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God of hope

19 Dec

Boy, last night was crazy.

One of my students, Bomi, asked me the other day what is one of my bad habits.  I should really call her right now and update my answer.

One of my worst habits is procrastination.  For some crazy reason I didn’t even get started on finding recipes for dishes to take to Christmas until about 5pm yesterday evening.  The same thing happens every time – when I finally started researching, I got really excited and ended up with a list of 5 different dishes that I wanted to make.

Needless to say I had a hay-day in the kitchen until the early hours of the morning.

There was a lot of this.


And by 2 am my kitchen looked like this.

And I had done some cleaning up at that point!  Scary.

Honestly, I had so much fun – the husband and I downloaded some new upbeat Christmas songs, and I was jamming away while my garlic bread rose and little gingerbread men came to life (dishes and recipes coming soon!).  The only way it could have been any better is if it had been 2 pm instead of 2 am.  But you can’t win ’em all, right?

I finally stumbled into bed at about 3 am, and mere seconds after my head hit my pillow, I knew I was in for a rough time.  I just could not fall asleep!  I was so wired up and my mind was racing with everything I needed to do still and with thoughts about the future.  I get real deep when I’m delirious.

I tossed and turned all night long, not really falling asleep at all until about 5:30 am and then waking up again at 7.  Finally at 7:30 I hit the point where there was no going back to sleep.  It was all over.

So, I laid there in bed and again my mind started racing.  The lack of sleep was hindering any chance I had at rational thinking, and I started fretting over things that are going on in my life right now.  I began to analyze everything, creating “what if” scenarios in my head and then scolding myself for letting my mind run wild.

It was then that I turned to the one person I know is always there.  I started praying.  I started praying for joy.  I asked God to give me a peace in my heart because He is in control of my past, my present and my future.  He has a specific plan for me and He will work out that plan, regardless of how much I try to interfere and make it my own.  I asked him to embed that truth in my heart and to help me live by it every second of the day.  To help me give up my plans and my anxieties and hand it all over to him.  And just trust.

And suddenly, my heart was filled with relief.  It was as if I had taken a peacefulness pill, and the medicine was slowly spreading throughout my body reaching from the crown of my head all the way down to my toes.

And I felt His peace. And His joy.

And then I felt the husband’s steady breath on my shoulder.  And I felt Olive’s warm and furry little body curled up on my other side.  And I felt the coziness of my warm house and my bed.

And I was filled with thankfulness.

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Rom 15:13


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christmas shenanigans and a discount!

17 Dec

I have spent the last 30 minutes waiting for the announcement of the winner of Project Food Blog.  I honestly cannot imagine being one of the finalists right now – my stomach is so nervous and I didn’t make it past challenge 3!

In fact, it also caused me to make lunch twice.  I was so distracted I left my corn tortilla chips in the oven for way too long and they ended up looking like this:

In went another batch – good thing they only take 10 minutes to bake!

Much better.

I finished off the last of the chili for lunch, and it made me sad.  Definitely going to be cooking up another batch soon! The husband is begging for it.  Not even kidding:)

Yesterday was full to the brim of Christmas shenanigans!  I have to be honest, there are some things going on right now that are causing me to struggle with remaining joyful each day.  You know when there is something in your life that you just wish was different.  In other words, you have plans that don’t exactly match up with God’s plans.  Well, that’s kind of where I’m at right now.  The biggest thing I’m doing to try and maintain a joyful spirit and focus on all of the blessings in my life is praying for gratefulness, perspective, trust and patience every single day.  Nothing calms my fears like spending time with Him.

The second thing I do is just stay busy with everything that’s going on right now…focusing on living in the moment (as I tell my yoga students every Wednesday).  Yesterday was definitely busy and it warmed my spirit to focus on such fun aspects of the holiday season: giving gifts and sending Christmas cards!

