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Stress and Sleep--Need to Be Mindful

Friday, May 02, 2014

This week has been a crazy week. If you don't know already, I work full time and I am also a seminary student. I am currently taking two classes in addition to my full-time work and the schedule feels like a break-neck pace. I barely have time to breathe and plan Sunday school lessons and I'm not doing my best work. So, I know I won't be taking two classes together again. I did fine with only one class.

With all of this stress, my anti-inflammatory plan has suffered. My kids and husband are helping to keep the kitchen clean so I can cook, so I at least have that. The last two weeks I've been able to cook all my meals at home with only planned exceptions.

My biggest goal on Planning right now is to cook all of my meals at home. I allow myself one day a week or two meals per week to eat out sensibly, but if I do much more than that I take a flying leap off the bandwagon. emoticon To keep myself focused, I restarted my food blog and am trying to add a new recipe or two each week as well as listing the weekly menu. This has helped some, though I don't have as much time as I'd like this week to add posts to it.

I lost two pounds yesterday, but as of this morning one is back. I had a totally friendly day yesterday, too! I'm attributing it to the stress of last night's school work and meeting schedule AND my lack of sleep. I got about 4.5 hours of sleep due to insomnia. I know that sleep makes a difference in my weigh-ins 'cause this has happened before, so no big deal. It's just a number, right?

Tonight is one of my eating out meals for dinner. My company has a big spring festival every year and there's no telling what kind of food will be around. I think I'll pack some carrots to take with me so I'm not too famished while there. That way I'll be able to make some better choices (I hope) from what is available.

Lunch today is leftover chorizo and potato skillet with kale and roasted butternut squash and carrots. I have fallen in love with this new dish! I will post it to my food blog soon, I hope. Sunday I hope to experiment with the same recipe using a sweet apple chicken sausage instead of the chorizo. My husband even said he likes it and I add tons of kale to it! My husband! Liking kale! This is a major win in our house 'cause that doesn't happen often. :)

Have a great weekend, all, and don't forget to Plan!
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