I’ve started to actually enjoy doing these kinds of posts. It’s funny how interested we all are in other people’s lives/habits. I suppose it’s because we’re all so different and humans in general are curious beings. I know I’m always super in to getting a peek in to someone else’s life, exciting or not.
I probably share too much information, buuut, the 5-7 days leading up to my period are super wonky when it comes to food/creativity/motivation/digestion/socializing/energy and well, the list goes on. I remember when I used to get super annoyed with the fact that I would get tired really easily or need naps, that my stomach would be all bloated yet I’d be hungry 24/7, that somehow the only thing that sounded not exhausting was watching netflix with a heating pad and that I pretty much had zero creativity or desire to be creative in the first place. Write something? Nope. Create something? Nope. Socialize? HA.
Pumpkin smoothie with leftover pumpkin from recipe testing, half a banana, almond milk, 5% plain greek yogurt, cinnamon and ginger. I decided it needed more pumpkin, more banana, more cinnamon, spinach and ice. Much better. ALSO unpictured americano with hella half & half and then another half banana drowning in peanut butter.
Not too long ago I finally started noticing these changes. Crazy high energy for a good 2 weeks after my period, my appetite subsides, I want to be around all the people all the time, I want to hangout with my husband more, I want to DO more, I create every single day, writing is easy, motivation is hella high and new projects are exciting. Then it starts to dwindle slowly. Workouts become harder, doing things sounds more exhausting and I just cannot create.
Recipe testing these strawberry basil hemp crumb bars that are super delish. I started picking off the crumb part once it came out of the oven because I was peckish and it tasted really good.
It’s been really nice to just let my body be and do whatever feels good. On the weekend I took a bunch of naps, ate a lot of really good food (weird but so good together: salmon + broccoli + mushroom pizza. DO IT), went for shorter, slower walks, didn’t do anything intense, wore loose flowy clothes, slept for longer at night than usual and just let it be. It was really relaxing.
slow roasted salmon + salt, baked sweet potato with cultured butter + salt, steamed broccoli with cultured butter + salt. I’m a big fan of butter, clearly.
I was a bit more energetic than the weekend but I still wasn’t too keen on doing a ton. I got photos of a recipe, made the crumb bars and did some cleaning while blasting music and getting some more tedious things done for the blog. Mark was going to be home closer to 9pm because of client meetings so I figured I’d take the afternoon off since it was so beautiful out and then finish work after dinner.
SO I spent a good 2 hours reading, went for a 40 min walk to restock our veg supply and then when I got back I realized I wasn’t ready to be inside yet. Grabbed a snack, headed out the door and walked another 20 mins to a park to sit by a tree in the grass, read and listen to some podcasts.
Around 4:30 I headed back home and around 5:15 started dinner. I just made a really quick greek vinaigrette because I prefer to make my own salad dressings most of the time and had leftovers from Sunday. I wasn’t sure what I wanted but I started picking at the lasagna in the fridge and decided I wanted it. That happens a lot.
Simple green salad with greek dressing, sauteed green beans in olive oil + salt, leftover lasagna w/sausage, hella cheese, homemade sauce, basil, pasta
I had about 1/3 of the lasagna before I took the picture. IDK what it is but most of the time I just prefer leftover things cold. Meatballs, pastas, curries, meatloaf, roasted meats, potatoes, etc. Some things are better reheated… but generally I just grab stuff out of the fridge and eat. We don’t have a microwave and I can’t be bothered to put the oven on a lot of the time.
It felt really good to not try and push myself. I know whatever I do just won’t be optimal if I’m not fully motivated so I just don’t force it or fake it. I 10000000% guarantee by next week (and when we’re back from vacay), I’ll have about a million things I’ll want to do and I’ll do it well. I’ve learned to go with it. Accomplish a shit ton when my energy is high, and be kinder to myself in the week or two when it wanes. Eat more less nutritious things one week and naturally want more green things the next. Eat more volume one week and then crave less the next.
It all balances out in the end.
Giant Galaxy milk chocolate bar brought home from England in February. I had 2 pieces, not the whole bar. Obviously.
I got back to work after dinner and kept going for another 3 hours while watching Shameless until Mark got home. I just did things that don’t require creativity or writing (except this post which is really just a recap of my day so doesn’t require much). Things like scheduling, optimizing, submitting, back end site things, etc. The super boring stuff I don’t usually have patience for but is required of me.
Once Mark got home, I put everything away and watched the last of the Jays game together. I hate baseball but he loves it and I’d rather be spending the time together so I don’t mind too much.
plain 5% greek yogurt + fresh blueberries while watching the game.
Aaaaand that was it. We were both really tired so headed to bed once the game ended around 10:15. We don’t usually until 11-11:30 but we both couldn’t keep our eyes open anymore.
Cheers guys! I’m spending today getting photos + editing and getting some content ready for while we’re away. Right now my mind is in the Caribbean and I’m drinking cocktails on the beach so…. wish me luck for the rest of this week!