Happy 2017! I hope everyone had a really nice New Year's Eve. We usually stay in, but we were actually social butterflies on Saturday. We saw Rogue One for the second time (my aunt and uncle hadn't seen it and wanted to), then we came home and chilled for a bit before going to a friend's house. Her husband smoked some ribs and a turkey breast and they were both delicious. We had a nice meal and hung out for a bit, then got out of there at about 10:30 because we were worried about the freezing temps and drunk people on the road. I was definitely nervous driving home, my car was covered in ice and the roads were slick, but we made it home fine thankfully. It's been a wild winter here in Oregon so far! We're supposed to get temps in the 20s this week, then another nasty ice storm (the 3rd one of the year).
On New Year's Day I did my shelter shift, then later that night we went to see Henry Rollins and his spoken word show. Henry is one of the most fascinating guys and I could listen to him all day! He tells a lot of great travel stories and is incredibly smart and funny. If you ever get a chance to see him, you should! Some of the things he said were very inspiring and it was a great way to start the new year.
Today was devoted to taking down all of the Christmas decorations and the tree, plus going and grocery shopping. I sat down over the weekend and made a menu for the week and then went and stocked up today. This is going to sound hokey, but it was actually empowering in a way to get back on track and walk up to the checkout stand with a cart full of produce! I have a really nice menu planned up and have some new recipes on there to try. I've been testing recipes from this food blog called Naturally Ella. I'm sure it's been around awhile, but I've fallen behind on the times when it comes to food blogs so it's new to me. It's a vegetarian blog and admittedly, the pictures are what drew me in! Her recipes are very simple and wholesome, (and what I've tested so far has been delicious) but I'm finding they're quite caloric. Just a good reminder that just because something is vegetarian or vegan doesn't mean that it doesn't pack a wallop on the calorie/fat front! I just have to be careful about fitting the recipes into my macros. When I test more of the recipes, I'll have to write a review for you guys!
I am a few days into my FB Booty program and am working through a lot of soreness, but it actually feels really good. Maybe it makes me a weirdo, but I love that feeling when you lay down to sleep at night and your muscles are tired and vaguely sore from that day's workout. I've been sleeping a lot better the last few nights since I started working out again, which is a really nice benefit. I often have really awful nightmares (like being chased by killers, Keith Morrison from Dateline is going to narrate the story of my murder nightmares), but I've noticed that I haven't been having bad dreams the last couple of days. That is definitely a nice benefit that I won't complain about! I notice that I can't lift quite as much as I could before and that my stamina is slightly affected due to taking so much time off, but I think that I'll get back to the level I was before fairly quickly.
I feel really optimistic about this year already! I just feel really good mentally for the first time in awhile, and I'm definitely happy to be back on track!