I haven’t written for myself in awhile (that’s not true, but I’m not going to share it here). Last night I wrote a grocery list and plotted out a week’s worth of meals and an exercise plan. I traveled for 2 weekends in a row and last week I ate take-out for every meal from Monday-Friday. I feel puffy and weak from not getting enough sleep whatsoever for 2 weeks straight, not getting enough exercise due to exhausting myself by sitting at a damn desk all day, and exclusively eating sandwiches. After the holidays I went low carb for a week and a half and I lost 3 lbs. I would love to lose 8 lbs and be my pre desk-job self, but I’d have to take up smoking cigarettes and only eating twice every other day to be like that again. I like having boobs and an ass, I guess.
This morning my refrigerator was completely empty. This afternoon, I rented a ZipCar and went to Stop & Shop to change that. List, meal plan, and links to recipes below: Continue reading Feeding-and-Exercising of Self Plan for Week of March 1st – March 7th
As of today, 26 is how many years I have spent on this planet. Today I’m celebrating by not brushing my hair, not showering, definitely not putting on a bra, and laying in bed to drift between sleep and my tumblr dash. I love that it is an overcast chilly day. I am not doing a goddamn thing except celebrating my ability to just be. Last week I worked Monday-Saturday, 6 days and 60 hours of intensity, and I am very, very tired.
BIRTHDAY PRESENT REQUEST: Before I dig into the details of my weekend, I want anyone who reads this to check out a GoFundMe page to buy prescription formula for a baby I know with a milk allergy that has caused her a lot of pain. Click and donate here: http://www.gofundme.com/fquzv8. I’ve never met this baby, but I used to hang out with her mom when I was a kid. I really don’t like some people’s baby photos popping up on Facebook, but I really LOVE seeing this baby girl growing up because she had such a difficult start at life. It’s amazing to see what perseverance and love does to make someone grow and become a healthy, adorable little nugget. Last night I donated $50, the cost of one can of the only formula her tummy can tolerate. If you read this blog, I strongly encourage you to make a random act of kindness, even if you don’t know the recipient, and send some cash her way. Just think about contributing towards putting a smile on this little one’s face and helping her grow big and strong. DO it. Don’t tear up now… just DO IT!
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Last week was another busy one, and to top it off I came down with a bizarre lung-eating virus that gave me a killer cough (and killer abs). The act of breathing was a challenge, so I stayed away from the gym and walked home instead for exercise and to avoid spreading germs on the T. Except for Friday and Saturday night, I ate home-cooked food and leftovers for all three meals.. There are 9 days left to the spending fast, and even though I spent some of my money on “wants” I haven’t gone over my $200 budget for spending on my American Express Serve card. There’s $8 to spare.
Workout as much as possible
My cough has subsided and I’m so ready to get back in the swing of exercise.
Eat home-cooked/homemade 3x/day
Meal planning and building up pantry staples has been the key to success with this. The site budgetbytes.com has been a good resource for inexpensive, filling, and cheap eats. Last week I made the Creamy Tomato & Spinach Pasta for dinner, the Chopped Kale Salad for lunch(es), and the Spinach Rice Breakfast bowls. This week the Italian Wonderpot is on the menu along with some attempts at Turkish food inspired by watching an episode of Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations: Red Lentil Soup (Mercimek Corbasi), Fava Bean and Pea Salad (İç Bakla ve Bezelye Salatası), and Sultan’s Delight (Hünkar Beğendi). More on how that goes this week.
Finalize a budget for October
October is the last month before shit gets crazy with the holidays. Aside from basic living expenses, I have to account for budgeting and funding for some other ventures before the end of the year:
- My 26th birthday is October 13th. I need to decide how much I want to spend on celebrations. Dive bar? Yes – if only Boston had a good one near me.
- Travel arrangements for my friend’s November wedding in Brooklyn.
- Travel arrangements for Thanksgiving in NJ/NYC before the ticket prices sky rocket.
- Travel arrangements to Buffalo and NJ/NYC for Christmas/NYE
- Christmas presents for nieces and nephews
I’ve made it four days through my spending fast, and I’ve arrived at my first Friday. The only money I’ve spent this month has been on my expected monthly expenses, and a $20 ATM withdrawal to get quarters for laundry in my building. I’m like, so impressed with myself.
Monday I contemplated going grocery shopping for some cheap staple items, but I decided to clean out the house first to put off dipping into my $200 allowance. When I set out to do this, I didn’t have the intention of making sure the meals were vegan, but it makes sense that the breakfasts and lunches I was able to put together from my pantry foods were free of animal products. That’s an added benefit to this whole thing!
- 1/2 cup Oatmeal (uncooked)
- 3 tablespoons Chia Seeds
- 1/3 cup dried cherries
I dumped the oatmeal and cherries in a quart container and poured the chia seeds into a sealed bag that I tucked inside the container. This yielded 5 pre-made breakfasts with some chia seeds to spare.
- 1 package Annie Chun’s Rice Noodles
- 1/2 package Emerald Cove Wakame Seaweed
- 1/2 package Frozen Edamame (in shell)
- 1 cup Frozen corn
- 1 Fresh Carrot, spiral cut
- Soy Sauce
- Sesame Oil
- Salt & Pepper
- Coconut oil
- Rice Vinegar
I threw all of this stuff together and made a rice noodle salad with a soy sauce dressing. It tastes pretty good, and I yielded 4-5 2-cup servings of it.
- Cocoa-dusted Emerald Almonds
I exercised Sunday-Monday, but I worked an average of 12 hours/day from Tuesday-Thursday, so I passed on the physical exertion in favor of lying in bed to turn my brain off before the warm glow of my laptop. I watched Hunt for the Abominable Snowman and the Neil DeGrasse Tyson Cosmos episode, Deeper Deeper Deeper Still on Netflix. I’m a fan of fake science and real science, but mostly just a good story.
Tonight after work I’ll spend some time at the gym, then come home and watch episodes of Game of Thrones while my husband goes out for a birthday party. On Saturday my firm is hosting a “Summer Party” as late as they possibly could on one of Boston’s harbor islands, Thompson Island. In exchange of being trapped on an island with co-workers for 4 hours, I will get a free boat ride and catered food & drinks.
I had a tumultuous week with myself, and now it’s time for 3-day weekend. Hooray for the 9-5 life. This weekend all the college kids flock back to Boston. There’s a special buzz in the air as many of them are on the eve of their first college class, first STD, etc. Oddly, this week I decided I’m going to try college again and shoot for a different abbreviated disease to give myself: an MBA. More on that to come. Let the reviewing begin.
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When I said that food was one of the things I gave an F about, I HOPE you didn’t think I meant only health food. I recognize the value of a bowl of quinoa when it’s stuck in someone else’s teeth and I love kale when it’s been stuck in a blender with other non cruciferous produce. There are just some things that get in between me and eating like a food blogger with an SLR camera every day. Sometimes I’m too exhausted from working all day and exercising so I just grab something easy, and sometimes I’m like… Ew, quinoa. Who the hell made you popular? Seriously, I’m going to make quinoa the next food allergy fad when everyone realizes that bread is AWESOME and has not been causing their first world problems. All of my feelings about the much praised grain aside, the biggest obstacle between myself and always cooking healthy food is my kitchen.
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