1 Step Forward, 5 Steps Back.

where is Spring? where is the warm weather, and the fitness motivation??? WHERE?!?! I am so tired of being cold. also, i am tired of being out of shape. the last several weeks, i’ve done what i can to get back up to fitness…. but something ALWAYS happens. one week, we all fell victim to the plague. (hacking chest cold plus sinus fun) another week we went on vacation. another week, it snowed so goddamn much i didn’t leave my house for days. as for our vacation…sadly, it wasn’t the FUN kind of vacation, it was the kind where the temperatures were 20 degrees lower than they promised, and we were all so cold we could barely move, let alone exercise. (i even brought my jump rope, but never got it out of my bag)

i’m trying to get back into the swing of things. i’m going to kenpo classes more often (been needing to do that anyways. it’ll get even better when i have some new material to work on) and when i can’t make it to a class, i workout at home. but still. 20 minutes of calisthenics, and i’m bushed. my husband says “it doesn’t wear me out that much… but my normal workout is twice that long.” gee, thanks for making me feel even more inadequate than i already do! it’s not his fault… he was just making conversation, and i tend to take things a little too personally as well as being a little too hard on myself.

i’d like to some day feel like i’m in shape… not just in shape for the average 30 year old housewife, but in shape in general. i don’t want to be a professional athlete, but i’d like to be at least in the middle of the standards for in shape young women. right now, i am not. i am in better shape than people who don’t exercise, but for people who do… i’m on the bottom tier. i hate that. it pisses me off. the worst part, is that there is nobody to blame but myself. i’ve been running for over a year, but haven’t improved because i can’t keep a steady schedule. i’ve been doing pushups for a while, but haven’t improved in them because i just don’t do them enough. i’m my own worst enemy… i’m frustrated. i’m trying, but i’m not trying hard enough.

i wish it would stop fucking snowing.

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Vegan Sour Cream

One of my favorite things to eat are burritos and quesadillas. I don’t exactly follow the “authentic” recipe (Hello, Vegan!) but what I make tastes damn good. One thing I love is sour cream. I could eat that shit with a spoon in my pre-Vegan days. Fortunately for me, all is not lost. There IS an excellent substitute. Here is is:

Vegan Sour Cream

  • 1 block Extra Firm Silken Tofu
  • 1 tsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsps Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 1/2 tsp Salt, or to taste

Blend together until it has the texture of…. Sour Cream. Enjoy!

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Vegan Alfredo Sauce

I have tried a LOT of different vegan creamy/cheeze sauces in a desperate attempt to find a substitute for my creamy noodle dish cravings. FINALLY, I found one, tweaked it, and now it’s PERFECT! It passed the non-vegan taste test with flying colors, and even my uber-picky four year old will eat noodles doused in this sauce! You can omit the mushrooms for a classic alfredo sauce if you want. When I make this, I always double the recipe so I can use the whole package of noodles.

Ingredients:

1 pound fettuccine noodles

16 Ozs Fresh Mushrooms

15 ozs Unsweetened, Unflavored Almond Milk
1/2 cup raw cashews
2 tablespoons nutritional yeast flakes
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ tsp of onion powder
½ tsp garlic powder

Directions:

1. Cook fettuccine noodles according to package instructions.

2. Slice or quarter mushrooms (depends on which shape you like best) and sautee in a pan on med/high heat. Don’t drain ANY of the liquid! Just let it simmer until you are ready with the next step.

2. Blend remaining ingredients in blender, being sure to pulse a LOT, as you want the cashews blended as much as you can. Pour over the mushrooms, stir constantly, and heat on LOW until the sauce thickens.

3. Pour over your noodles, and Serve!