I meant to have this post out earlier this week, but better late than never!
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…
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.
I still like writing it…do people still read it?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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