Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Rebecca's Balancing Act: Cooking and Learning

Pic 1 - murdering cherries for the cherry-arugula quinoa salad

Pic 2 - results of the cherry-murders

Pic 3 - Kale Chips


Since my last post I've murdered cherries and freaked out while ricing cauliflower. The inner bridezilla poked her head out during the cauliflower ricing - the combination of a too-small food processor and a sink full of dishes was just too much and I had a melt down.  Don't try to rice cauliflower with a small food processor. It takes like 12 rounds of blending.  SO Annoying.

Why "murdering cherries"?  Well, I had to pit the cherries, and I don't have a cherry pitter, so I watched three methods by the folks at Whole Foods, and having tried the paring knife option (SLOW), and the paper clip option (didn't work for me!!) I went with the garlic crushing method.  It's messy though, be warned!  But quite effective.

Also made kale chips for the first time.  By the time the third batch was in the oven, I kind of got it, and it didn't seem too hard.  They were surprisingly tasty!!  But then, I LOVE salt, and these were covered in salty goodness :-)

I guess cooking is still pretty hit or miss, but I am proud of myself for trying. Not too bad to be trying to cook in the midst of planning the wedding (31 days), running the business, taking (nearly) daily walks and getting (more or less) enough sleep.


Aside from what I cooked, it's kind of hard to know what to write.  I was so elated when writing of my last post, such an incredible feeling to vanquish a ghost that had been with me for so long, and realize my own power in determining how to treat others.  

This week I think the biggest moment was with my coach Aimee of Vibrance Nutrition.  I shared with her that I feel so frustrated because as soon as I finish one thing I immediately jump to the next.  I never ever take a moment to pause, appreciate what I have accomplished, and reflect.

In talking with Aimee, I recognized that a long time ago I'd stopped journaling and that I have missed it.  With such a crazy busy schedule, I always believe that I don't have time because it has no 'purpose.'  When you keep your plate as full as I do, it feels like there must be purpose to everything.  (Don't get me wrong, I know that journaling and self-care have a purpose, but it's the urgent vs important conundrum that always gets me).

I still miss it though, and I realized I could use the journal at the end of each day to reflect on what happened that day.  First, I can create my to-do list for the next day (I always do that, or I feel anxious that I am not ready for the next day and don't sleep as well) but then I can record what happened today and take a moment to be proud of what I did, how I spent my time, how I took care of myself and what I did to grow my company and nurture my marriage.  Last night was my first entry.  It was short, but it felt amazing.  Thank you Aimee.

Wedding countdown: 
- 31 days as of writing this post.  
- Left to do: build the deck, plant the new garden (may not happen), find flowers, order cakes, finish painting signs, get marriage license, and finish legal docs. Finish  projects for nine more clients.  Ooph!

THIS WEEK'S KEY TO SUCCESS: My support system - acupuncturist, fiancé, health coach, and friends.

THIS WEEK'S PERSONAL CHALLENGE: A month to go. Time to up the workouts and the water intake.  Two liters a day is my goal.


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