Hello, all. Top o’the early, early morning to you. I’m a little extra peppy at this rather late hour due to a late night P90X session that didn’t end until 11! At least I got it in, and didn’t flake like I did last night when I decided to take a 3.5-hour nap after work. Today’s 2-hour nap was much more accommodating to my g-s-d (getting sh*t done) mantra of late. What can I say, I need my sleep. So let’s get to it. Onward and upward.
Easy Peasy Work-Week Pasta
2 small cans of diced tomatoes or one large can (you could also use two cartons of grape tomatoes, halved)
1/4 red onion
2-3 cloves of garlic
1 can of cannellini beans
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
salt and pepper to taste
handful of brown rice fettucini
Step One (we’ll have lots of fun)
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook according to package directions (mine only took seven minutes).
2. While you’re waiting on your water to boil and your pasta to cook, heat the oil in a large pan (the biggest you’ve got) over medium heat.
3. Get chopping! Chop the onion and mince the garlic. If you want to use fresh tomatoes, then chop those, too.
4. Cook the onion and garlic until they start to soften (3-5 minutes), then add the tomatoes and herbs.
5. Drain and rinse the beans, and add those to the pan – if you didn’t use a big pan, you’re probably starting to panic right about now.
6. Cook for another 3 minutes or until tomatoes and beans are heated through, which should be about the time your pasta is ready.
7. Drain the pasta, and add it to the pan.
8. Mix everything together, and serve as is or topped with a little freshly grated parmesan cheese.
I’ve gotten about four meals out of this batch of pasta, and some included a second bowl. This is quickly becoming my go-to mid-week meal.
Speaking of meals, I left off my last post with Monday’s food (b)log so let’s finish up the week!
Breakfast (10:30 am): Rice Chex, banana, almond milk, 1/2 glass oj
Snack (post-work out 3:00): chocolate smoothie
Lunch (4:20 pm): stir-fry, 1 chocolate-avocado ball
Snack (pre-work 5:40 pm): 1/4 cup granola, blueberries almond milk
Dinner (10:30): pasta
(Check out those tomatoes! I took these pictures outside, and it made such a difference. The colors are sooooo much better. Note to self, start making dinner earlier so food can be photographed outside in natural light.)
Breakfast (10:40 am): 1/2 cup granola, blueberries, almond milk, 1/2 glass oj
Lunch (3:00 pm): pasta, 1 chocolate-avocado ball
Snack (4:50 pm): 1/2 cup granola, banana, almond milk
Dinner (10:10 pm): stir-fry, can of Coke, 2 chocolate-avocado balls
Breakfast (8:30 am): 1/2 cup granola, blueberries, almond milk, 1/2 glass oj
Snack (11:30 am): apple with 2 tbsp nut butters
Lunch (1:50 pm): Pasta
Dinner (8:00 pm): Salad with black bean-corn salsa, peppers, salsa, cheese, Tofutti Better than Sour Cream, 2 chocolate-avocado balls
Breakfast (8:30 am): 1/2 cup granola, mixed berries, almond milk, 1/2 glass oj
Snack (11:30 am): apple with 2 tbsp nut butters
Lunch (1:40 pm): stir-fry
Dinner (4:30 pm): Salad with black bean-corn salsa, peppers, salsa, cheese, Tofutti Better than Sour Cream, 2 chocolate-avocado balls
Snack (7:00 pm): 1 chocolate-avocado ball
Snack (post-workout 11:00 pm): chocolate smoothie
There you have it. One week of food (b)logging complete. I have definitely been eating more rounded meals and getting more protein at every meal, which were two of my goals. I also haven’t been craving junk as much. I’m not sure exactly why that is. I think it’s a combination of working out regularly and having lots of healthy stuff ready to go. I’ve also been paying more attention to what my body needs. You may notice a big gap in my eating on Thursday. That’s because I came home from work around 4:15 and slept until nearly 8. I was supposed to do the Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X dvd that night, but I decided that I was way too tired to do that, and if I had attempted it, I would have been up until 2 (like I am tonight, but I can sleep in tomorrow), then have to get up early for work again. It’s a vicious cycle, and one that I started on Monday night when I stayed up until 2 to finish reading a book for my dissertation. I put a little too much pressure on myself to finish it that night. I really wanted to check it off my to-do list and be done with it, but that wasn’t the best decision. By staying up an extra two hours, I messed up my sleep schedule for the rest of the week. Now, it is entirely possible that I would have taken a marathon nap Thursday after work anyway. I had closed at my other job for the past three nights, which definitely took a toll, but I made it a whole lot worse for myself by not listening to my body on Monday and accepting my limitations. As I mentioned here, this is something that I constantly struggle with. I know that I’m not alone – I had a much needed talk with one of my brothers who has similar sleep needs and habits, which really helped me deal with my feelings of inadequacy – but it gets hard not to compare myself to other people who can get by on five or six hours (or less).
In other news, I got around to doing the Legs and Back and Ab Ripper X dvd tonight. It was crazy – one-legged wall squats! Are you kidding me?! But I did everything (and completed most of the reps) and enjoyed it. I felt really strong after I finished. And, call me crazy, but I think I might be starting to see some results. Granted, it’s likely a combination of my healthier eating habits, running for the last couple of weeks, and the P90X, but I’ll take it. My belt was definitely looser yesterday. Not dramatically, but noticeably. Also, and this is probably the biggest news of all, I went bathing suit shopping tonight. I have an exciting wine and cheese tasting/kayaking adventure planned with a friend tomorrow so I needed a suit in the likely event that I capsize or trip and fall in the lake, dam, or whatever it technically is. So there I was in the TJ Maxx dressing room with six bathing suits, one large mirror, and some pretty unflattering lighting (though not as bad as other stores, way to go TJs), and I began to try them on, starting with a one-piece. The first two were okay, but not quite right. Then the dreaded bikini – not the tankini, mind you. And I liked what I saw. Can you believe that?! I was pretty stunned. I tried on the last three suits (two bikinis and one one piece). The other bikinis were okay, but not quite as good as the first one, which has a really cute geometric print in teal, brown, white, and coral. The last one piece was pretty cute, too, with a modern fifties feel: halter zebra print with a little ruching at the sides, and a small ruffle at the bottom. I ended up getting both the first bikini and the zebra-print one-piece because I look damn good in both of them. How’s that for progress?