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Things I Learned – January

Another month gone, another list of things I learned! If you’re curious here’s what I learned in…

July
September
October
November
2009

Now on to this month!

  • As much as I wish it could, my body is not built for 6 workouts a week. I need a rest day every three days or my body and immune system shut down. I know this. There is nothing wrong with working out 4-5 times a week. In fact, that is more than enough.
  • I am not as socially inept as I thought I was. Embracing my social awkwardness has actually allowed me to come out of my shell.
  • The only thing that could possibly make custard oats taste better is eating them out of a near-empty almond butter jar.

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  • I do not have to be doing something productive with my time during all waking hours. Even more, I do not have to feel guilty about not constantly checking things off my to-do list.
  • Despite whatever opportunities arise in the future, I will not stay in my current city when my work contract is up. For the sake of my mental sanity, it is time for me to get out.
  • I am no longer allowed to bake or cook when I’m sick and full of mucus. It leads to things like kitchen fires and flat sweet bread.

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  • Protein bars take 5 minutes to make at home, and produce much tastier and healthier results
  • I like going to bed early and being awake early. Plain and simple. There’s no point in pretending I want to do any different.
  • Staying home all weekend because you don’t want to shovel is okay. Staying home from work because you don’t want to shovel is not.
  • Cottage cheese and feta are an awesome pairing, and make for a stellar pita-filler when I’m running low on other protein.

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  • The older I get, the more I appreciate my family. I am so lucky for the family I have.
  • I need more fat in my diet. My skin is in awful shape.
  • I really am not a 9-5, mon-fri person.
  • Sometimes, I just feel like snacking, and it’s okay if that means salt & pepper Popchips and a cheese sandwich for dinner.

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  • My home is a reflection of my state of being. If I am unhappy, my living space becomes an unhappy place to be.
  • Lindt Fleur de Sel is officially the best chocolate there is.

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  • My living room can be an awesome place to work out.
  • I don’t need to be a grown up, I just need to be me.
  • Guar and xanthan gums are intimidating and require more experimenting with on my part.

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  • I don’t have it all figured out, and I probably never will. Maintaining my weight and eating habits will always require a conscious effort on my part.
  • Deb is a genius for inventing the hot chocolate smoothie.

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  • Just because a person turns 24, does not mean they have to give up eating marshmallow fluff and sprinkles.
  • Everyone needs to send their smoothie ‘stache photos to Janetha.

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  • Sometimes I need to dismiss my fear and embrace new relationships. Sometimes I need to work harder to restore old relationships. And sometimes I need to let go of relationships that just don’t work.

Your turn!! What did you learn this month??

Maid for hire

Anyone out there have green thumbs?

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I have a ledge that runs around my apartment, and I thought this window spot would be perfect for plants! Except, I kill everything. Seriously, I killed a cactus last year. Anyways, this is an aloe vera and some funky cactus that I have no idea how to take care of. How often do I water them? I’d like to put some herbs here too…

 

Moving on to the more important things at hand. I had a chocolate macaroon breakfast cookie when I got to work.

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I normally don’t photograph it, but my breakfast cookie ritual always includes a hot coffee (I drink it black).

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Coffee is needed when you’re at the office at 5 am!!

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It just warms my sleep-deprived soul :)

It was a sloooow long-weekend news day. I came prepared though.

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Reading material and a liverwurst sandwich with onion and mushrooms. So good!

There was also some bar snackage, a peanut caramel crisp Myoplex Lite.

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I like the peanuts on top! I find chocolate chips always fall off and melt on my clothing without my knowing. It’s no cinnamon flavour, but it was still pretty darn good ;)

I snacked and decompressed a little once I got home.

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I got a particularly runny jar of PB, perfect for drizzling. That thing on the left is a wasa cracker with raspberry jam and PB.

Once digested I hit up the gym for a little cardio/weights. The people at my new gym are so different than those at my old campus gym. At the university gym, it was mostly people who play on sports teams, girls working off the previous night’s vodka coolers, skinny guys trying to bulk up for said girls, and professors. New gym is almost all fit people. The girls are super hardcore, and the guys are all beefed up. The people who go to the classes are more “normal” I suppose. But it’s definitely a different vibe, not as laid back, but it should at least be motivating :)

I made another fabulous dinner tonight!

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My own version of a lentil bulgur salad.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup dry lentils
  • 1 cup dry bulgur
  • 1/2 pint cherry tomatoes
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green pepper, choped
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp olive oil

I cooked the lentils and bulgur together, let it chill in the fridge for a while, then stirred in the rest of the ingredients.

I ate 1 1/2 cups of it on top of some massaged kale.

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And homemade pita chips on the side with baba ghanoush. Pita chips are so easy to make. I just cut up a pita, sprayed some olive oil on it with a little barbecue seasoning at baked at 350 F for maybe 5 minutes.

And dessert!

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After hearing Jenna rave about this chocolate for so long, I had to try it! It did not disappoint…

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I love how I was complaining about salty food yesterday, then bought salty chocolate today :P There is only one time when salty is acceptable – when it’s paired with sweet!! :D

 

Unfortunately, putting two plants on the ledge has been the only work I’ve done on my apartment today. I’ll probably get a little done before bed, but today has not been as productive as yesterday. In order to keep on top of my household duties, I’ve designated cleaning days on my Google Calendar.

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For example, Sundays will be a laundry day paired with cleaning my closet. Then Mondays will be my vacuum day, etc. This way I can’t procrastinate and it’ll get done! Hopefully it will save me time in the long run as well. My strategy before has always been to let everything get messy then spend my days off cleaning it :P

 

Question of the day: How to you schedule household chores? (if at all) Feel free to chime in on the plant question too :)

Okee, I’m off to do that closet ;) One more morning shift tomorrow then it’s my “weekend,” yay!! Enjoy your labour day!

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