Hi guys! Happy WIAW!
I wasn’t really feeling pulled in a certain direction today and there are a bunch of little thoughts running through my head so today I thought I’d just do some chatting.
Slow-Cooker Steel-Cut Apple Pie Oatmeal // Raisins //Coconut // Peanut Butter
Firstly, I had never tried making oatmeal in the slow-cooker before but waking up to a hot breakfast yesterday was pretty amazing! The above recipe was delicious and has me itching to experiment a little bit.
Breakfast for dayssss
On the exercise front, I’ve been digging a new-to-me method of working out and basically the plan is to have absolutely no plan. I just start a stopwatch and perform a move for 40 seconds, and then rest for 20 while I think about what I’ll exercise I’ll do next. It keeps me on my toes and goes by SO quickly.
If you don’t have much of a mental repertoire of exercises to draw upon, you could jot down a list before starting and then just pick from it randomly as you go. I go for things like mountain climbers, push-ups, squat jumps, thrusters, bicep curls in a squat, kettlebell swings, jump rope, etc. Often I do some intervals on the treadmill for 15 or 20 minutes (sprints and incline walking), then do this “no-plan” for 15 or 20 minutes and finish sweaty and happy.
Lunch Plate: Vegepate on toast (so addicted) // avocado // veggies // hummus
On another note, I wanted to mention my “conversation lists” just in case it’s helpful for anyone else living away from their family and/or significant other. I can’t remember when I started doing this but I have a running note on my computer and phone of things that I don’t want to forget to tell Josh and/or my parents during our next FaceTime call. They’re just silly little anecdotes and thoughts I have throughout the day that would probably otherwise escape me. But talking about those little details instead of just the big bulky items – like how my exam went yesterday and what I did today – keeps me feeling so in touch and connected.
Savouring the last bits of my Bark Thins!
Speaking of school, I feel like the last few weeks were a good little lesson for me that I want to hold onto. I got some midterm marks back that had me pretty discouraged. I had studied hard for them and the less-than-stellar results left me doubting my academic capabilities and – to be blunt – feeling sort of stupid. But what became clear to me is just how much of my identity I put into my school performance and more importantly, just how much I don’t want that to be the case. My marks don’t define my intelligence, and if it takes getting a few bad marks to realize it, maybe they’re a blessing in disguise.
Post Workout Smoothie: Almond milk // spinach // frozen banana
I used my roommate’s blender (which he so kindly lets me use!) for the first time yesterday and I discovered that it has a “smoothie setting”. It pulsed the ingredients a few times, and then ran as usual and the end result was super smooth without having to stir it once. I was a bit too excited about this feature and was tempted to make 3 more smoothies just to experience it again.
Brown Rice Cake // Hummus // Hot Sauce
I saw a huge flock of geese flying south today and I got all teary since I am incapable of seeing anything happy without crying. I don’t think I will ever stop being fascinated by the fact that they just KNOW to migrate. Animals, eh?
Lentil Spaghetti (recipe coming Friday!) // vegan parmesan
And lastly, at the risk of sounding like a used car salesman (my fave), I have never explicitly mentioned my Facebook page on here but I wanted to in case you’d like to have my posts appear on your news feed!
Hope you have an amazing day and eat lots of delicious things.
And do you have anything random to tell me?!
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