Baby Steps

I’m not afraid of running uphill. In fact I kind of enjoy it. When I run uphill, I take baby steps. I shorten my stride, slow down my speed a little, but I don’t stop moving forward. Keep moving in the right direction, and eventually you’ll make it to the top, right?

I need to incorporate this thinking into other aspects of my life (I’ve noticed so many times how running and life things overlap. If only life was really as simple as running.) I really like this idea of breaking big challenges down into baby-steps. I don’t stop at the bottom of each hill, just staring at the top (where I want to be) and worry/wondering how I’ll get there. I just keep moving, and then eventually I’m there.

I’ve noticed that unlike running, before starting sometimes I tend to stop and worry. What happens if I fail? What happens if it’s not perfect? What if I fall down? The only surefire way not to make it up that hill is if you just stop at the bottom and give up.

Since we’re on the topic of baby steps, I’ll also share some photos from my friends baby shower this weekend! Her shower was in gorgeous Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Even though the drive there and back by myself on Sunday felt long, it was worth it to..

Celebrate with her at her fantastic shower:


Take in the gorgeous coastal Maine views (the way life should be…)


And last but not least.. worth it for the CRAZY GOOD cupcakes (note the pink frosting. It’s a girl!!!!)


Oats of Steel = Abs of Steel?

My newest food obsession is Steel Cut Oats. I have been an oatmeal fan forever, but always opted for the instant oats since, they were quick and easy and well, I am lazy!

I knew that the ingredients in the instant flavored oatmeal aren’t necessarily the best, and that there is often times a lot of added sugar. Recently I decided to put on my big-girl kitchen apron and whip up some Steel Cut Oats. My first experience with them was making a crock-pot full. In the crock-pot, there was enough for breakfast for a full month (not kidding!) These babies are sooo filling.

In addition to the oats and water, I added in milk, a little vanilla, cinnamon & brown sugar into the crock-pot and when it came time to heat-up/eat I would add a scoop of peanut butter and some berries (blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, or all 3). There are tons of easy recipes online for the crock-pot oats- I think I used this one.

The next few times I have just made it on the stove top or in the microwave following the directions on the bag . Each time has been super delicious, and so filling. Normally after eating oatmeal, I’ll crave another snack or early lunch within a short-time, so the fact that this kept me satisfied for so long was really interesting!  It turns out that our bodies do not digest all oats equally, and since the steel ones take longer to digest, it keeps us fuller for a longer period of time and keep the metabolism on point. Good to know!

I’ll still love instant oatmeal and really all oats in general, but definitely looking forward to incorporating more steel-cut into the diet. Remember folks, abs (of steel) are made in the kitchen!!


None of your Business

What other people think of you is none of your business. It’s not. Yet sometimes we somehow let this idea of what we think other people think about us affect us, and spend a lot of time thinking or even worrying about something, that is frankly none of our business and that we certainly don’t have much control over.

Some people are going to love you, some people aren’t going to like you, and most people aren’t going to think about you all that much because they are pretty consumed worrying about what other people are thinking about them. #truth

What if we all stopped caring about what other people thought and just decided to be ourselves, free of judgement (or perceived judgement), insecurity, fear, jealousy, etc?

I know all too well that to just “stop caring” is something much easier said than done, but maybe a first step to stop caring can be to START to care more- for ourselves. To be so caring, loving and confident with yourself that you really could care less about what others think.

FYI – I think you’re awesome, but that’s really none of your business 😉


End Rant

When I got out of work yesterday and stepped into the bright afternoon sunshine, I wanted to take back the whole post from yesterday morning. Don’t get me wrong, the morning was ROUGH, but the afternoon and evening with more light and warmth were glorious. Walking around with my dog in sun and not freezing to death made me feel like everything was right in the world.

All that spring-like air not only improved my mood, but it also turned me into a cleaning machine. Post-walk I scrubbed the entire bathroom: Tile floor, toilet, sink, bathtub, the works. After seeing all the dog hair and dirt in the bathroom I even decided to bathe and scrub the dog.  Where has this energy been all my life? Hidden in the dark, cold snowbanks I assume.

If you are feeling the spring cleaning urge too, check out this What to clean today chart found on Pinterest. This seems doable, even with a busy schedule! Don’t have time to deep clean the whole house? No problem! Like almost everything in life, break it down into little manageable pieces, take action and pretty soon you’ll accomplish more than you could have ever imagined.

I’ll leave you with a photo of my delicious snack at work today: Oikos Key Lime Greek yogurt mixed with 3 Sisters Graham Crackerz cereal from Wholefoods. Eat this to reward yourself after all that spring cleaning!