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Mountain Love

I may have stayed up slightly past my bedtime last night, but I guess God decided I needed a little extra sleep last night, because my phone died during the night (okay, my bad, I forgot to plug it in) and my alarm didn’t go off!

Instead of waking up at 8am to have a nice morning to get ready for work, I woke up at 9:28, woke up Keenan, and started running around frantically.  The ferry I should have taken leaves at 9:45, and I usually leave the house at 9:30.  Obviously that wasn’t going to happen, so we decided to make the drive around, which gave me a few extra minutes to change, brush my teeth and touch up yesterdays makeup that I didn’t wash off before bed last night.

I grabbed an apple out of the fruit bowl and took off.

We ran down to the yoga studio to grab a chai and see what vegan treats they had for the day.

After I took the picture of my “chai”, I took a sip and realized that something was wrong… she gave me a latte!  I was pretty sure that she had at least gotten the soy part of the order right, since she had asked me whether I wanted plain or vanilla soy, but this was definitely not the spicy deliciousness I was hoping for.  Since I was in a hurry, and didn’t want to make a big deal out of it, I decided to just drink the latte and let it be.  No drama.

I also got an energy bar, which was really good.  Lots of nuts, seeds, and dried fruit.

After the breakfast stop, we got on the freeway.

I had my favorite road trip buddy in his usual spot on my lap.

After a while he woke up from his nap to share my apple with me.

Sleepy face!

This dog loves apples!  It’s crazy!  Most of the time I actually just bite off little bits of apples and give them to him.  Almost makes me feel like a mama bird, but slightly less disgusting. (Only slightly.)

The view driving through Tacoma was pretty spectacular.

In Tacoma, we jumped onto I-5 to head back up to Seattle.

Problem with living on a peninsula is that you have to drive all the way down to the closest bridge, which connects us to Tacoma, which is still a half hour drive from Seattle.  Missing the ferry is no small deal.  It takes about half a tank of gas to get to Seattle and back, not to mention the $4 toll at the bridge. Boo. 😦

Driving past Boeing, we got a great view of the other set of mountains, the Olympics.

I must say, I definitely chose a great day to miss the ferry.  It was gorgeous, so getting to enjoy some different scenery was a major treat.

Soon, we caught sight of the city.

I love sky line shots.  And Seattle.

The two large buildings in the foreground are Safeco Field, where the Mariners play, and Qwest Field, where the Seahawks and the Sounders play.  I also went to see Kenny Chesney and the rest of the group touring with him back in like 2006.  It was awesome.  Any other country music lovers out there?

I made it safely to work right on time.  Thank goodness I didn’t wake up any later than I did!

Work Food

In my rush, obviously, I didn’t have a chance to grab any food for my meals at work, so I had to do some sleuthing in the hospital cafeteria.

On my first break, I decided to mow down on these crunchy tacos.

With black beans, brown rice, lettuce and fresh pico de gallo, they were even reasonably healthy!  Win!

My second break, I grabbed some sauteed chard and veggies from the line.

No offense to my wonderful co-workers, but this was awful.  It had been sitting out for too long, and just wasn’t palatable.  I gave up after a few bites, and moved on to the Thai burrito that I bought to go along with it.

The ingredients were great, and so was the taste.  It was quite peanut-y, and every once in a while I would get a bite that was nice and ginger-y. Yum!  It was also quite filling.  And check out the nutrition info!

Notice the 19g protein and 39% iron!  That certainly won me over! 🙂

My final at-work meal was a big bowl of the vegan chili.

This was so spicy that I was almost sweating by the time I finished it.  It was sooo good, and veggie packed.  I heart chili.

I finished up work, and took the bus down to the ferry, as always.  The sunset was breath-taking, so I figured I’d show it off to you guys a bit.

I must mention, that any pictures that I post of any of the mountains in the area are nothing compared to the real-life view.  Sometimes it feels like you can reach out and touch the peaks.  I will say it again, I love living in the northwest.

And another sky line shot, just for good measure. 🙂

I picked up an extra shift tomorrow afternoon, so I’m going home to get my sleep on.

Have a good night and good eats!

❤ Lindsay

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Rain, Rain, Go Away!

Hello Ladies and Germs!

What happened to that gorgeous weather we were having this morning???  Dang it, Seattle!  How can you do this to me?

I planned for clear skies and sunshine!

Not cool!  Needless to say, my feet, pants and jacket are soaked.

I just need to remind myself that if it weren’t for the rain, we wouldn’t have all that gorgeous green that Washington is known for.

Plus lucky for me, little did I know, but I was preparing my body ahead of time with some warm soupy good-ness.

I started out with a cup of Yukon Gold potato soup from the hospital cafeteria.

