Wow! It has almost been two months since my last post. I guess I have been really neglecting my blog. In all honesty, I knew I had been doing this. That makes the past two months of non-posting sound even worse, I know. It’s not like I have not been keeping up with my exercise or anything. I have been keeping very strict on my “resolutions”. I have been doing a lot more weight training and have kept up with my running. In addition, in the last two months I have come to fall in love with the joys of cooking.
I’ve always read countless articles stating that your body is made anywhere from 70-90% in the kitchen. So many people were saying it that I thought I would give this a try. It started out with small things like pasta, jambalaya, and other simple-ish meals. I’ve swapped out white flour with whole wheat and have really increased the amount of vegetables in my diet. One very minor but very important change that I have made was to start eating breakfast. Oatmeal, eggs, fruit, yogurt, milk, orange and apple juice have all become my early morning friends. For many breakfast comes with a cup of joe. I used to be one of those people who only had a cup or two to fuel my pre lunch stomach. I found that I would be so hungry and out of energy by the afternoon and would eat anything that was near me-Dangerous! Eating breakfast has really kick started my metabolism, curbed my hunger, and has kept me sated for a much longer time. Recently I also tried switching to decaffeinated coffee. One thing I have noticed is that I get to bed earlier than when I used to drink regular coffee. My energy levels have not really dwindled but I will keep on experimenting between caffeinated and decaffeinated in the next few weeks/months to see the overall effect on my body. Three weeks in and decaf doesn’t seem too bad.
With these tweaks in my lifestyle I have come to see that I have generally more energy, better sleep, and an overall more positive attitude with everything life throws at me.
Onward and upward!
PS I am going to try to blog more haha. Should have been part of my resolutions from the start
On my days off right now and I am sitting here at a coffee shop. Yes, it is THE big coffee shop-rhymes with marlucks! I am sitting here, yet again, for the second straight week as I wait for my wife to finish up with a conference.
I don’t know what it is but there is something about going to a coffee shop that is much more fulfilling than simply staying at home with a cup of joe. I have always been a fan of people watching; I often tell my wife that it is my favourite past time. I suppose my appreciation can be lent to that chain of thought. However, I think there’s something else.
A few days ago I recall posting something on Facebook stating that “killing time” was an art form. An art form that requires patience and practice. I come from a job that is fairly face paced-I am a nurse-and it’s an environment that is ever changing, it requires strong adaptation skills. On my days off, I sometimes find it hard to wind down. I sit at home and feel bored. Sure, I sleep in sometimes but my days feel almost empty at home. After the ho-hum of a week’s end of laundry, nightly dishes, and countless facebook checks, what’s left?
For me, seeing people out and about at coffee shops gets my mind going. I must admit, I eavesdrop quite a bit. In fact, I am doing it as I type. I gather ideas about city events, good music, delicious restaurants. Coffee shops are my second social network. While here, I connect with the world via news updates, emailing, and connect with people with small talk-“Crazy weather, eh?”, “What did you think about last night’s game?”, “Lakers? or fakers?”..
These small interactions can be viewed as meaningless, but they carry a lot of weight in my books. Every interaction throughout the day can greatly effect the next. Smile, laugh, and live. Interact, think, and react. Listen, appreciate, and speak your mind.
Life is like a coffee shop. Full of choices that you’re responsible for. Full of interactions. And sometimes what you get, makes you you feel “shitty”. But when this happens remember there’s another day ahead. Press refresh. Reload. Start a new page.
Onward and upward.