Have no fear, I am alive and kickin’!
Well, sort of. I’m getting my butt kicked at work with typical end of year/beginning of year HR stuff but can see the light at the end of the tunnel! I’ve been so busy working late hours or early morning hours by the time I get home, I just plop down on the couch and curl up with Carlos and Iggy. Totally opposite of the blogging dedication I’ve had since 2008 but the truth is, I like the new-found balance. I’m getting my workouts in at 5:30am, feel energized all day at work and relaxed when I come home taking my time with dinner, dishes and tv. No more rushrushrush as I try to fit in 2 hours of blogging every day.
This new year of 2013 is no different for me than any of the other recent years. I don’t have any “resolutions” or new “goals.” Not to say resolutions are bad but for me, well… I have no end goal. For me, healthiness is forever and I forever will have to fight.
I’m working really really hard on trying to eat to my prescriptive eating that my dietitian prescribed to me which means I’m eating what feels like a lot of food. Every day for breakfast, I eat 1 grain, 1 fruit, 2 protein and 1 fat. My go to meal is eggs and an english muffin w/ clementines or an apple.
This is a really easy breakfast to make, even on days when I’m trying to get to work. Eggs take all of 2 minutes to cook and I can let them cook while I’m pouring my coffee and putting together my lunch/snack items. Yeah yeah, I know my english muffin looks burnt above but I like it like that. Carlos cringes every time he see’s my toast
While that breakfast may not look like a lot, the tricky part comes in when I have to hit my goal of 3 servings dairy or 6 servings of grains. Anyway, I think I already told you that in one of the other posts.
I’ve been trying to focus on fruits that are more berry or citrus-y versus banana’s. Banana’s tend to be a little higher in carbs which isn’t bad in itself but since I’m eating enough grains throughout the other foods, I think it’s better that I try to shy away from banana’s every day.
I love fat!
The one thing I’ve noticed about the eating plan I’m on is that I “get” to, or better worded “am suppose to” eat fat. My body (our bodies) need it! Duh, right? I’ve stopped eating low cal, low fat things (Norma, did you hear that?!)
The truth is, I love it! My favorite snacks are:
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter, pretzels & fruit
- broccoli/carrots with full-fat ranch and either string cheese or some almonds
- cheese, crackers & fruit
You know what my other favorite thing to do is? Go to Subway or order a sandwich from Jimmy Johns and have them put mayo on it. I would have never done that in the past 4 years, ever! But, what I’m learning is, if I have a little mayo on my sandwich for lunch, I won’t go crazy with candy at 3pm. I ask them not to go crazy with it (cuz Subway can really load that stuff on) but I’m telling you, it really does make the day feel so much more balanced.
Wedding Bells & Portuguese
My little sister is getting married in a few weeks (EEEEKKKKK!!! It was short notice, she told us in November) so the next couple of weeks will be wedding showers for her and then, Vegas! I am beyond elated for her – she and her soon-to-be husband are high-school sweethearts and have been together for 10 years. Random fact: actually all three of my sisters are still with their high-school sweethearts. I’m the only one in my family who said “NO WAY!” to those goofs who I spent time with. Anyway, soon, all four of us girls will be married and living our happily ever after.
And, I finally did something I’ve wanted to do for years. I signed up for a Beginners Portuguese class! It starts the last week of January and runs 8 weeks. Has anyone learned Portuguese as an adult? I’m nervous that I won’t learn it quickly because I struggle with memorizing words but we’ll see. Why Portuguese? Carlos is from an island off the west coast of Africa called Cape Verde. Most people including his family speak Cape Verdean Creole which is based off Portuguese. The official language of Cape Verde is Portuguese so if I learn Portuguese, then I can at least have some sort of basic conversations with his family when they all get together. Everyone (except his mom) speak English but when they get together as a group, they tend to gravitate toward speaking Cape Verdean. Probably way more than you EVER wanted to kwow but, now you know.
Okay okay, I gotta jet. Happy Wednesday, Friends!