Odd.

Head feels like it weighs four thousand pounds.  Oh, I HATE colds.

Yesterday I was sick as a dog, and still made it through a long, busy workday.  I came home and my mom had cooked me her amazing escarole, which after not being able to eat more than a granola bar for lunch was like manna straight from the Gods.  I wolfed down two bowls of it, then enjoyed some cherries and chocolate.

This morning I woke up and realized my cold had traveled from my head into my chest.  I couldn’t stop coughing to save my life, plus my sinuses were still totally backed up.  After dragging myself out of bed, I made myself a cooling, refreshing yogurt bowl.

On top of Peach Chobani I layered:
2 Weetabix Biscuits
1/4 cup Kellogg’s Bran Buds
1 tbsp Sweet Curry dehydrated sunflower seeds
1 juicy peach
1/4 cup blueberries
2 strawberries

The decision to add the sweet curry sunflower seeds was a bit random.  I needed some nuts in there somewhere, and decided to try out this new flavor.  It was odd, to say the least.  Every once and a while I’d get bite of peach and curry.  So bizarre.  Good! But bizarre.

After errands were done for the morning I came home and immediately wanted what I had enjoyed on Saturday: soup and a grilled cheese sandwich.

A big bowl of vegetable/lentil/brown rice soup did the trick just fine.  On the side, I toasted two slices of flaxseed bread and two Mozzarella Veggie Slices, and topped it with a bit of strawberry jam.  Don’t knock it till you try it, it’s fantastic.

Lunch dessert was a pluot, which I don’t think I’ve had before, and a teeny York Peppermint Patty.

The pluot was great! I loved the color, and it’s a bit less tart than a regular plum.  York Patties are my mom’s favorite candy, and I gotta say they are high on my list, too!

My pre-workout snack was a bit odd, as well. My sister had taken all but one of our Fig Newtons, and I knew one measly Newton wouldn’t hold me over at all for my workout.  I decided to be creative.

I microwaved the Newton with a heaping tbsp of almond butter and a drizzle of agave nectar.  It looks like it wouldn’t hold me over, but trust me, this baby had legs! I felt great throughout my entire workout.

My workout today was a visit from a dear old friend: Billy Blanks! I was looking to get some weight training in today so I pulled out one of his Get Amped! DVDs called Fat Burn Accelerator, took up the Amplifier bar, and went to work.  The DVD, as much as the title makes it seem that way, is not hard at all.  Oh sure, there were moments I was about to screech, but I didn’t let that stop me.

After the hour long DVD was over, I hopped on the elliptical and did intervals for about 40 minutes.  I was actually pretty stunned at how great I felt afterwards, although my head is very stuffy still.

During my elliptical run, I was thinking about how all I wanted for dinner was a bigass burger.  I’m trying to commit to the idea of No Meat Mondays, so a real burger was out the window.  I started daydreaming about my ultimate burger from when I was a kid.  Oh yeah…The Big Mac.  I could house one of those, along with a large fry AND an apple pie, and not break a sweat.  If I did that today, I think I would be sick for years! (although shh…sometimes I still miss it. Like tonight.)

So what’s a normal, healthy-eating fitness freak girl like me supposed to do when all she wants is a giant Big Mac, dripping in cheese and sauce?

She makes her own semi-vegan version, of course.  Note: I say ‘semi’ because the Veggie Slices I use contain milk proteins in them.

On a skillet with a bit of olive oil I heated up two Boca Vegan Burgers, with a piece of veggie cheese sandwiched between them and another one on top.  I topped it with lettuce, onion, ketchup, mustard, and a little bit of mango chutney (because it added pizzaz, plus I LOVE this stuff) and I paired it with some steamed brussels sprouts, also drizzled with the chutney.  Couldn’t hurt, right?

Craving: Satisfied.

Don’t let the picture fool you…this made for a very impressive sandwich.  It was falling all over the place, threatening to spill onto my plate at any second.  At one point my mom came into the room to talk to me and caught me with onion hanging out of my mouth.  

In short, this is something I would make again in a heartbeat.  All this burger plate was missing was sweet potato fries, unfortunately I was just too damn hungry and impatient to let those things roast.  Perhaps later on this week.

I decided to keep up the American cuisine theme I had going and make a personal bowl of one of my favorite childhood desserts: apple crisp!

I adore apple crisp.  My mom makes the best one in the entire world…mostly because she goes heavy on the crumb topping and easy on the apple! But I didn’t have the time (or the butter) to make anything that time-intensive.  I found a tiny little Braeburn apple in the fridge and cut it up into chunks.  I topped it with a spoonful of apple cinnamon granola and some Stonewall Farms Apple Caramel Butter, and nuked it for about 2 minutes until the entire dish got melty.  I also put some apple pie spice on it as well.  And of course, everything’s better with some organic frozen yogurt.

This totally hit the spot.

Tomorrow if I’m feeling up for it, I will attempt a speed drill on the treadmill.  Wish me luck!

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