that time i forgot about monday

So…..this post was meant for yesterday but it was one of those days that, before I knew it, was over, so happy Tuesday I guess? I’m not a fan when that happens, even though yes Mondays blow. But losing track of time shouldn’t be celebrated! Bad habits, people. Bad habits.

Since I’ve been working like a Lulu energizer bunny, mostly afternoon/night shifts, my whole schedule has been off. I, like many of you I assume, am a morning person. I’d MUCH rather wake up at 5:00am and be done by 3:00 or 4:00 than start in the afternoon and have my work go into the nighttime. I know technically it shouldn’t affect me, but I definitely turn into a slug if I have the option of sleeping in, even until 9:00am. I hope that scheduling gets a little less crazy soon so I’ll feel comfortable requesting more morning shifts, but until then, coffee shall run through my veins.

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I’ve been slowly working my way back on the running train, which has been awesome because it’s been a comfortable 70 degrees and sunny in the mornings here. Perfect weather to get your sweat on. Plus, you can’t beat the views.

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Again, I’m not anywhere near where I used to be, but I just keep on keeping on, and I know one day I’ll be back.

I spent a hilarious amount of time in the back of a convertible this weekend while my parents drove around – I felt like a celeb and a prisoner of war at the same time. So much wind.

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Oh and feel free to ignore the adult acne. Yes, kids, acne does not go away once you hit your 20s. Don’t believe the lies.

And in case I couldn’t get any more predictable, I’ve been eating the same thing for lunch every day. Granted, it’s amazing and you should definitely take notes, but I think I need to hit up Pinterest for some new ideas because I know this is going to get old fast.

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Chopped peppers (underneath) mixed with black and white beans, cumin, TJ’s corn and chili salsa, half an avocado and TJ’s cilantro salad dressing. After I took the picture I mixed it all up and it’s seriously killer. Plus it travels well so it’s perfect to make in the morning, throw in some tupperware and keep for later (keeping the avocado on the side, of course). Convenient and tasty.

I also Instagrammed this photo a few days ago and just had to share again because it was THAT good. For the first time in the history of my life, the sandwich out-shined the fries.

IMG_8362This bad boy was stuffed with grilled chicken, Monterey Jack cheese, BBQ sauce, mustard-honey, red onion, coleslaw, and arugula.

Last food photo, I promise.

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It’s time to become accountable: these have become my best friend at night. There’s something a little TOO comforting about Netflix and chocolate in bed. Definitely a bad habit and something I need to work on.

I bought them as my sweet of choice because a) the almonds at least make them more satisfying and b) there are milk and dark chocolate pieces intermixed, so it’s a 50/50 chance that it’s a healthy choice. Still, finishing THAT much of the container in only a few days isn’t something to be proud of so I’ll have to work on it.

Back in the day I remember it was a nightly ritual to eat dessert in bed…usually in the form of York peppermint patties or bowls of cereal. Emphasis on the plural. So it’s a habit that’s long been a source of comfort for me, but really shouldn’t.

I keep trying to tell myself to turn off the computer and do a little yoga before bed, but to be honest, that’s been a huge struggle for me. As in, it’s not happening. It’s a lot easier during the day and at work to pretend like everything’s okay, but once it’s just me alone at night, I quickly try to distract myself to avoid the stress and anxiety from my current situation. I know I’m not alone in that coping mechanism, but hopefully one day soon I’ll have the courage to stay still, be quiet, and face my anxiety. One thing I’m learning in therapy is the more I fight my anxiety, the stronger it becomes (kind of like a game of tug-of-war). I don’t want to give it any more power, so fingers crossed I can face it when it hits me the hardest.

Questions:

  • What’s your worst eating habit? (Late night eating, uncontrollable snacking, skipping meals)
  • Is it easy for you to fall asleep at night or do you have a ritual that makes it easier?
  • Are you a morning person or a night owl?
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21 comments

  1. I like to say that I am an early riser but not a morning person–I wake up early (because I can’t help it) but I am not rarin to go at that hour. It takes me a good 60 minutes of food, half caff and just general nubbery. Well, I should say that I am awake, but don’t talk to me. I don’t like to talk first thing. EVER. My mom is a chatterbox in the morning, and it used to make me want to punch her in the face. Luckily, I never did.
    I also love the Sears Tower in the background of the convertable pic. NICE.
    And holler at this weather, workout wise. I wouldn’t mind it being a little warmer for lunchtime, though 😀

    1. You’re right, it does take a certain amount of “nubbery” before I am human in the morning hahaha. Oooo lookatchu pointing out all the scenery! I’m just glad you could see the building past my giant head and pepperoni pizza face! Serves me right for working out and then hopping in the car right afterwards – I didn’t have my makeup crew on site to get me prepped.

  2. i can def be guilty of not controlling my portion sizes when snacking on certain things, ie chips and salsa/hummus/guac (out of control and will have this for dinner all the time when left to my own devices), or animal crackers or loose granola. i seriously cannot buy these things.

  3. That sandwich looks absolutely epic! I have just had dinner, but I could still totally eat this. I love chocolate covered almonds too.

    I am a morning person, but I’m not. I don’t find it easy to get up at all, but when I do, I am so much more productive in the morning.

  4. I think its safe to say that I’m not a morning person or a night person, which I think ends up just making me a boring person? I’d love to be a morning person, but I’d much rather sleep in and I’d also love to be fun and go out at night, but I’m too tired by the time that hits too! Such is life. How is that Cilantro dressing from TJs by the way? I’ve been meaning to try it but always forget to grab it!

  5. I used to think it was a bad habit to snack before bed but it is comforting and something I actually look forward to- a snack in bed with an episode of something. Others might think its bad but damn, screw them ha. I am a morning person and it was that aspect of a retail job I despised- evening shifts

    1. I think the reason it’s a problem for a lot of people is because once you’re in bed, portion size/control goes out the window. That’s why I’ve started eating dinner later than I used to…because I’m more likely to be satisfied with a greek yogurt snack at 4:00pm and then eat dinner around 7:30 or 8:00 than I would be if I ate dinner earlier. I’d be a ravenous monster by 9 and then be out of control!

  6. Haha, love your theory on the chocolate almonds! I am sooo glad I haven’t found dark choc almonds here yet, I know they would be my downfall!

    It’s so true about facing those voices in your head – I only started to recover when I started to fight them rather than ignore or distract them. You will get there though, I know it takes time 🙂

    Mornings all the way!!!!

  7. I have all three of those bad eating habits you mentioned. It just depends on the day. Sometimes I’m so busy I literally forget to eat breakfast or lunch and then before I know it I’m shaking and starving! I’m a HUGE snacker but normally I’m pretty good at controlling it, and late at night is when I always crave sweets!

  8. Sandwich better than the fries?!? Blasphemy!

    Learning to accept and deal with my struggles has really changed everything. It took me two years after my “omg my life is falling apart” crisis for that to happen. You’re a wise one for realizing it now.

    Ok, that sandwich really does look good.

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