Apparently this soup is special, because along with a sticker that says “vegan” on the label, it also says “wellness”.  I don’t know what I’m getting well from, but I’ll take it!

I had this along with the last of the Not-Chicken Salad in a pita with spinach.  Figured I wouldn’t bother showing it to you for the third time.

I also had my usual giant salad for lunch, but forgot to take a picture. No big.  Not like it looks that different from the salads that I eat every other day.  It contained spring mix, cucumber, sprouts, grape tomatoes, pumpkin seeds and Annie’s Goddess dressing.

My dinner was another soup.  This one was some Amy’s lentil soup with nutritional yeast.

Told you it was a soupy sort of day.

Okay, so this is totally weird, but after eating this soup, I kept having these little burps that tasted like lentil soup.  It was special.  And kind of gross.  I did get an adorable text from Keenan though, “I miss you. I wish you could have lentil burps here.”  Now that is love. 🙂

Just to prove how slow it was at work tonight, this is how dead the cafeteria at the hospital was.

I see one person.  The emptiness of the cafeteria is basically a direct correlation to the emptiness of the rest of the hospital, so obviously I was bored.  I guess I shouldn’t complain, though, since that means that I get paid to sit and read blogs all day. 😉

Well, kids, a little birdy just told me that there should be the beginnings of a new vegan mac and cheese recipe waiting for me when I get home.  Check in tomorrow to see how it turned out!

Have a lovely Saturday night!

❤ Lindsay

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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Four

Happy Weekend!!!  Anyone have any fantastic plans for this one?  I’m on my way to Seattle for work.  You know, the usual.

Current consuming a lovely green smoothie in a jar.

My favorite Pink water bottle died a couple weeks ago, so jars have taken it’s place.  Jars are BPA-free anyway.

R.I.P.

My smoothies have been a little different lately, because on our last trip to Costco, we bought a bag of frozen mixed tropical fruit, instead of our usual frozen strawberries.  The mix contains mango, pineapple, and papaya, as well as, strawberries.  The change of fruit is a great flavor change, in addition to creating a different nutrient profile for my smoothie.  Gotta change it up!

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Four

I can’t believe it’s already the fourth week of this installment!!  How did you all do with your goals from last week?  Did you get a chance to go to the grocery store and get some label-reading in?  I’m sure you were awesome, as always. 🙂

Here are the links for weeks one through three, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet:

This week is going to be pretty much the same as last week, continue to work on your goal, or if you have completed that goal, then set yourself a new one using the guidelines from Part Two.  Isn’t it amazing how much you can accomplish when you begin setting goals for yourself?  Even small achievements can add up to something completely awesome.

This week, my personal goal for you is to begin being mindful.  This is something that I am trying to work on, myself, and I believe that it can bring happiness and joy to your life in ways that you didn’t realize you could.

Bring mindful means living in the current moment.  Instead of dwelling upon what’s ahead, worrying about things that are out of your control, or living in the past, attempt to focus on what is happening right now.  You have the ability to alter your way of thinking and change your moods.  Just by changing how you look at something, you can make it less of a bad thing.

Are you annoyed with the screaming baby that’s imparing your ability to focus?  Think about the unfortunate mother who is probably frustrated that she can’t get her baby to stop crying.  Maybe the baby has a cold, or a tummy ache, maybe it’s teething.  You never know what the real situation is.  When you begin to get upset, just take a moment to think about the situation from a different point of view.

Are you irritated because you’re headed to work on a gorgeous Saturday?  (Wonder who I could be talking about here?? *cough cough*)  Take the time before you get there to enjoy the sunshine, notice how beautiful all of your surroundings are.  Use your senses and enjoy the time that you do get to spend, instead of continuing to think about how disappointed you are that you don’t get to enjoy freedom in the sun for the rest of the day.

Meditation is one of the main methods that can be used to practice mindfulness.  It isn’t something I have dabbled in too much yet, but it’s definitely something I’m interested in exploring further.  I have tried it a few times, usually for about five minutes at a time, and I do believe that it could have a positive impact on my life.  By sitting still and focusing on your breath, you are practicing being in the moment.  When ever something happens that is out of your control, just take a moment to focus on your breath, and be in the here and now.

Yoga is another practice of mindfulness.  In the same way as meditation, yoga forces you to focus on your breath and to be in the moment, concentrating on holding your poses, rather than thinking about outside forces.  Yoga is not only a wonderful practice for you strength and flexibility, but also for your mind.

I hope you give mindfulness a shot.  I’ve just begun being mindful of being mindful, and I already feel happier and more relaxed.

What are your weekend plans?

What goal(s) are you working on? What goals have you achieved?

What do you think about mindfulness?

❤ Lindsay

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