Terrible At Schedules

I’m terrible at keeping schedules. I’m notorious for jumping from thing to thing. Yes, I always get what is necessary done (and on time when needed), but otherwise… terrible.

Since moving to the DC metro area, I haven’t been keeping myself on a schedule. To start with, that was OK – I kept telling myself I was allowed a little break from the crazy hectic work weeks I’d been slave to. I was in charge of unpacking and getting our apartment settled – my boyfriend was the one who got the new job and moved us down here, his long hours at the office started immediately, and I took on the house role. That’s fine with me, I love unpacking and putting on the personal touches around the apartment, making it our home versus a few rooms with boxes. But…. we moved down here at the end of June, and I still haven’t fallen into a schedule.

I jump around from thing to thing and tell myself that I will do this to spend my time, and I’ll start teaching myself that to amp up my work skills. Yet… I start and then get distracted. Some may call this ADD. I’m calling it fear and 100% calling myself out on it. I have a fear of committing to things (other than my relationship, apparently), I’m so afraid that I will put the effort into it and then fail, or put the effort in and find out it’s not as fantastic as, or I don’t have passion I expected. Basically, I’m coping out because I can’t foresee the future – to which I have to say well, duh Lindsay.

So, by calling myself out about it, I’m forcing myself to make a change. Get myself on a schedule, stop being so afraid. I tell myself “oh, I won’t be able to run this marathon, my back hurts” out of fear that yes, my previous injury may come back – but it may not. I tell myself “I won’t take the courses to get into coding, I’ll never be able to make a career out of it” – says who? I discovered I find coding/programming fascinating and while I only know the supreme basics, why can’t I learn more to see where it goes? If it doesn’t work out – what a great skill to add to my resume!

So, the moral of this blog post is to stop being afraid. Go out and do whatever you want (obviously with common sense, please!). Without the risk, you lose the reward of being truly happy.

I’ll send y’all off with a photo of the fantastic oysters I had last night at Hank’s Oyster Bar in Alexandria, VA – I went for a drink with a friend who was visiting from out of town, and we had a little pre-dinner snack with these bad boys. (I. Love. Oysters).

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How do you push aside your fears?

What do you do to set yourself a schedule?

The Post-Run Munchies

Does anyone else get the munchies after a long run? Or when upping your weekly mileage? I don’t know about any of you, but since I officially started my marathon training and taking my runs seriously again, I have been munchie. 

I finished a cool 9 miles this morning – with rain scheduled for tomorrow morning and wanting to spend the weekend mornings relaxing with the BF, I got my butt out of bed this morning.

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9 miles at an 8:17 pace, although I’m pretty sure that first mile pace is off. Way off, I’m definitely not that speedy (as much as I wish!). I never know whether to trust my phone GPS or not – the mission to find my Garmin watch charger has begun!

No matter what my morning pace, I came back home and had a solid breakfast of eggs, plantains, and berries – it’s really been my go-to this week. However – once breakfast was consumed… the munchies began! It was like opening the flood gates. Am I starving? No. Do I want a big meal? No. I just want to munch.

I can only eat so much fruit before I feel like I’m entering into a sugar coma, and yes I know vegetables, but let’s be honest they’re not the best to just sit and snack on (carrots, you’re too full of sugar!). Actually, I’m probably just too lazy right now to properly prep vegetables, shame on me. Sometimes you want a salty snack – but chips? No way. Nuts? Only in tiny moderation.

To be honest, I’ve gone to the popcorn dark side. To avoid unnecessary ingredients (cough, microwave popcorn, cough) I bought a bag of popcorn kernels. Adding in 1/4 c of coconut oil into a large pot, I turned it to medium-high heat with just 3 kernels in the pot and placed on the lid. Cue the oil splattering all over the lid. Cue me waiting and wondering if that oil splatter was a kernel popping. No, it wasn’t – trust me, you will know when the kernels pop. Wait for the 3 kernels to pop and then remove them from the pan. Add in 2/3 c of kernels, and move the pan off the heat for 30 seconds (I used my microwave timer because I’m the queen of getting distracted). Pop (no pun intended 🙂 that pot back on the burner, cover, and let the popping begin! I am easily amused, and watching the popcorn pop away was kind of fun (glass lid!). After about 2 minutes, the popping started to slow. When it slowed enough that the kernels wouldn’t pop out of the pan, I took off the lid – this way, your popcorn will stay crisp!

Basically, I made 2 gallon-sized Ziploc bags of popcorn, so I’m pretty satisfied with my munchie needs at the moment :). (Side note – melt some honey and butter together and pour over the popcorn, along with some salt. You can thank me later).

So, I basically just told all of you to go make some popcorn. Or to tell me what your favorite snack is. Ready. Set. Go!

Rice Bowls

Is there anything better than a bowl full of good food? No – and there’s something about mish mash bowls that just screams comfort! to me.

Last night the BF was working late, and I was sitting at home, feeling lazy (womp womp) and wondering what to eat for dinner. I had gone to the grocery store earlier in the day to pick up some dinner ingredients – but I didn’t want to make up the oven fried chicken (to be featured later this week!) just for myself. Enter: the rice bowl!

Brown rice in the cupboard? Check! Eggs and veggies in the fridge? Check! Not check? A bowl that would actually fit the food (womp womp womp). Apparently, we only have itty bitty sized bowls – to be honest, I was hungry and needed enough room for my veggie overhaul, so play along with me – pretend the plate pictured below is a bowl :).

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Brown rice topped with a fried egg, sauteed zucchini and summer squash, edamame, tomato, and avocado – easy dinner, highly satisfying. I topped it off with some hot sauce for good measure. I must admit it really hit the spot. I woke up yesterday feeling terribly groggy and just BLEH, I have a feeling it had something to do with finally finishing our move this weekend – it took 3 weekends of moving ourselves around, and I am exhausted and never want to move again. That paired with heavy food + maybe a liiiiittle too much wine, my body wants some healthy foods!

However, this happened this weekend and I’m not sorry at all:

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A little date night steak action 🙂

So, for the rest of the week, it’s time to UP the fruit & veggie intake and lower that vino intake (womp womp).

Tell me!

What’s your favorite bowl combo? 

Favorite date night meal?