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I know I’m not alone in feeling that some days I’m just keeping my head above water. I’ve said it before, and I’m gonna say it now too, every day is what you make of it. If you have an outlook that it’s going to be a good day the chances are a lot higher that that’s going to be true. The same goes for negative thoughts going into a new day as well. I make lists to keep me organized and to give me some sense of control. I’m the kind of person that needs to see things being checked off as they happen. I’m not unique in this way, they call those people Type A.

I keep a handwritten calendar and a digital calendar just so I always have a place to write things down at all times. My handwritten calendar is at home and sits on my desk or in bed with me while I do homework or client check-ins. I keep a notebook on me at all times so I can jot down ideas as they come and go, mostly for stress relief, but sometimes just to write something that I’m thinking about. I blog because writing helps get everything out of my head and onto a screen so that I can reread it and make sure that I’m able to make some sense of it.

But through my lists, calendars and words sometimes it’s seems like I’m just going through the motions. Sometimes I feel like there’s a current pushing against me and pulling me down. And sometimes it’s in my head. I tell my clients it’s about stepping back and saying “no one is making you do all of these things. These are things that you want for yourself, for the long term, to better your opportunities.” And sometimes I remind them that it’s it’s OK to sink to the bottom and look around before bobbing right back up to the top.

Today I’m reminding myself of this. I just need to make sure that I get a big gulp of air just in case I sink down again.
Two weeks ago I was given my work schedule and I was booked for full-time hours. I wasn’t hired to be full-time, that’s not part of the plan. I’m going to school full-time and I’m coaching at what I consider to be a full-time caseload.  Working a retail job full-time was never part of the plan. I pointed this out to my manager and he told me that he felt bad because he knew I wasn’t making a lot. I told him I never approached him about getting more hours so he should’ve never assumed that this would’ve been OK – he needs to ask me before adding this many hours to my plate. I told him that I would try to handle it because I didn’t want to put him in a position since the schedule was already made, but the sinking feeling has been happening on and off. For those who don’t work retail – part-time is about 20 to 30 hours, but I was supposed to be scheduled for about 25-27; full-time is 30 to 40. The past two weeks I’ve been booked for 36ish hours, not including breaks.

I’ve got a lot going on, I like it that way, but after being on leave for so long it’s an adjustment being this busy again. I’ve been steadily chipping away at my lists and making sure I can check things off, but as each day passes and to-dos are completed, more are added to the list. Because I recognize that I was going to become overwhelmed, I decided to not take on 12 clients this month. I had a few clients tell me that they wanted to take charge and go on their own, something that I definitely encourage. It’s an opportunity for them to take with they’ve learned and apply it on their own terms, but there’s also allowed me to downsize slightly. For me this meant instead of 12 I took on eight individuals. That’s a manageable number, some of them are reoccurring and some of them are new, which means they’re on different check-in schedules.

Today started as an amazing day and I’m going to try to finish it that way, but right now as I’m writing this I’m frustrated. I’m stalled in one of my papers, and struggling to get the words out. The other paper I have no issue with and the outline itself is about the length of the paper supposed to be. But – I have a few chapters of reading I need to get done too and discussions. Just because there’s a paper to write doesn’t mean that the rest of the work is paused.

I was supposed to have therapy today, but since we went to an every other week schedule, he took me out completely. I need to send him an email to reschedule, but I also need to look at my calendar and see when I have time. Sadly I fear that I won’t have time for at least two weeks because of class and my outside-of-the-house job. I had some things I wanted to talk to him about – classes and work, personal things like prep and JP. I talk to JP and I talk to friends, but being in therapy is different.

I just wanted the break from everything. I love the gym because it gives me a place to release energy, but that doesn’t mean I have the chance to get thoughts out of my head – that’s what therapy and writing are for.

Right now, I don’t want to go to work because when I finish posting this I’m going to be highlighting through journal articles for my paper, which has had to evolve into something more broad due to lack of accessible research. I can think of all the other things I need and want to get done. I’m working on dividing my list: things that NEED to get done and things I WANT to get done. Ultimately, I WANT to get the dishes cleaned and out of the sink, but that can wait until tomorrow. I’m sure some of you could argue that I didn’t NEED to go to the gym, but ultimately – I did, that’s part of the plan. I did cut off two exercises for timing and went as hard as I could with what was on the agenda.

