Tuesday, February 1, 2011

February the First

Today is the first day of February.  As such, I would like to take a minute to review my year 2011 thus far.

For starters, you might remember when Mr. Kummerow and I designated themes for each month.  January was Jogging January.  Well how did we do on our theme?  I would say pretty darn well!  After all, I did complete a marathon this month!
And where I left off of jogging due to injury, Mr. Kummerow picked up.  Did I mention he is now training for a half marathon?  He will probably kill me for posting this...but maybe the blog will provide a little motivation and accountability for him too!  The day after I finished the marathon in Arizona, he sent me a text saying he was signing up for his very first half!  I am so thrilled with his new goal.  He has even motivated several co-workers to train with him! 

So Jogging January was a huge success!  Next up for monthly themes:  Fast Food Fast February!  This one is gonna be a doozy!  We have named it Fast Food Fast for a great alliteration, however, we will actually be cutting out all eating out for the entire month!  Dun, dun, dun!

After tonight that is.  Yes, I am going to cheat already, but it is my monthly fitness accountability dinner and I don't want to miss it!  I am even touting tonight's dinner as a celebration of finishing the marathon (yes I am still celebrating- you should know me by now!)

So how am I doing on the rest of 2011 goals?

1. Take more pictures of humans:
to gauge my success I decided I would count how many photos there were of Mr. Kummerow and me together.  Sure there were lots of photos of humans, probably more than usual but there was only one lonely photo of the two of us together for all of January.
I would say I miserably failed this challenge for the month of January!  I need to work harder next month!

2. Try a Tri:
Well I was hoping by now to have picked a race and signed up, but with the addition of my ankle problems I am holding out.  In the meantime I have been swimming like a fish and am tentatively planning to participate in the Huntersville Triathlon on May 1st with my good friend Emily.  I would call this one a semi-success.

3.  Other Races:
No updates there yet

4. Pay off debt (everything but student loan and house in 2011):
We are making great strides.  In January we used Mr. Kummerow's bonus check to help pay $1300 off of our only credit card bill.  We should have it paid off in full by the end of February.  After that we just have one (very large) loan to pay off by the end of the year!

5. Start a retirement fund:
Not yet.  We are planning to do this in March for my birthday and after the credit card is paid off!

6.  Be more organized at work:
Right now is my crazy time at work.  I am right in the middle of registration and I think I have succeeded at keeping my files much more organized this time!  Success.

7.  Budget $25-$50 to buy holiday items after the holiday when they are on sale.
Success!  Mr. Kummerow and I bought Christmas lights for the outside of the house and a few other holiday decor items after the Christmas season this year.  I am not budgeting money for Valentine's day this month, but I will definitely for Easter.

8.  Strengthen my relationship with Jesus.
I have some ideas on how to do this including Daily Quiet Time and bible reading.  I have kept up pretty well.  I would say I spend time in the bible and in prayer 4 or 5 days a week.  My Sunday School class is keeping a calendar where they can check off each day that they read the bible and I'm thinking for February I am going to make this a new goal.  Then I will better know at the end of the month if I am being diligent. 

9.  Use Less TP:
Ha!  I can't believe I even wrote this.  I think I'm doing a good job on this!

10.  Don't lose any weight:
And then there is this one.  It's not as if I have lost any weight this month, but I'm not sure that I have changed the way my brain works at all.  The idea was that if I focused on not losing weight, perhaps I would stop obsessing over the size of my body.  Any psycho-analytics out there want to let me know if this is a silly theory?  For a more detailed description of my thought process, read this post.  Maybe this is one goal that is just going to take some time to change my thought process.  I'm just one month in, there is no use in getting discouraged.  After all the goal only stated not to lose weight, it didn't actually mention the thought process behind the goal, so for this month I would call it a success!  Maybe if I can reach this goal after a year, the thoughts will just come along.

Yesterday's delicious eats:

A warm bowl of Peanut Butter Quinoa Oats for breakfast.

Peanut Butter Quinoa Oats
1/4 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp Peanut Flour (Trader Joe's)
1 cup Almond Milk
1/4 cup cooked quinoa
1/2 mashed banana

1 tbsp Chocolate Raspberry spread
1 tsp vegan chocolate chips

In small sauce pan heat Almond Milk and Rolled Oats over medium-high heat until boiling.  Stir in Peanut Flour.  Reduce heat to low and simmer.  Stir in cooked quinoa and mashed banana.  Continue stirring until oatmeal thickens.  Pour into bowl and top with Chocolate Raspberry spread and chocolate chips.  Yum, yum!

Lunch was leftover Massaged Kale Salad with a slice of sour dough bread.  I also enjoyed a brownie!
In the afternoon I snacked on carrots and hummus and cooked broccoli.

Dinner was a fine treat!
Cooked brown rice topped with Perfect Tofu and steamed peas, broccoli and water chestnuts.  Sprinkled and seasoned with Shoyu sauce and Ume Plum Vinegar.  For this dish we used the stalk of the broccoli.  This was our first time preparing broccoli in this way and it turned out fantastic.  I highly recommend you eat the stalk and do not toss it!

Quick and Easy Stir Fry
Serves 3-4

1 1/2 cups cooked brown rice
Perfect Tofu
2 or 3 large broccoli stalks
1 can water chestnuts
2 cups frozen peas
1 tbsp Ume Plum Vinegar
1 tbsp Shoyu Sauce
1 tbsp olive oil
Clementine or mandarin oranges (optional)

Prepare your brown rice (we made ours on Sunday ahead of time) and your Perfect Tofu.

Peel outside of broccoli stalks with a peeler removing the least amount of skin possible.  Slice into rounds.  Bring water to a boil and steam broccoli in basket 3-4 minutes until tender.

In saute pan, heat 1 tbsp oil over medium heat.  Stir fry rice for 3-4 minutes and add in frozen peas.  Continue to cook, stirring frequently for several minutes.  Add in drained water chestnuts (sliced if you purchased whole) and finally the steamed broccoli.  Cover and cook for 5-8 minutes stirring frequently.  Mix in 1 tbsp Shoyu Sauce and 1 tbsp Ume Plum Vinegar (or vinegar of choice) and cook for another 2 minutes.

When your dish is heated through, scoop 1-1 1/2 cups onto each plate, and top with tofu and serve.
When we sat down at the table to eat dinner, I picked up a clementine from the fruit basket and peeled and added it to my stir fry.  (Mr. Kummerow is allergic to citrus).
I highly recommend this final step.  The sweet flavor bounces nicely off the salty, tangy flavor from the Shoyu and vinegar.  You could also use lemon or orange zest to give it that nice citrus flavor as well.

I wrapped up my Monday with an evening at Summit Cafe, a local coffee shop in Davidson.  Mr. Kummerow spent about 3 hours accomplishing loads of work.  I was so exhausted I crashed hard at 10pm when we got home!  

How was your Monday?  Productive?

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