On a personal note, earlier this week I made a conscious effort to be ok with doing stuff solo. I’ve always been pretty ok with that but I hate that some people view being alone as equivalent to being lonely. Alone and lonely are two separate things! Both are ok to feel. My life is filled with wonderful people and experiences but with me being in grad school and my friends working full time in different cities and states it can be hard to always have a buddy by your side. I get invitations often to come to events in the LA area that are food or fitness related and sometimes I am less than excited to drive an hour, put on my meeting new friends smile face, and waltz in the doors. However, most of the time I’m glad I went and it at least gave me an excuse to explore a little more of my own city. So, I gave myself a little pep talk and decided to try and say yes more than no and see where it gets me. I’ll keep ya posted!
As for the rest of the week, here’s what happened and what I’ve been eating.
Saturday night (last weekend) I had dinner with some friends and we grilled salmon and had sweet potato fries, salad, and some really, really wonderful wine.
Sunday I celebrated Yoga-urt’s 2nd birthday! Best vegan soft serve in LA! Chocolate and PB for Kate and I to share. Church outfit was this stitchfix dress but without the jean jacket (too freaking HOT) and drink- I forgot to snap a pic but I want to include more outfits in here since I love to share that.
Lunches have been salads! I have been roasting veggies and sweet potatoes and throwing some chickpeas and Tessemae’s ranch dressing on there and calling it a day + some fruit and some fun food like a cookie or chocolate after. Super satisfying.
The rest of the week consisted of me talking to members at all 3 branches of the YMCA of The Foothills about my nutrition class for my thesis project. I would spend about 2-3 hours a day there, write some lectures for the fall in the afternoon, and get in a workout or something else later on.
Dinner and lunch one day was pesto pasta just made with whole wheat pasta, chickpeas, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, and the pesto in this photo from Trader Joes. I also really love the granola in that photo and have been having some siggis yogurt and fruit with that for breakfast and snacks.
Last night I was invited to a dinner at Wanderlust Hollywood for an event called Find Your True Fork. I went solo and ended up meeting some awesome people! The event had a stunning table set up and the food was all sustainable and local +all the wine.
I walked into the room knowing no one but left having talked with a handful of genuine people including the chef, Kevin, who has some awesome views on food. He said “I hope you leave here not remembering your meal, but instead the people and the conversations you had”. I could not have put mealtimes in a better way. That’s essentially why I love food/nutrition and why I will continue to love it and hope to share that as I become a practicing RD. Once we take the complication out of food and use it as a vehicle to enjoy life and satisfy us, it becomes so much more that just your average lunch/snack/breakfast.
The photos got worse and worse as the night went on because it got dark so just take my word for it that the meal was amazing and this cornbread… no words.
Today, I met with a classmate from my high school class who has since written two books on how to succeed as a student in the Miracle Morning series. She’s pretty cool and it was awesome to see what she has accomplished. To all my readers who are incoming college students or who are there already- check this out!
I also took my first Zumba class in over a month today and not only does my knee feel great, my SOUL IS HAPPY. Don’t ask my why shaking my booty to loud music makes me so happy but it was a breath of fresh air and I’m just more grateful than ever for this body of mine.