Lunch (for half of the week): VEGETABLE SOUP

Sooooo normally at the beginning of the week (Sunday or Monday) I will prep my lunch for the week which is always a salad.  However, my salad prep only lasted until Wednesday and then I was forced to figure out what I was going to eat on Thursday AND Friday (THE HORROR!).  So I did the second “laziest” thing I could think of to do for lunch….VEGETABLE SOUP.

I loveeeee to make vegetable soup in my crockpot.  It is so simple to just throw everything in there, flavor it the way you like, and then let it cook while you are gone.  I normally like to cook things overnight so I wake up to it being ready to go and my kitchen smells amazing.

I absolutely have no idea what I put in this recipe this time.  Normally I put in vegetables that are literally hanging on to dear life or ones that I just want to get rid of.  I will recreate the recipe to the best of my ability.  It was really good and spicy.

VEGGIE SOUP WAMPAM GARREN STYLE

Vegetable/grains/beans

  • Rice
  • Barley
  • Carrots
  • Cabbage
  • Basil leaves (seriously needed to get rid of them so hard)
  • Black beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Potatoes
  • Cauliflower

Soup/broth

  • Vegetable broth (obviously)
  • Water (I had to add more to fill up the entire crockpot)
  • Miso*

*I was afraid the water would well “water down” my soup so I added miso because I have seen it added to other soup recipes on Pinterest which I love (and people in Asian countries apparently eat it all the time and they are like the skinniest race on EARTH).  I got it off Amazon and apparently it is soy paste.  Rando.  But I bought white miso (which is ironically brown) and one of coworkers was like “Is that beef broth?” and she said it with eyebrows raised because people knew I rarely ate meat especially red meat even before I went hardcore vegan and I had to let her know that I wasn’t breaking my vegan pledge.

Spices

Ugh I don’t even know where to begin so I am just going to guess because I have like SO MANY things in my cabinet

  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Black pepper
  • Sea salt
  • Lemon juice
  • Parsley
  • Red pepper flakes
  • Cayenne pepper
  • Tumeric
  • Cumin
  • Garlic powder
  • Onion powder
  • Dill weed (wait what?)

Like I said so good in healthy.  GET YOU SOMMEEEE.

 

Wednesday Workout

Today was supposed to be cross training day but since global warming decided to make it rain cray cray in December I had to postpone my Tuesday run for today.  Tuesdays are supposed to be my fast run of the week according to my marathon schedule.

Workout

10 minute warm up (a little more than a mile)

Main workout: 1 minute fast (as much of a sprint as a long distance runner can) and 3 minutes easy (aka catching my breath before going back into my “sprint” again)

I repeated this sequence 6 times.  It was 24 minutes of running and I assume 2 – 2.5 miles

After that, I ran back home which was another mile point something.

Afterwards, I did yoga for 30 minutes (thanks On Demand!).

The run was annoyingly dark and I basically lost feeling in my fingers and toes (even wearing gloves).  It is annoying that DST makes it looks like midnight by 5:45pm.  The park I run at kind of has a track so that is where I did the majority of my workout.  It was also annoying that there were still a bunch of puddles from yesterday’s rainfall, and I had to bob and weave out the way of them to avoid getting wet and colder.

All in all it was good to finally run again…I hadn’t done so since Saturday.

Rested, Recharged, Refocused, and Revitalized

Don’t you just LOVE alliteration?  Once again I am having to call myself out on the rampant lies I have spread on here about the frequency of my posts.  But I am going to explain all of that like right now.

So right after Thanksgiving (yes I am that guy who worked out during the fattest day for Americans in the year where 70% of the country suffers from this terrifying thing people call a food coma) I hit a plateau.  I literally lost all motivation to do any kind of exercise.  I normally am super motivated but it just all of sudden disappeared out of nowhere to be replaced by guilt and fear of turning back into the wild boar I used to be.  After some personal reflection and intensive Googling I diagnosed/justified why I was feeling this way.

1.  Work stress

My job has been kind of stressful for the last few weeks ever since one of my former coworkers left.  We are also in the process of hiring a new VP (we have been in this weird Interim phase for almost a calendar year).  Add to apparently everyone else’s stress with the holidays, I have had to work later and I have been practically doing cartwheels out the office.  I am all about work-life balance so I felt like I was stressing out too much from things going on at the job.  I needed to take time to just rest my mind and body to relieve myself of everything going on.

2.  Overtraining

This is the main thing that I think happened.  I was working out way too much (over the 90 minute per day recommended threshold).  Because of this, I was sore (and I rarely get sore even when I don’t stretch) which made me not want to workout for fear of injuring something.  I have now gotten to a point for the most part where I look forward to working out and I don’t need to do a lot of pumping myself up to get excited.  But because of overtraining, I dreaded doing anything.  Instead of getting that endorphin high I was just tired.  Half the time I would just want to go straight to bed afterward and I got like really behind on my shows.

3. Same old same old

I also think I was getting super bored by my routine.  When I ran, I would do the same number of miles, on the same route, and at the same pace.  When I lifted weights, I did the same exercises.  That was it.  There was no diversity in my training and I was overall unenthusiastic about doing anything.

So how did I snapback and tatoo my way out of my funk?

1. Rest

I took 5 days off to literally do nothing.  Now after reading this I am sure you thought that I haven’t been doing anything since Thanksgiving and are probably thinking “5 days big deal”.  I like maybe gained 3 unnoticeable pounds TOPS too but each day felt like a week.  It was good to do nothing and gave me time to refocus on how I wanted to approach overall fitness in my life.

