet.
For my sandwich, I really had to fight the urge to throw in a bunch of other stuff (like grilled veggies) and just wanted to actually make myself try it “plain and simple.” I used some honey whole wheat bread that I got from Whole Foods (I think it was their brand- I buy it for Greg because he eats a sandwich for lunch each day) and put a slice of Horizon Organic cheddar in the middle. I spread a little bit of Earth Balance vegetable spread on the bread, and also cooked it in a little bit of coconut oil. (I finally bought coconut oil a few weeks ago from Trader Joes and LOVE IT. A little bit goes a very, very long way!).
It took less than 10 minutes to throw this dinner together.
The soup was quite foamy from the Vitamix, but the bubbles went away as soon as my spoon hit the bowl. Overall, dinner was okay. I think the bread was a little too sweet to use for making grilled cheese, but it’s all I had on hand (except some Ezekiel bread in the freezer… aw, crap.). I gotta say, I also really missed having something green. I ended up throwing some fresh spinach in the soup bowl just to liven it up.
After dinner, I relaxed on the couch with a cup of tea and my iPad, playing way too many games of “Draw Something,” which is an app that Janetha got me hooked on from this post. (Download it!!). I also watched The Biggest Loser, but as usual- fell asleep right at the beginning of the weigh-in (I can never last until 10 pm on a Tuesday!).
Here’s one more random photo. I had to take a picture of myself to submit to our “who’s who” teacher book that a staff member is putting together.
Great job wearing a gray sweater against a gray background, right?
Have a wonderful Wednesday!!
What’s your idea of comfort? And what’s your favorite way to make a grilled cheese?