Change is a good thing.
And it’s inevitable (except from vending machines), so you might as well embrace it.
I’ve been changing up my workouts post-competition, doing things like kickboxing, “real” boxing, and spinning. Yesterday I got back in the weight room for a chest and bicep day. I wrote my own workout, as I haven’t gotten my new plan from my trainer yet. That felt surprisingly intimidating, but I kicked my own arse!
The best part? Even after not lifting as often as I was, I hit 3 PRs!!! Change can be a booster, friends.
After that routine, I was in serious need of recovery. I (like the day before) weren’t for an old favorite: my (vegan) Carrot Cake Batter Shake. I did change it up a bit – this time I used my Growing Naturals Vanilla Rice Protein. I swear this stuff is amazing. I actually forgot to add Stevia until the end, but when I tasted it I realized I didn’t need it. The Growing Naturals has added just the right amount of sweetness – enough to be batter-ish, but not so much that it was nauseating after a hard (and HOT) workout.
Also, check out Laura’s smoothie round up for 34 other fun ideas!
This weekend I am SO excited to get to share Growing Naturals with some of my best blogger-friends at the Blend Retreat in Park City, Utah! Growing Naturals is sponsoring my trip and has sent samples of both their rice and pea protein powders, and their new rice drink!
What I love about these is that they:
- Taste good (most important, right?)
- Blends well (none of the chalky ick-factor)
- Are super-clean (vegan, soy-free, dairy-free, and sprouted, and enzymatically processed)
- Have 24g of protein per serving
- Have very little sodium and sugar
- Offer a 96% correlation to whey protein’s amino acid profile… but without the dairy so there is NO bloat
I wish I could share them with everyone!!! You should all come to Blend! 🙂 If you won’t be there, be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram for the live
tequila shots with Lindsay weekend action.
Speaking of… I also with the fabulous Kat could come to Blend (I did ask), but she is GRADUATING FROM LAW SCHOOL this weekend!!!
Read on for her fabulously fearless post, and a great vegan recipe. And be sure to tell her congrats in the comments!! 🙂
Embrace Your Inner Child with TVP Sloppy Joes
2012, was a year of healing, mending, and replanting my seeds on so many levels. I began trail running (and became addicted). I was healing from injuries and a number of other personal obstacles. I was healing from life. I learned to accept things, I learned to become centered, and this whole year really has already followed the change.
I started my year with a yoga class, and I am truly living my philosophy.
It’s easy to walk the walk, but to be authentic and fearless is often another story.
Do the rest of you have that same internal dialogue that I have? I’m ready for change… no I’m not… yes I am… no I’m not. Then you realize you just have to let yourself be fearless. In an effort to really keep this in the forefront of my mind… and to really remember daily to embrace my commitment to living fearlessly, I got a new tattoo! Like?! (Editor’s note: I LOVE!!!)
In the spirit of embodying fearlessness (and letting my inner adult-child out a little more)… some trail runs have lately taken me on… well, adventures! Saturday, I went on a run called “Janice’s Wheel of Misfortune,” where halfway through the 8.5-ish run, you meet Janice, spin her wheel and are dealt a “misfortune.”
These took place on some of my favorite trails. (Laura, you’ve totally been here, on a different route! – Editor’s note: YES! That was a great run and I want to do it again!)
Such an awesome idea! The two guys smiling in the picture below together… yeah, they had to run/walk/struggle to get through 4.5 miles with their ankles tied together. (No, they didn’t know each other before the run).
The girl I’m laughing at in the picture had to eat something. While she started off with a 6-count of Chocolate-Covered Krispy Kremes, she ended up with anchovies wrapped around capers (her other options included an entire can of spam, an entire bag of powdered doughnuts, or two cans of Vienna sausage… yeah….).
Others had to carry life-sized stuffed animals, drink warm beer, take a time out, do trivia, drink buttermilk, among other fun misfortunes. I know it’s not fair that I spun and had to do trail math trivia. (Editor’s note: Warm beer?! Whattt?!)
I would do this trail running event again any day! I embraced my inner fearlessness and my inner adult child.
Embracing a fearless spirit also makes me feel way more comfortable in my own skin… it’s going pretty well! 🙂
Speaking of comfort… I’ve got a great comfort food recipe for the gluten-free vegan that will help you to embrace your inner child! (Editor’s note: Seriously? Where am I when you’re making all this deliciousness?!)
Vegan TVP Sloppy Joes
- 1 C TVP
- 1 C boiling water
- 1 16 oz can tomato paste
- 1 16 oz can garlic tomato sauce
- ½ C honey
- 2 T Tamari (or soy if you’re not GF)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-2 tsp pepper
- 1 tsp cayenne
- 3-ish T seasoning/dried herbs (mine had some rosemary, basil, thyme, paprika, garlic, onion, and parsley)
- Garlic powder, to taste (I don’t know… maybe about 1.5 tablespoons??)
- ½ large white onion, diced
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- MAYBE extra ½ cup of water at the end (depending upon the TVP)
First add the boiling water to the TVP and let it sit. Then, sauté the onion & Garlic in some oil (and butter if you like), on medium/medium-low heat (~7-10 minutes, let them get pretty translucent).
Then I like to add the TVP to the pan where you are doing the sautéing and add ALL the dry seasonings. Sauté until the TVP looks like it’s drying out a bit, and is completely coated in all the beautiful seasonings (this is how you give the TVP a more “meaty” taste), which should take about 7-10 minutes.
Next, add your tomato paste, tomato sauce, honey and tamari (and I needed an extra ½ cup of water). Simmer for ~15-20 minutes. Then you can adjust the seasonings to taste as you like!
At the end, you know, serve the way you remember loving your Sloppy Joes!
I also topped them with the most delicious vegan, soy-free, gluten-free cheese I have ever had, Daiya .
If you haven’t tried their products yet, I highly recommend them, in fact, for these sloppy joes, I liked them better than regular cheese.
This cheese melted like regular cheddar, but seemed lighter and was a bit milder than regular cheddar cheese. A must try!
(Editor’s note: I second this – this is amazing cheeze, especially their pepper jack!!)
Again, and HUGE congrats to Kat on completing your law education!!! Kat – I’m so sorry to miss your graduation celebration, but I’ll be thinking of you all weekend! You are truly an inspiration.
What have you done to embrace your inner child? To be fearless?
What was your childhood comfort food?