I ate my lunch at 10:30 a.m. this morning. I wasn’t hungry. It wasn’t lunch time. I didn’t skip breakfast. I was stressed. I am an emotional eater and today confirmed this. I have never really experienced work related stress. College stress, yes. I’m a pro! Work stress, not so much. But lately, I’ve been feeling it.
Question: Have you experienced work related stress? If so how do you deal with it without consuming your entire lunch 2-3 hours early?
One way I relieve stress is exercise; mostly Zumba and Yoga. I run, but sometimes I think that might cause me additional stress!? Sometimes I wish I could drop what ever I am working on and pull out a quick tree pose and a couple OMs. Or perhaps a quick chasse’ down the hall way.
Zumba. There are few things I am amused at enough to want to write about them. Zumba is one of them. I am convinced that there are three types of people who take a Zumba class:
- Women who can’t dance, know they can’t dance, but dance with reckless abandon.
- Women who can’t dance, think they can dance and shake their booties for anyone who look their way.
- Women who’ve taken dance at some point in their lives and act like it, even though they haven’t put on a dance shoe for 9 years and are terribly out of shape.
I am proud to admit I am a 3. 🙂 Yes, I was the kid who put my family through 11 years of dance lessons and recitals; countless outfits made from neon polyester/spandex with sequence; toyed with the idea of being a dance instructor; and for a year taught 5 year olds how to plie.
I’m the one who gets a kick out of jazz hands, and sometimes I hope the Zumba instructor glances an approving eye my way. And tonight — tonight I am fully convinced that the instructor played “All that Jazz” and conducted a kick-line just for me. Just. For. Me.
I’m feeling less stressed anyway.
So if you’re stressed, I say, “!bilamos!” Let the rhythm take you over senorita and bilamos! (I know that says “we dance,” but whatever.)
Tonight’s planned dinner:
Huevos Rancheros con Oatmeal
- 2 eggs (140 calories)
- 2 corn tortillas (100 cal.)
- 1/4 cup oats (140 cal)
- 1/4 cup salsa (25 cal)
Directions (requires basic cooking skills). Preheat oven to 400. Place the corn tortillas on a cooking sheet. I did not keep track of the time, but the tortillas will be nice and crispy when they are finished.
While the tortillas are baking. Fry the eggs over easy and put 1/2 a cup (or less) in a bowl with water. Microwave oats for 3.5 minutes (or follow package directions). When oats are finished add a pinch of chili powder, and a little garlic powder and salt.
When the tortillas are nice and crispy, layer on the tortillas, oats, salsa and eggs. Top the juevos with a little hot sauce for an added zing.
Wednesday (approx 1569 cal. and 50 grams of fat):
Breakfast: ½ c. yogurt, 2 serv. fruit, ½ c. granola, 1 piece of toast with 1 tbsp jam
Snack: 1 serv. fruit
Lunch: Left over Tuna Salad Sandwich and 1 serv. veggies
Snack: 1 serv. cheese, 1 serv. veggies, coffee and 1 serv. Silk
Dinner: Juevos Rancheros, 2 serv. cooked veggies and 1 c. milk.
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Hasta Manana senoritas y senoras bellas!
–Shawnee, The Ex-Perfectionist
‘Cause life isn’t perfect, but with a little planning and preparation, you can almost come close!