Roasted Chickpeas &Veggies

What a fabulous day!  It was warm, windy and smelled of spring.  Just love it!  I was so happy to have taken the day off and spend some time outside.  My flower garden is now cleaned up and ready for blossoms, I can see a little peek of green already in some areas 😀. Got my 4.3 mile HR zone 3 run in, which was tough.  It was windy and I really had to focus to keep my heart rate near the zone. 

I even checked out Pinterest for a new sewing project…Upcycled an old shirt into an apron.  This is my 2nd sewing project and I couldn’t be happier with it!

So now that I have an apron, I need to cook!  As usual I was thinking something easy peasy and yummy.  I hadn’t had roasted chickpeas in awhile so I thought I would pair it with some veggies and basmati. Boom!  Complete meal right there.  It’s seasoned with a bit of lemon- olive oil & a few spices because that’s what my flavor book said would pair well with all of the veggies I chose.  I have to be honest, I didn’t measure anything but the rice & chickpeas.  I don’t believe in measuring veggies & sometimes spices should just be sprinkled, not measured.

I will be making this for 3 days (1 can of chickpeas feeds me for 3 days).

Roasted Chickpeas & Veggies

1 can rinsed chickpeas (split into 3 servings)

1 Tbl + 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil


Himalayan pink salt

Black pepper

Dried (or fresh) oregano

Dried (or fresh) basil

2 tsp fresh lemon juice

Crushed red pepper

Onion powder

Garlic powder

~5 asparagus spears, cut into 1″ pieces

~1/2 cup broccoli florets

~1/2 cup chopped cauliflower

~1/4 cup chunked red onion

Cooked basmati rice

Preheat your oven to 400°F.

Mix your chickpeas with 1tsp oil, 1tsp lemon juice and sprinkle with spices.  Put them on a pan covered in foil and pop in the oven.  Set timer for 7 minutes.

Add your veggies to the same bowl, add the remaining oil and lemon juice with an extra sprinkle of spices, mix well.

Add your veggies to the pan and toss with the chickpeas.  Set timer for 10 minutes, toss and set for another 7.  

When it’s done, spoon your roasted goodness over a serving of basmati rice.  I’m not going to tell ya how much rice to eat 😉. I pre-cooked some rice so that I’m getting about 1/2 cup per serving.

Enjoy!  You could add other veggies if you like, brussel sprouts would be great, as well as mushrooms.  



Day 10

On Day 10, already.  It’s hard to believe.  I always seem to hit a mini slump after the first successful week, almost like my inner self is attempting to sabotage my momentum.  Like today, started out superb.  Had a heavy breakfast: chocolate vegan Shakeology with 1/2cup dark sweet cherries, handful of baby spinach and blended the mix with water, yummy!  Had a pint of water, a healthy lunch: veggie omelette with 1 slice whole grain toast, and then the mid afternoon gremlins kicked in.  I sort of gave into a leftover slice of key lime pie I made for my hubby’s birthday.  I’m not going to lie, it was delish, but say hello to a sugar crash 🙃.

At least I maintained focus to complete my Wednesday workout: P90X3 yoga followed by hills at max on the stationary.


I’m not a fan of doing cardio like that indoors in the summer but I’m also not a fan of migraines.  I’ve learned the hard way that if I work out in heat over 80°F I’m gonna get one and I’m worthless and in lots of pain for the unforeseeable future.  To make the stationary interesting I gave into one of my poisons…River Monsters!  45 minutes flew by I tell ya!

Finishing my day with post workout Highlander Grogg Chocolate Shakeology and knitting!  Working on a summer scarf, I’ll probably finish it about he time summer ends😉 tee-hee



Day what? 5!

Whew!  Day 5 is donsky! 😁. Started it out with a quick yoga warm up and a 4+ mile run.  Tried out the new toe cushion.  I’m on the fence at this point.  I’ll keep it on while walking around to get used to it.  It did seem to help “crunchy toe” when I was doing that.  It does mess with running form which ended up my primary focus during the run.  Made the time go by quickly!

