“Life is What You Make It!” “Happiness is a Choice,” “People Can Only Upset You if You let Them!”
I had a realization last night. Some of you may have noticed that I’ve been uber stressed out lately. Work has been taking a toll on my stress levels, because the amount of work I’m doing is going to double in one week, and let’s just say I haven’t been taking it well. I’ve been freaking out, assuming and picturing the worst, and having a woe-is-me mindset. Well, tonight after a kick booty yoga session, I realized something.
I think this is the most therapeutic posture, by the way.
Refer to quotes above. I need to go into work with a completely different mindset. Going into yoga last night, I felt defeated, weak, and physically in pain. I tend to let stress really affect me at times. It always settles with a tightness in my shoulders, and worse, my chest. After a little self-reflection, twisting, and warrior postures, I decided to change my attitude. Aside from the fact that things are changing there, it’s a job where I make good money, and I have really good friends right around the cubicle from me. I’ve been down and out for exactly one week now, and it’s about time I quit feeling sorry for myself, grin and bare it, and try to enjoy myself (or at least not give myself a heart attack ;)) while doing it. We’ve been thr ough this…right? The power of positive thinking! Or perhaps, the power of revitalizing yoga 😉
The husband has also been a HUGE help in lessening the stress. He knows how much it’s been affecting me, and has been keeping the house SO clean lately. I even came home to him doing laundry yesterday!! He never, ever does laundry, people. This is big. And lastly, he has his gifts to me wrapped before I do! I came home from work last night, and saw these under the tree:
I have everyone else’s wrapped but Shane’s (thanks to Von Maur’s free wrapping) so I need to get on it.
And one of my favorite ornaments just because:
Two days until Christmas, what?!
Before I headed out the door to yoga, I had a big juicy apple with some almond butter for a snack:
And then bopped out the door for some cardio, and then said yoga sesh.
Ew, blurry pic…
Well, we all know how yoga went, but I was just as thrilled to come home after yoga…
because I had made some homemade tofu fried rice!
Fried rice sounds pretty difficult, no? Well it’s not! All you need is some brown rice, veggies, oil, garlic, 2-3 beaten eggs, tamari (or soy sauce,) and whatever “meat" – or non meat you want to add!
For mine I added tofu:
I finally found a tofu I like! I’m not a fan of the boxed version much, but I love the refrigerated kind – especially Nasoya!
And since Shane thinks he hates tofu, when mine was done, I scooped out all the tofu bites – along with some rice into a bowl deemed mine, and then added some chicken I had cooked and chopped up Sunday into the mix for his portion.
Shhh..don’t tell him there’s tofu juice in there.
Easy and Nice Fried Rice
I adapted this version from Food You Crave.
Soften some minced garlic in some hot canola oil – 1 or 2 cloves will do
Add your veggies, and the rice
Next add your “meat” and let cook for a few minutes
Scoop out a section from the middle and pour some oil in the center – 2-3 tbps
Pour beaten eggs in that center, and stir just the eggs around…looks like this:
When cooked half way, scramble all throughout the mixture
Pour in your sauce, and you’re donzo!
SO good, and SO easy! Especially if you utilize your Sundays. This past Sunday was the first time in a long time that I did a little prep work ahead of time for my meals this week. For this meal, I already had the tofu drained, pressed, and cubed, the chicken cooked and cubed, and the veggies chopped. If I had thought about it, I would have cooked the brown rice on Sunday too. This made SUCH a difference yesterday when it came time to actually cook the meal. Instead of running around stressed because cooking would have made me late for yoga, I had an extra 20 minutes, which I took advantage of by getting a little cardio in with my friend, Heidi, before the class! Awesome! I recommend ya’ll try it this week.
Now it’s time to go eat some breakfast! This morning, I’m eating my faaaavorite breakfast cookie combo, that I made and popped in the fridge last night just before I called it quits. I shall call it the Pumpkin Cubed Breakfast Cookie:
This favorite includes: a handful of oats (exact measurement here,) a tpbs of hemp powder (optional, or whatever protein powder you have on hand,) a tiny handful of pumpkin seeds, some chopped pecans, a squirt of agave or whatever sweetener you choose to use, 1/4-1/3 cup of canned pumpkin (use 1/3 if your sweetener isn’t a liquid,) and golden raisins. Mix the dry ingredients together first, then smoosh in the wet until everything is mixed together, and pop it in the fridge! Oh, and I couldn’t resist smearing on some (TJ’s) pumpkin butter this morning. Mmmm – delish and keeps ya full for hours!
Have a terrific Tuesday, everyone! I’ll let ya’ll know how my “new attituuude” fared today 😉
How do you deal with stress? Do you let it get to you, or can you let it roll off your back each and every time. I try, I mean really try this technique, sometimes it gets to me regardless.