Posts tagged ‘Green Monster’

July 5th, 2010

I Am Not Superwoman

Hey, I have something funny to share! It’s over 100*F outside and our a/c is on the fritz! Isn’t that hilarious?!?!

ISN’T IT?!?!?!?! :S

I think I’m going crazy…

This sweat happened while pitting cherries of all things. It happened whilst standing still, pitting cherries. I don’t know if you can see it but there’s a bead of sweat trickling down the right side of my face there just from standing still.

Did I mention it’s over 100*F outside?

It actually makes me NOT want to show what I ate for dinner last night because it was a hot meal. Alan and I, having barely spent any time with each other for over a week and won’t be spending any time together for at least another week, went on a dinner date when I got back into town yesterday. We went to one of my favourite restaurants: Jean’s Vegetarian Kitchen! I ordered one of my favourite dishes, Hokien Mee which is a combination of buckwheat noodles, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, bok choy, tofu, veggie chicken and veggie shrimp in a garlic sauce. I ate every last drop and washed it down with a pineapple/coconut juice!

Groceries were still not bought by this morning so breakfast was yet another brown one.

Large iced coffee, a cranberry/lemon muffin and I bought this protein bar on a whim but by the time I left work it still hadn’t been eaten, maybe I’ll save it for an emergency.

I forgot to take pictures of lunch but I had a veggie patty on flatbread from Subway with a nectarine and a BioBest yogurt drink. I had a snack of two squares of Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt and an apple.

I finally was able to grab a few groceries after work. Not much but enough to tide us over until Sunday. Lots of fresh vegetables and fruit as I’m in dire need of a detox after the craziness of the holiday weekend! I came right home and made up the only dinner I could possibly think of in this crazy heat. A gigantic salad and a Green Monster!

This thing was HUGE! I even put it in a medium sized mixing bowl! My salad contained:

  • Half a bag of mixed greens
  • 1/2 red pepper
  • 1 big slice of red onion, chopped
  • cubed cucumber
  • sprinkle of sun dried tomatoes
  • marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1c lentils
  • sprinkle of stinky blue cheese
  • greek/feta dressing

My Green Monster is murkier today! This is due to the cherries I added!

  • 2 large handfuls of spinach
  • 1 large banana
  • 15 pitted cherries
  • 3/4c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 scoop protein powder (Mom gave me some to get rid of)
  • 10 ice cubes

I must say, this was the perfect meal for today! There’s no WAY I was going to turn on anything that emitted heat this evening. Thankfully the a/c guy is coming in tomorrow morning! I don’t think I’m going to be able to sleep very well tonight, our bedroom traps heat like crazy and even with two fans on us on full blast last night it was still hot.

As I mentioned, things have been crazy busy for me lately what with work, school, weddings and the like. Some days I feel really overwhelmed and little things like seeing the floors dusty make me upset because I just don’t have time to sweep (and neither does Alan). I know a lot of people, women in particular, have similar problems, you want to do it all but some things just aren’t possible. I have a tendency to be really hard on myself in these situations, similar to the Superwoman Syndrome, for some reason I have a hard time dealing with the idea that I actually can’t do it all. Having said that, since I’ve been back at school I’ve had to learn to be easier on myself and I’m much better than I used to be. Here are a few things that I’ve learned to help deal with situations where you feel really frazzled:

Relax: When you start feeling overwhelmed, stop and take three deep breaths. When you’re overwhelmed you’re body is tight and breathing shallow, taking the time to relax your muscles and breathe deeply will help you clear your head.

Make a To-Do list: Make a list of everything you need to get done for the week and break it down by day. Just having it written down will help to make things less stressful and you have a visual point of reference to know what needs to be done and when it will be done. Watching the list dwindle due to crossing items off is also a great stress reliever.

Exercise: Make sure you have exercise as a priority, even if it’s just for 20 minutes. This is proven to help calm you down and raise your endorphin levels to energize you and help you stay positive during your day.

Be Easy On Yourself: Be realistic, there’s no WAY you can do everything on your own. It’s impossible. All you can do is prioritize and if that means that the house doesn’t get dusted for a week or two than so be it, it’s really not that important.