Then a quick Shakeology and off to work.   The day got a little crazy on me.  Was hoping for a half day but ended up working longer.  It was draining and I honestly debated doing my P90X3 Warrior workout.  Alas, I talked myself into it.  How you ask?  It’s cheat meal day for me and I told myself I only get to enjoy the Sofia’s flat bread mushroom/asparagus pizza and new white viognier from Aussie if I do my workout.  Whahahaha, apparently I’m as food motivated as The Mollinator.  Who would have thought?

So there you have it.  If you thought people who regularly workout and fit in fitness don’t struggle with motivation, you’re wrong.  We all struggle.  It’s finding whatever it takes to stay motivated.  Sometimes that may be a cheat meal, it could be an upcoming event, participating in one of my challenge groups, or simply remembering why you do it, why it’s important.  And any time you struggle, your motivation may come from a different source.


So, I hope your Friday was fabulous.  I’m decking it with my lass of white, knitting and The Mollinator while my pizza bakes.



Day 2

Day 2  (yesterday) started out pretty great, though it was storming  at 5:00 the radar showed a break and I got out for a 3.5 miler.  The skyline was breathtaking and I saved two very small wood frogs from certain death on the road.  Feeling refreshed with a busy day ahead, I was out the door in a flash.  Needless to say my day went to hell in a hand basket.  You know those days when you have  a great plan in place but all of these little things go wrong and then a much bigger one does.  As I drove home I was thinking about pizza (you know because pizza solves everything) and singing at the top of my lungs 😉.  By the time I got home, I was determined to get my P90X3 workout done instead.  Driving has a way of giving you time to put things into perspective rather than acting on a fleeting emotion and later being full of regret or guilt.

The workout was good but tough and a smidge frustrating because I had to modify a lot (the Morton’s neuroma was giving me hell).  Still felt so much better about the day when I as done.

I settled on a super quick meal of Quorn “turkey” burger with a pile of steamed broccoli topped with nutritional yeast, sea salt and pepper and a glass of Mutha Pucks (Next Door Brewing pineapple sour).

It’s amazing how singing loud, a tough workout then a small glass of your fave craft beer can level out a stressful day.



Form Focus

Back into training this morning after a couple of days recovery post Lake Mills Triathlon. It was a great race, some challenges along the way but in the end I hit a PR and that was my goal, yippee!  I’m pretty excited about my new program; I sat down last weekend and came up with a plan that incorporates Hammer and Chisel strength workouts and triathlon training from the great book I’m reading (The Women’s Guide to Triathlon).  I even got a new training binder 😀  Yes, the crazed organization and tracking habits are in full force!  The thing is, it’s effective.  Something I strive to get across in my challenge groups.  When the information is staring you in the face it’s easier to recognize if something is or isn’t working….and Why.

Being a bit naïve I dove into my new plan the day after the race, Monday.  That was a mistake, so I had to take the next couple of days off.  Always learning something new, next time I will plan a recovery week post race and THEN start new.  I just get so darn excited with momentum building up after an event that I want to start ASAP!  Needless to say, patience and planning is key so the last couple days was spent doing some foam rolling and today, an easy 3.4 miler with 3 x 1:00 AI at Z5 and recovery to Z2 with my heart rate monitor.  My primary focus is form.  I’m not a great runner, I still have a lot to learn to become more efficient which is why I read so much and more importantly, put it into practice.  Today the time flew by as I focused on form: am I looking straight ahead or down near my feet, are my abs in or loose and not supporting my low back, are my arms swinging from the shoulder front-back or across the body, am I striking the ground below my body or heel striking in front of the knee, am I breathing from my diaphragm & belly or upper chest.  To be honest, time flies when you’re focusing on all of that and it feels AMAZING when you get find where you need to be.  It’s like you’re gliding across the terrain, it’s wonderful!  I’ve really been trying to improve my mind-body workouts in more than just yoga practice.  I think it will help reduce the risk of injury.  That being said, still dealing with the neuroma.  Major bummer there, the toes go a bit numb during bike rides and it’s still finicky when I’m running 3+ miles.  Time to reconnect with the orthotics guy.