So the plan for the rest of the day is to at least pretend to breathe, make a cup of tea, knock out at least another paragraph of my paper, set a timer to work on client work and head off to work for the night. I’m bringing a text book to work tonight to read at least a chapter and check that off the list.

I have two more shifts this week and I have Friday off from my out-of-the-house job, which will give me time for writing my papers and client work. If I can just make it through this week, I will be gold.

On a positive note, even with this frustration I don’t feel anywhere near as stressed as I did months ago. That’s still something.

❤ Cristina

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The blizzard hit last night and has been going strong ever since. This has not only caused me to be stuck inside, but I’m starting to go through my movie collection. So far I have watched Valentine’s day, Frost Nixon and now onto James Bond Casino Royale. Really there is no method to the selection today. I also had the perfect snow-day breakfast: Flap Jacked banana hazelnut protein pancakes with Cellucor’s Cor-fetti cake batter whey and eggs. Well rounded macros and super tasty.

After glancing out the window, I realize there is definitely 2 feet of snow out there, and the drift of snow by my kitchen window is about 3 feet tall. There’s a high chance I made a slushy with some of the snow and an ounce of Parrot Bay Pineapple Rum. It’s a snow day and it fit my macros, but holy moly I never realized how much sugar is truly in flavored rum like Parrot Bay. I am so glad that I have cut out pretty much all alcohol during this prep.

Today the only things I have accomplished is making rice to ration out for the rest of this weeks meals, watch movies and send a few work related emails. I mean I could still be in bed, so I definitely think sitting on my living room floor is a step up. Also, it brings me to the purpose of my post.

There are some days when I can decide what I really want to eat and other days when I know what I want, but I’m unwilling to give up certain macros for it, so I pass. Today was the latter. With my rice and chicken already prepped all I needed was something saucy.

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new bottle!

 

I love Srirach and that’s pretty much what this post is about. Last month I discovered Sriracha mayo at the grocery store and while it’s great on sandwiches in moderation, it’s all fat and high in it too. I’m not willing to give up 15g of fat macros for 1 tablespoon.

I was determined to find an alternative that would give me the creaminess of Srirach mayo without all the fat. I wanted the kick, but I didn’t want to burn my lips off either. I use plain Greek yogurt for a million things. It’s a great substitution for sour cream, it’s a great ingredient for protein pudding, it makes shakes thicker and it also makes for a great sauce.

Here’s what you need:

  • 2 tsp of Sriracha Sauce
  • 2 tablespoons (1/8 cup) or plain Greek yogurt

Just mix the two thoroughly so you don’t get a spot that is heavily spicy.

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ignore my fiber gummy bottle

I added the mixture to my chicken and rice and it was perfect. I had already seasoned the chicken during the cooking process, but the Sriracha yogurt added something to it that made it a little more fun than just some steak seasoning.

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I think the snow day is getting to me a little bit because I have plans to make a mini sweet potato casserole with dinner.

I hope you all stay warm and don’t go stir crazy!

 

❤ Cristina

 


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Since I worked yesterday, my boss is letting me come in late today. However, I feel asleep at 830 last night which resulted in not being able to sleep in this morning. So off to the gym I went! I ran for time this morning. Decreased my speed and increased the incline. I’m down another half pound bringing my loss this summer to 18 pounds and my new weight to a solid 156. I’m 10 weeks out for my show and I’ve recalculated my macronutrients to fit my new BF%. I’ve also changed up my workouts adding 2 days of steady cardio and 2 days of HIIT to my 5 days of lifting. I’m working with two different friends to make sure I’m getting the most out of the next 10 weeks.

I’ve ordered my suit, booking my glamour appointments, and practicing in my heels. I am so damn excited and I can’t wait to take those progress shots right before the show.

I hope everyone else has a great Monday!

❤️ Cristina