slowing down

by jessica on December 15, 2014

Maybe it’s because I studied economics or maybe it’s because I’m a weirdo, but I believe in the invisible hand. This invisible hand that comes along and smooths everything out. Although my interpretation of the invisible hand is a little less economics and a little more…strange. I think that when life gets too hectic, it evens out life and calms it back down. When life gets boring, it shakes everything up. It keeps bringing us back to center.

I know, I know. I’m weird.

Well I’ve been living life in the fast lane. Every day I have a long to-do list and I don’t go to bed until it’s done. I’m working on wrapping up an epic 2014 in my career, the long awaited yoga project, Sisters Apothecary shtuff, and then life. So of course I also like to cram in a daily gym session and lots of snuggles with Gryff.

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The Universe, the invisible hand, whatever you want to call it, told me to slow the eff down last week. It also told me to stop wearing heels I can’t handle. When oh when will I learn to stick with sensible shoes?

Never.

Anyways, rather than pouting over the fact that I’m on crutches for at least a week, out of the gym for several weeks, and pretty much stuck sitting down these days, I’m rejoicing. I’m being forced to slow down, take it easy, and RELAX.

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I’ll take snuggle fests on the couch with this fur ball any day. Although he is getting a little spoiled because I’m always home and always right next to him. He’s going to have a rude awakening when my ankle heals.

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I’m using all this down time to catch up on stuff I never have time for. Now that I’m stuck at home, I figured I do Christmas cards this year, bake some cookies, take a lot of naps, and catch up on season 5 of Walking Dead. (I may never sleep again).

I also joined the NPR Morning Edition book club. I spend my morning drive with those folks anyways so why not read a book with them? You guys, the book is so good. Even if you don’t do the book club go buy it. It’s called Deep Down Dark: The Untold Stories of 33 Men Buried in a Chilean Mine, and the Miracle That Set Them Free, and it’s about the Chilean miners who were trapped for 69 days back in 2010. I keep crying when I read it, but I can’t put my kindle down! It’s been a great book to read on these dreary cold winter days with my warm pup and a cuppa tea. 

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And all this dreary cold weather has me craving chili! My mom has been making this for years, and I worked out the nutritionals this weekend (yay down time!). Who knew that one of my favorite foods is also healthy? My trainer will be so happy!

Mom’s Chili

(1 cup = 164 calories, 3.8g fat, 15.1 g protein)

  • 24 oz can of chopped tomatoes (I actually buy this in a tetra box from Pomi)
  • 1 can of kidney beans, drained
  • 3/4 cup tomato sauce
  • 2 cups V8 original
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 lb. of extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • 1/2 chopped yellow onion
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2/3 cup corn kernels (frozen,fresh, or drained from a can)
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

In a frying pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add onions, bell pepper, and garlic. Cook until softened (about 5 minutes). Pour into a large sauce pan. Cook your beef (or other protein). Drain any fat. Add to sauce pan. Add the rest of the ingredients to the sauce pan. Simmer over medium heat until good and hot. I like to portion this out into 1 1/2 cup servings so that all week long I can have quick lunches or dinners.

Ok so one last thought on slowing down…

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I seriously hate my crutches so I spent a lot of this weekend crawling around the house. I loved being on the same level as Gryff because I was able to witness these cute moments up close. Peanut butter face!

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