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Feeling a Little Blue

9 Jan

Good afternoon readers!

I definitely have fallen off the wagon this week. My week was off to a fantastic start, but Monday afternoon I started feeling incredibly tired and these last couple of days have been very draining on me emotionally. Let’s start with Monday, shall we?

Monday I was up bright and early to get back to work. I started by making myself some Whipped Banana Oatmeal with just banana and PB. Keepin’ it simple.IMG_2061I also realized that my PB jar is getting very close to empty! OVERNIGHT OATS SOON! It’s sad how much I look forward to that breakfast, but it’s hard earned and well enjoyed 🙂 IMG_2064IMG_2065Then I was off to work! I caught up with Katy, ran through some tasks, then had to have a long discussion about the upcoming schedule because…

Monday morning I was offered a job at the running store in Chevy Chase! 🙂 As a way to try and earn some extra income for moving to California and to make health and fitness more of a priority in my life I have been applying to jobs that would help me do just that! It feels good to have one offer already in my toolbox, so now I just have to see how my second interview goes with lululemon tomorrow night and I will go from there.

Around 130ish I was ready for some lunch so I whipped out my salad and my new Klean Kanteen that Kevin’s parents got me for Christmas! They’re so fascinating to me. They’re dual insulated so they keep your beverages ice cold for hours and hours and hours. It was SO thoughtful of them because I got to use them this summer when I visited Kevin’s family on their camping trip. Thanks again! 🙂IMG_2067 IMG_2068A few hours later Katy and I decided to call it a day. I was supposed to meet my friend Mark at the gym for a fitness class, but I was feeling so unbelievably exhausted that I couldn’t even fathom driving myself to the gym let alone doing an entire kettlebell conditioning workout. I felt horrible bailing on him, but I knew this was a funk I had to deal with by resting.

For dinner I kept it simpleIMG_2070 IMG_2071I wanted to give my body a lot of protein for my lack of energy so I whipped up some mac n cheese  then tossed in some ground lean turkey sauteed in pepper, parsley and salt with some edamame. It was a great little twist on some comfort food.

After I finished dinner, Liam led by example.IMG_2076I decided he was right and it was time for bed.

Tuesday

Up early again and back to work, had another whipped banana oatmeal breakfast with cranberries, but alas I gobbled it down too quickly for a picture. I was feeling very unmotivated and had no desire to do any of the things on my schedule for the day – which was no good because Tuesdays are my longest days. At work I spoke with my friend Ryan about it over some lunch which was paella leftovers from Sunday!IMG_2078I also enjoyed my other Klean Kanteen from Kevin’s parents for the day with some iced water and later some hot tea!IMG_2077

After work I stopped at home then was off to babysitting where I did some more work reading on this guy (old photo) and then snacking on some of this:IMG_2081IMG_1763

After babysitting I went off to group therapy at my internship and caught up with my friends in there. It was really good to see them but I was just feeling so tired. They did give me some happy energy which was very useful for my 45 minute drive home.

However, afterwards disaster struck. After feeling so sad all day for one reason and another Liam had, for the third time this week, peed on top of a pile of Kevin’s clothing. I then went over and did the laundry with Kevin, cleaned up the room, the laundry basket, everything. For some reason, it just broke me. I called my mom very upset and talked it out with her about how I felt so guilty burdening other people with a pet that should be my responsibility. We have a bit of a plan moving forward, but it really just further plunged me into my funk.

I had a long talk with Kevin about everything that I’m feeling. As usual, he was extremely supportive and comforting. In an attempt to cheer me up, he had me pick out his outfit and have his roommate finally take our picture in front of our Christmas tree before we took it down. Thanks Kevin 🙂IMG_2085Today

Unfortunately, this morning I am not feeling much better. I was hungry last night, but didn’t really eat dinner because I didn’t feel like it and this morning I took forever to get out of bed and get to work. I have no motivation to do my jobs or anything that I know I enjoy: like exercise or watching Scrubs. I strongly feel that all I want to is absolutely nothing. Just lie in bed and do nothing. Not read, not watch shows, just lay there. While that is not only completely unproductive it is also not going to help me feel any better!

