Goals for the Week of 3/11

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It has legitimately been weeks since I’ve even thought about my goals. Going to London got me out of the habit! But one day last week as I was driving to work, blasting the radio, and looking at the sunrise, I got the sudden urge to be my best self– which I had lost before.

I’m considering kind of re-vamping how I’m going to go about my weekly goals. I don’t know that I’ll fit each of my goals into my four categories (get into shape, reconnect with friends, express how I’m feeling, keep a positive attitude) like I did before because I don’t want to limit myself. I will definitely still have goals for those categories, though.

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Until I have a good idea of how I want my goals posts to be thought out and organized, they’ll probably be sort of a mess… forgive me.

So here goes…

This week I want to:

1. Go to Spinning 3 times. I haven’t been to spinning since before I went to London and I miss it so much.

2. Run once, for as long as I can. I haven’t tried to run in forever, and I want to see where I am in terms of mileage and pace. I want to be able to easily run a 5k by the time Mark comes home, so I have about 9 weeks.

3. Go outside of my comfort zone at work. I’m terrible at speaking up, asking questions, and talking to people who I’m not familiar with at work. This makes it kind of hard to do my job. So I want to take one risk a day at work– not even a risk, really, just do one thing that makes me uncomfortable.

4. Hang out with my mom. And not in my usual “I don’t feel like hanging out with friends so I’ll go hang out with my mom” way.

5. Look nice every day. I am fortunate enough to have a job where I can roll out of bed, put on sweatpants, and go to work. However, I whole-heartedly believe that how you look affects how you feel. I know that if I am confident in my appearance, even if only because I put on makeup, I will be in a better mood.

I feel like five goals is a good round number, and even though there are other things I want to accomplish, they can wait till next week.

Good luck with your goals this week, and I’ll be checking in throughout the week to let you know how it’s going!

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Things to Accomplish This Week

I am completely frazzled and overwhelmed. In three days I am going to London.  I haven’t started packing yet. For most people, this is not a matter of concern. For me, it makes me want to run around in circles and flap my arms until it gets done. An overreaction? Maybe. But I just know I will feel so much calmer once my suitcase is packed and I have to dig through piles of clothes to get to my toothbrush because I accidentally packed it two days early.

I feel guilty about this, but I’m forgoing my new years resolutions this week. It is way too much for me to handle on top of preparing to travel. Let me try to put this into perspective for you.

Mark’s personality type is almost opposite of mine. In his perfect world, he would show up to the airport 20 minutes before his flight, get angry when the security line took more than 3 minutes, and be the guy running through the terminal, pushing small children out of his way to get to his flight on time. To him, this is no problem; to me, this is my worst nightmare.

If I could get to the airport 12 hours early and have it be socially acceptable, I would. I will get there at least 3 hours early, I will have my carry-on bag organized so impeccably that I will know exactly where my passport, boarding pass, phone, and all other travel commodities are. I will be gut-wrenchingly nervous until I am on the plane, in my correct seat. If anything goes wrong even in the slightest (i.e I am selected for a random search at security), my day will be completely thrown off.

So, in order to avoid absolute mayhem, I need to be as prepared as possible for absolutely every situation before I leave for the airport. In three days.

I hope that you don’t think I’m absolutely out-of-my-mind crazy. Sorry if that’s the case. Wish me luck!

Lasagna Roll-Ups with Tofu Ricotta

I feel like since I’ve been focusing so much on fitness and getting my butt to the gym as much as possible, I’ve kind of fallen off the wagon in terms of putting good fuel in my body (all the chocolate I’ve been eating doesn’t exactly help…) So for the rest of the week I need to make a conscious effort to start my days with green monsters and to keep the fruit and veggies plentiful. To initiate this shift of focus, I made Lasagna Roll-ups for dinner. What’s a lasagna roll-up, you ask? It’s exactly what it sounds like. A single lasagna noodle slathered in sauce, tofu ricotta, and veggies, and rolled up into a beautiful manicotti-type concoction.

Lasagna Roll-ups with Tofu Ricotta

makes two servings

Ingredients:

4 Lasagna Noodles

8 Tbsp Pasta Sauce

1/2 Block of Extra Firm Tofu

2 Tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 Tsp Garlic Powder

Salt and Pepper, to taste

4 Quarter-Inch Thick Slices of Eggplant, Chopped

6 White Mushrooms, chopped

1 Cup Raw Spinach

 

Boil water and cook lasagna noodles until soft. Most boxes will give directions for lasagna that will be baked once cooked in boiling water. I about doubled the time that it said to boil the noodles, but keep a close eye on them. Meanwhile, press tofu and then, over a bowl, squeeze the tofu and mush it all up with your fingers until no large chunks remain. Once your tofu is “ricotta consistency”, add olive oil, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, and combine well. In a frying pan, saute chopped mushrooms, eggplant, and spinach. Once pasta is cooked, lay out each individual noodle and top with 2 Tbsp of Pasta Sauce. Spread it over most of the pasta, leaving 1-2 inches of each noodle bare at one end.

Top with tofu ricotta, about 2 Tbsp of the mixture for each noodle, and saute’d veggies.

Starting at the end that does not have the 1-2 inches of bare pasta, roll up the lasagna. If your pasta is still a little underdone, microwave for about 40 seconds, and dig in!

I love this recipe, because you get all the joy of lasagna (yes, joy) without having to make ten servings in a casserole dish.

Almost any vegetables would work well with these. They’d also be really delicious with a layer of vegan pesto spread on before the tomato sauce.

Two of these rolls make a satisfying meal, and I made two extra to take for lunch tomorrow (with some extra sauce and ricotta) 🙂

I went to spinning three days in a row this week, so I am so looking forward to a rest day tomorrow!