To keep from turning into a mama-marshmallow I've taken up a few old hobbies:
-Capoiera, an afro-brazilian martial art/dance form that has the potential to make me incredibly talented & acrobatic. This will, of course, require a few years of work on my part...(the link is to a video of my school)
-Rock climbing, indoors this time. In the distant past my brothers & I were known to do some crazy equipment climbs, complete with helmets, camping gear & crazy metal things that looked like spurs holding us up in the air. I started last night at the very glamourous level known as...beginner. I made it up 50 feet twice, & felt incredibly high over the whole thing. So then I went to the next level - beginner +, & made it up about 3/4 before calling it quits. The sweet instructor thought I was about 12 & told me to keep trying, & I admit I felt a certain smugness at announcing that there was just no way, I am, after all, a mama of 3 & haven't worked out for 8 years. Oddly, there's not much to be smug about in there, but that's how I felt. He gave me a nice polite reprieve. Till next week.
-And, finally, Green Smoothies for breakfast. Our acupuncturist/nutritionist explained that whatever we eat first thing is what we'll crave all day. Ah. This explains my desire to eat chocolate, bread & cheese all day. So...it's been green smoothies for all of us. D prefers to start them off with eggs & broccoli, but the boys were getting bored silly. I prefer a shake called Vega, which is a hard-core vegan meal replacement created by a vegan Ironman triathlete for athletes. I just think it taste good & I love knocking out my entire RDA (recommended daily allowance) of everything by 10am.
We blend a scoop of Vega, 1 frozen banana, a handful of baby spinach leaves & 1 bag of frozen fruit. Then I just add soy milk to the top of it all & blend. I suppose one could use whatever protein shake they like. My mother-in-love is terrified I'll become a vegan, & doesn't really care to see the tub of Vega on my counter. How cute is she? We've been vegan. We've been raw vegans. We've been vegetarians, pescatarian, organic free-range meat eaters. I just want my food to taste really good & be as ethical as possible by being as humane as possible & using as little resources as possible in it's production. At this point I'm very much a Flexitarian.
Anywhoo. I am a big fan of blending frozen fruit & calling it ice cream. My girlfriend thinks this is just wrong & calls it "fruit on cone." Well, whatever. Frozen sweets for breakfast. They've been into it & take the extra & freeze it for after lunch. How excited am I that this is now the boy's favorite popsicle? They call it "Green Tea Flavor." Given that our middle boy who would eat anything is becoming pickier by the minute & our oldest has been having pizza in some form every single day for the last 2 weeks, this does my lots for my peace of mind. Lots.