After I dropped Ethan at school, I ran some errands to get stuff for Ethan's upcoming birthday parties. I say plural because he's having several! First is his party at school with his class on Friday where we'll be sending cupcakes. Second is his party with Mom and Dad on Friday night. Third is with Joe's side of the family on Saturday. Fourth is with my side of the family on Sunday. Lastly, he'll be having a friend birthday party in April. That's a whole lot of celebrating!
I had book club call this morning where we talked more about the very interesting and intriguing Elon Musk. This man is a dreamer! Not only does he think big things, but then he works to execute and bring these ideas to life! He's doing things to change the world for the better with respect to electric cars as well as the space industry. He has visions of creating another place for us to live - Mars. He's successfully flying rockets into space and bringing them back to Earth. A lot of people could learn some lessons about follow through on your dreams from this guy. I love that despite set backs he changes course, but continues to work towards his ultimate goals. I have faith that he will accomplish whatever he sets out to do! Reading this book has helped me to stay on course of fulfilling my dreams despite set backs and knowing that the only way that I will fail is if I give up! I'm in the process of course-correcting, but I'm still working towards my ultimate desired outcomes and will continue to do so! Look out world, here I come! My visions aren't as grandiose as Elon's, but they are ultimately about helping people to achieve their best health and their best lives.
After book club, I continued running errands until it was time to meet my friend, Robyn, for lunch. We had a lovely visit and it was great to catch up with her! We both agreed that it had been too long since our last get together and so we did what my friend, Paul, and I do. We scheduled the next lunch date right away so we didn't leave it so long in between! it's a great habit to have and I am grateful to Paul for introducing me to this idea!
After lunch, I headed home to bake Ethan's birthday cake. He requested carrot cake and I found a wonderful vegan recipe that I modified to fit our needs. It even had a vegan "cream cheese" icing. I added raisins and walnuts at Ethan's request. One of the modifications that I made was to remove most of the sugar. With an icing, the cake, doesn't need sugar! I also made ours gluten-free since that is one of Ethan's allergies. Two reasons that I chose a vegan recipe were because he is also allergic to egg whites and cow's dairy. I have made a cream cheese icing using goat's cheese before, but loved this totally non-dairy version which used apple cider vinegar and lemon to give it the cheesey flavour. I'll let you know how he and Joe like it after I serve it to them on Friday night! If the recipe is a keeper, I'll post it for you.
I then headed back to pick Ethan up from school and then we came home and had dinner. After dinner, we made the cupcakes for his class birthday party. I found a vegan version of chocolate and vanilla ones. I modified it to serve our needs again by making it gluten-free. The icing I made was a butter cream as Ethan is allergic to the whey and casein protein in cow's dairy, but can still have the milk fat which is what butter is made from. I'll let you know how they turned out once the kids eat them at school on Friday. Again, if they're good, I'll post the recipe. We had a funny incident that happened while we were making the icing for the chocolate cupcakes! I was scraping the sides of the bowl and didn't bother to turn the hand mixer off. The spatula got caught in the hand mixer blades and shot icing all over the kitchen, Ethan, and me! We laughed so hard and were especially grateful that Joe wasn't home as he would have freaked about us messing up his kitchen! LOL! I wish I had thought to get a picture for you! Joe does most of the cooking at our house. I can cook somewhat, but am not very good at it so I leave it up to him. One of these days, I have it on my To-Do list to taking some cooking lessons!
After our cupcakes were all decorated with icing and some fruit-made jujubes, Ethan and I headed to bed to read a chapter in The Land of Stories. I then read some in Thrive and headed off to sleep myself.
Next to nutrition, sleep is one of the most important aspects for training for a competition. It is when we sleep that our body rebuilds, repairs, recovers, and detoxes. This is why it is so important to fuel our body with nutrients all day so that our body has the required ingredients to do all this hard work while we sleep. I enjoy an early bedtime of between 930 and 10 pm most nights and then an early morning rise of 530 am to get my workout done before I begin my day. Do you get enough sleep?
Wednesday was a medium day so this means that besides my two superfood protein shakes, I had three meals. The first meal consisted of meat and green veggies. The other two meals consisted of meat, green veggies, and a copmplex carbohydrate. Today this was brown rice that I cooked in the rice cooker.