Sunday, June 29, 2014

Importance of self-care

What a difference a day makes!  After a couple of weeks of feeling sorry for myself for all this crap happening to me, I finally feel good. I finally feel like me. All it took was a little self-care that was long overdue.

Just goes to prove the importance of self-care. Without it, my physical, mental and emotional well-being are in jeopardy. If I fail to take care of my physical, mental and emotional well-being, I am irritable, restless and discontent. And that's a recipe for disaster.

What did I do? I took time out for a massage. I practiced a little meditation. I spent time with friends. I left work at the office. I got some exercise. I got a full night's sleep. These are all the things that help to keep me balanced and happy. They help to quiet my mind and relax my body. They all help me to realize that stuff happens around me rather than to me. They help me be OK with plans not working out, with not getting my own way and anything else that comes my way.

With proper self-care, I can feel like myself again. With proper self-care, I can always be ready to take on the world!


mmm, chicken tacos and salad


pasta fagioli, veggies and fruit


savory chicken, veggies and fruit



salad, pasta, fried cod
mandarin chicken and broccoli


BBQ chicken and veggies


cheese ravioli and veggies


chicken wings
 hummus platter and onion rings
 mmm, dinner salad
Heaven in a dish. With caramel.
lunch salad


 duck, greens and root veggies
brownie, ice cream, berries and whipped cream

Saturday, June 21, 2014

Walking without a limp

So, I'm trying to write a blog entry...and my mind is so clouded that I'm having trouble. It's been quite an interesting week...
  • started physical therapy
  • a technology guy lying on the floor during my presentation
  • experienced a pretty significant change in a long-term relationship
  • fought my own negative self-talk about many various and sundry insecurities (yeah, lots)
  • 4 am messages from a psychotic woman who I've never met
  • cried in front of my boss
  • found acceptance around the fact that I will not be running my 10K at the end of the month
  • rearranged my priorities so many times that I no longer know what's on my To Do list
  • partook in much emotional eating to find the aforementioned acceptance
  • worked far too many hours and slept far too few
Ultimately, I managed not to yell at anyone for any reason. A miracle in and of itself. And THEN, the most magical thing happened tonight. I walked without a limp for the first time in over a week! (For those of you who don't know, I tore a muscle in my calf. And thus, the physical therapy) After this week, it's the little things. Like walking.


breakfast at Panera with fruit from home
 Yeah, I don't even remember what I put into this stir-fry


savory chicken, veggies and fruit
burger and potatoe salad!


BBQ chicken, veggies and fruit


consolation ice cream
mozzarella wrap, pasta salad, and cookies


firehouse salad and fries


creole chicken, corn, yellow squash, and mixed veggies

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Endings and Beginnings

Here's to Endings. May they ever provide the promise of a new beginning. 

In the immortal words of the Sound of Music, "When the Lord closes a door, somewhere He opens a window."

It's just too bad that life wasn't more like a musical where we all get to escape the Nazis and start a successful ski lodge in Vermont. Ok, so I don't want to have a need to escape the Nazis, but it would be nice if all of our troubles could be sung away...

Maybe this is just one more way that the fear of the unknown is coming into my life? I've been trying to reconcile actions with desires lately and got a little external help. Kinda goes back to the idea that if you want to change, you have to act as though that change has already occurred. Or, at least, remember that it's our actions that outside world sees and on which we are judged, not our thoughts or intentions.

Regardless, there's something I want, but my behavior is out of whack with that desire. Today, I got a gentle, yet still unpleasant, nudge to remind me of that. Problem solved, right? Oh, I wish it were that simple. I'm not a religious person, but I do believe that things in our lives happen for a reason and that people move into and out of lives as we (and they) need. We all serve a purpose to one another. I can only hope that the purpose I serve in your life is a positive and productive one.

So, here's to one ending. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to discuss it in a caring and respectful manner. I am grateful for the experience, caring, and shelter that this person provided to me...though this person is probably unaware of their own generosity. I'm grateful for what will remain of this relationship and wish this person all that was given so freely to me, and so much more.

So, here's to one ending and all that can come into my life next because of it. Here's to beginnings.


pizza, veggies and fruit
pasta with chicken and cream sauce, broccoli


Firehouse Salad from Thornton's...Love on Lettuce!


Chinese buffet
Watermelon and salad
Mmmm, Disco Fries!
Greek salad wrap and salad


scallion pancake
 flaming pupu platter
 General Gao's chicken
Mmmm, Soft serve!


leftover Chinese


my new snack delivery service...!
 savory chicken and veggies
buffalo chicken pizza and salad


cheese ravioli and the salad from last night
 OMG! Tuna and avocado salad
 duck breast to die for!
chocolate truffle cake


pasta, veggies and fruit


pasta fagioli, veggies and fruit


don't judge, it was a rough day


 salads, veggies, and chicken skewered on a rosemary branch
berries and cream


yogurt, granola, and berries
 pizza and salad


cheese ravioli, veggies and fruit
 salad with lemony vinaigrette
Mmmm, pizza


pasta fagioli, veggies and fruit
chicken creole, collard greens, white rice, carrots


duck, collard greens, cherries, white rice and mixed veggies


cheese ravioli, veggies and peaches
Mmmm, Chinese!


beef stroganoff, mixed veggies, and corn

spicy avocado and crab salad
 squid roll
raw fish and rolls and sushi, oh my!