I am a creature of habit. I know this. I like routine, I like a schedule, I like to know what the outcome will be before it actually happens.
I guess that makes me safe, boring, predictable when it comes to most things in life, but then there is a part of me that thrives on adventure. I told Toly this past weekend that if I were a single girl, living with no other commitments or set backs, I see myself taking a year of my life to live in another country, not having any real "plan." Maybe some of this interest stemmed from my recent viewing of Eat Pray Love, but I do always remember having this dream as a little girl.
As I get older, I realize that I'm more rooted than I really think. It's good to stay grounded but it's also good to take a few leaps of faith every now and then. One of my favorite quotes goes like this…
"People who don't live on the edge take up too much room."
Recently, I put aside my fears and tried something new that I've been eyeing for months now. I go to the gym almost every day, and every day, I stick with the same thing. Running. I love to run, that's no surprise, but there are so many machines I've wanted to try but I've been afraid to break my routine.
The other day, I faced my fear and stepped up on to…..
I have no idea why these things scared me, but the Stair Steppers were unfamiliar territory. I kept hearing how unbelievably hard it was and saw people dripping in sweat after only being on these for 10 min. I knew I needed to stop wondering and just try it.
Well, after 20 min, I was sold. This thing is HARD but definitely worth while. I'm not sure how long I would last because I started to get a little crazy after 4000 steps. Walking up and up and up with no end can make one insane.
My next gym fear…Spinning! I am scared to death to take a Spinning class. Why? No idea. But it's next on my list. Baby steps.
After a great weekend, I had a wonderful night's sleep last night. Breakfast was crisp and refreshing.
1/2 Granny Smith Apple, Blackberries, Kashi Go Lean Crunch, Kashi Autumn Harvest, Applesauce, Carmel Oikos, Granola Sprinkle, Cinnamon Raisin PB
I love this breakfast. In fact, I love it so much I sometimes eat it twice (see more on that later).
Work was busy, productive, as usual, and I eventually left the office later in the morning to run some errands. I needed to pick up a few groceries for the week and while I was there, I decided to make use of the Salad Bar.
I have a problem with salad bars. I want a little bit of just about everything. And I also want it all in the same container. The problem? It ends up weighing a small fortune for something I could easily make at home. But today, convenience took over frugalness.
As I was approaching the end of the bar, I saw the Hot Soup Steam rising from the crock and took a peak at what was inside. Hot Creamy Tomato Soup just looked so amazing on a cold cold cold day.
My Soup and Salad lunch ended up being a great choice and I ate this when I got back in the office.
When I got home tonight, I wasn't feeling up for a big heavy dinner. While the rest of the family enjoyed stir fry, I opted for something a little lighter.
English Muffin with Organic Maple Almond Butter, Almonds and Banana
I also ate the other half of the apple and made a mini version of my breakfast bowl (minus the cereal).
This is just what I wanted.
Hope everyone had a happy Monday!