2. Diversified my workouts

One of my resolutions for 2013 is to run a marathon.  I actually just want to have the physical capability to be able to run 26.2 miles.  I could actually care less for the actual racing.  I am afraid that my slightly OCD personality would turn beating previous race times into an obsession that will take away the general enjoyment I get from running like it did in high school.  I have a marathon training schedule that I am following and it calls for 3 cross training days.  In addition to weights,  I am trying to incorporate kickboxing and aerobics into my plan.  I am also really getting into yoga (I can almost do a perfect Downward Dog) and am trying to do that daily.  Switching it up is going to help me be more motivated and work out more parts of my body overall in different ways.

So now I am back into my usual fitness routine.  I am being strict in working out only (and up to) 90 minutes a day.  I want to get up early to do yoga so if I do it is going to be peaceful/non-sweating yoga, and once I get back up to the miles where I am running over 90 minutes a week (my long run is 8 miles this week and that will take me probably a little more than an hour) I will cut back on other exercise.

I also realize that this plateau also applied to my blogging.  It is impossible to keep track of every single thing I put in my mouth every day and hour of the day.  I am just going to keep it up to one post a day (but mix it up) so I don’t have an anxiety attack of letting you know what my post power yoga session snack was.

Friday Workout

Due to plans I had later today, I needed to get my workout done early today.  I woke up at 5 am to go running…until I saw that sunrise wasn’t for another 2 hours and it was literally freezing outside.  My workplace has a gym, but last time I went there regularly they did not open until 8am and that would have not been enough time for me to do my full workout and get into the office on time.  Lo and behold, I checked again and they had extended their hours and open at 7am now!

I was really happy and despite some annoying setbacks I got my workout in.

I ran on the treadmill for an hour.  I ran 7.45 miles at a pace of 8:06 per mile.

Afterward, I got on a bike machine and did that for 15 minutes as a cool down.  Then I showered and went into work.

Friday Breakfast

I ate a banana, a piece of bread, had 2 glasses of green tea, and 2 glasses of soymilk with cacao.  I also had a few pieces of dark chocolate.

After my workout, I ate maybe 2-3 cups of cantaloupe and an apple.  I’m staving off my hunger until 11 to heat up my lunch and then I will probably be good for the rest of the day.

I’m also drinking a detox drink that consists of cinnamon, cayenne powder, apple cider vinegar, lemon juice, Stevia, and water.

Thursday Dinner

I decided to have spaghetti again and cheese bread again.

Instead of carbs I made noodles from squash and zucchini (so I could get veggies in without the calories).

The marinara I made randomly is more orange than actual red so it looks almost the same as the ground turkey I used.

Excuse the dirty stove. See it looks like I am just eating meat and zucchini but I promise the sauce is just really chunky and is actually vegan!

I added Mozz Diaya shreds, olive oil, and oregano to the bread.

After draining the crap out of my pasta I had a delicious meal.

 

Later on, I was preparing food for the next day and I snacked on a little bit of turkey and cantaloupe.  I also had 4 glasses of green tea and 2 glasses of wine before I went to bed finally.

Thursday Workout

Pre-workout snack: 1 banana and several pieces of bread (these carbs are actually killing me)

Post-workout snack: 1 apple, teaspoon of peanut butter, and 1 piece of bread

WORKOUT

Upper body: hammer curls (3 sets X 10 reps/arm), shoulder shrugs (3 sets X 10 reps/arm)

Cardio: 60 jumping jacks, 60 high knees

Lower body: bent over row (3 sets X 10 reps/leg), toe raises (3 sets X 10 reps)

Cardio: 60 jumping jacks, 60 high knees

Core: weighted Swiss ball crunch (3 sets X 10 reps), weighted Swiss ball crunch twists (3 sets X 10 reps/side)

Cardio: 60 jumping jacks, 60 high knees

Upper body: dumbbell fly and skull crusher *in unison* (3 set X 10 reps/exercise)

Cardio: 60 mountain climbers, 60 butt kicks (while punching)

Lower body: seated toe raises on Swiss ball (3 sets X 10 reps/leg), bent over row (3 sets X 10 reps)

Cardio: 60 mountain climbers, 60 butt kicks (while punching)

Core: Swiss ball weighted side twist (3 sets X 10 reps/side), standing weighted crunch (3 sets X 10 reps/side)

Cardio: 60 mountain climbers, 60 butt kicks (while punching)

Upper body: concentration curls (3 sets X 10 reps/arm), bent over shoulder lifts (3 sets X 10 reps/arm)

Cardio: 60 running mans, 60 football shuffles

Lower body: T-bar row (3 sets X 20 reps), squats (3 sets X 10 reps)

Cardio: 60 running mans, 60 football shuffles

Core: sit ups (3 sets X 10 reps), twisting crunch (3 sets X 10 reps/side)

Cardio: 60 running mans, 60 football shuffles

Upper body: skull bashers (3 sets X 20 reps), chest press (3 sets X 10 reps)

Lower body: front squat (3 sets X 10 reps), dumbbell squat swing (3 sets X 20 reps)

Core: standing weighted twist crunch (3 sets X 10 reps/side), weighted sit up via Swiss ball (3 sets X 10 reps)

Cardio: 60 side jumps, 60 up jumps (?)