Ask for help: Can’t get the house dusted for a while? Ask for help! It’s okay to ask for help. Your friends and family are there to do that for you, they honestly won’t think less of you for doing so. Ask your husband/boyfriend to help clean the house or grab the groceries, anything to help ease the burden. I can guarantee that they’ll jump at the chance to finally help you out.

Do something nice for yourself: Once a week do something nice for yourself, whether it be a pedicure or a night out with the girls or just a brief 10 minute bath. Carve out that time. Having some breathing room, some time just for you, will also help you to de-stress and clear your mind. When your mind is running at 150m per hour you stop thinking clearly and just start reacting. You want to make sure your mind is clear so take the time to help clear it.

10 minute clean up: As I mentioned, when I’m stressed, the housework gets to me big time so I decided to start a 10 minute clean up almost every day. I can always spare 10 minutes out of my day and if that helps to keep the house at least marginally tidy, I’ll take it. I’ve stopped letting the dishes pile up BEFORE I put them into the dishwasher and just do it immediately and sometimes while brushing my teeth I’ll do double-duty and wash the sink at the same time. It helps me to feel better and a bit more in control of things.

Do you have any tips for these kinds of situations? What do you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed and stressed?

June 16th, 2010

Just Another Boring Studying Day!

So please remind me NOT to have anything fried, even if it’s pan-fried, again in the future. I was up all night thinking I was going to be sick. My stomach just can’t seem to handle fried things at all anymore, I can’t even have tempura anymore!

My apologies for a very boring post, studying for this exam has made my days very unexciting!

I wasn’t too hungry when I woke up so I ate a little later in the morning and decided that, since it was such a rainy, miserable morning, I’d go for oats.

  • 1/3c rolled oats
  • 3/4c vanilla soy milk
  • 1/4c water
  • 1/2tbsp ground flaxseed (stirred in)
  • 1/2tbsp chia seeds (stirred in)
  • 1tbsp peanut butter
  • 1/2tbsp ground pecans
  • 1/2 a gigantic banana
  • sprinkle of unsweetened coconut

Oh yes, much love was had at breakfast!

Then I proceeded to study, study, study for several hours until lunch. 46pgs of review notes I’ve been going through! Around 1 I was in dire need of lunch!

I threw some tempeh on the stove and covered it in some leftover korma sauce. I also cut up some broccoli and had it with some hummus and a piece of bread! I decided to add some stinky blue cheese to the tempeh. Yum!

I washed it down with a Green Monster that, other than the usual suspects, included blueberries, lavender and coconut water. Sadly, I put too much liquid in it and it was a bit too watery for me. But it was still tasty!

More studying ensued. My brain is starting to turn into mush! I ended up forcing myself to stop studying for the night as I know I needed the break. I did a few bloggy things and then started to prepare dinner. Tonight I decided on roasted veggies over whole wheat pasta.

I cut up some zucchini, eggplant and sweet potatoes, tossed them in a little EVOO, salt and pepper and threw them in the oven at 400*F for 25 minutes.

Then I tossed it in a wok with some freshly chopped rosemary and some bought sun dried tomato pesto for about five minutes. I put a hearty serving of it atop the cooked pasta and sprinkled a bit of parmesan cheese. It turned out AWESOME!!! When Alan gets home he’s going to be so impressed! :)

So I’ve found myself with several hours to myself this evening. I’ve tried to laze on the couch and watch mindless movies but I’m constantly finding things to do!!! What happened to the old, lazy Therese who would spend all DAY doing nothing?! I’d like her back for just two hours. I’m currently giving True Blood a try as everyone’s squawking about it. I’m not a vampire fan, and, sadly, I’m not really into this one either. Too much drama and shock for drama and shock’s sake.

I also don’t really watch TV as is. I watched Lost obviously up until it ended but that was about it. I’m more of a movie person. I find TV boring these days. There are a few shows that I have fun with but none that make me excited to watch every week.

Are you a TV or a movie person? What are your favourite shows? Any recommendations on shows with intriguing plot lines I should check out?