one week later

9 Jul

Happy Friday friends!

First off, I want to remind everyone to enter my 100th post chia seed giveaway!

I’ve had a couple of people ask about ideas for using chia seeds – click here for some of my past posts that include chias.  I’m working on a page of ideas for using chia seeds, as well as the amazing benefits…it should be up soon! I’ll keep you updated:)

Before piyo this morning, I ate half an apple pie Larabar to tide me over until breakfast; however, after I got home I was busy working on some things, and I just didn’t feel that hungry.  Me not being hungry for breakfast is about as likely as snow in the middle of July.  It happened, though.  And in true intuitive eating fashion, I didn’t eat again until lunch!

You know, though, that if I miss out on breakfast – lunch simply must be epic!

In this salad went

2 huge handfuls of baby spinach, chopped
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2 summer squash, chopped
about 1/4 cup black beans
1/4 cup corn
generous dousing of balsamic vinegar
3 medium canned artichoke hearts, chopped
Morningstar black bean burger, cut into bite sized pieces
dollop of hummus

When I make my salads, I always throw all the ingredients (minus toppings – in this case black bean burger and hummus) together into a big bowl and mix it all up.  Then, I dump it onto a plate or bowl and add the final toppings.  My salads are always huge, so this makes it easier to mix everything up!

Confession:  I have a huge problem with building things.  Ex: stir fries, salads, plates at a buffet (oops!).  My eyes are always 10 times the size of my stomach.  Today I had to reserve about 1/4 of the salad mixture for later because it was embarrassingly huge.  I mean, I’m not ashamed of big salads, but today’s was just unreasonable;)

It was delicious, though!

This held me over for several hours while I ran some errands, planned some stuff for my tutoring session with Mohammad, worked on some Outbox tasks and answered some emails.

A little later, the hunger monster called again….snack time!

One of my favorite snacks – a brown rice cake slathered with natural peanut butter and topped with sliced banana.  mmmm.

It has been one week since I officially resigned from my teaching job.  And I just want to say to anyone out there who is dealing with a big decision like this – it does get easier!  You will be okay!

One week ago I didn’t know heads from tails as far as this decision was concerned.  I ended up making my final decision by deciding which way I was leaning to 1/2 millimeter more than the other…and then closing my eyes and jumping in with both feet.  It was dreadfully difficult.  There were times when I honestly felt like things were never going to be okay again. I knew that wasn’t true, necessarily, but I just felt so confused and distraught over the whole situation.

I can honestly say that now, 7 days later, I feel happier and more confident than ever.  Seriously, today was like rainbows and sunshine.  I know that every day will not be that way, but the overwhelming feeling that I made the best decision I could have ever made envelopes me. Everything I do, whether laundry, washing, dishes or just fixing Jon breakfast feels happier and freer than it has in a long time.  I don’t expect things to be perfect, but I also feel that no one should have to live day-to-day with dread and unfulfillment.

Again, for any readers who are going through a tough decision, just know that if you follow what your heart is telling you and turn your back on fear…you will be so thankful that you did:)  Remember…if you’re not scared, you can’t be brave.

Not sure what Jon and I will spend Friday night doing…but I promise that it will be relaxing!!  We always take Friday night off from work and just spend time together.  Amen to that.

Have a great night!

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3 Responses to “one week later”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) July 9, 2010 at 4:57 pm #

    I always make salads big enough for 2 as well. My eyes are always bigger than my stomach. LOL. Hope you have a fantastic Friday eve!!!

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