Eventually I made it to work and enjoyed my “breakfast” around noon.IMG_2087loved having the blueberries in there this morning. Well, it’s back to work for me before I am off to babysitting!

I am going to push myself to go on a run while Max is at his activities today instead of sitting in the car. I have to pull myself up if I want to get out of this funk.

What do you guys do to pull yourselves out of a funk when you’re in one?

Until next time,

Natasha

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A, Surprise, Thoughtful Gesture & Packing Up!

21 Dec

Hey readers!

I hope everyone’s travel plans are all set and everyone safely arrives wherever their destination for the holidays may be! As for the blog, let’s rewind to Thursday.

I woke up in the morning, took my time getting out of bed then packed up my bag, cleaned up my room, and made a big smoothie for breakfast to help me power through.IMG_1583 IMG_1584 IMG_1585 IMG_1587 IMG_1588It will be so nice to come home to a super clean room 🙂 I’m really looking forward to that. As for the smoothie in the blend was: 1 banana, 1/3 of a bag of Very Berry Trader Joe’s Frozen Fruit, 1 cup Fage 0% Plain Yogurt and a splash of Vanilla Almond Milk.

After I packed up for the day, I did some relaxing, took a nap, then I was off to my last time babysitting until the New Year! Weird. When I got there there was an envelope on the counter with my name on it! I love holiday cards so I was excited to open it – especially because Max had been telling me how much he disliked the photo selection for this year so I wanted to see what all his fuss was about.IMG_1589I thought the photos were super nice! Inside my card was a check, and I thought it was my weekly payment with a little extra for the holidays. However, when I spoke with Max’s parents, they informed me it was my holiday bonus for being so reliable and having a good relationship with Max! How sweet! I was blown away and didn’t really know what to say, except thank you about 6 times. It was such a sweet gesture and was an absolutely wonderful surprise.

Unfortunately, from there the evening took a bit of a nosedive. I dropped Max off at basketball practice then went to the gym to do a couple max lifts. (You slowly build up the weight and see how much you can lift for each exercise as you decrease the number of reps). I had an okay lift, then went to go grab Max, we had to buy something in Whole Foods to validate the parking, then go back to the gym to find my water bottle – only to discover it was in the car the whole time, then we got back to his house at 640. Kevin’s wrestling match started at 7!! I hopped on my bike, but it was a torrential down pouring outside. So. Much. Rain. Of course, I had chosen sweatpants as my outfit for the day so by the time I got to campus, I was soaked.

I hoped they hadn’t started with his weight class, 149, but they started at 141. By the time I got there I only caught the 3rd period of his match 😦 I then proceeded to watch the rest of the match in my soaking wet clothing eating cold leftovers.IMG_1591At the end of the match I went over to Kevin and he had this huge smile on his face and asked me “What happened?” He thought I missed the whole match because he couldn’t find me in the crowd! I was super bummed I missed the majority of his match, but he was just glad I was able to see at least part of it. I caught up with one of the younger wrestlers and when they were all done the team had Chicken Out and Kevin and his roommates brought some out of the room and sat to eat with me. I was still hungry from my meal since it didn’t have any fat in it. I actually felt like my stomach was a bottomless pit. I scarfed down a small whole wheat roll and some broccoliIMG_1592

After we all got a ride back, thank goodness, I was still hungry. Kevin made and I made icelandic pancakes together. His mom sent him the syrups they use at home so he was eager for me to try them out.

