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Just a Walk

So, it’s no secret I haven’t been working out lately.

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But yesterday, I forced myself to take a walk. Just a walk.

No strings attached.  It wasn’t a workout, it wasn’t anything – just some time outside with good tunes, sunshine, and a slice of nature.

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If you could still call this nature, right in the middle of one of the biggest cities in the country.  But I do.  Because it had the same effect.

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It was strangely freeing, even though I wasn’t really disconnected (still had my phone and camera and music).  I was just out there.

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It gave me just the right amount of motivation and energy – much like a really good workout should.

Who knows, that little walk may have inspired me to get back to real workouts ;-).

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I got my food prep done for the week – this plus some tofu, chopped veggies, and some protein thin mints.

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and played with my new toy! Oh I’m such a sucker for gadgets.

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I’d say it was a pretty productive day.

Not every ‘workout’ has to make you sweat.  It could be just a walk in the park to clear your head.

Do you take walks? Do you find them relaxing?

When Life Happens

Oh hey there. Remember me?  I used to write this little blog and post pictures of food and things.  So what happened?

A whole lot of stuff.  In one word, life.  

For a while now (maybe the past year or so?), blogging has felt a bit forced.  I kept at it, because it gave me something to do.  I was unemployed, and not doing much except job searching, the occasional workout, maybe a lunch with friends, and making and eating a lot of food.  So in a way I felt I had to keep blogging.  Makes sense, right? Yeah, not so much.

Anyway, I eventually I gave in, and gave up the blogging for a while.  I needed to let life run its course and figure some things out.

First off, I GOT A JOB.

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That’s right, I have joined the ranks of corporate america, working a 9 to 5 (kind of. it’s NYC, nobody actually works 9-5) job that I am very happy in.  It’s still kind of surreal actually, after so many hard months of (soul) searching.

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And my parents sent me a very fitting ‘congrats on the new job’ gift.  Chocolate covered fruit beats flowers any day ;-).

Needless to say, this is the first time in my life that I am occupied for 9+ hours a day.  This new routine has definitely taken some getting used to.  And to make things even crazier on myself, I moved. Two weeks after starting my job.

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I didn’t move far (from a sublet in the Bronx to my own place in BK), but I spent most of my free time during the first few weeks of my new job looking for apartments.  Looking for places to live in NYC is so ridiculously stressful! And I’m glad it’s over.

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I broke another plate in the process. This makes three in the past year!  Plates don’t like me much.

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And I finally have my own home!  Words cannot describe how happy this makes me.  I have moved so many times in the past four years (going to college halfway across the country from home, moving dorms every year, studying abroad, senior year apartment lease ending, etc).  i don’t think I’ve been in the same place for more than 9 months at a time.  So that fact that I signed a lease on an apartment – in a neighborhood I love – is a huge deal. So happy.

Shortly after, thanksgiving happened. I went home to Chicago for the week, had a lovely time, and didn’t take any pictures.

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Well, except one of the adorable Callie-dog.  I couldn’t resist.

Before I knew it, it was December!  Which was especially weird because Hanukkah had already started (the first day was thanksgiving day) and it wasn’t even real winter yet.  While I wasn’t the best this year about lighting the candles, I certainly did my fair share of celebrating – at latke fest!

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I had originally planned to do a full writeup of this festival (in short – it was amazing.) but days passed, it was long past Hanukkah, and a late writeup seemed a little out of place.

I had quite a few blog posts planned in December, actually, but after a long day of work all I wanted was dinner, cozy clothes, and a few TV shows.  Not a ton of exciting meals, and no desire to blog, write, or do anything productive.

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I tried to fit in some light movement, mostly yoga and the occasional run.  But even that fell by the wayside – lounging and doing nothing sounded far more appealing.  I found myself mentally spent after work.

Even so, I still managed to spend some time in the kitchen!

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(super soup to help me get over a cold, roasted veggies, baked chicken, and some treats)

Good food is definitely a priority for me, so even when I am busy or tired, I make time to cook.  It’s a stress reliever for me, and I genuinely enjoy cooking and eating healthy foods.  Even on the days when I don’t take the time to cook or make a lunch for work, I always seek out the salads.  Thank goodness the area near my offices has so many choices for fresh salads and other healthy lunches!

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I’m going to get more into a routine of making lunches, mostly to save a bit of money.  That and I like to cook my own food – keeps things interesting.

So there you have it.  Life lately has not been terribly interesting, but blogging was put on the back burner for a bit while I let things play out.  Writing about my foodie adventures makes me happy, and will motivate me to get back into the healthy routine that I love (read – bring some exercise back into my life).  And I like to ramble.

Writers – have you ever taken an extended break?

Those of you working full time in the corporate world – any life advice for this newbie?

Cook Once Eat Twice

I need to do this more often.  It’s amazing how much time you can save by cooking two meals at once.

There are a few schools of thought when it comes to preparing healthy meals ahead of time.   Many people out there choose to prep a ton of ingredients and basics once a week, making it easy to throw something together quickly and easily.

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I tried that.  It lasted a hot second.  I found that I often did not want to eat any of the things I had prepared, so I would end up spending time in the kitchen anyway.  I work weekends as well, so by the time Sunday evening rolls around I’m much too tired to spend hours in the kitchen preparing food for the week.  I also find chopping veggies and cooking to be therapeutic after a long day, and honestly don’t mind spending a little time in the kitchen each day.

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So, while weekly meal prep is not for me, I do like to have my lunch packed ahead of time.  Otherwise, I will spend too much money on a lunch out.  I’m not usually tempted to go with something indulgent (hey, I like my fresh foods and salads!), but it will eventually break the bank.

I’m so not a morning person, so there’s no way I’m going to pack my lunch in the morning.  My solution?

Cook once, eat twice.

I know I’m not the first to suggest this, but it’s really worked for me.  When cooking my dinner, I make double the amount I normally would (I’m used to cooking for one).  Then, when plating my dinner, I immediately put the second portion in a container for lunch the next day.

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Like I did with this simple baked salmon and fennel, served with quinoa and steamed kale (tahini sauce added later).  So easy!

Again, with some summer rolls:

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I didn’t have to spend any extra time before bed making lunch, and didn’t have to sacrifice any of my precious morning sleep time.

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I just made double, and set it aside as I plated my dinner.

Simple as that.

Do you do a weekly meal prep?

Do you pack your lunch? Night before, or morning of?

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