I feel better right now for two main reasons:
A super sweaty 40 minute bike ride with the gear cranked way up to work my booty. I was totally geared up with my ipod, camel bak and heart rate monitor…I was just curious to see how many calories I burned because last time this bike ride kicked my butt. I was right—344 calories in 40 minutes. Check out the sweat!
And then…when I came back, SURPRISE PACKAGE WAS AT MY DOOR!!!!!!!! =)
I could smell the heavenly aroma even before I opened the package…..a VeggieGirl baked good at its finest!!
I ripped the package apart to find amazing freshly baked Vegan Chocolate Chip Almond Blondies with Fig!!!
Holy yum is right. Holy freakin’ yum is more like it! I just HAD to try a big piece right then and there—
Amazing. VeggieGirl, I hereby crown you baking goddess. The blondies were incredibly moist and dense with huge chunks of dark chocolate and a just a hint of figgy goodness. Fig surprisingly took these blondies from just a “really good” level to an OUTSTANDING level. This baked good surprise was just what the doctor ordered today…thank you, thank you, THANK YOU!!
After my blondie sample, I neatly packaged up half of the blondies in little baggies and froze them so I could experience vegan baking bliss for many, many moons. Then, I started dinner. I finally had all the necessary ingredients to make the dinner I was supposed to make last night (Broccoli Tofu Cashew Teriyaki Stir Fry out of Eat, Drink and Be Vegan), so it was very easy to assemble last night. I marinated 1/3 block of tofu in rice wine vinegar and tamari for an hour and then I stir fried it with broccoli, a few cashews and a serving of red rice. Poured the finished sauce (all I had to do was add cornstarch) over top and voila!
And then after I ate, you know I went back for more blondie….
It was as if I died and went to vegan blondie heaven. I kept going back and eating all the crumbs/stray chocolate chips out of the box, then finally made my mom close the box and take it away from me before I ate the whole thing. This will be dangerous.
So, I’ve been stretching my shins like CRAZY. I mean, it’s the first thing I do when I get out of bed in the morning and I feel like I do it all day long. I really think it’s helping! I didn’t run today, obviously, but it doesn’t hurt to walk or anything like it used to sometimes last fall. Thank you guys so much for all the great tips (keep ‘em coming!!!)!! I’m also doing “shin taps” every day, which I like to fondly call “crunches for the shins” because they are a killer! Basically, I just sit down and tap my feet very quickly (with heel staying on the ground) for as long as I can stand it. After about 30-45 seconds you can really start to feel the burn. A trainer taught me that at the gym I worked out at last fall and said that it really helps to strengthen the shins. I’m planning my next run for Saturday morning and hope to do a practice 5K since the race will be a week out. Think happy thoughts for me!
I’ve got a Fitnessista-inspired breakfast treat all set for my lunchbox tomorrow morning! See you after work