Yesterday was my first day back to work after a two week break. The break was definitely worth it! A few years ago, I went to a conference for Administrative Professionals, and the keynote speaker suggested that you always try to take two consecutive weeks of vacation in a row. Her reasoning was that it takes you the first week to wind down and “detox” or “process” and the second week is your true vacation. The next year I tried it and decided she was absolutely right, so I did it again this year and plan on continuing the trend for as long as I work outside the home. It’s hard to wait for the two weeks to arrive, especially when you see your coworkers taking days off here and there throughout the year, but when it comes, it’s worth the wait! I feel relaxed and recharged and even my outlook at home and work has changed to a more positive one.
I also started back with one of my personal training clients last night. She weighed in and we set out goals for the next 6 months, with monthly mile markers within the goals. It was a really good session, in my opinion. I think part of why going back to work yesterday wasn’t as hard was because I had the training session to look forward to. I really love encouraging people to live healthy lives. It’s so much fun!
We had absolutely no food in the house after our time away (we were in TN and OH with my family for the full two weeks and cleaned out our fridge before leaving). We didn’t make it to the grocery store on Monday, so we decided to have a date night out with some of our Christmas money. We ended up at Ruby Tuesdays. I tried their smashed cauliflower for the first time and was pleasantly surprised. I also tried their vegetarian minis (little burgers made out of brown rice and black beans, topped with a tiny square of Swiss, lettuce, tomato, and bbq sauce). Yummy!! And it came with the salad bar. I ate all the cauliflower, 1 of the 2 minis, and had about 1 c. worth of salad leftover on my plate, so I had salad, apple salad, and a mini for lunch today. I didn’t even warm up the mini; it was delicious cold too! I also got my first free cup of coffee for the year from Liquid Highway today. I love Twitter Tuesdays!
Bryan picked me up from work at 5 and we headed for Publix (one of my favorite shopping experiences). I had looked at their ad online today and picked out some of the key items for our meals for the next couple of weeks and we stocked up! I got fresh beets, mustard greens, green onions, spinach, cabbage, carrots, apples, and baby bella mushrooms. Bryan picked out a whole grain bread, Boar’s head chicken breast, and Havarti for his lunches this week, and we got black beans and yellow rice. We also got eggs, almond milk, carrot juice, Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness juice (one of my special treats), oatmeal, and cereal. Publix brand really does have good prices and we scored several buy-one-get-one-free sales.
After we put the groceries away, I separated out the dough that Bryan had mixed together and put two in loaf pans and made the last third into pizza dough! I was so happy when I looked at the dough and saw that he had used whole wheat flour! We topped it with sauce, fresh mushrooms, ground venison, turkey pepperoni, and part skim mozzarella! Yum!!
And now he’s waiting for me to get off my computer so we can watch the latest episode of “Castle” together on hulu.com while we eat our pizza. Good night!