Moving has once again proved to be a
kind of very exciting experience that we should all experience in life. Something about it makes me want to start new things and new habits. *ahem* For one, it helps me to be more conscious about keeping the house and my room cleaner. ;)
There is a newness that entails the act of breaking into a new space. Suddenly, I want to do things that I have never done before!! An example of that would be to suddenly have the urge to run 24 miles straight. Okay, that's actually not true, but I like to hyperbolize statements. Everything from big to small (or significant to not-so-significant), I want to try new and old habits. But right now, let's talk about the "oldie but goodies"!
1.) I purchased a $3.00 milk frothing wand at World Market about a year ago. I used to make mock lattes often in the mornings, and somehow the frother got lost in the scene. Lo and behold, after moving, every morning I can see it lying on the counter. Pairing this with Godiva Pumpkin Spice coffee from Wal-Mart is the best!! This magic wand can't be beat, I promise you.
2.) After seeing fresh figs at Mother's Market and Kitchen, I knew I had to get it in the spirit of Autumn. Besides, something about figs makes me think of just chilling with Jesus under a tree or something. Hah! Also, this makes for delicious and comforting overnight oats in a jar--otherwise known as OOIAJ. Well, it is a little hard to see the figs in this picture, but that little dotty thing is a fig. :P I topped this with PB Puffins cereal, coconut butter, and Biscoff Spread!! I was not kidding when I said that I have lots of new items in store.
3.) While I love bread to death, this new to me item is a close win in terms of "practicality" and texture. Bread is just so delicious in every way, but sometimes I find it to be a bit overwhelming if I want to eat it as a sandwich for lunch. I don't know about you, but if I want to eat a light meal, bread can be so filling that I end up with a little bit of indigestion. I found that this Kamut puffed cake is great for a crunchy texture and as a sandwich bun, but without the extra heaviness that bread usually induces. After all, something has to hold the innards of the sandwich, right? :)
TJ's Gouda Cheese <--amazingness!!! BBQ sauce, refried beans, and avocado
4.) Since the area I currently live at isn't the most scenic nor safe place to take walks, I have been going to the park more than I used to. I always love to walk around, take nature photography, observe people like a
creeper good citizen would, and have "dates with Jesus". I know that sounds really strange, but please hear me out! I think that we all like to connect spiritually and mentally in our own quirky ways. Mine is simply being in the great outdoors and pondering about life, and while I am at it, I talk with God just like I would with an earthly father or friend. :D
Today, I did a great shoulder and tricep workout. For some reason my triceps burned more than usual, and that's always a really good thing in my book. Afterward, I decided to go out for a run because I actually started to really miss it. I ran approximately 1.5 miles for 12:23.
I also realized that running/extra cardio in addition to strength training and plyometrics, my muscles show more definition, and my health feels more...whole. I have to be honest--I do want to stay in shape for the upcoming wedding as well. That's not a bad desire now, is it? The wedding is exactly 5 months away! Whoa.... *breathes really hard*
Post workout, I made myself a Butternut Squash Smoothie. I ain't exaggerating folks. This smoothie was truly delicious and filling.
- 1/2 C roasted butternut squash (roasted it with cinnamon)
- half of a frozen banana
- 1/2 C almond milk+1/2 C water
- single-serving packet of Jay Robb's Vanilla Whey powder
- 5 ice cubes
- 1 tsp chia seeds
It really helps to keep a whole stash of the squash (no rhyme intended, but I'm good!) already roasted and refrigerated. It can be used in shakes, oats, soups, and so much more. Try this concoction, if you dare.... :P
Yesterday was my papa's birthday, and today is my momma's. Isn't that funny? So, in honor of her 54th birthday I have something that's (hopefully) finger-lickin' good, cooking away in the crockpot while I'm job applying and writing this post at Starbucks. Thank you for your WI-FI Starbucks!
Now let me leave you with this beautiful inspiration. The lyrics to this song have literally been the cry of my heart, and I hope that it will bless you as it blessed me.
What oldie but goodies are back in your life?
If you are married, did you try to stay in shape extra hard? If so, what methods did you use?
What are your inspirations lately?