Five Lessons From Today’s Run (and a Wicked Smoothie Recipe)

The weather this weekend was finally conducive to getting out for a real run for the first time this year.

About 5 minutes into the first kilometer, I realised how out of shape I’d let myself get over the winter. Through the next 6km, I let my mind wander (as I love to do while working out) and learned the following 5 things:

  1. Not running during the winter kills me. My time is a full minute and thirty seconds slower than it was last fall. Running in rain and snow isn’t fun, so I’m going to have to come up with a (gasp!) gym plan for next winter. Yuck.
  2. I need to do more yoga. Maybe it’s just my body getting back into a rhythm, but I am sore in places I didn’t know running could affect. My once a week yoga workout is going to have to become a daily, or at least every-other-day thing.
  3. Somehow, Fall Out Boy found their way onto my running playlist. And they need to find their way off of it, right quick. Nothing ruins the mood of a good run like thinking “I hate this song” for 3 1/2 minutes straight. Twice.
  4. My lungs still hurt after a run. Maybe it’ll get better the longer I’m a non-smoker… but as of now, they were equally, if not more, painful compared to when I smoked a pack a day.
  5. There is nothing in the world that feels as amazing as a good workout. Seriously. Nothing.

Following my run, I made my favourite post-run snack:

Banana/Apple/Blackberry Smoothie (with Wheatgrass)
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/3 apple (I prefer Gala)
  • 1/4 cup blackberries (I used frozen, fresh are fine as well)
  • 1 oz wheatgrass (Fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup yogurt (I prefer Almande Vanilla)
  • 1/3 tbsp black chia seeds
  • 1/3 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1/3 tbsp hulled hemp seeds

Directions:

1. Chop up banana and apple into blender-friendly pieces. (My blender is old, so I make sure everything is in small chunks. If you have a Vitamix or equivalent, feel free to skip this step!)


2. Add blackberries and wheatgrass to blender containing apple and banana.



3. Add yogurt to blender.



4. Add seeds. (I keep a 1:1:1 mix of chia, flax and hemp seeds pre-mixed in the cupboard so it’s just a one tbsp scoop.)


5. Blend well.

6. Enjoy!

I generally keep a bunch of pre-made smoothie packs in the freezer so when I’m in a rush, I can just dump one in the blender, throw in the yogurt and seeds, blend and go. 🙂

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Proud Mama Moment

My daughter recently turned seven.

When we were planning her birthday party, she asked if I would allow her to have a “toonie party” – where guests are asked to bring a toonie to donate to charity in lieu of a gift. I was incredibly impressed with her maturity, especially when she told me she would like to support our local SPCA. Her birthday party brought in $44, as most guests were happy to donate more than the requested toonie.

On her birthday, she received money from a few relatives. My wonderful little girl kept $20 to spend, put $20 in her savings account, and then donated $10 to the SPCA and $10 to the World Wildlife Federation. It warms my heart to know that my beautiful little girl has such a big heart and is so aware of the issues affecting the safety and well-being of animals of all kinds.

Last Saturday, we brought our donation into our local SPCA. She was so proud to hand over her donation, and we ended up with a couple very sweet ladies who gave her a t-shirt and let her visit with the cats there.

All in all, it was a fantastic experience, and she is already planning a toonie party for her eighth birthday!

Clean Slate (Sort Of)

The last few months have been the beginning of a new journey for me. I’ve lived twenty-seven years trying to make people happy, make people like me, and make people value my opinion.

I’m done with that.

I’m not going to shout “FUCK THE WORLD” and dismiss all social conventions (let’s face it: that would be career suicide and I rather enjoy having a home, vehicle and fridge full of food…) but rather, I’m not going to make others happy at the expense of myself.

So that guy who thinks I’m “too rowdy” to hang out with after shows? Fuck him. Not worth my time.

That friend who is only ever interested in talking when she wants to talk about herself? Fuck her. Too much work.

That coworker who likes to pry into my personal life and spread rumours under the guise of being “interested in [my] life”? Fuck ’em. Asshole.

I’m not going to repress myself for the sole purpose of making myself more palatable to the masses. So, yes, that means I will drop my daughter off at her hoity-toity private school in ripped jeans and band t-shirts. Yes, I will colour my hair green if I feel like it. And no, I won’t apologise for offending you by wearing a “Meat is murder” tank top.

It only seems fitting to start over with a new name and new identity. L0vesaidno/”Some Kind of Wonderful” was pretty cutesy, and really fit in with where I was at that point in my life. Now, however, PunkyVeganMama sums me up a whole lot better. And “Chasing Rainbows”? Only one of the best 90’s punk songs ever.

All I want to do is make sure you stop chasing rainbows
Letting everybody crawl inside your heart and mine
Kicking you is easy when you’re down that’s where the weak go
To release their anger on someone who will not try
To stand up, and give them a fight

-No Use For A Name

There really is something to be said for expressing oneself authentically.

Adventures in Baking – Vegan Applesauce Raisin Cookies

This being my last few days of freedom (I’m back to work on the 7th), Kiddo and I decided to bake some super easy, super tasty, super vegan cookies!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 c vegan margarine (I prefer Becel to Earth Balance)
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1/4 c applesauce (or the equivalent of one egg via your favourite egg replacer)
  • 1/2 c applesauce
  • 2 1/4 c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1 c raisins
  • 1/2 c nuts of your choice (I prefer walnuts for this recipe)

Directions:
1. Preheat oven to 375̊ F.

2. Combine margarine, sugar and egg equivalent thoroughly.



3. Mix in applesauce.

4. Add flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, cloves, raisins and nuts.



5. Drop dough onto greased (I prefer silicone lined) baking sheet. Remember that licking the beaters is the best part!


6. Bake 10-12 minutes, until lightly browned.

Makes about 30 cookies. (We *may* have dipped into these before they were all baked!)