A Cold Week In

It was a cold, snowy week, so I didn’t do a ton, but I did keep up with my workouts, healthy eating, and working on my healing. Having thyroid issues and the anxiety that is caused/exacerbated by it can be really difficult, but I keep pushing through! I’ll do a quick recap of my week and then I am going to wind down with some stretching.

I didn’t sleep very well Sunday night, so I was dragging on Monday. Lately, my morning breakfast smoothies have been filled with wild blueberries, dragonfruit, mixed greens, and ginger. After a long day of work and several meetings, I did a light arm workout at the gym and then came home to make dinner. I made oven-roasted chicken thighs, garlic green beans, and red potatoes. For the most part, I watch carbs, but I do allow myself complex carbs from vegetables that have important nutrients. I couldn’t believe how much my herb garden has grown! Luckily, I was so tired from the night before that I fell asleep and slept through most of the night.

Tuesday, I had more meetings and a long day at work, but I am still enjoying getting to write all day. After work, I did a “Yoga with Adriene” flow like I always do on Tuesdays and had a strawberry lemonade kombucha. I like to put lemon balm in my diffuser, light a candle, and dim the lights while I do the practice. For dinner, I made salmon, sweet potatoes, and broccoli.

Wednesday and Thursday were a blur of the same: work, meetings, and writing, but I like being productive and busy and the environment I’m in is really enjoyable. For dinner Wednesday, I made a salad out of mixed greens, cucumber, avocado, tomatoes, and flounder. Thursday, I made gluten-free chicken nuggets, cauliflower rice, and kale gnocchi. This has been a favorite dinner lately because it’s quick and easy and sauteing the rice in onions and garlic makes it much more tolerable! After dinner, I decided to browse Hulu and found some old Mary Kate and Ashley videos that I used to love! I put on Billboard Dad and even though I cringed through a lot of it, I remembered nearly every line and it brought back a lot of good memories, so that was fun.

I was relieved it was Friday but then remembered I had to work Saturday. That’s okay, though; I like being part of university events and surrounding myself with intelligent and kind people! I wanted a peaceful environment, so I plugged in the light therapy lamp, added some essential oil to my diffuser, and made some herbal tea.

After work, I hit the gym and did 40 minutes of cardio: ten minutes each on the stairs, elliptical, incline treadmill, and bike. Julian and I decided to pick up some dinner and I ordered broiled salmon which came with a side salad and mashed potatoes. We hung out for a bit but headed to bed fairly early since I had to cover an event early the next day, and I’d need to be there for six hours.

The event was fun, but long. They did provide a lunch, and I had a bunless veggie burger with grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, avocado, lettuce, and tomato, and I scooped a huge pile of broccoli out of the pasta salad. I also had a fruit plate with pineapple, cantaloupe, and honeydew. I did my leg workout at the gym and some students running by yelled, “Get those squats in, girl!” And I did. 😉 

When I got home, I did some laundry and cleaned the whole apartment. It really is therapeutic for me, and I love the way it looks and smells after, especially when I have a good Bath & Body Works candle going. I am still burning some of the fall ones since I bought so many last August! I decided to do my grocery shopping for the week and headed to Aldi, where I picked up broccoli, cucumbers, sweet potatoes, avocados, greens, green beans, clementines, bone broth, kombucha, chia seeds, nut butter, celery, strawberries, and mixed vegetables.

We watched the UFC fights and I made some gluten-free crispy shrimp for dinner. On Sunday, I slept in until about nine and then got ready to meet my best friend for lunch. Ever since my thyroid troubles started, I haven’t been out a ton, so I wanted to try to feel like “old times” and dressed up a little. I even did my nails and makeup. I wore navy suede ankle boots, ripped black skinny jeans, a ribbed white long-sleeve top, and a vintage powder blue velvet zip-up vest. We went to Deja Brew and I ordered the “Easy Living” mocktail and avocado toast.

I have not been drinking while I am working on healing some of my current ailments. For the most part, I do not have dairy, gluten, or added sugar, but I have had some every once in a while. My body does not have negative reactions to it, but I am really determined to heal my gut as I continue with the healing process. It started snowing like crazy when we were out, so I rushed home and climbed onto the couch with my husband. We were cold but cozy. I spent most of the afternoon grading.

For dinner, I made my go-to chicken soup. I brown chicken thighs in a pot, add avocado oil, onions, and garlic until they are tender, and then add in bone broth. I add celery, carrots, and kale and bring everything to a boil. Then, I simmer with cannelloni beans and after thirty minutes, I shred the chicken and serve. I also decided to bake some zucchini brownies. These were made with banana, zucchini, cocoa powder, peanut butter, vanilla, and an egg. They were super-fudgy and moist, and I love sneaking veggies into my desserts.

Well, we’re almost halfway to Friday! Every Valentine’s Day I’ve shared with my husband, we usually order good food (pizza) and have some wine. This year might be a little different, but I will still try to have fun! We will probably play the video game Overcooked, order food, and hang out. Maybe I’ll make a good mocktail with kombucha or ginger beer. What are you doing for Valentine’s?

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