April 14, 2009

Rinse and RePEAt

This is my journal. It's pink, has little bits of randomness tucked into it, and has been collecting dust.

I was thinking today that it was precisely this time of year in 1995 that my sister gave me my first journal as a gift for Easter. I can't remember why, but on that day I resolved to write in it (and many subsequent journals) every night from then on. I actually kept it up until I graduated from college ten years later. I have since downgraded that practice to "when I feel like it," but it seems like I "feel like it" less and less often, which is unfortunate because I always feel better after scribbling my heart out!

This is probably due to the fact that working 9-5 every day and blogging with the balance of my free time, it's hard to imagine I could have much more to say. Still, there are always some things that I want to say/vent that aren't appropriate for a blog or even for telling close friends/family. For me, that's where the journal comes in, where I know anything goes.

Now, there is one thing that is not only blog-appropriate but blog-popular, and that is a challenge. I've decided to give myself my own little challenge, and that is to reinstitute the practice of writing in my journal every night. I'm not going to hold myself to my previous (boring) pattern of simply recapping the day, no matter how mundane. Instead, I've decided that I want to focus on (at least) one thing about that day that made me thankful. It's easy to get the blues during the daily routine, but my thinking is that if I force myself to pick out even one small positive, I may gain some new perspective(s) and be able to see the good in any/everything. You dig? Try it for yourself. It's a good idea, IMHO.

Here are some other bits of randomness that I can not, in fact, tuck into my journal.

For this morning's post-workout drink, I shook half a pouch of SexyHotImeanJayRobb Tropical Dreamsicle whey protein into a half cup of Turtle Mountain's Original Coconut Milk.

Hellooooooo Metamucil! I will stick to chocolate or vanilla from now on, thank you very much. Coconut milk, on the other hand, is something I'm enjoying quite a lot. I'm just experimenting with the protein factor, since a cup of coconut milk contains but a wee gram of protein on its own, and protein is pretty key for the post-workout drink (and getting me through to breakfast three hours later).

...And here we are three hours later.

This is my standard mix for a deskfast cereal bowl...

  • 3/4 cup Kashi Go Lean
  • 1/2 cup kamut puffs
  • 1+ tsp ground flax
  • 1 tbsp walnuts
  • 100g blackberries (1/2 cup?)
  • 1/2 of a 6-oz container SO Delicious Vanilla Coconut Yogurt (or 1/2 cup whatever yogurt)

This is nothing new to the blog, but I just figured I'd give this bowl a shout out because I was SO grooving on the vanilla coconut yogurt. Actually, it kind of tasted like French Vanilla...it just had the best flavor, which is not what was going through my head when I had the same breakfast with the blueberry flavor. It was good too, but so far vanilla is winning. Plus, I didn't get hungry again until 3 1/2 hours later! This is unheard of for my tummy, which normally complains at regular two-hour intervals. Score.

Lunch and dinner were just leftovers...I don't feel the need to do a full recap - you've seen 'em already! Just for funsies, I took a picture of dinner, and for one reason only:


I just wanted to write re-pea-tballs. They were especially delicious tonight (again). I broiled them while cooking a big pile of broccoli slaw "pasta" with marinara and some ground flax, all of which I topped with some parm and fresh ground pepper. SO GOOD! Try 'em - I swear to Bob, you'll never miss the meat.

See? I've already got material for my journal entry tonight. I am thankful that I had leftover re-pea-tballs in my freezer so that dinner was super easy and quick to throw together tonight. Done and done. I could even go further and write something like, I'm thankful that I had the foresight to make enough re-pea-tballs for leftovers...I'm thankful I had the money to buy the ingredients in the first place...I'm glad I have a job...you get the idea.

How about you? Do you keep a journal? Why or why not?


Laurel said...

Atta girl - and I'm thankful I knew you first.

Elina said...

I think the journal idea is great! I used to write one, similar to yours... talking my day, random parties I've been to, random boys I liked... and then I "grew up." I was actually thinking about bringing back the journal idea myself, although I kind of want to make it fitness related - write when I'm feeling strong and how that makes me feel and when I'm down ... maybe just writing will make it better. The thankful idea is awesome though! Let us know how it goes :)

Anonymous said...

There are so many dirty things I could say about the repeatballs but I'll keep them to myself ;) They look delish!!

You're right, challenges are the new black! Good luck with yours! I think it's a great idea!!

Anonymous said...

those balls look really good, but peas and pb? I don't know :)

Missy said...

I kept a journal when I was a young child but have not in a long time. It sounds like a great idea since a lot of times I come home from work miserable! I agree, the vanilla yogurt is the best!!

RunToFinish said...

just saw on a nother post you are reading eat pray love, I LOVED that book. it really helped me with my own spirituality!

Lane/Big Sis said...

As long as they are not schweaty rePEAt balls! Ewwww. ;-) Vaguely remember giving you a journal...that was very thoughtful of me - LOL. I was keeping a "gratitude journal" (inspired by Oprah, if I recall) in 1995 so maybe that's what inspired the gift. Funny that now all these years later, you're starting one. I haven't done it in a while but try to practice an "attitude of gratitude" every day. There's always so much to be thankful for! xoxo

Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Ahh, the journal. I've bought and received so many cute journal notebooks, and I never fill up more than the first 5 pages. However, I do love the idea of writing down what I am grateful for each evening. What a great way to end the day!

Tropical Dreamsicle - my experience with this flavor was awful! You know I love Mr. Sexy Hot, but I will never drink this one again. I was cold and working late, and decided to try shaking a sample packet of Tropical Dreamsicle with hot water...big mistake! It got all clumpy, but I was so hungry and had nothing else to eat. So, I forced it down and now even the thought of that flavor makes me want to gag.

Love the Re-pea-tballs...but you should have added PB to the marinara! :)

Lane/Big Sis said...

PS I should say that I'm grateful for YOU just for being you, and also all the great ideas and positive influence you have on how I think about what we eat. Still a work in progress, but still... ;-)

marianne said...

I recently started keeping a journal specifically because I have been studying Zen meditation and it's intersting to write what I learn each day. I think it will help me sort out my thoughts as I look back on it from time to time, and maybe be a help to others.

VeggieGirl said...

HAHA!! The metamucil reference made me laugh out loud :-D

Diana said...

Aw, Lane...I am blushing...