Recipe:

1. 1 cup flour

2. 1 cup milk

3. 1 egg

4. 1/2 stick butter melted

5. A little extra milk

Whip all of it together and make the pan on the stove very hot. Pour about 3/4 cup of the mix onto the pan and tilt the pan until the mix goes all the way around the circle. Flip when you see it bubbling in the middle and around the edges, then flip again in 1-2 minutes. And voila! (They’re kinda like crepes)IMG_1593And always so so delicious. Pictured above, I went with maple syrup on one, the Boysenberry Syrup (that Kevin’s mom sent us) on one, and then brown sugar inside the third with cinnamon on top. Hit. the. spot.

Tomorrow morning I leave back home for Connecticut. I think I am the most excited this year. I really need the break from working and everything in DC and am excited to get the chance to see all my friends from home. It’s going to be great 🙂

What are your travel plans for the holiday?

Through Sickness and In Balance.

5 Dec

Good morning readers!

First of all, I am very sorry for my hiatus in posting this week. Ever since I ran on Sunday, I’ve been having a weird stomach issue going on. It seems to be pretty unhappy with me no matter what I do. Before we go into that, I’ll do a quick recap of what my week was like.

Monday I went into work for a couple hours at the lab to try and get some data organized and brainstorm ways to increase recruitment. I quickly made a Sweet Breakfast Scramble and then biked to work 🙂 I bike to work every morning. Not only does this save me gas money, and the time of walking, but I bike up a long hill to get to campus so I get a quick cardio challenge in first thing every morning!

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I know, I know, I could really use a new seat. Have no fear, I ordered one that afternoon when I got home from work. It was time.

Kevin had also returned back to DC from Vegas and was sick as a dog. Poor guy. After work, I took a nap, heated up some leftover Trader Joe’s Eggplant Goodness, we played with Liam a little bit, then hopped in the car to take Kevin for some Robek’s. Robek’s is an awesome healthy smoothie place in our neighborhood. They have a ton of different flavors to try and even make their own fresh juice! You can also add kale to any smoothie – aka it’s the perfect place for me. I chose the Emperor Acai and I forget what Kevin ordered, but it was a ginormous citrus smoothie with tons of Vitamin C.

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We also did some grocery shopping, picked up my Mom and brought her home, then I dropped my car off back at my apartment and biked over to Kevin’s apartment. We started a new video game together, Donkey Kong Country Revenge, which is pretty fun and challenging. We played that for a little while, then around 730 made some dinner.

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I had leftovers from my vegetable chicken wrap dinner the night before with Chocolate Milk and carrots with hummus. I tried this chocolate milk before and it’s really good! It’s skim milk, has extra Omega 3s and extra calcium! I treat myself to it about once a month. (this is a photo from October)IMG_1444

Kevin heated up some Mac n Cheese, a corn dog, and then Lima Beans.

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I know, polar opposite meals right? It used to be really hard for me to not over indulge when I ate with Kevin. He is a varsity athlete and needs to take in double, if not triple, the amount of calories and nutrients I do. For awhile, it was keeping me off track and I was making excuses for myself or didn’t want to miss out on an experience with him. For awhile, Kevin actually was cutting back on what he ate around me so that I wouldn’t over eat. While it was a very very sweet gesture, it was also hurting Kevin because his body wasn’t getting what he needed. I had to learn how to manage my own eating, whether or not I was around other people. After Kevin and I talked about it a few times, I knew I had to step up. I had to start holding myself accountable. I started to think about the goals I wanted for my health, maintaining strength, feeling strong throughout my body, etc, and realized I needed to keep these thoughts in mind when I was eating around anyone, including myself. It’s easy to get caught up and eat half the pint of Ben and Jerry’s after you have seconds, or maybe thirds, at dinner. But I knew that wasn’t what I wanted for myself anymore. I wanted a balance. Not over indulging all the time, but not skipping out on meals or restricting myself. I’d have to plan ahead a little more with my meals and be aware and conscious of my goals whenever I was constructing a meal. Although it was a tough one for me to learn, it has definitely paid off in the long run. Now, I stay on track with my way of eating and can balance myself out much much better.

Have you guys ever struggled with staying on track while you were around others? How have you worked on it?