This week has been a challenge to say the least. Work has been crazy. The kind of crazy that makes me wish that I grew organic produce and had a bakery that served fresh bread and muffins. Well that along with fresh coffee! Nothing is better than the smell of espresso! On top of everything Kevin’s grandpa died and we having been dealing with that all week. I have been feeling really stressed and thoroughly frustrated like I can not doing anything quite right. You ever had those weeks where you just feel like curling up into the fetal position might help solve things. Well we both know it won’t but it still feels like it might. Tonight I was tired and hungry which is never a good combination for me and we ended up having pancakes. When I am tired and stressed I want carbs and the bad part is that I can’t stop once I get started. I ended up having 1 cup worth of batter which was 4 smallish pancakes topped with some pb and syrup. Not that this was the most horrible dinner as what I really wanted was an order of nachos from Old Chicago. Neither dinner choice would have subdued the feelings because as I always have to remind myself FOOD DOES NOT FIX FEELINGS! It just numbs you out for awhile.
Yesterday I woke up in a horrible mood. As I sat on the couch I thought, maybe I should go for a run outside. I did not allow myself to think twice. I had my running clothes on and I was out the door in less than five minutes. Do not talk yourself out of any type of exercise. If you think about it, DO IT! I have not been running outside so it was nice to do something different. It ended up being just a bit over two miles and by the time I got home I was drenched in sweat and all of the icky feelings had been sweated out. I was thoroughly impressed with myself! I ran a mile in 11:30 and that was outside and going up and down hills which are both things I normally do not do.
This is what gratification looks like!
For dinner last night I made a baked pasta dish. Remember that squash from the farmer’s market?
I started with this:
This was a yellow patty pan squash, red onion, and some sun dried tomato and basil chicken sausage.
Once it was cooked down a bit I added some fresh basil from the market as well
I used this bottle of Classico marinara sauce that I got on clearance at Target. It was really good! Mixed this with the veggie mix and a box of noodles.
I also added about 1.5 cups of cottage cheese and baked it in the oven for 1/2 hour. The final product was great! It rang in at just under 300 calories per serving leaving us lots of leftovers for the week!
Hope you are having a great week, you are most of the way to Friday!