As it is, it’s also time to get back to work and finish my post workout meal 😉  Protein pumpkin shake, oh yeah.



Peanut Butter Mocha Latte

Have you ever had a craving for something and thought “yeah, I’m going to make that”.  As you’re concocting your craving you think this will either be really good or really bad but who cares, I’m only forcing myself to try it.  That about sums up my Monday breakfast.  I have given up sweets in observance of lent so that lends me to get a little creative if I have a sweet tooth.  No, it’s not cheating 😆  I definitely wanted more coffee this morning, and peanut butter and chocolate sounded good but no cookies, candy, muffins, scones, donuts or ice cream…rats.  So, I though to myself, hey, I can make a healthy shake!  Boom!  The thought of coffee with peanut butter was a bit unnerving but again, if it’s awful it can find its way to the garbage disposal.  Honestly I often find myself in the kitchen with Joey’s mentality from that Thanksgiving Friends episode, you know the one when Rachel makes the traditional English trifle with meat, potato, and whip cream and Joey ends up esting all of the dessert because all of thr ingredients are tasty….in my case….Coffee?  Goooood. Peanut butter?  Goooood. Chocolate? Gooooood.

Peanut Butter Mocha Latte Shake   Serves 1
1 tsp homemade peanut butter (or natural PB)
1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 cup water
1 scoop Cafe Latte Shakeology 

Blend well! And enjoy deliciousness, I wouldn’t share if it was awful.  If you don’t know what Shakeology is, comment and I can fill you in.  It’s a daily meal for me that I look forward to 😉





Hello all,
Here I am, continuing to do research on Morton’s Neuroma because I seriously can’t stand having crunchy toe while I walk, workout, go down stairs, etc.  I also have another week to go before I see the doc again.  In the meantime I thought it would be beneficial to upgrade my workout shoes.  Before my issue, I enjoyed cross training in barefoot-style shoes (like Merrell’s).  After nearly an hour I discovered that New Balance shoes are supposed to support the foot in the metatarsal region to help reduce symptoms.  It was a well spent hour, in addition to meal planning (YAY), investigating new blogs and recipes (double YAY) and checking in with my Challengers (mega YAY!) who are rockin’ it by-the-way. 😀

So, Sunday I set off on an adventure before dreaded chores, why not go shopping for shoes (duh) before having to do boatloads of laundry and clean the house.  I discovered and tried on a few pairs of New Balance shoes, one of which allowed me to walk without any crunching….HAPPY DAY!  and they were on sale…extra happy dance! 🙂  and that was the highlight of the adventure…grocery shopping doesn’t count.  Especially when it’s packed and for some reason people lose complete respect for others at the grocery store.  They act as though they are the only ones on earth…hmm.

The new shoes are MUCH better.  However, still having some issues when flexing the toes in a lunge, but I can hop around a bit more which makes for a very happy Becky.


I was able to do Hammer Power (totally kicked my ass) with minimal pain.  Post workout was extra exciting because I made a brand spanky new recipe of Shakeology, inspired by Tony Horton.  It’s a Caramel Mocha Latte and it was Amazing!  That, some ice on the foot and a crochet project on my lap kicked off a much needed relaxing afternoon.


And not to keep you hanging, here’s the recipe:

Caramel Mocha Shakeo (I cut back on almond milk to stick to my carb needs)
1/2 scoop chocolate vegan Shakeo
1/2 scoop NEW café latte Shakeo
1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1/2-1tsp caramel extract
12oz water

Blend well and enjoy!  It’s a coffee you can feel good about, you’re getting mega nutrition.  Honestly, I’ve been drinking it for a few days now and it has helped curb my coffee cravings.  Yes, I cut back to decaf (mostly) but it’s still much healthier to have a nutrient dense meal than an espresso with steamed almond milk 😉