I carry around my Insanity DVDs in Ziplock bags. I literally toss them in my gym bag like this. It is a sheer miracle they haven't snapped in two by now... Confession 2.
First, that I actually took the time to create a Wilson Phillips Pandora radio station. And second, that this is my number one choice of background music while cooking in the kitchen. Needless to say, my boyfriend goes in the other room.
You are busy. I am busy. But, I want you to do this with me. I'm serious. This is your life, people. Go to your fridge and get an apple. Or some simple food that you eat all the time. Let me rephrase that...some simple food that you scarf all the time while doing a million other things. I eat an apple a day. I eat it while I am walking to class or browsing blogs or driving to the gym. I eat it and don't even notice I am eating it. When did I become so caught up in the go-go-go-go-go of life that I don't even notice an apple? If you are like me - you haven't noticed your 'apple' in quite some time. So, go get your 'apple' and take it to a safe, quiet spot. Take it on your front porch and don't you dare take your cell phone with you or your ipod or ipad or whateverthef*ck.
Sit down and breathe. Breathe and eat that apple and take your time. Don't worry the dishes can wait and your lecture preparation can wait and your facebooktwitterpinterest accounts can wait. Eat that apple so slowly it makes you a little uncomfortable. THINK about it. Look around. Listen to the freakin' birds. Look at the sky. Take slow bite after slow bite and chew each completely. Think about how it tastes, where it came from, and what it is doing for your body. And, when you finish, don't get up immediately. Pause and realize the power of what you just did. What you just did, my friends - was took an old fashioned quiet, calm moment for yourself. I'm going to try and take more of these. I think we probably all NEED to have more of these moments. Let's break the go-go-go more often. I challenge you to do the same. It takes 10 tiny minutes and I guarantee you - it will change your day. And maybe, just maybe in the long run, it will change your life.
Figure 4. Afternoon snack: an apple and cocoa-dusted almonds.
Figure 5. Dinner: two slices of Ezekiel sprouted grains toast - one topped with smashed avocado and kosher salt and one topped with leftover grilled corn, mushroom, and roasted poblano taco topping with chipotle crema. On the side I made a warm Brussels sprouts salad with sesame seeds. I love my veggies!
Figure 6. Dessert: boston cream pie sugar free pudding with whipped cream.
And that concludes another What I Ate Wednesday (featuring what I ate Tuesday, February 5).
Figure 1. In the crock pot: crock pot spinach lasagna. Some things, my dear friends, were just not meant to be made in the crock pot. I fear lasagna may be one of them...
Figure 2. Friday night's dinner: crock pot spinach lasagna and a spinach salad with honey Dijon vinaigrette. This poor lasagna turned out dry - either my crock pot is super powerful (I turned it off after 5 hours as the recipe called for) - or lasagna is just better suited for the oven.