6:45am. My alarm goes off and I, not surprisingly, press snooze. 6:55am. It goes off again and I show it, by pressing snooze yet again. 7:05am the alarm goes off for a third time and my boyfriend grumbles something to the effect of get up or turn it off. Begrudgingly I force myself out of bed and into my running clothes that I set out the night before. With my eyes barely open I navigate through the dark into the kitchen, fill up my CamelBak, and chug a glass of water. I eat three Powerbar Gel Blasts (65 calories or 1 pt) before heading towards the door to grab my ipod.
I fumble with the ipod but it won’t budge, and realize that it is completely dead. I panic for a second, and then realize I can listen to Pandora on my phone instead, so grab my phone and head out the door before I find another excuse not to go at all. I walk down to the trail, turn on my Garmin, and the “Battery Low” message flashes across the display screen. I grumble under my breath for a few seconds and then set off, realizing that I know the trail so well by now that I know where to turn around for any run from 2 – 6 miles almost to a T. No excuses.
During the run, my mood lifts considerably and I start to actually enjoy myself. The weather is perfect – around 68º, cool, and not humid in the slightest. Before I know it, I’m at the 2 mile mark and I turn around and head back towards the entrance of the trail. I had looked at the time – 7:24 – on my Garmin just before I started running, and I found someone within a minute or two of finishing my run to ask the time. 8:04. So just under 40 minutes for right around 4 miles. Success. I headed back inside feeling about a million times better than when I left. I’m so glad I didn’t let the excuses get the best of me this morning.
Now that I have a tofu press, I’m kind of obsessed with all things tofu. I know it’ll fade, but I’m riding the wave while it lasts. 🙂 This morning I decided to try scrambled tofu, which I’d heard much about but never personally tried. I actually got all the ingredients ready and prepped last night so it would be a breeze to throw together after this morning’s run. I did sort of a Mexican twist on the scramble and loaded it with red onions, black beans, corn, edamame, salsa, and lime and it was awesome! I started by sauteeing the onion for a bit to get it soft and then added the block of tofu.
I broke the tofu up with a spatula while mixing it around with the onion, and then added the rest of the ingredients and kept it on the stove until they were heated through. I garnished it with a dollop of salsa and a lime wedge.
In the mix:
- 1.5 servings extra-firm tofu, pressed (2 pts)
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion (0 pts)
- 1/4 cup black beans (.5 pts)
- 1/3 cup frozen organic corn kernels (.5 pts)
- 1/4 cup shelled edamame (1 pt)
- 2 tbsp salsa (0 pts)
- lime wedge (0 pts)
- salt and pepper (0 pts)
This scramble was awesome! I sort of zoned out for a second and thought I was eating scrambled eggs – its pretty similar in texture and taste. I’ve heard a lot of people add tumeric to give the scramble a yellow color so it actually looks like eggs but I didn’t have any on hand. This was super filling and a perfect combo of protein (tofu and beans), carbs (corn!) and deliciousness.
How did you start your day today?