Happy Sunday all! There is so much to catch you all up on since the last time we chatted. Life has been crazy busy and I have to say this week past week made me realize a few things about my life. Last Sunday we we were talking about goals, Jane shared her summer goal that totally stopped and made me think.
“My goal is to do less in life and more for me. For the next 3 months I’m putting me first. I’m tracking, being a conscious eater and exercising more. Three months, 90 days and a lot of discipline!”
How many of you can relate to that?! I know I usually always put myself last in so many ways just so I can get everything else done. I literally pack every minute of my day with something that needs to be done (it’s those lists!) ~ whether it’s at work, something for my family/friends, for my sites, for The Husband, planning meals, browsing recipes…..the list goes on.
As much as I try to keep some aspects of my life separate from here, there is such a part of me that feels like not being totally open (good, bad or indifferent) and sharing it all isn’t part of who I really am. Thanks to all of those who have checked in on me, encouraged me and thanked me whenever I do find time to post. You all have no idea how much that means to me since I have been working so hard at trying to balance it all and feeling like I am failing at that lately.
The thing is, for the past few months, my 60+ hour work days (for real!) have left me with little energy at the end of the day to do what I enjoy most ~ all those little things that are for me which includes chatting with you all about my day every day.
This weekend, I decided ~ NO MORE! The only way I can truly be effective in every area of my life is to do less in life and more for me…..It’s time to draw that line in the sand and focus on what is really important and what really matters.
Like ~ cooking,blogging, tracking, eating right, exercising, feeding my recipe obsession, getting caught up with friends, spending time with The Husband, finding time for me, enjoying our garden in a way that I do not forget to water it until 10 pm at night LOL.
I could go on, but, I think you all get the point. I guess part of my post is to say Thanks for being so patient even when I do not always have time to post each day and part of it is to let you all know that I am really not blowing you off…..there just hasn’t been much left of me at the end of the day, not even to cook. I actually think we are tired of eating out if that is even possible.
This weekend I started off by throwing out my todo list and doing everything I wanted to do. We went to the Farmer’s Market, watched The Dictator (eh, it was ok), shopped a little and…..ready for this…..I bought a book…..that I haven’t stopped reading since yesterday afternoon!
I have never read Jennifer Crusie before but I really am digging her Tell Me Lies book ~ I may just end up finishing it tonight.
I also knew I needed to get back in the right mindset by going to our Weekly Meeting. Luckily I stayed the same which I am thankful for since I did not track a single thing all week.
I do not know what it is, but, there is just something about hearing from everyone at our Weight Watchers meetings that rejuvenates me and makes me feel motivated all over again to get back to my goals.
Before heading to the Sacramento Antique fair for The Husband, we stopped at Starbuck’s. I mixed things up today with a Grande FF Chai Tea Latte and banana (6 points+)
4 hours later, we headed over to Jack’s Urban Eats for gigantic Western BBQ Steak Salads.
I have always wanted to get this salad and decided today was the day it was “worth-it” to use my daily points+ for it. Let me just say, it really is as amazing at it looks.
Here is what is in the mix with my estimated points+ breakdown:
- 3 oz Chipotle BBQ tri-tip (3 points+)
- 2 Tbsp kidney & garbanzo beans (1 points+)
- 2 Tbsp corn (0 points+)
- jicama, tomato, carrots, mixed greens (0 points+)
- topped with fried onion strings (8 points+)
- 2 Tbsp fresh dill dressing.(4 points+)
Worth every single points+ ~ The grilled BBQ goes so well with their creamy dill dressing (like ranch), fried crunchy onion goodness, sweet corn and jicama.
We decided to balance out our day by sharing a giant Farmer’s Market fruit bowl for dinner. Totally refreshing and I am still not hungry so I think this will be the end of the day.
HERE IS WHAT IS ON THE MENU THIS WEEK
This week I am determined to get back in the kitchen, get cookin’ for real and use what we have on hand before we go on our Vegas vacation
- Chicken & Kale Orecchiette (bucket pasta!) toss, salad
- Baked Spaghetti or Spaghetti with Meatballs, salad
- BBQ Pork Ribs, Sweet Potato Fries, Salad
- Grilled Thai Turkey Salad
What is on your menu this week? Any new recipes and/or foods you are looking forward to trying?
Off to finish my book….