Ship’s Log 2/23/2016: Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired


I met with an attorney that I do a lot of work with today. One of the things that amazes me about him is that he never gets sick. Ever.

And yet, he’s sick for the second time in a month. With exactly what I have. He was sick two weeks ago, as well. With pretty much exactly what I had earlier this month. Hmm.

That got me thinking that maybe, just maybe that my recent run of illness is in fact a run of Bad Luck™. Perhaps my immune system isn’t run down or tired or depressed, but, rather, I’ve had the misfortune to encounter several very virulent diseases in rapid succession. Or, as he put it, “This is February in New Jersey. What are you going to do?”

Again I didn’t work out today, because I’m still coughing quite a bit and I had to work this evening anyway (so no class even if I was 100%).

Here’s what I used to fuel  my recovery today:

  • Breakfast: 3 egg omelette with red onion, red pepper, spinach, and Daiya; broiled grapefruit; coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Morning Snack: green tea with juice form 1 lemon and a whole lot of honey.
  • Lunch: leftover black bean and mango quinoa; tempeh; greens with ginger dressing; Good Belly probiotic shot; coffee with soy milk
  • Afternoon Snack: pear with cranberry honey; walnuts; small bowl of cereal with blueberries and soy milk (too much snacking overall. Oh well)
  • Dinner: Black bean chili; 1/2 quesadilla made with Daiya; green tea with ginger honey
  • Late Night (after work): Brown Ale; rice cake with hummus

Ship’s Log 2/22/2016: Back in the Hole Again


Strep? Ear infection? The Funk? Whatever I have this time, it’s not going down easy despite nuking my system with antibiotics.

I took the last three days off from being responsible. I ate stuff I didn’t want to own up to (pizza, cookies, muffins, a frappucino), mainly because I was in no shape to cook, and tried to make myself feel better. There was no working out, obviously, but I did get over into the sun and unseasonably warm weather this weekend for more short photographic excursions (with the results being shared at a Tomboy Photography and on Instagram at AllisonCoffinPhotography).

Today I’m feeling better, if far from completely well, so it’s time to get back to being accountable for my actions.

Here’s what I fueled myself with today:

  • Breakfast: Smoothie; whole wheat english muffin with almond butter and raspberry preserves; coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Morning Snack: Green tea with chipotle honey
  • Lunch: Tofurkey and Daiya Swiss club on whole wheat; Good Belly probiotic shot; coffee with vanilla soy milk; lavender dark chocolates
  • Afternoon Snack: Pear with ginger honey; handful of walnuts; rice cake
  • Dinner: Orange glazed tempeh; back bean and mango quinoa; mixed greens with ginger dressing; green tea with chipotle honey
  • Late Night (when I got home from my hearing, which went later than expected): brown ale; 1/2 a seitan quesadilla I found in the fridge; rice cake

Ship’s Log 2/16/2016: So Far So Good


I woke up feeling a little off this morning. Thing 1 declared herself too sick for school ad went back to bed without a breakfast. Then I couldn’t finish my breakfast smoothie. Every sip made my stomach feel like a rock. I hoped it was psychosomatic, and I guess it was because by lunch I was hungry enough to eat a horse.

Horses everywhere will be relieved to learn that The Hub went out and got me a donut instead. Not exactly the healthiest way to make up for the lost breakfast calories, but certainly better for the horses.

By evening I felt pretty well, perhaps a bit tired, so I stuck to doing just one class at the dojo (1 hour of BJJ).

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast: Blueberry and greens smoothie (half of it, anyway); whole wheat toast with almond butter and honey; coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Morning Snack: Peppermint ginger tea with honey
  • Lunch: Leftover lentil soup; sandwich of sliced apple and leftover fondue sauce on whole wheat toast; chocolate soy pudding with a strawberry and a sprinkle of granola
  • Afternoon Snack: Almond topped donut; coffee with vanilla soy milk; and then, pre-class, veggies and hummus
  • Dinner: Whole wheat spaghetti with tomato sauce and vegan meatballs; mixed greens with balsamic vinaigrette; Whale’s Tale Pale Ale

Ship’s Log 2/15/2016: President’s Day


Wow, two holidays in one weekend! Good thing this one doesn’t merit a cake.

Looking at my photos, it looks like I ate nothing but bread today, though it didn’t feel like it at the time. It felt like I had a really busy day, but still managed to eat pretty well. The Hub and I spent the afternoon at the movies checking out Deadpool (good, dirty fun) and the evening doing two classes at the dojo. I think I’m just about well again, if maybe still a bit weak and winded a little too quickly.

Too bad the day ended with Thing 1 declaring nausea and a headache. I really don’t want a stomach bug coming into the house now.

Here’s what I ate today:

  • Breakfast: Whole wheat everything bagel with egg and Daiya cheese; small glass of orange juice; coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Lunch: Gardein pulled “pork” bun; mixed greens and clementine with goddess dressing
  • Afternoon Snack: 1/2 a large popcorn; vanilla coke zero; coffee with vanilla soy milk; bananas and strawberries with leftover chocolate soy cream and walnuts
  • Dinner: Black bean burger and guac on whole grain flat bread with lettuce and tomato; oven waffle fries; farmhouse ale; spoonful of chocolate cream

Ship’s Log 2/14/2016: V-Day


Ah, Valentine’s Day. The one holiday that kid of gets under my skin. I’m all for celebrating love and the people you love, but somehow this day has been spun out of proportion by the Great Marketing Machine to the point where it’s more obligation than celebration.

This year for me, it was another excuse for a treat (big ass cupcake) and a chance to make some vegan fondue. Other than that, I hunkered down inside the warm house to wait out the dramatic cold snap we’re having. I probably could have worked out inside, but I was feeling too drained and out of sorts to bother.

Here’s what I ate:

  • Breakfast: Heart shaped whole wheat pancakes with dark chocolate tofu cream sauce, raspberries, maple syrup, and walnuts; coffee with vanilla soy milk; small glass of orange juice
  • Morning Snack: Green tea with chipotle honey; small handful of walnuts
  • Lunch: Red lentil and spinach soup;  and crusty bread.
  • Afternoon Snack: Stupid big cupcake with buttercream icing flower (I couldn’t finish it, and it made my tummy hurt); coffee with vanilla soy milk
  • Dinner: Vegan cheese fondue with vegan hot dog bits, veggies, and crostini; Ommegang Hennepin Farmhouse Saison