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Posted on Apr 21, 2011 in Food, Working Out | 22 comments

Double the Pain.

So I found out what taking hot yoga classes two days in a row does to your body! Hint: it don’t feel good. I’m soooooooo sore today!

Now don’t get me wrong, mentally I feel pretty good. I feel like I’ve accomplished a lot, and I’m super proud of myself for going yesterday even though I was already kinda sore from the day before. However, for a complete non-yogi like myself… it’s hard. People don’t think that yoga is hard but believe me, it IS! So, I’m not 100% I should can go again today. Initially I was like, “Yeah! I’m going to go three days in a row this week!” because I’m headed to Delawhere? to see Steve on Friday, but now I dunno. Am I just being lame? I feel like I’ve heard that when it comes to soreness and working out, you should if you’re just a little bit sore, but you shouldn’t if you’re a lot a bit sore. Thoughts?

In other news, last night Ben, his girlfriend Taylor, and I walked the puppers over to my parents’ house for dins! I think that she felt that after seeing my (vegan) Whasian spin on her classic Sweet & Sour Pork recipe she had to show me what SHE would have done if given the chance to veganize it herself. And thus:

Sweet & Sour Soy Gluten was born.

Hahahaha, that name doesn’t sound too appetizing now that I think about it, but the dish really was delicious! I like soy gluten because it resembles meat much closer than tofu does, so it’s an easy substitution in recipes like this. The other vegan dish she made was a vegetable dish with mushrooms, Chinese hairy squash (yuck name, yum taste), and my favorite vermicelli noodles!!

And in the corner you can kind of see the third dish my mom made – something with beef and Chinese broccoli that looked delicious but that I did not partake in. Just 3 more days, Gretch… you can do this! For good measure, here’s a snap of my bowl:

Sorry for the iPhone pics, but in our haste to get over there I forgot to bring my camera. Plus, we were walking with two dogs and a bag of stuff to return to my mom (including some now-too-big workout clothes to give to my aunt! Hooray!) so I feel like traipsing down the street with a DSLR might not have been a super fun addition anyway. And since the picture quality in this post is less than stellar, I shall now try compensating by providing a higher QUANTITY of them. Hahahahaha, I’m really not sure why I find that so funny. Mayhaps yoga has officially addled my brain sense of humor? Ah well.

Breakfast this morning for moi:

A whole wheat english muffin with Tofutti “Better than Cream Cheese” and organic raspberry preserves;

Some of nature’s candy in the form of strawbs, bluebs, and a deftly cut up orange;

And finally rounded out with some cashews (for protein & fat! Gotta stay full!)

So there you have it. Not the most exciting of posts, but perhaps all the lactic acid build-up in my muscles is affecting my creativity. You may just have to let it slide this time, I’m afraid. 😉

What is the right way to go about exercising with sore muscles? Yay or Nay? I feel like there’s a lot of talk on both sides when I Google it (I’m classy, I know.) Help me out, pros!

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Posted on Mar 11, 2011 in Dear Diary, Fail, Pup Posts | 4 comments

Fail Friday

Sooooooooo yeah. Posting fail.

I really don’t have much to say this morning. I guess I can tell you that last night I got Chinese food because of the gloomy rain miserableness combined with the super amazing nerdiness that is the video game Dragon Age II. Don’t judge.

On the bright side, I found out that my favorite Falls Church Chinese restaurant, Happy Family, has a whole menu section with vegan dishes! Whaaaaa? How progressive. I love it. I got a spicy eggplant dish and a vegan General Tso’s “chicken” that I only had like 5 pieces of before Ben ate all the rest. Brought the rest of the eggplant for lunchsies today, NOMMMM.

So instead, here are some pictures of sleepy puppys! Everybody wins!



Well, everyone would win if I had taken the time to take real pictures with a real camera instead of these iPhone monstrosities. But oh well, you still get to see a smooshy-faced Daxter so are you really complaining? 😛

PS – I went to Starbucks yesterday to meet my friend Darcie for coffee, and saw that they’ve implemented the new Starbucks logo:


What do you guys think of the new logo, it being all green and missing the actual word “Starbucks”? For comparison’s sake, here’s the old logo:

Okay, I swear I’ll do better with the relevant posting next time. Have an amazing weekend, everybody!!

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