Change of Tune.

I know, I have been a terrible blogger as of late. Searching for jobs is seriously a full-time job though and writing cover letters may be the death of me.

Plus, I am going to be honest. I just don’t know if I am the kind of person that can take pictures of everything she eats. I love food, do not get me wrong, but I am bored with myself, meaning you are probably board of me too.

So for the next few weeks or so, I am going to experiment with a new blog concept, and potentially, a new blog name even. I love blogging. But I want to blog about healthy living the way I see it. Healthy living to me, is living life well. Not taking a picture of the carrots and hummus I eat. I see it as sharing recipes and great food, sharing places and pretty things, and sharing my new adventures in California.

Please don’t get me wrong, I think people that can post everything they eat are amazing. And I love reading your blogs! I am just not able to do this. I forget, I feel guilty, and this should not be the case! Blogging is suppose to be fun! An outlet! A sharing of experiences, so from now on, that’s what I will be doing – sharing experiences of my life, that I try to lead in a healthy way. It could also be sharing a new pair of shoes I bought as well, because you know, sometimes its healthy to spend some money when you need a little pick me up. Smile

Okay, I hope you all don’t hate me now. Bear with my while I find my groove. And I promise, I’ll find one soon! Back to cover letters. See you soon.

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Go Time + Stuffed Peppers.

Good morning everyone + Happy Monday! This week for me is all about one this: being productive! I had my week off to get settled, but this week its go time. I am setting up interviews, applying for every single job I find and getting my butt moving by picking up my workouts and run, and really watching what I eat (and drink) for the next few weeks. It is go time. Time to set myself up for an awesome  new chapter of my life here in San Francisco. Time to get back in the game. Because let’s face it, the last few months I’ve been in limbo, and it’s time to move on to bigger and better things! And let me tell you all, I am more than ready. More than ready.

After a weekend of indulgence, last night for dinner was all about balance. The weekend before last I bought a huge bag of bell peppers at Costco, only to come home and find a bag of them already in the refrigerator. Needless to say, I had a lot of peppers to use! Since I still had six left last night, I decided that stuffed peppers were a perfect way to use some of those up. Three to be exact!

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Stuffed peppers are really easy to make, seriously! Just pick you favorite ground meat or sausage, your favorite vegetables and your favorite grain, and you are ready to make stuffed peppers. Last night I browned, sautéed and then mixed together:

  • Chicken Sausage, 1 pound
  • Mushrooms, 4 ounces
  • Onion, half
  • Garlic, 6 gloves
  • Spinach, 3 big handfuls
  • Diced Tomatoes, 1 can
  • Brown Rice, 1 cup cooked
  • Italian Spice Mix, 1 Tbsp
  • Salt + Pepper, to taste

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Afterward your mix is ready, slice the peppers in half, remove the seeds and stuff. Place in a baking dish with a bit of chicken broth or veggie brown about an 1/8th of an inch high, cover with tin foil, and bake at 400 degrees of 35 minutes. Sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese and voila!

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The steam was fogging up my camera, but these little treats were delicious! I love making meals on Sunday nights that can be used for leftovers during the week for lunch or a lazy dinner. Normally, I see recipes for stuffed peppers that use cumin or other Mexican-esque or Spanish spices, but this time I decided to go for a more Italian feel, and it worked!

I am now patiently waiting for my new running shoes to come in, that will hopefully have more arch support than my current ones, and then I will be out for my first run in San Francisco! (Hopefully the rain stays away!)

I’ve got a lot to do, so I’ve got to go! Be back later! Hope no one is having a case of the Mondays!

Happy Birthday to Me!

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It’s almost hard for me to comprehend that I turned 27 today. I remembering being that little girl (the one on the left with the awesome shorts, more interested in my bubbles than anything else,) thinking 30 was old and thinking I’d be married with children by this “late” stage in my life.

Life is not exactly how I thought it would be, back in my awesome short wearing days. But I have had some pretty incredible opportunities in life. I’ve traveled the world, lived in Europe, have some amazing friends, great family, and just have the best feeling about this year, being a really great year. (And no, I promise, I don’t say that every year.)

I have a lot of fun things planned for this weekend, which obviously includes awesome food, great wine + probably a new purchase or two.

Hope you all have an amazing Friday! And if you get a chance, have a glass of wine for me! Winking smile

Limbo.

Over the weekend, I spent the majority of my time preparing for my move to San Francisco. As I was going through my things deciding what goes and what stays, I had a lot of time to think about the past 9 months of my life. The time I spent in this apartment. The amount of time since my breakup with my old boyfriend (whom I was living with before.) The amount of time I’ve question whether staying in DC was right for me. And what I’ve realized is, is that the last 9 months to me have really felt like a state of limbo.

I’ve always been a planner. I’ve always had a boyfriend (you know what I mean.) And I’ve always known my next step. But first the first time in my whole life, I didn’t know what to plan, I didn’t have a boyfriend and I had no idea what my next step was going to be. I tried planning. I tried dating. I tried figuring out my next step. But none of it felt right. DC didn’t feel right. Life didn’t feel right.

