I want to introduce someone.
This is Mimi (aka my mom). We got to talk via video chat over coffee this morning.
There are few activities I love more than talking over coffee. She reported that her boyfriend wants to work less and party more. It was a good start to the day.
The First YMCA Visit
So the first YMCA workout happened, guys. I have been running with Baby Bee and the BOB stroller, but this time, I ran on a treadmill, during the day, while Dr. P was at work. This freedom hasn’t been possible since becomin’ a mama. The YMCA free child-care is every bit as drool-worthy as I thought it would be.
Dropping Baby Bee off with the super nice attendant was a little nerve wracking given I’ve never left her with a stranger before, but I realized I couldn’t be a hover-mama forever, right?
Let go of the baby, I told myself. Stop barraging this poor women with questions and instructions. Back awaaaaay.
Once I got down to the fitness floor, realized there are TVs actually on the brand-new treadmills, and managed to eek out a 5k while listening to my new Amazon music running playlist, all the nervousness sunk away. Baby? What baby? This rocks.
And then I got nervous and ended the workout after only 10 minutes of lifting (I lift after I do cardio most of the time now due to limited gym visits as a new mom). Mommy anxiety won out. Blast. Pretty good for a first visit though, yes?
And it was good to get into running again after a few weeks off due to the holidays, frigid weather (really, a bomb cyclone?), a stomach bug, and Baby Bee not sleeping much (darn you 4-month sleep regression!). I’ve been keeping up with my fitness these last few weeks a la a Jillian Michael’s home DVD.
Seriously, how does that woman never age?
But with the sport-specificity principle in mind, I know I need to actually run to prepare for my Rock and Roll half-marathon in March. Thank you, treadmills.
Vegan Hoppin’ John
Dinner last night was an attempt at Hoppin’ John, which is a dish traditionally eaten around the New Year for good luck. I don’t feel any luckier, but the day is young.
It contains black-eyed peas, peppers, spice, and meat to flavor. Black-eyed peas are chock full of fiber and protein and basically fat free, plus they were on sale for 99 cents for a dried bag. Is there a healthier, cheaper food?
Since we don’t eat meat, I used this recipe but experimented with something called liquid smoke to impart a smoky, ham-like flavor. It was pretty tasty. I added some brown rice and creole seasoning I made from scratch. I don’t have a Dutch oven so instead I soaked the beans overnight to remove some compounds that are hard to digest, and discarded the liquid- it contains those compounds now so don’t save it. Soaking helps to soften beans as well so it helps with the cooking process.
Here is a picture of the beans. Brown food makes for terrible food photography, right? I didn’t even try to make it look sexy.
Beans are great for the waistline, though, and without the salty meat additions, this dish is heart healthy. Boom.