The husband and I sent gifts to all of our business clients.  The peppermint bark is probably not vegan…but neither are any of our clients.  ha.  And while I still try to only make and buy vegan food, even when buying for others, the packaging was designed just so that I could not say no to the husband’s pleading eyes.  What can I say? He’s a sucker for classy packaging…and I’m a sucker for him.

And now for our personal card

My parents-in-law gave me the bird stamp for Christmas, and I’m pretty much in love with it. I just want to stamp everything I own.

We put hours and hours of time into these cards!  I kid.  We really pulled them together rather quickly, especially compared to cards we’ve done in the past.  Like two years ago when I handmade each and every card.  They were cute.  But it will be a long time before I commit to that again:)

Anyway, plans for this weekend include finishing up our Christmas shopping and then going to my hometown for Christmas on Sunday.  I’m still trying to decide what to make to take for Christmas dinner. I’m wanting to make some kind of salad – like a grain or pasta salad…and then definitely a dessert!  Must decide soon!

And now for some exciting news!

Ecolissa is offering all ChiaSeedMe readers 20% off anything in her shop!

“Ecolissa carries only fashionable eco friendly and vegan woman’s clothing and accessories.  [They] specialize in dresses and easy to wear separates.”

[source]

Not only does Ecolissa carry dresses and tops, there is also a plethora of cute accessories available as well. I’ve had my eye on a couple of items – and I love knowing that they’re eco and animal friendly!

Here are some items I love:

I’ve wanted a scarf like this since it got cold, and I think this one is adorable.  And so cozy looking:)

To receive the discount just type in the code “vegan20” when you check out. The offer is good through the end of the month!

Now go get your shop on:)  There are some awesome gift ideas as well!

Happy Friday everyone!

Any good suggestion of what I should make to take to Christmas dinner? I need ideas!

getting back on track

1 Dec

Amidst the busyness of the last few days, there have been some really sweet highlights.

Yesterday I received a mysterious box in the mail.  I always get so excited when an unexpected package comes, but usually I open it to find junk mail of some sort.  But not this time.  I opened the box, peered inside and saw this:

and this

My mom, step-dad and sister bought me this cute little scarf and mailed it to me as a surprise.  How sweet is that?  It totally brightened my entire day and made me feel so loved and happy. I have the best family:)

Another highlight came today when I finished a project that I’ve been working on.  My friend, JJ, facebooked me about a week ago and asked me if I could make a couple of tag blankets for some friends of hers who are having a baby shower this week.  I made a tag blanket for JJ’s baby right before he was born, and she says he takes it everywhere with him, so she thought it would be a great gift for her friends!

I of course happily obliged, but unfortunately my sewing machine was not quite as willing.  Yesterday took all the patience I could muster as my machine jammed over and over and over.  Finally, after about 4 hours of working, I finished them up!

tag blanket numero one

and numero two

If you’re wondering what a tag blanket is, allow me to explain.  It’s a small, soft blanket for babies that has loops of ribbon coming off of it – it’s great for cuddling, pulling, chewing and just all around good fun:)

Anyway, regardless of my frustration with the sewing machine, you really can’t beat an afternoon of sewing while jamming out to Christmas music and sipping a hot latte on a frigid winter day.  Can I get an amen?

Another thing you can’t beat?

baked apples with cinnamon and a splash of agave

and spinach lavash wraps with hummus, chia seeds and veggies.  with a side of ceramic birds:)

So, I mentioned yesterday that I would be back to talk about getting back in a healthy groove after veering from it for awhile.  The last couple of weeks or so I have just gotten a little lazy with eating clean.  Between the stresses and busyness of the everyday and the extra craziness of the holidays, I’ve been eating a few too many chips and cookies, and not nearly enough veggies.

I definitely have my ups and downs when it comes to living healthy.  I go through phases where it seems I just get on a roll of eating too much junk and not making it to the gym.  And once I start slacking, it can be sooo hard to get back on track.

But no one can be perfect all the time, and the important thing for me is to focus on the fact that I do always get back on track. Instead of beating myself up and regretting what I’ve done, I am so much more successful overall when I just dust off my behind and jump right back in the game.  Dwelling on what I’ve done in the past only serves to drag me farther down, killing any remnants of mojo I have left and leaving me feeling discouraged and sad.

