Bummer. It really is a bummer. I can’t believe that tomorrow is Monday again. Not to be a downer, but I am quite sad about facing another busy work week ahead. I know I shouldn’t complain too much, but I just feel this big deep cloud over my heart knowing that I need to hustle and bustle again for a week. Big sigh.
Ok I’m done with my sob story. I just had to get it off my chest.
Because you know what? I had a magnificent weekend. I missed James a lot, but I got to hang out with Rachel a bunch, and I managed to stay active and productive.
Today, I woke up and did an hour of morning yoga. Nothing like yoga to start your day off right! I really want to do more morning yoga sessions, but to be honest with you, I don’t think I can wake up any earlier than I already do. I don’t wake up particularly early, but I have NEVER EVER in my life been good at waking up. I just can’t do it!! Maybe I can train my body to wake up early, but I just can’t bear the thought. Too painful. I love snuggling in my comforters a tad bit too much. 😉 Oh FYI, I did the 60 min core power yoga class with instructor Dawnelle from yogadownload.com. Great class for my gut.
After yoga, I went to La Cumbre Mall and checked out Pottery Barn and Williams-Sonoma. There was nothing all that great at PB, but at W-S, they were giving out samples of their Peppermint Bark, which was so Christmasy and delicious. I wanted so many things, but I held back. (Still broke)
I then did some grocery shopping and found this new flavor of Pure Protein I’ve never had before.
It was yummy! 180 cal, and 19g of protein! It had this marshmallow component that kind of melts away in your mouth, and a peanut butter type component that you chew. It has a very nice, candy-like texture. It’s very sweet, and I feel like it’s more like a candy bar and a protein bar! I enjoyed eating this very much.
I also bought some more ground turkey to make a week’s worth of Caribbean Turkey Burgers, (Click here for recipe) some more sweet potatoes, apples, yogurt, bread, and this and that for the week. I am really going to make an effort this month to cut back on buying candy bars and my beloved protein bars. I feel like those items add generally very little nutritious value to my diet besides calories, and they cost a lot of money! So for those reasons, I am going to cut back. I will miss them dearly, but my wallet won’t.
When I got home, I made a whole bunch of the turkey burgers. I also found a way to use up my eggs, leftover from Thanksgiving baking. I usually have trouble using 12 eggs by myself before they go bad, but I think these will help me use it up! I searched allrecipes.com for easy egg recipes, and decided to make mini “quiches” with the ingredients I already had.
Julia’s mini quiches
Ingredients (I’m like Racheal Ray. I don’t measure food, just eyeball it)
big handful baby spinach, chopped
4 mushrooms, minced
1 strip bacon, diced
big handful mozzarella cheese
Sprinkle of Parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a bowl, mix together all the ingredients. Spoon into small-sized baking muffin tins. Sprinkle with more Parmesan. Bake for about 15 min. Done!
Since there is no crust, I suppose they aren’t technically “quiches”, but they were delicious nonetheless! Super easy too, and a great way to use up odd bits of leftovers in the fridge!
After all the cooking, I set out on an hour long walk up to the Santa Barbara Mission. I walked through the stunning rose garden, and even found a new park! I was quite excited by this find – I think it would be a lovely date spot! (….hint, hint, James!) Unfortunately, I don’t have photos, because I don’t like to have to carry my camera when I’m out walking. BUT, it was so pretty I am sure I will be back very soon to snap some photos to share with you all!
It was a lovely walk, and a lovely way to spend a Sunday afternoon. As much as I have enjoyed writing this post, recalling my weekend is yet again making me sad that my break is about to come to an end. How do you all deal with this sadness? Or do you not even feel sad at all? I AM very stoked that James is coming back tomorrow. However, I still can’t shake off this feeling. ehhhhh. Think positive Julia! Think POSITIVE! 🙂 I will deal. We all will 😉 We can do it!
Oh, and thank you all for your advice about whether or not I should go splurge on Lululemon pants. Right now, I’m leaning towards buying a pair of Lulus, but I haven’t made up my mind 100%. I think I am going to think about it for a couple more days. It’s such a big purchase for me, I must take time to make sure I make the right decision! 😉