Oats & De-stressing

Yesterday, I tried “oats in a jar” for the first time. I got the idea from the awesome health blog, Carrots ‘N’ Cake.

I had tried soy nut butter, and the jar was nearly empty. The day before, I put 1/2 cup of rolled oats, 1 cup of soy milk and some cinnamon into the jar. I let it sit in the fridge overnight, and what I got in the morning was delicious!

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BTW, soy nut butter is really good and tastes very similar to peanut butter. I would recommend it to people with peanut allergies, or people looking to try something other than peanut butter.

I currently have a jar of almond butter, and I can’t wait until it’s nearly empty so that I can do oats in a jar again.

Now for an update…

I’m about one month into the semester, and whenever people ask me how my semester has been, I always say it’s been pretty “meh.” It really has been. I let my stress and anxiety progress and take a stranglehold of my sanity.

The stress piqued when I was sick on and off for about 3 weeks. I would get really stressed/anxious, and then I would start throwing up (sorry if that was TMI). Then for several hours, I wouldn’t be able to keep any food down. It was terrible. I went to a doctor, who said that I had a virus that I probably would have recovered from sooner if it weren’t for all the stress.

THANKFULLY, I’m doing better now.

Sadly, I haven’t worked out regularly in…a few months. I’ve been able to fit in a workout here and there, but as far as going to the gym regularly every week, I have been a total failure. So when I went to the doctor, it added to my stress to find that I had gained…*drumroll* ELEVEN pounds since the last time I weighed myself! (which was probably last November) So even though I had been throwing up every other night (not by choice, mind you) I still managed to pack on some stress pounds.

This is news that NO woman wants to hear, trust me!

I realized that I know what I need to do to make my life easier; it was just a matter of DOING it. So, I’ve been trying to de-stress my life as much as I can.

I went to a boot camp class at the gym today. It was really hard. Definitely harder for me than it would have been this time a year ago. But I’m so glad I went…nothing helps me to de-stress quite like working out does. My plan is to keep going back to the gym, at least 3 times during the week and at least once on the weekend. I set a goal to lose 15 pounds, but I don’t have a “by when” date. I guess just as soon as I can get there the healthy way.

I’ve been trying to cut down on how much sugar I eat/drink. I have a sweet tooth, and I know sugar can be responsible for a multitude of health problems. Plus, my recently-deceased grandma was diabetic, which I guess makes me more susceptible. Eating less sugar won’t hurt with losing weight, either!

And while browsing Kroger the other week, I saw this tea:

I thought, “Stress relief? Hell yes!” and bought some. And I think it really works! (Even if it’s just a placebo effect, as long as it has any effect at all, I’m happy).

OT, I also saw this:

I guess this is how Yoda describes “I Can’t Believe it’s Not Butter!”

Another thing I think could help bring down my stress would be trying minimalism! Which is, quite simply, living with less stuff!! I think it would be so freeing to not place such a high emphasis on material possessions, and learn to appreciate what I already have. Last week I stumbled onto the blog, The Everyday Minimalist and I’ve been reading it every day since. I plan on trying to take on minimalism slowly, and blogging about it.

That’s it. I hope everyone else’s lives are stress-free as can be!

Peace, Love and Liberty,

Ann

Song of the Day:

Alright by Supergrass