Over the last couple of days, I’ve really stepped it up and gotten back on track with food and exercise.  Tonight I was thinking through a few things I’ve done to help, so I thought I’d share them with you!

  • I re-read a book that has been motivating to me in the past.  This renews my energy and refreshes my perspective of why it’s important to me to make healthy choices.  This time around it was Tosca Reno’s Eat Clean book.  Absolutely love this book – if you haven’t read it, put it on your Christmas list stat!
  • I took a few minutes to write out some goals/reasons why I want to do what it takes to feel great and be healthy. These change from time to time, so it’s really important to me to keep them fresh and current in my mind.
  • I got a partner! Turns out I’m not the only who has been slacking since the holidays started.  Talking to someone else and sharing ideas, struggles and goals together really pumps me up to make some changes.  Plus, I get instant accountability for my choices!
  • I wrote down a mantra and memorized it! Every time I start to fall back into bad habits, whether by skipping the gym multiple days in a row or by eating another handful of chips rather than some raw vegetables, I immediately repeat my mantra in my head.  It focuses me instantly!
  • I perused blogs and jotted down some new fun meal ideas that I can get excited about! Sometimes I just get in a rut and become tired of the same foods I always eat.  There’s no better place than blogs to get new inspiration for workouts and meals.
  • I pretended I felt better even before I did.  Sometimes it really does work to “fake it till you make it.”  Even though I felt sluggish and kind of weighed down, I began to act and think like I felt healthy and alive.  This got me through for a couple of days until I really did start to feel better!

These are just a few of the things I did – nothing groundbreaking, but yet these never fail to help me get back on course when I seem to have strayed far away.

I’d love to hear any ideas you have for getting back on track after being in a rut.  What do you do when this happens to you?!

Hope you’ve all had a great Wednesday!  Onward!

a bit heavy for a morning run

28 Oct

“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.”

– Audrey Hepburn

This morning I hit the treadmill just as the Ellen show was coming on.  How convenient…great entertainment for an entire 45 minutes.  My goal was 4 miles, no matter how I got there.  And with a little bit of walking and a lot of jogging, I made it.

Today Ellen featured Michelle Obama on the show, and they talked about a plethora of topics.  But one thing in particular that interested me was what Michelle had to say about the culture of bullying in our country (you can see the video here).

I think it is safe to say that bullying has gotten worse in many ways in America.  Not only are our children experiencing more bullying in schools than ever before, but also in other areas, such as politics.  How many times a day do we see a commercial where one politician is slandering his/her opponent? How many times a day do we hear our President bashed in some way?  For as long as I can remember it has bothered me that people rally behind someone running for office, and then the second that person gets voted in, suddenly they’re being attacked in one way or another.  It seems that many people (not all) have a lack of awareness or sensitivity when it comes to the way they treat other people.

Michelle’s main point was that if we as adults are treating our peers this way, what can we expect from our children?  What kind of example are we really setting for them?  She made a call to action for all of us to start being kinder to one another, recognizing that we don’t all have to agree, but we can still respect each other.  We can respect the fact that we’re all different, and we all have different values and ideals. And just because someone sees things differently than we do, doesn’t mean they’re a bad person or that they have bad intentions.

Honestly, I really appreciated the way she handled this topic, and I agree so much with what she had to say.  I did not vote for Obama in the election, but I think it is so important to still respect him as a person and as our president.  Even if I don’t necessarily agree with his stance on certain issues.

Anyway, this just really got me thinking this morning about how we really can make a difference for ourselves, for those we know, and for future generations if we let go of the judgment and animosity toward people who are different than we are and love each other simply because we’re all human.  We obviously have a long way to go as a culture and as a country, but I really believe that every little thing we can do makes a difference.  Amen?!

Heavy stuff for a morning run.

