This week meal prep:
Lunch: Turkey sausage with vegetables
Dinner: Chipotle Chicken with beans and corn tortillas and spicy chicken with beans
We fast until lunch and manage to get our calorie intake in through out the day. Also- my wife gets food from her job that we utilize and incorporate into our meals. She gets food catered so we get a lot of salad, various vegetables, and other foods that go into our health theme.
Snacks: Boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, smoothie bowls, protein shakes, and fruit
Thanks to Jason, I was introduced to Charles Bukowski. I have fallen in love with the way his work has awaken my writing senses. He’s a mad man. I want to be a mad woman. I never want to hold back ever again when I write.
“Some people never go crazy. What truly horrible lives they must lead”
On Tuesday my husband talked about the things we do to recharge. He also tapped into some of the things I deal with mentally (anxiety and depression). I also deal with PTSD.
Mental health was a taboo topic growing up. It was forbidden to talk about depression because it led to be being accused that you weren’t a believer. As I got older and told people about some of things that happened to me, they always asked if I went to counseling. “No” was always my response. I’ve seen a mixture of the raised eyebrows, a jaw-drop, or a ‘trying really hard not to show any expression’ look.
I encourage counseling. Do not let anyone discourage you from it.
Overall, my hope is found in Jesus. Jesus is my anchor. Only truth and stability that I have experienced.
When the motions of life, and- mental health come crashing in, seek truth.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with fruit, smoothie bowls, banana pancakes
Lunch: Sweet and Sour chicken with organic “fried” cauliflower rice, Teriyaki chicken and vegetables, taco bowls
Dinner: Chipotle chicken, grilled chicken and salad, ground chicken and zoodles,
Snacks: Greek yogurt, chicken wontons, protein shakes, pears, nut mix.
I will be continuing to do intermittent fasting. So instead of the breakfast choices, I will somehow incorporate breakfast into a later meal.
We’ll be sure to post pictures
On Tuesdays, we talk about recharge. With our series from last week, it was discovered that Jason is an INTJ and that I am an ENFP. Compatible according to psychologists, but ultimately- opposites.
Today I started a new job, at an endocrinologist office. With other personal things on my mind, the day was twisting and turning. Since moving up to New York, I have spent every waking moment with my husband. We worked from home, and it was us all day every day.
Being an extrovert, I did (do) need social interaction. Now, I don’t know if all ENFPs are the same- but there are times that I just need a quick boost and then I’m done. I have to go. I can’t be around too many people for too long.
This job is temporary. My husband didn’t want me to work (outside of home). The energy at my new job is chilled, but I missed my husband so much. I remember at my old job I enjoyed the conversations with my patients. I went home and enjoyed my time with my husband.
At this point, getting back out to the [outside] work field, I just looked around and kept to myself. I kept telling myself, “this is a new beginning.” In a recent post, I talked about our friends, Mary and Josh. Josh who is an introvert said that meeting someone is kinda like “having to assemble something all over again.”
It totally makes sense now. I asked questions, because for the first time, people felt like strangers.
At one point I had mentioned I was doing intermittent fasting for about a year or so. I recently had stopped completely and started eating breakfast again. I actually prefer to do the fasting; I have a lot of energy when I am. There are many health benefits to fasting as well. I am combining the breakfast with the lunch. With fasting you just skip breakfast but still stay in your calorie deficit while eating bigger portions.
Here’s the Menu for This Week:
Oatmeal (Usually includes chopped banana or another type of fruit, pepitas, raw almonds, sunflower seeds, natural peanut butter and sometimes a tablespoon of protein powder)
Shredded BBQ Chicken with broccoli and cauliflower
Teriyaki Chicken with broccoli
Sweet and sour chicken with fried cauliflower rice
Turkey Sausage with zoodles
Ground chicken BBQ burgers with zoodles and salad
Smoothie bowl, pear, apple with almonds, plain greek yogurt with cinnamon and sugar free maple syrup and fruit.
So, recently I injured a joint in my hand. It is called the thenar eminence. It is bruised badly and it is swollen. The swelling has gone down quite a bit though. I have really wanted to work out upper body, and it has taken a lot in me not to do so. I am naturally very stubborn. I also have a high pain tolerance, so it really took the swelling and bruising for me to fully be aware that there was something wrong. I know a lot of people who ignore things and not waiting for the healing process to take place. They wind up having to get surgery or wait even longer for the process because they don’t give the body time to heal. When it comes to working out, I am trying my best not to be so stubborn. The last thing I want is to not be able to work out for a long period of time. However, I did do legs yesterday. The workout was pretty good overall and I feel it pretty good today. Today was a beautiful day here in New York. It hit the mid 70’s and my wife and I headed out to hang around at the beach. We were out all day walking, or at least a majority of it. That was pretty much my exercise for today. The beach always gives me perspective and freedom. It is truly one of my favorite places to be. A key reminder is to try and listen to your body. And if you are like me, try and focus on letting your body heal so it can go back to normal. I am not even sure if I fractured something. The only thing on my mind is lifting weights. But it will heal and I will be back at it again. The best thing is to be patient.