Fantastic Day So Far

This morning I woke up at 6am to go to a 6:30am spin class.  However, as I was getting my clothes together, I decided that I could really use some extra sleep and go to the gym later.  So I put my gym clothes down and hopped back into bed for another hour.  That extra hour of sleep really energized me.  I think it was a good decision.

Then I lounged around for a while, read a few blogs (see the new page up top “Blogs I Enjoy”) and got some school work done.  Around 11am, I headed to the gym for a fantastic work out. For some reason, I had a ton of energy today!  Another huge plus was that Project Runaway reruns were on the TV at the gym (it was the episode where they design for drag queens!).  So I did a little more than an hour on the treadmill, nice and easy.  Time flew by and I didn’t feel like I was working too hard.  I intended to do 30-45 minutes, but I was so into the show that I just kept going.  I guess that happens when you don’t have cable at home!

Once I got home, I made lunch, which was delicious!

A bed of spinach, topped with Quinoa (left over from last night) and a Spicy Black Bean Burger then sprinkled with a ton of lemon lime juice.  It was to die for!  The lovely fella has been telling me to try these Spicy Black Bean Burgers for a while now (he’s not vegetarian, but eats them all the time apparently) and I bought some a few weeks ago but didn’t try it til now.  Pretty delicioso!

Plans for the rest of the day:
-Class/Work on Papers
-Dinner with Friends
-New Moon???  (Let’s be realistic this is probably on the top of my agenda right now…)

Hope your day is going as well as mine!

P.S. I’m super excited to see the lovely fella in 4 days!  It’s been over a month! (We’re doing the long distance thing for a bit)

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Vegan for a Day Continued…

Today was ridiculously busy so I really didn’t even have time to think of food.  I had class from 9am until 3pm then I stayed in the computer lab and worked on my statistics stuff (I probably ran 67892038666 regressions today! Ahh!)  Luckily my lunch and snacks held me over pretty well and it was all vegan!

Then I came home and raided the fridge for something to have for dinner.  In my desperation, I didn’t get too creative tonight 😦  I had left over Coconut Curry from a few nights ago (didn’t realize then that it was in fact vegan) with some quinoa and broccolli.

As I was waiting for the quinoa to cook (only 15 minutes!  Woo!), I had a little bit of an appetizer: some artichoke hearts

I love artichokes!  Whenever I walk past the artichoke/pickle/olive section of any super market, I instantly start to salivate!  Weird, right?  Does that happen to anyone else?

The quinoa really was the star of my meal this evening.

It really is delicious and nutritious.    The only thing I hate is having to rinse it.  I have an itty bitty strainer so I can only do about 2 tbsp at a time.  It’s a pain in the butt… I guess I could invest in a larger strainer right?…

Dinner was pretty darn delicious. I’m thinking maybe I’ll have a baked apple for dessert 🙂

Overall, I think my one day vegan experience has been good.  However, I think a lot of this was that I had an extremely busy day.  Things could have potentially gone the other way had I been sitting home all day (since I usually get the munchies when I’m home for too long trying to get work done).  I definitely think I’d like to try this again.  I’m not saying I’m ready to become a vegan but it’s definitely something I could consider transitioning in to.

Did anyone else try the Vegan for a Day Challenge?  Or are you vegan?  Your thoughts?

Anyway, I’m off to finish my self evaluation, start a paper, work on stats project and formulate my next post about food security!  If there’s anything you’d like to know about in particular, please let me know!  Have a great night everyone!