And then I came home and ate oatmeal:)

Thick n Creamy Pumpkin Oats

Ingredients

  • 1/2 banana, mashed and melted in the microwave
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/3 cup rolled oats
  • 1/3 water
  • 1/3 almond/soy milk
  • 1/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of cinnamon
  • dried cranberries

Directions

  • Mash half a banana in a bowl and heat in microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute
  • Mix together oats, water, soy milk, pumpkin, vanilla, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice and microwave for 2 minutes, stirring after one minute
  • Add banana to oat mixture and mix well.
  • Sprinkle with dried cranberries and enjoy!

You could also use maple syrup or molasses to sweeten instead of mashed banana, and it would be really delish I think.  And you could add chopped walnuts for some extra crunch – the possibilities are endless!

And lunch was so simple it’s not even funny.

This times two! Ezekiel bread with a layer of Trader Joe’s flax almond butter and a thin spread of TJ’s pumpkin butter.  I figured out that if I think of the pumpkin butter as more of a jam than a butter I actually really like it.  Score!

Today was a busy day, and although it started off pretty swell, the afternoon was not so dandy:(  It was just one of those days where you just want to crawl into bed and have a good cry. And I may or may not have done so…and then driven straight to Starbucks for a little comfort (aka decaf soy pumpkin spice latte with no whipped cream and half the syrup).  If you follow me on twitter, you may have sensed some tension in my tweets.  But tomorrow is a new day!

And for one of my favorite phrases: onward and upward!

Love you guys!

Don’t forget to enter my giveaway if you haven’t already!

Do you love pumpkin?  What’s your favorite way to use it?!  And decorating counts:)


what's in a name?

13 Oct

Hi!

Thanks for the support and encouraging comments on yesterday’s post.  Honestly, after I hit publish last night I laid awake in bed for awhile feeling very unsure about my post.  I really do try to always keep it real here, but being open is sometimes freaking hard!

I just don’t want to seem like a complainer, but guys…sometimes life is hard.  On those days it’s kind of a challenge to find a balance between staying positive and uplifting while still being real.

And to be perfectly honest, there is nothing that drives me more crazy here in blogland than when people come across as perfect on their blogs.  While I didn’t actually address this issue yesterday, it did come up in the comments.  It seems that most of you feel the same way.  Let’s just lay it all out there – there have been times when I’ve considered no longer reading some blogs because they just seem too perfect.  And whether they are perfect or whether they’re not – it really doesn’t matter – it is a negative force in my life to read about it everyday.  It’s extremely difficult to avoid the comparison trap when all you read each day is the perfection in people’s lives.  I have to constantly keep myself in check with this issue – finding myself trying to measure up to someone else’s style, recipes, photos or exercise routine.

And speaking of exercise routines, this would probably be an excellent time to make known that the husband and I will no longer be running our November half marathon. You know, the one that was originally supposed to be a full marathon?  After a lot of contemplating and discussion, we’ve decided to step back from racing for now.

With trying to get our own business off the ground + Jon working full-time and me almost full-time, there really isn’t enough time for training.  We tried to make it work, but sleep was the main thing being sacrificed.  We try every night to get in bed before 11pm, but when there are deadlines to meet sometimes it’s just not an option.  And seeing as how getting adequate sleep is one of the most important parts of long distance running, it isn’t healthy or smart for us to keep pushing it.

Being the perfectionist that I am, this decision was really difficult for me at first.  And to bring this full-circle, I realized that a lot of it was due to comparing myself to other bloggers. When you see countless bloggers running so many miles a week, it can make you feel like a failure if you’re not doing it too.  In my quest to defeat perfectionism though, I was able to step back and realize that my life is not the same as anybody else’s…and therefore I have to make the best decision for my body and for Jon.

Besides, I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this, but the husband designed the branding for the entire race – from the participant’s guide down to the finish banner.  So, we’ll be running all over the place on race day, getting photos for our website (and cheering on all the runners!). I’m super stoked about it – I love races! Although I know I’ll be wishing we were running, I’m glad we’ll be going to support everyone and our business!

