Monday Stuff & Finding My Routine

Well hello there friend!  Can you believe there are only three more days left in February?  Yeah, me either.  I know this is a short month but I felt like it was over in a split second.  I guess that’s good?  One more month closer to spring and potentially better weather?

But let’s be honest.  I live in Chicago where snow in April is a very real possibility. Continue reading

Back To Normal

Almost… I’m actually coming to you from Sycamore this week.  I’m house/dog sitting and get to do a bit of “country” livin’ in my old neighborhood.  I actually do miss Sycamore sometimes.  It’s slower pace out here, quieter, calmer, and really quite beautiful.  While I love my Chicago neighborhood, it’s nice to come back and slow things down.

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I love how these two are already in cahoots and love being brothers

It’s also nice because I get to work in a huge kitchen and take food pictures with all the natural light.  This house is a bloggers dream.  Or at least this galley kitchen, two-window, interior apartment-dwelling blogger’s dream.  So be on the lookout for some good food pics in the coming weeks…

I’m working on a few new recipes and I was thinking of a few ideas.  I honestly put recipes on the blog that I cook for me and Adam.  I don’t usually go out and create something that he or I wouldn’t eat or make regularly.  While that sometimes limits what I put on here, I think it also shows how a real home cook prepares meals.  I’m not a trained chef or even a professional recipe developer.  I just put things together that sound good in my head and I think would taste good.

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Grandma and the grandkids

With that in mind, I was thinking of reworking one of my favorite childhood meals.  My mom’s leftover casserole.  She would make this a few days after Thanksgiving and it was almost better than the Thanksgiving feast itself.  I just have to figure out if I can gear it towards the healthier side of things…

I know I’ve said this before, but I am going to work on putting more meals that have meat in them up here.  I don’t personally eat meat, but Adam does and I do prepare a few dishes for him that he really likes and would make good weeknight meals.  I want this to be a place that anyone can come to and find at least one recipe that will fit their lifestyle, tastes delicious, and is healthy.

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After feast Tripoly playing… I think Adam and I win the expression game

I hope that you are getting back to your regular routine without too much fatigue.  That first Monday after a holiday can be a rough one.  At least it’s cyber Monday and there are awesome presents that you can buy while still in your  PJ’s!

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Buchanan/Meyers/Dawson/ Bullard Family!

 

Do you guys have any requests or suggestions on recipes?  The more feedback I get, the better I can serve you guys! Just let me know in the comments below!

Transforming The Creature Of Habit

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The idea of routines has been on my mind this week.  You know from previous posts that I am a creature of habit.  I like having a routine and doing certain things at certain times.  I feel more in control of my day when I have a set out plan for what is going to happen.  It also keeps me organized and on track to have a schedule to adhere to.

This past week I have been nowhere near my normal routine and you know what?  I haven’t fallen apart.  The days have moved on as they always do and time has gone by just like normal and I am still here and haven’t gone to pieces.  In fact I have doing some great and inspired work.  It might not seem like a huge thing to you, but to a control freak like me this is nothing short of a miracle.

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There have been times where things have not gone according to my “plan” and I have completely lost it.  Adam can attest to my horrible attitude when something out of the blue comes my way.  I almost turn into a small child having a temper tantrum.  I would always marvel at my husband’s ability to take everything that comes at him in stride.  He knows that there are certain things that he can’t change and rather than let it ruin his whole day and turn him into a moody teenager, he works around it and figures out a new plan.

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And I think that attitude is starting to rub off on me.

As time goes on I am learning that I am in no way in control of the things around me.  Sure, I can have a routine and some semblance of order, but there will always be curve balls.  Life in general is one big curveball.  Letting my life come to a screeching halt whenever something goes awry is no way to live.  In fact it isn’t living at all.  I want to be able to say that I enjoyed life, that I was able to adapt and deal with any hardships that came my way.  I don’t want to look back and see that I pouted my life away or flew to pieces because something happened that I had no control over in the first place.

In light of this revelation (that only took 27 years for me to even begin to figure out) I want to try and step out of my comfort zone a little more.  I want to try things that aren’t in my routine.  Let my schedule be more of a loose guideline than a strict plan I have to follow or lose all hope.  I’m betting that amazing things will come my way and I will be able to seize them much better than if I had stuck to my rigid plan.

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What about you?  Are there things in your life that you can let go of?  Are there changes you can make to your routine that might allow you to experience something new and amazing?  If something has been holding you back or you have been waiting for a nudge, consider this it.  Try something new, step out of your comfort zone, forget the plan for a little while.

I promise you that you won’t fall apart and you might even grow just a little bit.

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When Routine Becomes Too Routine

Ask any member of my family and they will tell you that I am a big fan of routine.  I like knowing exactly what I should be doing at each moment in the day.  I like having tasks to do and then being able to check them off my list as I complete them.  Having a routine helps me to feel in control and it also keeps me on track.  It helps me accomplish my goals and gives purpose to my day.  Some people might find having a routine too boring and rigid and like to face the day with no plan in mind and let what may come, come.  That is totally fine, but I am not those people.  In my mind, routine is a good thing.  Until it isn’t.

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When you make a choice to be healthier, I would say that establishing some type of routine will be crucial to your success.  It’s good to have a plan set for what you are going to eat for the week, what workout you’re going to do for the day, and what goals you have in mind for your health.  In this sense, a routine will help keep you on track and moving towards what you want.  But we have to be careful to not become so addicted to our routine that it starts to hinder our health.

I began to notice that I was becoming so used to doing the same thing over and over again that my progress had actually stalled.  While I wasn’t losing ground, I definitely wasn’t gaining any either.  I also started to notice that any sort of change to my routine would throw me for a huge loop and cause me a lot of anxiety.  I wasn’t flexible to the little wrenches that might be thrown into my day and it stressed me out.  Stress and anxiety are the opposite of helpful when you are trying to be healthier.  I started to worry about straying from my ideal routine or plan and that was all I could focus on.  What would I do if this happened?  How could I avoid any possible challenge to my routine?  What can I do to make sure that I never have to stray from MY plan?  Those aren’t healthy or helpful questions.

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In case you hadn’t noticed, life doesn’t really care too much about your plan or your routine.  It is going to do whatever it wants and you can play along or fall by the wayside.  No matter how much I plan out my day or week, there are going to be things that have to change and I am going to have to adapt.  That is a good thing!  I realized I was missing out on so many fun things because they didn’t fit into what I thought I needed to be doing that day.  I can’t go to the movie at that time, that’s when I’m suppose to be doing yoga.  You want to eat that meal instead?  Sorry I already planned this one out three days ago.  I was trapped in a box that I had made myself and ironically it was causing me to stray from my healthy goals.

I will never be a person that can just fly by the seat of my pants.  I will always have to have some type of schedule or routine because that’s who I am.  But I am working on going with the flow more often.  I am learning to say yes to things that weren’t originally in my plan and letting go of the anxiety that creeps up when I can’t cross something off of my list when I think I should.  It’s ok to have some wiggle room in your life, in fact I would say that it’s necessary.  Say yes to an impromptu meal with a friend from out of town.  Surprise yourself and your significant other by doing something out of the blue.  Don’t worry about not getting in a full hour workout or eating the exact meal you prepped.  Adapt to the situation and make the healthiest choice possible at that time.  You’ll be a more well-rounded person and you’ll get to experience amazing opportunities along the way.  You don’t have to throw all caution to the wind and forgo routines or plans all together.  Instead of a rigid schedule you HAVE to stick to, set a general map for your day or week and make decisions as they pop up.  As long as those decisions are propelling you toward your ultimate goal, don’t stress about the ride!

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