Skip to main content

Butt Kicked & Sloppy Tempeh Joes

Butt Kicked
Today I had planned on a 3-mile run at lunch with Jason. But I've got a confession to make. I'm starting to have pain in my right shin. So I decided to opt for a lower impact workout - spin - instead of going out for a run.

I'll admit, part of me feels guilty for skipping the run. Yes, I know it's totally irrational of course. I think it was more of wanting to run with Jason and to be outside rather than stuck inside the hot-as-hell gym.

But, rationale won out today. And of course it was a great class. But, I must follow that statement up with the fact that it also kicked my ass today. I felt so incredibly worn out from the get go. Just felt like a struggle. My legs just couldn't keep up. I felt like I had my butt handed over on a platter today. But, I'll still call it a good class - thank you endorphins.

So, great workout, but one that was way harder than it should have been. Not that spin is ever easy mind you. It's just not low enough in intensity to fall after a 6-mile run or before a 6-miler. So, I am afraid spin is going to have to be dropped from my workouts until after the half. I think I'm just spreading myself and energy reserves too thin right now and not fully recovering from my workouts.

For the other runners out there, have you had to cut certain workouts from your schedule while training? Maybe I'm being a wimp about it?

I did squeeze in triceps before class. I went with a giant set of 3x8:

Double-arm overhead triceps extensions
Lying triceps extensions
Dips

I actually already feel this workout. I think it was the lying extensions the got me today.

Kitchen Mojo Missing
I think I'm losing my kitchen mojo this week along with my energy levels for working out. I really was completely ambivalent about dinner once again. Of course, when Jason started naming off dishes, I could tell you what I didn't want, but not what I wanted.

Time to maybe invest in a new cookbook or two for ideas or just go back through my older posts for recipes from last fall. Maybe it's just that seasonal transition. Wanting soup, but it's still 80 degrees out. We had to turn the fan on to eat the Red Beans, "Sausages" and Quinoa last night and same with chili.

Jason mentioned sandwiches a few times, including sloppy joes. I've made them one time...ever. Last year I came up with Sloppy Seitan Joes. So I decided to run with that recipe only using tempeh instead of the seitan. I thought the tempeh would be more authentic in texture perhaps. Not that I could tell you the last time I had a real sloppy joe sandwich.

Sloppy Tempeh Joes
Ingredients:
1 package tempeh
1/2 white onion, finely diced
1/2 green bell pepper, diced
1/2 red bell pepper, diced
1 carrot, diced
1 tbsp minced garlic
1 8oz can no-salt tomato sauce
2-3 tbsp tomato paste
1 to 1 1/2 tbsp (or to taste) agave nectar (or honey)
1 tbsp (or to taste) molasses
2 cups water*
To taste: salt, pepper, red pepper, thyme, cumin, celery seed, oregano

Directions:
In large pot, saute onions, carrots, peppers, garlic, and crumbled tempeh approximately 3-4 minutes. Then add in remaining ingredients and allow to simmer until the liquid reduces and the mixture begins to thicken, approximately 45 minutes.

*For a shorter cook time, you might try starting with 1 1/2 cups of water.
 

I thought these turned out really well. Of course, I really have no comparison for them as I don't remember what sloppy joes are even supposed to taste like. Jason seemed to think they needed ketchup as he dipped his in ketchup rather than using it for his fries.

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Spin class
  • Sunshine

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Plantar Fasciitis Woes & Way to Go Wednesday Shout Outs

I wanted to thank everyone again for your many congratulations on completing and getting a PR at my recent half marathon. The support and words mean so much to me.

My legs feel absolutely fine after the race. I could have run yesterday if it weren't for my left foot. So right now I'm trying to heal my left foot. I mentioned that I've been having problems with plantar fasciitis in that foot and that it was the cause of much pain during the race. Since the race, I've been unable to walk on it very well. Lots of hobbling going on.

I've been icing it and trying to keep it elevated. But, I noticed that it's started to get some bruising, not horrible, but worrisome. Not sure if it's better or worse for it to be discolored vs red and swollen. However, this could be indicitive of a tear.
But, my bigger concern with the bruising is that indication that there's been bleeding. Being on Xarelto for the blood clot means my blood doesn't clot very well these days…

My Home "Gym", Super Saturday With Quinoa Granola Bars

My Home "Gym"
As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I had a request to do a post about my home gym. After mulling it over, I thought it was a really great idea. I can show everyone that you can indeed get really great results without having to spend a fortune on a home gym. Don't get me wrong of course, I would LOVE to have the money and room to have a treadmill, a nice weight machine set up, squat rack, even a barbell. Yes, you read that, no barbell (for now). I don't' even have a bar to do chin-ups or pull-ups. The ones that are supposed to fit every doorway do not in fact fit doorways built in 1890 apparently.

I must also say that I do have a gym membership that I almost only use for the cardio equipment. It was not until this January that I actually did weights at the gym. So, while I do have gym access, I still choose my home "gym" mostly out of convenience. 

Back to my gym: I also wish I had a much larger room. The room used for weights is rat…

Tex-Mex Quinoa Stuffed Poblano Peppers

Pumped Up Workout
I'll readily admit that I did not want to go to the gym today. I had no real excuses to not go though. I was just feeling lazy to be honest. But, I did myself a favor and made myself go. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go.

I think part of my reluctance stems from a bit of boredom. I've gotten into a rut again with workouts. That and sometimes I just am flat out tired of seeing the inside of that place. But, that part aside, boredom all the way. So, I decided to try to do something a little different for my biceps/triceps workout. It's nothing earth-shattering. But it's a switch up from my typical 3 different supersets done as 3 sets of 8 reps....yawn.

So, today I did 4 sets of 8 reps for two supersets then I did dropsets at the end starting with heaviest weight for 6 reps, then increasing the number of reps by 2 as I decreased the weights. I did this 4 times (6, 8, 10, 12).

SS#1
Alternating bicep curls
Double-arm overhead triceps extensions