Try Something New for a Month

I am utterly addicted to TED videos. They are inspirational, informational and usually has everything my brain wants. Around New Year’s  Eve I was watching: Try Something New For 30 DaysThe title describes it well, and I encourage everyone to go watch it and get inspired. It is all too easy to get stuck in a daily routine.

The video sure inspired me and I decided to try something for the 31 days of January. In January I cut out dairy and ate a vegan diet for 31 days. I also decided to de-clutter my life a little and got rid of one thing every day. 31 things later I cannot notice any difference, so we will most likely keep up with it and slowly de-clutter. Our goal is to one day live in a small house with only the things that we actually use.

For February I have two goals. My first is to read at least 5 pages every day. I used to read a lot, but haven’t in later years and want to get back to it. So at least a little bit every day to stimulate my mind and set a good example for bean. I also decided to do at least 5 minutes of meditation every day. When we lived closer to monasteries we went at least once a week for long meditations and practiced shorter at home. Now all monasteries are so far away we just don’t go and I can feel the difference in my mind. So here’s hopefully the new beginning to a continued mindful life.

And, because I like to overdo things, I decided to join  Fitness, Finance and Fun on a journey through Fab Ab February. I am not sure if this is the blog it originates from because there are so many out there, but it’s the one I got the info from. I will add this to my regular (although more sporadic and spur-of-the-moment) workouts to really stabilize my core and keep  my back healthy and strong. Anyone with me??

Fab Ab February

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Snacks At Its Best– Marble Banana Bread

Before I was pregnant, snacking was a big part of my everyday meal menu. A bowl of cereal to tie over to lunch. A cereal bar to survive long classes. Now when I am pregnant, snacking is a vital part of my survival!

One of my favorite snacks of all time, for the moment, is banana bread. Not any banana bread, but vegan chocolate banana marble from the Post Punk Kitchen. I actually had to go grab a snack, just thinking of it!

What I like about this particular banana bread is that it is low fat, low sugar and overall pretty darn healthy as far as sweet bread goes. I made some modifications to the recipe and share those here:

  • Did not have as much sugar as called for, so I only used 1/4 C. Next time I will just leave it out, because the bananas make it sweet enough.
  • I didn’t have any vanilla extract, so I just left it out.
  • Instead of all purpose flour I used whole wheat flour.

My loaf of banana marble turned out great and it was just as amazing the second day as it was the first. Now I am totally waiting for my bananas to go old again, so I can make another loaf, and another one…! The perfect pregnancy snack 🙂

A Simple Life

Currently reading “The Vegetarian Myth”. I find myself argue with the author at times, yet agree at other times. It’s not a bad book. It’s just too vegan-bashing disorganized thoughts with a very strong feminism punch. Nothing wrong with feminism, I am all for it. But this book might not be the best place. However, I will most likely give a little ramble about it when I am done- in like 200 pages or so.

30. What’s something you said you’d never do, but have since done?

I am sure I once said I will never cheat- on anyone! Well…. I did. Not going to say he deserved it, but he kind of did. I am not justifying my actions but I don’t regret that I did. I really wanted to break up with him, but when you feel like you can’t- why not find someone else in the meantime? That was it though. I will NEVER cheat again. Not on my husband. He is the most perfect man and I will stay true, for as long as we both live 🙂

31. What’s something new you recently learned about yourself?

That I am stronger than I thought I was. Mentally. Even though I doubt that I will be able to stay sane if I have to (please, don’t make me) go through another miscarriage, I know I can find something to get out on the other side. Scarred, but still alive admiring life.

32. What do you sometimes pretend to understand that you really do not?

People, and their common sense. Sometimes I just can’t follow, or understand how it came together or the justification of why.

33. In one sentence, what do you wish for your future self?

A simple life.

34. What worries you most about the future?

That I might not be able to have a kid. Ever. My husband says: you’re stupid. Stop worrying. We will have the most beautiful family and healthy kids. I hope so. I want so. The beauty I don’t care much about…but the family. I want to raise a couple of smart kids with common sense to this world filled with well… less common sense people.

35. When you look into the past, what do you miss most?

The love and devotion I had for track. I still love it. But the devotion is gone. I would have, and did, go way out of my way to train and throw. Season’s didn’t matter. I was always at it. Now I need something bigger to train for. Not just for the training itself… Guess it’s the time-restrictions, and access restrictions… I’ve relocated that devotion elsewhere.

Secure Candy Making

After a late evening PIYO session (which was phenomenal), some steamroom and whirlpool I am finally at home making vegan candy caramel. My first time trying on a caramel candy. It should now set for 5+ hours… so we will see. But it looks good so far!

17. What makes you feel secure?

My husband. He is my rock. He holds on to me when I am about to hover off into space.

Speaking of husband. Last night I had an interesting dream. A dream that ensured me I’ve made the right choice. Or at least not the wrong one.

In my dream I was married to my ex. We had been married for a couple of months, but it was the first time we actually saw each other for about a month. I was talking about him with one of my old crushes that was scolding me. He questioned how I could marry a guy that treated me like he [my ex] did. Did I really want to live like that forever?
As me and my old crush were talking my ex came up to us and ordered me not to hang out with the guy. Not to talk to him. He started bossing me around and making the decisions for me. I grew quite upset and ran off to my best friend.
Me and my friend talked for the longest time and I was thinking about why I had married him in the first place. All I felt toward him was disgust, anger and hopelessness. I knew that I never wanted to have a kid with  him, because I didn’t want anything resembling him in my life.
As I started thinking about kids in my dream I asked myself who I had been trying to have babies with the past couple of months. I knew I had tried and miscarried, but I could not remember with whom.

I woke up confused. Looked over to my side and was relieved when I saw my actual husband laying down next to me. Then I knew who I wanted a baby with. Then I really knew how happy I am with the choice I made.