falling off the face of the earth

Swagsters, I hope you know I haven’t left you or forgotten you!

Life has been crazy. I just ended an 11 day streak of work. The first half it was just dandy but by the last few days, I had no energy except to work, come home, eat dinner and go to bed. I was feeling so overstimulated by the noise, people and sights around me. All I wanted after work was dead silence, not to move or even open my eyes. Yesterday I didn’t even have energy for a positive attitude, and worse yet… I didn’t want to even try to be positive. It was that bad.

Today was supposed to be day 12 of work, but I gave my shift up. Yesterday showed me that body, mind and spirit… I needed a break.

So I slept in this morning and soon I’ll be headed to Pilates class. It’s going to be a total ME day. I’ve got I restore my swag levels, ya heard?

I hope you can all forgive my absence, but know that I’ll be back tomorrow with a brand new post for you!

Lots of love and a thumbs up to greet the day!



the good kind of hulksmash

Hey swagsters!

I hope you’re all having a case-of-the-Mondays-free Monday. I know I am! When I woke up this morning, it was the first time I’d felt “normal” and on top of my game since last Friday! I had such a fun weekend, but man did it require some recovery time! I finally slept really well last night. When I woke up this morning, I had these massive pillow marks all over my face. I joked on twitter this morning that it looked like I was the Phantom of the Opera when he takes his mask off!

I was feeling so good this morning, I decided to tackle ZWOW 23 again. And in case you didn’t know, that means I decided I was up for doing 100 burpees and 200 squats. That’s what I’m saying, y’all. I was feeling GOOD this morning. It’s one of those workouts that leaves me feeling so energetic, that when I was finished, I was approaching hulksmash energy levels. I was really looking forward to seeing if my time had improved from the first time I did this workout, however, I was so amped up afterwards that I literally didn’t remember to turn my stop watch off until I was half way through my breakfast. #jennyfail Regardless, I pushed myself so hard and every time I do this workout, I am filled with pride. I must be one strong mamma-jamma to be able to do 100 burpees!

I’m working in a couple of hours, so we’ll see if I decide a p.m. workout is necessary. Since I am a server and my job requires so much energy, I don’t usually do two workouts on days I work. However, if my energy continues to ride this high, I might as well capitalize on it!

I’m also really excited because the place I work for has begun a company-wide wellness challenge. It’s a really cool thing that is meant to inspire us all to live healthy, happier lives. You join teams and earn points by completing weekly goals that you set for yourselves, quizzes about health and mini challenges, like getting up and doing 10 lunges, or even just smiling for 30 seconds. It’s great because it focuses not only on fitness, but on overall wellness. There’s other perks like reductions on our insurance premiums next year (super exciting!) and there’s also cash prizes for the teams that earn the most points throughout the challenge. Markus (my boyfriend) and I ended up each joining separate teams. I was kinda bummed at first, but then I realized that this could actually make for a fun little competition between the two of us. So it’s game on in our house now!

Moving onto my favorite part of my posts: the foodporn. Today I am really feeling nice, light meals. After my weekend out, followed by Vegan Pizza Day (and leftovers the day after!),  I was really feeling lean, clean and green for lunch today. So when it was that time (and let me tell you, after 100 burpees, that time comes quickly…), I knew it had to be a salad. And then this baby was born:

Roasted Chickpea Salad

I roasted half a cup of chickpeas sprinkled in nutritional yeast until they were nice and crispy. Then I topped them on a simple salad of mixed greens, broccoli, carrots, cashews and a little bit of Amy’s Lite Goddess dressing. This salad is the perfect example of my food philosophy: keep it simple! It doesn’t have to take a long time in the kitchen to make something delicious and nutritious. In addition to that, I just don’t believe in long ingredients lists. Don’t get me wrong, I love spices, but I also love letting food taste like what it really is. After all, I want to be loved for who I am, why shouldn’t my broccoli get the same treatment? 😉

Not pictured is the half a sweet potato I also roasted and enjoyed. Am I the only person who eats their sweet potatoes a little on the odd side? I like to eat the meat of the potato separate from the skin. I just think they are two totally delicious culinary experiences and I want to enjoy them both!

That’s all I’ve got for now. There’s laundry calling my name and I’ll have to prep dinner to bring to work with me tonight, too!

Does your employer offer any incentives for improving your health and wellness?

Are you as obsessed with the flavor of sweet potato peels as I am?