What I’ve Been Working On

I meant to have this post out earlier this week, but better late than never!

Checking In…

I’ve been working on a few things lately.  You know in the pursuit of becoming and better me and all  : )

Here is a taste of what’s been going through my mind this week…

10 Minute Work Breaks

I’ve initiated a 10 minute walk rule during my 4 long work days.  This means exactly what it sounds like.  Some time during the day, I make it a point to walk out the door into the sunshine for a 10 minute recharge walk. Sometimes I think about stuff I’ve been working on and other times I bring a friend to chat.  I’m wondering if it will catch on in my office.  If the weather disagrees with this plan, I’ve downloaded a bunch of 10 minute meditation podcasts.  Which brings us to the next point…

 

Meditation

Somewhere in the past few months, I’ve gotten more interested in this complex concept known as meditation.  Maybe it’s because I thought that it was challenging and cumbersome (especially for an energetic monkey mind like me).  But after a few experiences, I am discovering that there is no right way to meditate.  My thoughts can even join me as I sit.  And that there are countless benefits to a multitasking mover, much like myself.  So far… this just means that I have been exploring the idea with podcasts and books, attending a free meditation with my mom, and doing a 10 minute mindful meditation with my coworker one time.  I’d say I’m in the interested phase and interested to see where this all goes.

 

My Blog

I still like writing it…do people still read it?

 

Cooking

I’ve taken the easy route this spring and allowing the BOY to handle most dinner prep.  This is because he is home before me and LOVES to grill up tasty meats and delicious veggies.  Plus, our weekends have been so busy that I haven’t made time (between tennis and wedding stuff) to actually plan.  No problem…right?  Except that I miss my kitchen time, searching out new recipes and giving them a go.  So I am going to make an effort to cook and share more meals with you.  This week, it was an adaptation to everyone’s favorite Sloppy Joe’s.  See Recipe Below!

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Eat Whole Foods

And WAY more greens and veggies.  Getting greens into every meal takes more effort and more prep and as my life has gotten busier, there has been a little bit less and then a little bit less.  I’d like to rely less on convenience foods and get back to eating just the whole foods that I enjoy and make my body feel good.

 

Getting Married

Balancing the wants and needs, families, and ideas.   Trying to keep up with all that needs to be done.  Getting hitched is like a full time job with a lot more emotion.  Right now, I am working on invites.

 

Prison

Random…right?  The BOY and I started Orange is the New Black which got us debating about who would survive the best in prison.  I’m an obvious front runner.

 

Goals and Running

New month…new goals!  I am getting back into my running routine, but it has been challenging to get in AM runs because the path near my house has been so empty.  In an attempt to be more safe, I bought runner’s mace.   I want to start increasing distance for my 10 miler at the end of May and a triathlon this summer.  So I am hoping that traffic on the path picks up as the weather is picking up.

 

April Goals

Begin tri training (including swimming)- I did get to a spin class, but I haven’t yet submerged myself in the pool.  I need to set my tri schedule all set this weekend!

Play tennis– Yay! We have been hitting the courts. So fun!

Cook healthy and delicious meals-I haven’t been doing this consistently but I do have a fabulous recipe for you below.

Spring Clean-We did a big spring cleaning and it felt great.

Create powerful and fun kids yoga classes-I’m having fun and I think the kids are too. I’ve had a few kids swing by to try the class and every one has decided to come back.  Only one more class this session, so I’ll have to make it memorable!

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May Goals

Get into a tri training routine

Eat whole foods (and lots of greens)

Get outside…play tennis, go hiking!

Keep up with my 10 minute daily mind break

 

 

Clean Loaded Sloppy Joe with a Kick

Adapted From 150 Healthiest Slow Cooker Recipes on Earth

Ingredients
1 pound lean ground turkey
1 yellow onion, finely chopped
6 cloves garlic, crushed and chopped
1 red bell pepper, cored, seeded, and finely chopped
1 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
1 can (14 ounces, or 392 g) fire-roasted diced tomatoes, drained
1 can (14 ounces, or 392 g) tomato sauce
1 1⁄2 tablespoons (30 g) blackstrap molasses
1 1⁄2 tablespoons (23 ml) apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
1⁄2 teaspoon ground allspice

Directions
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, combine the turkey and onion and cook until the meat is completely browned, no pink remaining, about 6
minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring frequently, for about 1 minute.
Drain any excess oils and transfer the contents to a slow cooker.
Add all the remaining ingredients and stir well to combine. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 4 hours, or on low for 5 to 6 hours, or until the vegetables
are tender.

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19 thoughts on “What I’ve Been Working On

  1. Wow! You do have a lot going on! I’m going to try the sloppy joe recipe this week. I was just thinking about what I need to make. I work Monday and Tuesday nights ( after my day job) now so I really need top plan. I got a bag of the baby squash from costco ( one of my favorites) that I roast or saute as a side.

  2. Hey DD, I read that health is not only the daily the big workout, but also the mini breaks during the day… 5 min per hour… hard to do, so I also work very diligently to get outside and walk during the day… fortunately our office park has several lovely paths…. rain, cold are tough… the stairs in a 3 story building not too invigorating!

  3. I definitely still read, so keep writing! I don’t comment as often since I’m normally reading on my phone in the middle of the night 🙂
    I love your 10 minute walk break idea. How brilliant!
    One of my coworkers left the corporate world and took her yoga teacher training and meditation training. I was so proud of her for taking the plunge, and she gave me inspiration that one day I could do something bold!
    By the way- I love your kids yoga pics on IG.

    • Abby- thank you! Your comment made me smile. My kids yoga classes are full of amazing kids right now which makes Saturday mornings so much fun! I hope to continue to grow the program. In fact, this summer we’re adding adaptive yoga : )

  4. Love the 10-minute walk idea! Totally stealing that for at work, too… the days get SO long staring at a computer and sometimes don’t even feel real life! Have you read 10% Happier? Great read on a newscaster’s meditation journey. Still reading, too, so keep posting (even if I don’t always comment!)!

    • Thanks Erin!
      So glad that you still read and I don’t even mind the lack of comments. Just love knowing that we are connecting! I have not read that. Is it a book? I will look it up! Enjoy the walks!

  5. Loved OITNB!!! You will be just in time to watch the 3rd season in June!! So So Good!!! I kind of want to watch the first 2 seasons again before we start season 3! 🙂
    Excited for you to start tri training!! Are you signed up for a race?
    I am surprised that you can write as much with everything that you have going on!! 🙂 I still read too!!

    • Thanks Leslie! OMG! The show is SOO good! We definitely have to catch up before June. So the plan is a mini tri in July in central IL but I’m not officially signed up yet. I was just starting to train when I got wiped out with this cold/cough/sinus thing. Right now I’m in the stuck on my couch wondering if I will ever run again phase. ugh!

  6. I can relate to your comment: My Blog I still like writing it…do people still read it?
    I often feel like i’m talking to my self. It’s frustrating, what’s the point? I might just as well keep a journal. A paper one!
    Last Tuesday I was at my running club and two people mentioned my blog. We were in a group so one mention keyed off of the other. But still. It was nice to hear someone read a recent post and another recall an older post.
    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to put a little wind back in the sails. With the variety of commenters here, I would say that plenty of people are reading your blog.
    Cheers – Andy

    • Thanks Andy for the comment!
      The same thing happens to me : ) I will wonder why I need my journal to be public knowledge and then I’ll meet one of my readers and I am reminded how fun it is to have the support from this amazing community!

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