So that’s that.

Now that we’re through all the heavy stuff – let’s move on to the food!

Breakfast this morning was a green monster, per the usual.  Oh, green monster, how did I ever live without you??

I spent the morning working on my yoga class for tonight and trying to get iPhoto and Flickr to be friends.  The story of my life.  They are currently on speaking terms, though we still have a loooong way to go.

About 10:30 I got so hungry, so I heated up one of my favorite whole wheat pitas and had a big blob of creamy hummus for dipping!

So, if you follow me on twitter, you may know that I had a major life experience this morning.

I lived through my first earthquake!

You have to understand, Oklahoma does not get earthquakes. Like, ever. I never would have dreamed that I’d ever feel one.

So, picture this.  I was sitting on my couch with Olive looking up idioms for tutoring students and dealing with flickr when all of a sudden I heard a sound like the entire house rattled.  I actually didn’t feel anything, but it was such a strange noise – I literally thought to myself “that sounded like how I’ve heard earthquakes described.”

I glanced at Olive to see if she heard it, and she was sitting up with her little ears perked looking around.  However, here is a prime example of a downside of working from home.  There are no other adults around to confirm that you’re not crazy when crazy stuff happens!

So what did I do?  The only logical thing – I went on about my business and forgot about it.

About 30 minutes later, I went to check my phone and realized I had about 5 missed calls and 2 texts from the husband, and a text from my mom, wondering if I’d felt the earthquake and making sure I was okay. ha!  I couldn’t believe it.

Anyway, apparently it was a 4.3 on the scale and was felt all the way from north Texas to Arkansas and everywhere in between.

With all that excitement I completely forgot about lunch, and suddenly I looked up and I had 15 minutes till I needed to leave for tutoring!  Considering everything I still needed to do before leaving, I knew a lunch on the go was in order!  So, I whipped up a brown rice cake sandwich with natural peanut butter and half a banana.  It was delish.  But somewhat messy.  Have you ever tried to bite into a rice cake sandwich? Unfortunately I failed at getting a picture in all the madness.  I lived through an earthquake – can you blame me?!?

By the time I got though with all my tutoring appointments and taught my yoga class I was starving for dinner.  Enter leftovers of my favorite meal.

cooked spinach, vegetarian refried beans, rotel tomatoes and vegan (Daiya) cheese wrapped in a whole wheat tortilla a doused in spicy enchilada sauce.  With a side of baked corn chips (corn tortillas) and homemade guacamole.

Dessert was simple.

two little oranges (only a portion is in the picture)

All in all I’d say it was a banner day – a nice way to balance out yesterday methinks:)

Oh, one last side note.  I’ve told you guys how much I love meeting with international students, right?  Well, I love it more and more everyday.  Hanging out with them is so refreshing + I think I learn more than they do!  Awhile back I mentioned one of my students, Nada, who is super sweet but also beyond talkative and a bit high maintenance.  Well, she really threw me for a loop on Monday.  We were chatting along just like normal when all of a sudden she said “blah, blah, blah…when the little one comes.”

Say what?!

“Little one?” I asked.

“Oh, yeah…I’m expecting. Did I not tell you that?  I’m due in January.”

“Um negative on that.  I would remember if you had told me that.  I’ve been meeting with you for weeks – how can I not know you are pregnant?? So, is it a boy or a girl?” I asked.

“It’s a girl.”

“Aww, how sweet (beginning to get over my initial shock at this point). So what are ya going to name her?”

“Well, I have a couple of names in mind, but one I’m really leaning toward….Lupus.”

“Ahem. Excuse me?”

“Lupus.  That’s what I’m going to name her.”

So, I then had to gently explain to my sweet little Egyptian student that Lupus might not be the best choice.  I mean, sure it’s cute and all…but oh the pain it will cause for that poor child!

I felt bad to shoot her down, but I also felt it my duty to shelter the baby from a lifetime of humiliation.

Oh the joy of international students:) And I can say that because I was one.

