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An actual conversation I had with my husband, the day after I declared I needed to refocus and get “back on the healthy train:”

Me: Growl! Rrrgggg! I’m hungry, and I absolutely cannot cook. The kitchen is messy and I don’t want to spend an hour making curry!
Brent: Dude, what happened to the healthy train? It’s pulling out of the station. You’re 12 miles away and stuck in traffic. I don’t even think you have a ticket.
Me: Who cares. I hate the healthy train – too much of a hassle. Food now please. (I probably didn’t say please)
Brent: (Sigh, big eye roll) Whatevs.

Obviously, we went out to eat. For the past 2 weeks or so, I’ve been feeling extremely unbalanced. I was understandably stressed about my entrance exam, but things are only going to get more stressful over the next 2.5 years when I have to be in school full time with 12 hour clinicals, so I realize it would be best develop a more balanced way of dealing with it. I think part of the problem was that I’ve had very little actual stress in my life before this year, and so I’ve had time to workout as much as I want, cook dinner nearly every night, and make our lunches, bake bread, and keep our house (fairly) clean. Last week, I barely cooked, didn’t clean, and managed 1 run in like 14 days.

Clearly I need to find a happy medium — just plan to squeeze in like 30 minutes of activity 4 or 5 days a week or something. Maybe I’ll try Tina’s Yoga Challenge. 20 Minutes a day seems doable. Oh, and I’m thinking now would be a great time to reintroduce myself to my crock-pot, to reduce such drastic cases of hangriness, as explained above. Anyone have any good vegetarian crock-pot recipes, that aren’t soups? We already eat a lot of soup, and chili is fine, but it gets old. I feel like veggies kind of turn to mush in the pot though.

Anyone have exciting weekend plans? I think we’re kind of hanging low. I tried convincing Brent to go to Vegas for a 3 day weekend, but that plan didn’t really take off the way I had hoped.

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  1. You should! It’s just 20 minutes a day, and I think if I can do it, anyone can!!! 🙂 I’m posting more info on my blog about it this afternoon.

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  2. I am totally with you on finding balance. I’m thinking about trying out Tina’s challenge too, though I really don’t think I can do it for a month. I’d be happy with 5 days a week or at least starting to do yoga (I’ve never really done it).

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  3. For a gift a few years ago I received FIX-IT and FORGET-IT LIGHTLY : Healthy, Low-Fat Recipes for Your Slow Cooker. It has a lot of neat vegetarian ideas, there was one meal that was a sloppy joe that used tempeh. While there are meat recipes in the book too, there are many meatless recipes.

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  4. Also you could try stuffed peppers or stuffed cabbage. My husband has made stuffed cabbage in the crockpot, I think he uses rice, bulgar, and morningstar crumbles and just makes it like he would make meat stuffed cabbage. You steam the cabbage first, so that they can roll.

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  5. Maybe you just need some quicker healthy meals, like stir fry or pasta.
    http://www.seejessrun.com

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  6. it’s SO hard to find balance when there’s literally not enough time in the day for all the things you need to do! it will take time, but i’m sure you’ll find a “good enough” way to get organized. you can do it!

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