Monday, January 9, 2012

Back to Normal - Ahhhhhh

Finally.  As of last Friday, I'm done with my seasonal job.  Over the weekend, I made my granola, which I've been out of for nearly a month - just too busy/tired to get it made until now.  My first bowl of Fage, craisins and granola?  Perfect.  Just what I've been missing.
Looks like a ton of granola, but I swear, it's only 1/2 cup (granola is one thing I always measure - too easy to overdo it)!

After three weeks off (combination of annual shutdown and having to "use it or lose it" on some vacation days), Jeff is back at work today.  Max is still home for another few days, but he sleeps in until noon he's so quiet that I can do my own thing without interference.  Plus, I have a shopping partner - I'm sure he'll love that.  Hey, he was the one who mentioned he didn't own a pair of salad tongs...which of course necessitates a trip to TJ Maxx, right? ;)

I've got myself set up with a workout schedule once again - I'll talk about that on Wednesday.  But I have to say, it has felt GREAT to put on my workout clothes and move.

While I didn't go off the rails (very often) during the December, I am glad to not only have the time to grocery shop and get fresh food in the house, but also have the energy to prepare it.  I really do prefer to eat regular food - treats are nice, but I like how I feel when I'm feeding myself the old standbys - salads, eggs, fresh fruit, grilled chicken, vegetables.  Which could explain why the oranges I've been eating for the last few days have been particularly appealing (haha, punny) to me...I was taking "grab and go" foods like a Clif Bar or a protein drink to work for either lunch or dinner - and while they are much better for me than what I would have done in the old days (Taco Bell, I'm looking at you), there is still nothing like single ingredient foods.  I'm actually relieved that I like to eat this way now - it makes maintaining my weight much less of a struggle.

Making extra money is nice.  And we inadvertently redecorated our family room with it (we weren't planning on doing this, but as seen in my goals post, when do I ever really plan anything?) - pictures coming eventually.  But honestly?  I missed my old life.  And I'm glad it's back.


  1. I love when I see yer post is up :)
    and Im with you.
    That final paragraph already has me turning down work and hunkering with the family.
    Money to pay the bills is crucial.
    Beyond that Ill cut back.

  2. I'm happy for you you have your old life back. I'm back on track as of today too. Last week was a 50/50 regarding eating and working out. But no more excuses.

    Look forward to hear more about your workout schedule. I'm not really training for anything right now but I made a running schedule because I do best when I have a schedule.

    Enjoy your normal life my friend.

  3. Ahhhhhh the relief of sweet, sweet routine. Me too. All of it.

  4. There is something comforting about routine. It's like coming home.

    Can't wait to see the pics!!

  5. Considering that the majority of a non-selfish person's efforts are for other people, it does feel really good to care for yourself. And that granola looks scrumptious!

  6. I feel more comfortable too in a routine - hooray for getting back to your old self!

    Hannah is still off this week too, and has been sleeping in until noon as well. :D

  7. Oh yes. Routine, ordinary, predictable, all that. That's the way I like it!

    Granola looks amazing. I haven't made any for a couple of months. And I have a lot of yogurt in the house right now--just might have to whip up a batch!

    Plus, love that phrase "single ingredient foods." I love them too.

  8. Welcome 'back'. Sometimes the departure from normal is a great thing because it makes us appreciate the normalacy when we finally return!!!

  9. Yay for routine! Simple foods can be the best tasting foods at times. I am currently enjoying some winter blueberries and think they are about the best thing ever!

  10. Ah, getting back on track is actually quite fantastic!

  11. Haha "we inadvertently redecorated our family room"...........can't wait to hear THAT story. And of course see photos too.

  12. Yes, I love back to normal. And I am totally with you on the "regular" food. Crappy food makes me feel exactly that - like crap.

  13. It's not a routine or rut, it's a groove! I love a groove.

    I look forward to pics of your re-do. And I tell you this for free - hie thee to your nearest Home Goods store. Your life will never be the same.

  14. There is just something about getting the husbands and kids out of the house and back to school and work that is good for the mental health! I eat much worse with them around (bad influences), so I'm glad to be getting back to normal in that respect too.

  15. YES! Sometimes "normal" is the BEST.
    I am glad you redecorated , but ... am glad normal is back.
    Have a pretty day!


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