I went to San Francisco in May for my sister Katie’s engagement party, and all of a sudden, something clicked. I still didn’t have a plan. I still didn’t have a boyfriend. But I knew my next step was figuring out a way to get back to California.

To move to San Francisco.

To start over. 

Suddenly things really began falling into place. I felt like I had direction. I feel like I had a new plan, a kind of plan I’ve never had before. A plan that involved trusting my instincts and not necessarily having everything 100% in place. Before I knew it, within two weeks I had an amazing phone interview, with a great company, headquartered in San Francisco, and a person that was willing to sub-lease my apartment. Life was falling into place, and I could tell my next step was happening and I didn’t even have time to plan it.

In 5 short days I am getting in my (tightly packed) car and heading West. I still only have half a plan. (I am hoping something comes out of that amazing phone interview, I’ll have an in person interview once I get into town.) And no boyfriend. (But I think I am actually okay with this. San Francisco, start lining them up. 😉 ) But I think my next step, is going to be the best step for me yet.

I have a great feeling that this next chapter in my life, is going to be the best chapter in my life. I’m going to get healthy + find that balance I have been struggling for here in DC. I am going to be happy, I mean how can I not being in a city with friends and family.  And most importantly, I am going to continue to let life show my course, and trust that each decision that I make brings me to where I am supposed to be in life.

(Back to regularly scheduled blogging soon. Just needed to get that out. I am exciting for the things to come, and I am excited to share them with you all.)

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First things first. I officially quit my job today! AKA holy moly!! It was an awkward moment between my boss and I, but I think he understands. Either way, its official. I am leaving this place and moving on up West.

Secondly, I meant to post my third week schedule and second week recap of my 5K training yesterday, but then I got sucked in to watching a Lifetime Movie that basically took over my evening.

Last weeks 5K training went okay, but as I think I’ve mentioned I missed out on my “long run.” By long I mean 2.5 miles, which I know there are so many of you out there training for marathons and here I am complaining about the demands of my 5K training, but with only so many weeks left here in DC, I am feeling a bit overwhelmed, especially since the race I was hoping to run is the day before I leave for California, but more on that later, here’s how it went overall last week:

Monday: 2 miles
Tuesday: 15 minute run + Strength training
Wednesday: Interval walk/run (3 minute warm up; 3 mins @ 5.8 + 1 min @ 3.8 until I hit 2 miles plus 3 minute cool down.)
Thursday: 20 minute run
Friday: Off
Saturday: 2.5 mile run 20 minute run + Strength training
Sunday: Off 2(ish) mile walk

See, okay. But nothing to write home about. At least I added in some strength training (mostly upper body + abs.)

As a reminder, this is the plan I am loosely following. So this week will hopefully look something like this plus two days of strength training thrown in:

Monday: Off
Tuesday: 20 minute run
Wednesday: Run/Walk intervals
Thursday: 25 minute run
Friday: Run/Walk intervals
Saturday: Off
Sunday: 2.75 mile run

Overall, every time I run, I do feel better. I do however need to run outside more, which hopefully I can start doing now that it’s getting a little cooler out. Back to the date of my 5K though. When I first started this plan I committed to running a 5K no matter what on September 17th. Well, now as fate shall have it, I am leaving for California just 2 days after. I have a feeling my work will want to throw me a happy hour on the 16th, meaning I am not going to be up to running on the 17th?

Bottom line: I do not want to set myself up for failure. I still want to run it on the 17th like I said, but I want to run it and run it well. I feel like so many things on this blog that I have committed to have not worked out as planned + while I realize that is what this blog is about, finding my way to this new lifestyle of balance. I am not going to lie. I have been frustrated. With myself. I have a feeling once I get back to California and get settled, I am going to feel 100% better in regards to health + happiness. I just know. So should I wait until I get back to run a 5K? Maybe on the 2nd of October and bump it up to a 7K race? (There is one that day in San Francisco!)

What do you all think? I would appreciate any opinions you have! So please, help a sister out!! I am a little lost and have a lot to do before I leave here in 3 short weeks!

What would you do?

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Yesterday, I really wanted to have an overall really good day after my weekend of a little fun. However, as I said, I started my day on the wrong foot by forgetting my breakfast + lunch AND by getting pulled over!

I decided to swing by Subway and get my faithful egg white patty + veggies sandwich. At around 300 calories, I really think its my favorite breakfast on the go. (Although I prefer to make them at home, if you can actually believe that!

Lunch was another on the go, but this time I hit up Whole Foods for their salad bar, and two grab a few things for dinner!

I love WF salad’s bar. I always seem to go for a Mediterranean themed salad. And it never leads me stray. I tried the Garlicky Kale for the first time too. DELISH!

Dinner was baked BBQ chicken, roasted asparagus + some whole grain rice on the side. Perfectly simple, but so good. It really hit the spot.

I’ll try not to get sucked into any lame movies tonight and make it back for today’s meals! Hope you are all having a great Tuesday!