A Certain Kind of Crazy

There are aspects to my personality that are unique, things that make me…me. I love this about myself, that my likes and dislikes, my relationships and personality have formed the person I have become. I, for the most part, have grown to love who I am. There are days, however, when one of those unique qualities pops up at full force. At times like this I often take a step back and say to myself ‘this is it, I’ve crossed the line from quirky into crazy’. Shortly after having these thoughts I usually realize that we are all crazy in one form or another. There is no such thing as ‘normal’. There are all of these qualities that make up a person and we don’t share them all but we often share one or too. So we are not all identical but there are similar qualitys that connect us to each other. 

I talk to myself. A lot. It helps me think and process my thoughts. Sometimes it makes me feel like I am going crazy. I know that I am not alone in this, many people talk to themselves. Take my mother for example. I recently found an article that reassured me that when I am talking to myself I am not going crazy, it’s just a unique part of my personality. The article even described how talking to yourself is beneficial and a sign of intelligence. Check out the full article, People Who Talk To Themselves Aren’t Crazy, They’re Actually Geniuses
~n

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Closing My Eyes To See

Well 21 days have come and gone and phase one is over. I have exercised regularly only taking a day off  once or twice a week so as not to over do it. I am feeling great and motivated for phase two. 

I used to mediate. I actually took a meditation class once and loved it. I was very relaxing and helped with my anxiety. I can’t even remember the last time I meditated, not good. 
I have a book called Everyday Meditation: 100 Meditations for Health, Stress Relief, and Everyday Joy by Tobin Blake. I really enjoyed the book, it helped you get started and taught you techniques. Plus it does a little variation each day which I found helped build my interest. 
So phase two of my mental spring cleaning is to meditate everyday. I have the book to help me stay focused on my goal and I also plan on keeping a meditation journal to keep track of my progress and to document my sessions. 
  
Here is to the the first 21 days of a life long habit. 
~n

Out With The Old In With The New

Spring is in the air. I am cleaning out the dust in the house and the cobwebs in my head. There are times when I start to many big projects at once and cannot keep up with them to get anything finished. I have prioritized my goals and am now starting phase one. 

First I am going to start blogging again since it somehow got away from me and I have really been missing it. I am also going to start exercising regularly. I have packed on the pounds during the winter blues ands it’s time to shape up. I attempted to go for a nice long walk the other day but my plans were foiled when my ancient running shoes started hurting my feet. 




 I made it around the block and had to come back. So I went on a little shopping trip….



… now with my fancy new running shoes I am all set. 

I learnt once that if you do something 21 times it becomes a habit. Day one is done, I now have 20 more days of walking to go before I move on to phase 2. 

Even the Birds

As I was enjoying a walk after work today I noticed a few things. I observed three birds while out and all of them were walking. The first thought I had was why are you walking when you can fly, silly bird. But even birds need to go for a stroll now and then. It doesn’t take long and there are so many benefits to walking. Walking will improve your health and can help clear your mind, I get some of my best ideas while walking. I know it is hard to find time but you need to make time. Time will not wait for you to be ready and then present a big flashing sign that says ‘go walking now’, sorry but things don’t work like that. Bring a friend to keep each other motivated each day. Never skip walking two days in a row, it’s harder to keep going. Keep a record or schedule to help get you started and stay walking. We all need to get out for a walk now and again. Remember, a little walk goes a long way.

Weekend In the Kitchen

This long weekend was spent in my kitchen baking and cooking away. My adventures led me to a new salad recipe. It is based off of a combination of two salads plus a few added things of my own. Hope you enjoy!

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Quinoa Lentil Salad

Ingredients
*1 cup uncooked quinoa (2 cups cooked quinoa)
*1 apple (I prefer Honey Crisp)
*1 can lentils, rinsed and drained
*1/2 cup chopped walnuts
*1/2 cup dried cranberries

Dressing
*2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
*2 Tbsp balsamic vinegar
*1 tsp cinnamon

1. In a large bowl mix together the cooked quinoa, apples, lentils, walnuts, and dried cranberries.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and cinnamon.

3. Pour dressing over salad ingredients and mix together.

Alternatives
**may include 1 cup of pomegranate seeds in substitute of dried cranberries
**for nut free do NOT add walnuts

~n

Bacon for Breakfast

I love bacon. While I am aware it is not the healthiest thing it is not the worst thing you could eat either. Therefore I still eat bacon for the undeniable fact it is delicious. I have recently discovered some useful knowledge of bacon. It is best to eat bacon for breakfast as it can keep you awake. So eating it at night can be a bad idea if you plan to sleep. Bacon contains Tyramine which stimulates the release of norepinephrine. Norepinephrine is a stimulant that keeps you vigilant (awake and aware), increases your heart rate, and is, along with epinephrine, responsible for the fight-or-flight response. So if you plan on having bacon, try having it earlier in the day rather than later. If you want to stay on the healthier side of things but still enjoy the delicious taste of bacon change your cooking method. Growing up we cooked bacon in a frying pan and by the time all the bacon was cooked the frying pan was filled with bacon grease. Now I cook bacon in the oven. Place a piece of parchment paper on a pan and place the strips of bacon on top. Bake at 350′ for approximately 30 minutes depending on how you like it done. Delicious bacon with a little less grease.

~n

Better Than Napping

I love naps. They are amazing. My apologies to my mother if I ever refused a nap as a child. Now as a grown up I have become very aware of how precious those naps were. I have also learnt of something that is even better than a nap. It’s crazy I know, how can anything be better than a nap. Well I will let you in on the secret….. It’s called meditation. Yep that’s it, meditation. It can take as little or as much time as you want, and it is much more beneficial to your health. Here are a few extra tips to get you started.

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