Monday, November 08, 2010
Yesterday I went to Barnes and Noble and bought a journal to record my food and workouts. Isn't it gorgeous?!?!
I have a slight obsession with paper products- notebooks, stationery, greeting cards, so I'm just too excited about this journal It was love at first sight. I knew as soon as I laid my eyes on it that it was The One.
My first entry wasn't anything to be proud of, but it's going to be different today!
Sunday, November 07, 2010
I confessed last week that I'd like to drop ten pounds. Well, that might be kind of hard to do, seeing as how... I don't know how much I weigh!
It's true. I got rid of my scale years ago when I realized it was doing me more harm than good. And the last time I weighed myself was at the Y about two years ago. I was 178 or something... at least that's what I punch into the treadmill. It's probably off.
I don't want to buy a scale. One, because I don't want to spend the money, and two, because I don't want that nasty thing staring at me every day, tempting me to get depressed over water fluctuations.
My gym has a scale, but I, um, haven't been there for a while. I've been walking outside instead.
So I guess step #1 is to find out how much I weigh!
Step #2. I'm going to buy a pretty journal from Barnes and Noble and start keeping a health journal. I don't believe in counting calories, but I do see the benefit of recording your food. I have always kept a fitness log, so scribbling down what I eat shouldn't be too much more bother. I just have to make a commitment to actually do it.
I got something really neat at the kitchen store about a month ago, and I just gotta tell you guys about it:
It's a reusable travel cup with a straw. Mine is clear with a bright blue straw. It is awesome. I love it so much. This makes it super easy and fun to drink lots and lots of water. I find that when I use a straw, I can really suck down plenty of water. If you see one of these, pick one up. I guarantee you will love it! I sure love mine. I'm drinking water from it right now.
Saturday, November 06, 2010
OK, so many of you know the story but I'm just going to start again anyway, for those of you in the crowd who are new.
I graduated in May with my B.S. in biology and have been looking for a job for 6 months. I signed up for Lab Support, kind of a temp-agency/placing kind of company for laboratory jobs in July and never heard a single word from my recruiter. Until last week.
Last week, I interviewed at a small finance firm for an administrative assistant position. It's 20 hours a week.
That same day, my Lab Support recruiter finally called me, out of the blue, with a couple possible jobs. One is part-time, but an INCREDIBLE opportunity, like the kind most biology grads would drool over. In fact, my bio friends ARE drooling over it. I haven't interviewed for that or any of these lab jobs yet, but my recruiter seems very, very confident that she will get me a job.
Yesterday I got a call. I got the administrative assistant job. I don't know if I should take it or not.
Here's the breakdown. On the one hand, I'm embarrassed to still be unemployed and in this economy, I feel obligated to take whatever job I can get, and I feel like people would judge me if I turn down a job. I mean, not that anybody besides my close friends and family have to know about it, I guess.
BUT. It's not in my field, and my recruiter seems so confident she will get me a lab job, possibly a full-time job, which would obviously be much better.
I know what you're thinking- Why don't you just take the office job until a lab job comes around? Well, there's a clear answer to that. Lab Support is a temp agency, really, and usually they get job openings that need to be filled immediately, so they love people who aren't currently working because they can start right away. Having a job would significantly hurt my chances of Lab Support finding me a job.
Now, on the money front. Of course I would like to make my own money. Who wouldn't? But I can pay my bills and I'm not starving.
My opinion, bottom line, is that it's so tempting to take whatever I can get, but I have this nagging gut feeling I'd be limiting myself. I feel like, if I can just be patient for a little while longer, things might work out... you know?
OK... so because this is a food and exercise blog... went for a brisk walk yesterday and going to again today. I ate too much dinner last night. We watched Lord of the Rings. We started at 4:30 and didn't eat until 8:30, at which point I was ready to eat my own arm. Two bowls of chili, a cheese muffin, a piece of cake and milk. Lesson: Don't wait until you're starving to death to eat. Just pause the movie.
Friday, November 05, 2010
I made chipotle chili last night and it was fabulous as always. For the longest time, I could not make chili to save my life. It was never just right. Until I found this recipe:
I do make some changes. I use stew meat instead of ground beef, for example. I leave out the onion because I hate onions and I see no need to put them in. I put in at LEAST 3 cans of beans because I love beans. I have put the sausage in, but it's fine without. But this is a fabulous recipe. It's spicy and smoky and just wonderful. If you need a good chili recipe, or just want to try something different than your standard, you have to check it out.
Speaking of recipes, a big to my Sparkfriend, VANESSAVOS784. She talked about minestrone in a blog several weeks ago, and explained to me what it was. I made some for lunch today and it was GREAT!!! Oh man, it hit the spot like nobody's business. I just put some chicken broth, garlic, Italian seasoning, carrots, mushrooms, and spinach in the crockpot and let it cook all morning. I was going to put in chickpeas, but we didn't have any!
By itself, it was great. Fresh, not to salty, plenty of garlic. But when I sprinkled a 3-cheese Italian blend over it (parm, romano, and asiago), it was AMAZING!!!!!! Oh man!!!! I want some more!!! LOL
I went for a walk today. It was colder than I expected. I came back and my arms were red and my ears were aching. Just made a hot bowl of soup even better though!
OK, so, confession time. I drank milk yesterday. But it wasn't a total failure. I had made a spice cake for Matt, and I wanted to see what it tasted like because I'd never had spice cake before. So I had a very thin (like, so thin it was hard to cut it that thin) slice of cake and ONE CUP of SKIM milk. Not 4 cups of 2%.
On a side note, the spice cake didn't thrill me since there's no chocolate involved. It was good, but I doubt I'll eat any more of it.
*edit: I know milk is healthy, but too much of anything isn't, and when I get into a milk-drinking habit I can easily slam down a gallon a day. It's really better for me if I just don't keep it around. I still eat cheese and yogurt for calcium.
Friday, November 05, 2010
I know most people long for the warmth of summer, and can't wait to get outside and spend time in the sunshine.
Somehow, I am the opposite. Sounds insane, but my exercise routine always dips in the summer because it's too nasty hot outside. I just want to stay indoors in front of the AC with a cold drink!
The heat zaps my energy, but the cold invigorates me somehow. It just feels good to be outside breathing that fresh, cool air.
I can't wait to get outside today and take a walk!
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