First of all, let me just say, “THANK YOU!” for checking out my blog! After finding so many amazing blogs that I frequent on a daily basis, I decided to write my own as a way to interact with the blog community and as a way of figuring out “ME.” I’ll pass on any tips, tricks, or insights I figure out. We all need all the help we can get, right??? I’m no expert, but I do love sharing and learning new things. Hope you find something helpful here & that I can learn something from you, too!
A little about me . . . I’m a web writer/editor, working mostly from home, which can be a nice perk, although sometimes I have to force myself out into the “real world” for human contact and, you know, to be sure I shower.
Cooking happens to be one of my very favorite things to do, and I LOVE trying new recipes. I’m a bit of a Food Network junkie, but I also get inspired by things I read online & in magazines as well as dishes I see on menus when eating out. I have so much fun playing in the kitchen!
Having lived alone for the last four years, I’ve figured out a thing or two about cooking for one. I love to cook, but most recipes make so much food that I’m stuck eating leftovers. Now, I like leftovers, but not for 4 days in a row. And I have a thing about wasting food—I feel totally guilty throwing things out and get so disappointed when things like produce go bad before I can use them. I had to find a way to make cooking work for my household, rather than being stuck with endless leftovers or wasted, spoiled food. Enter Party of One! If you’re eating on your own (or even if you’re not!), check it out!
I try to eat healthfully as often as possible. I just feel so much better when I do! I hate to have rules for eating, but there are a few things I try to keep in mind overall . . .
- If it doesn’t taste good, don’t eat it. I’m all for healthy eating, but I’m not going to eat something just because it’s good for me or just because it’s there. If I’m taking in calories, I want to enjoy them!
- If you’re hungry, EAT! I always see women starving themselves on diets only to succumb to their hunger and feel like they’ve failed. That’s no good! So when I feel hungry, I know it means that my body needs fuel–and I eat something!
- If you aren’t hungry, DON’T EAT! This is perhaps the most difficult one for me. You see, I love food. It’s not just the tastes and textures, but also the happy feeling it gives me. Unfortunately, this leads me to eat when I’m bored, lonely, celebrating, socializing, etc. etc. etc.! You can always have more . . . tomorrow. Every time I want to eat when I’m not hungry, I tell myself this!
- If you want dessert, have dessert. I have found that when I really want something sweet, I need to have the real deal. No substituting with a diet ice cream sandwich or sugar-free pudding. For me, that just leads to overeating, because I haven’t really satisfied my craving.
If I just have what I really want (in moderation!), I’m satisfied.
I’m a lifelong runner, but a nasty knee injury sidelined me for several years after doctors told me I couldn’t run anymore. I actually listened, which is totally
out of character for me! But when my co-workers started buzzing about a race they had all signed up to run, I was itching to run again. I started out slowly–very slowly. But bit by bit, I managed to build up my strength, increasing my mileage and eventually my pace. And now? I run half marathons! Considering I thought I’d never run again, it’s a pretty big deal to me, something I’m very proud of. Now, I run almost every day and appreciate the fact that I am able to do so!
I used to think I didn’t like to workout, but somewhere along the way, I realized I actually do!
I love the way I feel when I exercise regularly, and there’s truly nothing like that endorphin high after a really great run or workout. In the past, I was only working out to lose or maintain my weight, but now I want to workout. I love and look forward to my workouts–they make me feel strong, confident, and alive!
Running has become my favorite workout, but I really think of it more as a hobby than a workout. It is my go-to stress reliever, and I can get pretty cranky if I don’t get a run in several days each week!
Regardless of the workout, I carve out some time most every day for myself to move. Because I want to. Because I can. Because nothing makes me feel stronger or tougher or better than the accomplishment of a great workout.
My ultimate life goal is to be happy.
In the past, I always thought I knew what I wanted, what would make me happy. I’m not so sure anymore. My aim is to find joy in the little things, discover my own interests, and enjoy the overall journey. I have been so busy trying to make my life happen that I’ve missed out on enjoying the ride on the way to get there. On the happiness front, my aim is to be happy with what I have and stop focusing on what I don’t. I realize that changing my outlook on life is not something that will happen overnight, but if I can’t get there if I don’t try!