Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Spinning, Rambling & Tempeh Taco Salads

Spin & Ramble
Ugh, another sleepless morning for me. Maddie has been waking up at 3:30 am on the dot bouncing around her kennel causing a ruckus. Yes, I know. We should put the kennel downstairs. But they stay in the kitchen ALL day long. So I feel bad. But I'm about to not feel so bad any longer.

Anyway, I kept waking up every hour after that, then Jason got up at 5 to go to swim practice. I finally dozed off soundly just in time for the alarm to rudely interrupt me. You see, while I have been getting up early for some morning runs and am at work really early, I am not actually a morning person.

I do not wake up all happy and cheery. I don't bounce up out of bed with enthusiasm. Nope, quite the opposite. Don't talk to me, don't even look at me first thing. It's like I have to wake up and totally get my bearings and contend with the fact that I am no longer asleep and must get my butt moving. The only way I can get up and out so early is that I have everything ready to go.

Each night, I set out my outfit (from my accessories to my underwear). I have my gym bag packed, or if I'm running, my running gear is set out (water bottles usually filled even). I make my oatmeal the night before and already know what I'll throw together for lunch. There's no thinking, I just get up and go through a set routine.

Anyway, I got my grumpy butt out the door and to work. I knew I was hitting up spin today and was initially looking forward to it. Not sure what went wrong, but I ended up in a big fat funk after class. Of course, it didn't help that it was storming. My walk back to the office was more like a swim. Thankfully I had my rain boots on so the only dry part of me was my calves down to my feet.

I guess I should at least be thankful that I don't have to water the yard this evening right? So, spin class was good, but I just wasn't into it. I've not been terribly motivated this week actually. And then my less than stellar run yesterday has just left me really blah about workouts. I mean, it wasn't the worst run even. I've had worse. But to have two runs in a row that were really hard kind of makes you less than excited about getting back out there.

I could go to another spin tomorrow, but it's a different teacher, different style. I'm beyond particular (surprised aren't you LOL). I do need to finish up weight workouts for the week as we are going to be out of town Thursday night through Sunday. I'll have access to a treadmill, but no free weights. It's a shame condo/hotel gyms rarely have free weights. I understand the liability, but still....

Anyway, totally rambling at this point. So I understand if I've lost you. Guess that shows you my mood for the day. We'll call it Wandering Wednesday ;-)

Taco Salad Bowl Wednesday
I got home and the sun finally started coming out. I needed to get some more packing finished up for this weekend trip. I was going with all black colors, then changed to brown, now back to black. I try to stick with one color so I don't feel the need to pack as many shoes. I try right?

So, more packing and laundry meant that I wanted a fairly easy dinner. I decided to go with taco salad bowls. I know Taco Salad Bowl Wednesday doens't have the same ring as Taco Tuesday, but I'll get over it.  This was super simple and that's what mattered tonight.

I just sauteed bell peppers, jalapenos, tempeh, onion, & black beans together. I seasoned with the typical Tex-Mex style of seasonings (cumin, red pepper, cilantro, salt & pepper). At the end, I tossed in cherry tomatoes and served all of it in a taco bowl I made by toasting up in my toaster oven (love that little sucker).
 
 


Of course I topped with more jalapenos and some Daiya Vegan Cheddar.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Spin class (enjoyed, just not with it today)