Yesterday, I dug deep into my Everythingtarian soul and found out why I was feeling so stressed.
The million dollar answer? Because I let myself.
I often put too much pressure on myself to do anything and everything and freak myself out in the process. My kitchen’s a mess (yeah, still haven’t done those dishes…), clothes are strewn about my small bedroom, May’s bills are stacked in a haphazard mess on a side table and my current to-do list needs some major checking off.
Please tell me I’m not the only one.
Instead of chew my poor nails down even farther, I decided it was time to have some fun up in here. Because at the end of the day – despite my large afro, Diet Coke-stained sweater, penchant for forgetting to think before I speak and dirty apartment – I still need to laugh. Preferably lots.
This morning started with what was supposed to be a 60-minute spin class at 6am. I fueled up with my last Healthy Breakfast Bar slathered with 1 T peanut butter and off to the gym I went…on time of all things. However, Steph read the schedule wrong and spin was actually at 6pm.
No worries! We hit up a 60-minute yoga class instead before I came home to enjoy this…
1 cup organic skim milk
1 frozen banana
3/4 cup frozen cherries
1 heaping T brown rice protein powder
1 heaping T cocoa powder
splash of vanilla
splash of POM juice
1/4 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola
Luscious. Seriously, that was the only word that came to mind when eating this.
I did a mini PROJECT CLEANOUT for lunch today by taking everything in my fridge that could be shoved in a tupperware container and whippin’ up one lean, mean and green junk salad.
2 handfuls baby spinach
2 T spinach artichoke hummus
1 grated carrot
1/2 diced avocado
2 T slivered almonds
1/3 cup corn kernels
1/2 T nutritional yeast
juice of 1/2 lemon
Kashi Heart 2 Heart cereal was the obvious carb accompaniment. Because I firmly believe salad ALWAYS needs some kind of carbage to go along with it.
Afternoon snackage was 1 cup of 0% Greek yog, 1 T raspberry jelly + 1/3 cup Not Sweet Vanilla Galaxy Granola…
All hail the Greek yog mess! It’s protein-packed goodness never lets my hunger or satiety down.
Since my workout was done for the day, I sauntered home at 5pm excited to have the WHOLE NIGHT to fill with whatever I want. Even though the list does include some cleaning (I loathe dirty kitchens), I was most excited to concoct this lovely dinner…
Sundried Tomato, Spinach + Goat Cheese Pizza (!!!)
It was so easy, I would be embarrassed to even think about giving it a recipe page. I took one FlatOut multigrain wrap and spread 1/2 cup garden vegetable marinara sauce on it. Then, I topped it with one small handful spinach, seven sundried tomatoes and one ounce of goat cheese. I popped ‘er in the oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes, and voila!
Amazing. I wanted about six more of them.
However, not as amazing as Chunky Monkey Banana Soft Serve. Yeah, you read that right: Chunky. Monkey. Banana. Soft. Serve.
2 frozen bananas
1 T peanut butter
2 squares dark chocolate
lots of cinnamon
(insert sound of angels singing)
Sometimes, all it takes is a dang good day of delicious, healthy eating to take the stress out of the girl. Now excuse me while I go tame my mane, change into a clean shirt, shut my mouth and get cleaning. If I accomplish it all, I may even watch this week’s Glee as my reward.
Because at the end of the day, no matter what happens – it’s still all good.