Today I am cleaning the kitchen and keeping my food simple. I am also doing some writing. It seems like working from home is much more work than an outside job because I spent so much more time at my desk than even sleeping.
I should probably work on that a bit.
But first, my kitchen is a priority. It is always so cluttered. It is a nice, big kitchen, but it is too quickly overrun by the messes I make cooking (and the kids packing their lunches). This is why I am constantly cleaning the kitchen. Developing recipes makes a big mess and a lot of dishes. (I am my washing my third sink full of dishes now and have three more to go–and I’m using the dishwasher, too!)
What I really need is an assistant to help me in the kitchen. I love to cook but would love to have someone do the clean up afterwards so I can go right back to concocting the next creation. Maybe someday! *dreams hard*
Now what I had yesterday… First of all, here’s the plan I’m following and here is the introduction post to the Mid-Year Resolution Challenge. While you look at what I’m doing, be sure to do your thing. I am thrilled to give some ideas, but I’m not the person you should necessarily look to for dieting advice (I’m not a paid nosh-a-titian). I am, however, here with you to cheer you on when you’re so skinny you will have to watch slipping through the cushions of your couch.
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I ate this:
Breakfast: Thin-sliced salami + unsweetened iced tea
Lunch: Bacon slices + unsweetened iced tea
Snack: Cucumber slices + Diet Coke
Dinner: Egg Salad (Mayo + Mustard + Hard-boiled egg) + Dr. Zevia
Late Night: Cottage cheese + green olives + a few almonds
Notes: I’m taking things back to basics for a day or two to try to see what I might have reacted to. And I knew I’d cut back on diet sodas in my time…
What I learned:
Rest is so important.
Whether it’s 10 minutes in a quiet room to decompress or a quick 30 minute respite with eyes closed, when I’m not getting enough sleep, my day usually doesn’t run as smoothly. It’s been a struggle for me to force myself to go to bed when that happens, but listening to my body’s hunger signals is no good if I’m ignoring its other needs in the process.
I find that I’m more hungry when I am tired than when I’m running on full steam, so I am working to make sure rest is taking a more prominent place in my life. It’s easy to work too hard for too many hours and feel overwhelmed without breaks for myself.
So rest! I need it. I will get more of it, even if it’s 10 minutes alone in a quiet room to exhale.