Five Guys

Sorry I’ve been MIA for the past couple of days. I’ve barely seen my apartment in the light, which is why I haven’t posted. Busy, busy, busy! It’s nice to have the weekend to relax (now that I’m not on call for the tech of Midsummer Night’s Dream) and take care of things and not just want to collapse into bed after walking through the door.

The other night I got a free ticket to go see the advance screening of “Zombieland” and went with a couple of friends from work. The movie was hilarious, I definitely recommend it. I didn’t think I would like it as much as I did, but the movie had me cracking up the entire time. Very much worth seeing, it’s a movie that I’m putting in my “want to own” list. After the movie we went to eat at Five Guys burgers because we literally left from the theatre after the company meeting over to the theatre. Since we were already in that area, I thought it would be a good time for everyone to experience the joy that is that restaurant.

If you haven’t been to Five Guys, it’s a great burger place where you pick the size burger, with or without cheese and bacon, and then they have a list of toppings to choose from. Their burgers are good, and their fries are the amazing freshly cut fried in peanut oil kind. They also have peanuts for you to have while you wait. It’s in the fast food end of places to eat, but worth every penny. It’s so good!

Now, I did splurge on my calories going here. This is a place I like to call the “worthitcal”, meaning it’s worth spending calories there, because of the quality of food.  You know those foods that you want, say a piece of cake but once you eat it, it’s not as good as what you wanted? That’s what I mean by that. I can have cake, sweets, calorie rich foods, but I have to make sure that it is worth it, because when it is I don’t feel like it’s a waste.

I am in the firm belief that if I were to cut out everything in my diet I would crash, and crash hard (as I have done in the past). So I do like to have times where I stray from eating healthier, to something not as good. With planning, you can make decisions and allow to eat things that are in the not so healthy range, it’s all about moderation, and even though my meal still wasn’t in the crazy calorie range as say McDonalds, I did have to make some alterations in my diet to allow for that to be ok. I ate well during the day, which consisted of meals that were filling and low in calories, and I didn’t splurge when I got there. I ate half my fries and threw them out (which was hard, let me tell you). The calories totally made up for the quality of the food, and the good company I had with me. If I feel like I’m “depriving” myself of food of that nature, it makes it harder for me to succeed. I think I handle the day well, and am happy with the food choices that I made.

Kale!

I don’t think l have ever (knowingly) eaten kale before until recently.

With all the talk on other blogs about the benefits of kale, and the many recipes that seemed amazing to eat (the kale chips! everyone is raving about the kale chips!) that included it I finally buckled down and bought a bag of it when I went to Wal-Mart. I know, I know. Wal-Mart is the devil. But hey, in my defense I did go to a Neighborhood Market, and their tomatoes for some reason are always so good, and last for so long I couldn’t resist stopping by for some cheaper produce.

I haven’t really been able to find kale in any smaller bag than a huge 2lb bag. I figured it was worth the cost (around $4), and even if I didn’t eat the entire bag, which living alone was certainty, I could say I tried it.

Oh. My. God.

Kale has now moved to my second place spot on my top vegetables list, asparagus leading the list, and spinach in a close third. The first thing I made with it was a shrimp polenta dish I found at the blog KathEats (link to the recipe: http://www.katheats.com/favorite-foods/confetti-shrimp-grits/) the recipe didn’t call for it, but I decided that it would be a good substitution, thus began my love affair with this leafy green.

Since then I’ve put it in eggs, had it on sandwiches, sauteed it into pastas, ate them straight out of the bag, made chips out of them (sprinkle a little bit of olive oil and spice of your choice, lay them out on a sheet, and stick them into the oven at about 375 for 15 until brown, healthy thin chips, yum!). Tonight they are going in my box of mac and cheese (no worries, it’s the Whole Foods kind and I like to bulk up the boxed foods with tons of fresh produce and spices) and I CAN’T wait. My bag is almost gone after barely two weeks.

If you like spinach, you’ll definitely like kale as an alternative. Especially when it’s sauteed. I find that raw kale has a little bit more of a bitter taste than raw spinach, so I wouldn’t necessarily like it was a replacement leaf in my salad as I would spinach, but it’s definitely in the family.

How do you cook/eat your kale? I now need to know more recipes to aid in my obsession!

It’s fun to look at the YMCA

I’m not lying when I say the YMCA is close to my apartment. I literally can look into the building and see the people on the treadmills and elipiticals. It’s very depressing actually. One of the things I do love, and would like to continue doing is yoga. I’ve priced the studios around here, and most of them are around the $50 a class range.

$50!? That’s out of my price range and then some, I don’t want to spend $200 a month on four classes. The Y offers yoga classes, plus others classes like pilates and spin classes, AND access to a gym for around $52 a month. I know in the grand scheme of things, it’s not a lot and definitely beneficial but I’m not getting paid very much. My position is not as a full artisan, I’m more of an apprentice, and although I’m making enough to survive without outside help or a second job (although I do have some outside upholstery jobs on the side to bring in some extra fun/help me money), I really am living paycheck to paycheck, I’m not much over minimum wage. It’s a lot to fork out a month.

I don’t know. I do have some free alternatives. My apartment building does have a tiny gym, although I’ve really never been in it, and I do live downtown so I could take long walks, but it really isn’t the same as a full gym, especially on the classes front. I would definitely have to be creative with my budget to work the membership in, and I do have some outside gigs that will help out. I don’t know, am I just making excuses to get out of not going? I don’t think so, but I can’t help but feel subconsciously that’s happening. Although, every day when I come home I turn to Heather and tell her about how I’m depressed that everyone is walking into or out of the building in gym clothes on and I’m literally not even a half block away and I’m not using that to my advantage. I don’t have to buy parking when I go there. I don’t have to park my car on the street and feed quarters into the slot, I would just have to walk 30 seconds across the street. Not everyone has the advantage, I mean the saving of money on just the parking garage is insane.

Blah. Money is not fun. Not having a lot to have to worry whether 52 a month on getting healthier and improving my life is not fun.

What do you think?

New beginnings….round two

So here’s another attempt at creating a vlog on the internets. Hopefully this one will help me get motivated, and back to where I was at the begining of the summer. I was in a really good place, exercising, or at least moving every day and mindful of my eating. I was watching what servings really are, and making smarter, healthier decisions. I was happy, and it felt great.

The downfall came during the summer stock gig I had where the combination of eating cafeteria food and the emotional depressive state that I became in, I threw out my good habits all together. The first week was great, and then from that day onward for the next two months I ate crap, and then went and got more crap from fast food places.

It was not an ok path for me, I understand this. But I can’t let one set back ruin my chances of turning my life around for the better. I can look at what happened this summer as a learning experience. I can deconstruct it, and be able to change for the better. I’m excited to look at it as this. It will be good for me.

Now that that’s out of the way, onto the present! I started back up on my Youtube channel, which I think will help out immensely. It will almost hold me accountable, and I hate failure in front of groups, so psychologically it helps. I also can look back on it and find things that helped, and those that helped. It’s a great catalogue of the journey.