Now that I’ve sufficiently talked your ears off!  I’ll be signing off.  I’ll see you all tomorrow!

G’night!

P.S. I can only imagine the google searches that will come forth due to this post!

getting real

12 Oct

Tonight the husband and I got a serious hankering for some diet coke.  So, we decided to take an evening walk down to the grocery store before dinner.

It is quite ironic that we have three (yes, three) cars, yet we walked to the grocery store.  But I love our walks.  With the husband working evenings on our business, we don’t have as much time for them as we used to.  I miss them.

Once we got there, I sat outside with Olive, while he ran inside for the goods.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about contentment.  I am the world’s worst about getting in too big of a hurry all the time.  While I love the idea of slowing down and enjoying life as it is now, I don’t practice it very often.  I’m always wishing for the next thing. Always thinking that things could be just a little bit better if only…

Lately I’ve really been struggling with this, and the last couple of days I’ve actually been able to recognize how detrimental this is to my life.  I count myself very blessed to be in the stage of life I’m in.  I’m so thankful that Jon supported me in leaving my job so that I could pursue what I’m passionate about. And I’m tired of surrendering to discontentment and allowing fear to defeat me.  I’m slowly starting to realize something about myself – I’m afraid of being successful.  I think that part of my discontentment at this phase of life is due to not allowing myself to succeed.

I allow three things to defeat me on a daily basis: procrastination, being paralyzed by fear and making excuses.  I’m still diligently trying to figure out why I allow these things to interfere with my goals and dreams, but I’m working on taking steps toward overcoming them.

The other night Jon and I laid awake for hours, him letting me hash out every angle of this struggle.  I’m so thankful that he pushes me to challenge myself, to take myself to the next level, and most of all to believe in myself.  I don’t know why he believes in me as deeply as he does, but sometimes that’s what keeps me going. Before we went to bed that night, he walked me into our office and made me put down my new commitment on our chalkboard closet door.  Everyday when I see it, it reminds me that I really am stronger than I think I am.

side note – the coloration on this pic is way off.  Our walls are not bright yellow:)

It’s so normal in the blog world to always focus on the positive, and I really don’t want to be a downer, but surely I’m not the only one who struggles with this?  Am I alone in being my own biggest obstacle to achieving everything I want for my life?  Sometimes I just ask myself “why are you procrastinating on the things you care about most?” “Why are you not focusing your intentions on the things that are most important?”  “And why do you spend more time wishing for things in the future, rather than living in the present?”

So that’s me lately.

And so as not to leave on a dreary note, here’s some amazing fall food that has been warming me through and through:)

Making homemade pizza crust

The best thing about this crust was the process of making it.  There’s something therapeutic about making homemade bread.

Unfortunately it was a total fail.  I used too little yeast and didn’t let it sit long enough + I used all spelt flour when I probably should have incorporated in some white flour.

Even with leftover veggie spaghetti sauce from the other night and shredded vegan cheese, it still tasted terrible.

The side of broccoli saved the day!  Sprinkle on a little sea salt, and you’ve got yourself heaven on a plate.

I also used that same leftover homemade spaghetti sauce in a mix with kidney beans and sauteed swiss chard.  All piled on a tiny bed of pasta.  The sauce was definitely the star of this show.

Oh wait.

I take that back.  The kabocha squash ruled again!  I seriously cannot get enough.  I actually bought a whole ‘nother one this afternoon.  I’m thinking maybe soup this time…

Yes, I think soup could be just the thing.

decisions, decisions

21 Sep

Thanks so much for the well wishes yesterday.  I’m very happy to report that I’m feeling much better today.

I started out this morning with a 4 mile run.  Sadly I forgot to plug in the Garmin last night, but the husband came through for us by suggesting we use the Map My Run iPhone app.  It worked like a charm!  If you’re ever in a pinch, try it out.  It doesn’t tell you a lot of details, but it does tell you your average pace, distance, time, and it maps as you run.  Not bad for free, right?

Anyway, once we got home I had a green monster for breakfast before doing a run through of my yoga class.

lots of spinach, 1/2 banana, 1 tbsp chia seeds, 1/2 scoop Amazing Grass, 1.25 cup almond milk, ice

There really is just nothing that compares to an ice cold green monster in the morning…really there isn’t.

By the time I got ready for the day and then enjoyed an hour of yoga, it was time to go meet my friend, Grace, for our weekly lunch.  Definitely one of the highlights of my week!  We went to my favorite little cafe, Cafe Bella. If you’ve been reading my blog, you’ve seen this sandwich many a time before…but I just can’t resist getting the same thing.  The one time I branched out I regretted it, and since then have clung dearly to my staple.

grilled veggie panini with hummus

I spent this afternoon working on Outbox tasks and laundry.  Definitely one of my favorite parts of working from home is being able to stay on top of household tasks throughout the day.  I’m really quite the domestic diva;)

Snack break!

grapes

cinnamon raisin Ezekiel muffin with natural peanut butter

I also ended up having a small mug of Kashi Go Lean Crunch with almond milk later in the afternoon.  I am like a bottomless pit today!

Tonight Jon and I decided to turn off work for a few hours and just hang out.  We hardly ever watch TV…but tonight one of our favorite shows premiered for the fall season.  How many of you watch The Biggest Loser?  We are huge fans.  And I have to admit, part of my love stems from my love for Jillian.  Don’t you just wish you could carry her around in your pocket all day? Or not;)

Anyway, I never fail to feel inspired after watching an episode of TBL.  I think it’s going to be a really good season.  The only thing I didn’t like about tonight was the way they chose the contestants.  They went from city to city, and at each stop they picked 3 people; however, those 3 people had to compete in their first challenge in order to decide which 2 got to actually go on the show.  The other person had to go home.  One of the challenges was a 1 mile run in which the first two people to finish won.  I felt that the most unhealthy person, the one who needed the most help was of course the one to lose on every challenge.  I just thought it was kind of silly.  I’m sure there was a reason for it, but you’d think they’d want the most unhealthy person to be chosen.  I guess that’s the way the show goes, too, though.  If you watched tonight, what did you think?

For dinner Jon and I had the bright idea of making quesadillas.  Unfortunately, by the time I was all psyched up for it, we realized we were out of soy cheese.  Enter sad face.

For some uncharacteristic reason, I decided to just have regular cheese on mine.  I think I might have been from Mexico in a different life. Not even kidding.  It’s like I get in the zone…and my eyes glaze over at the mention of mexican food.  Kind of scary, really.  Anyway, it wasn’t that big of a deal, but afterward I did wish I had made a different choice.  Isn’t that always the way it goes?  Onward and upward, though.  Perfectionism will not get the best of me:)

I’m definitely not going to kid myself by saying they didn’t taste good.  The husband knows how to make a mean quesadilla.  Mine had cheese, vegetarian refried beans, chopped onions, and diced green chilies. mmm.

I’ve got a busy day ahead tomorrow – the usual Outbox work,  3 tutoring appointments and a yoga class await me!  My newest tutoring student, Nada, is a little bit high maintenance…which I guess she has every right to be.  She wants to learn strictly grammar…and she wants the hard core stuff.  She catches on really fast and asks lots of questions – definitely keeps me on my toes!  She’s also quite the talker.  At the end of our last appointment she started talking and ended telling me everything from how to not get taken advantage of at Disney World (what?) to how to get a job in Dubai.  45 minutes later, I was walking to my car in a daze.  I’m going to have to reign her in tomorrow though, or else I’ll be late to yoga.  Doesn’t look to good when the instructor’s late!

Okay, now I’m starting to act like Nada:)  I’ll talk to you all tomorrow!

P.S.  I don’t want to bug you guys, but if you feel so inclined, please drop by and vote for me in Project Food Blog – you can check out my entry and vote here.  Thank you so so much to those of you who already voted.  You guys are the best!