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Beating the Blahs

I truly appreciate your encouragement and kind words on today’s post. I really needed to get that out there. I promise to keep you updated on how things are going – good and bad.

You know what helps when you’re feeling blah?

The cute face of my sunbathing sweet golden retriever! πŸ˜‰ Seriously, it’s 90 degrees out but Sullie loves to bake in the sun. Crazy dog.

Backing up…let’s talk about dinner last night because it was so good!

Brandon fired up the Big Green Egg and grilled shrimp for him, salmon for me and okra. This was our first okra of the season and it was delicious! I love summer veggies.

I’ve been craving salmon for weeks now so this really hit the spot. I seasoned my fish with Dizzy Pig Shakin’ the Tree. We had a roll and fresh tomatoes and cucumbers on the side. It was such a lovely evening to hang out on the patio.

I picked up my first few peaches of the summer last weekend at the farmer’s market. We grilled them last night with brown sugar and cinnamon and served them over ice cream. Here’s the recipe! I am pretty much obsessed with ice cream anyway and when topped with warm fruit, it’s out of this world good!

So I got up at 5:15 this morning to practice ashtanga before work. And then I didn’t get to practice. I actually ended up having to unexpectedly teach the class because our teacher wasn’t able to make it (this never happens). I was a little grumpy about it at first because my time is so limited and I really wanted to be practicing or running but there is this part of me that just can’t not teach if someone needs help.

Breakfast at my desk was overnight oats. I was really excited about these overnight oats because they were in an almost empty almond butter jar but they ended up not really sitting well in my stomach. I don’t know what my issue was today.

I ate a really late lunch (it was 3 p.m. before I was hungry) of a salad, half an apple and honey wheat pretzel sticks. The salad had leftover grilled shrimp, mixed greens, carrots, tomatoes, almonds, dried cranberries and feta with lemon dijon vinaigrette.

You know what else helps when you’re feeling blah? Exercise.

I ran a hot and sweaty 3.5 miles after work today before teaching BodyPump. It was so necessary. I am happy to report that my running itch has been satisfied and my arms are noodley-feeling after BodyPump. We had a great class – 40 participants!

Dinner was leftover chicken enchiladas with a side salad. I’m really wanting some dessert right now but we ate all of the ice cream last night!

How do you beat the blahs? Does exercise help? I think pets, exercise and a relaxing evening with wine are a big help!

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  • Matt @ The Athlete's Plate June 7, 2011, 10:09 pm

    I am addicted to grilled salmon. So good.

  • Laura @ LauraLikesDesign June 7, 2011, 10:27 pm

    I agree–exercise never hurts to get you out of the blahs! That and some really great music.

  • Mike June 7, 2011, 10:35 pm

    I have never thought to grill okra. How long does it take to cook, and what did you season it with?

    • Jen June 8, 2011, 12:51 pm

      mike – we season ours with olive oil and Dizzy Pig rubs (they are our favorite grilling and overall seasoning rubs). we skewer them and then grill for about 3-5 minutes a side or until they begin to become tender. you must try grilled okra. so good!

  • Kelly June 7, 2011, 11:03 pm

    I’m completely convinced that dogs make everything better! They just know when their humans are feeling blue.

  • Alaina June 8, 2011, 12:57 am

    Exercise and music definitely help me beat the blahs. And it’s great when those two can go hand in hand! When I was in college (and I wasn’t as active) I would drive coastal route 127 from my school up to Rockport, just listening to my music. Sometimes I would cry, sometimes sing at the top of my lungs. It helped so much. πŸ™‚

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 3:04 pm

      I love music too but I have to make sure not to put on my “sad” music. I need to run with a rocking playlist! πŸ™‚

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  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) June 8, 2011, 5:01 am

    I LOVED your last post!! I couldn’t comment bcause my laptop was playing up again, and I hope your relative with the heart surgery is doing ok! πŸ™‚

    Exercise DEFINITELY helps!! Endorphins never fail! And neither does chocolate πŸ˜‰

  • Kimberly @ Healthy Strides June 8, 2011, 6:05 am

    I agree that pets help with the blahs! I can be in such a fit, and my Siberian husky will come over with an encouraging nudge and I’ll melt. Sometimes it helps if I just let go of some of my responsibilities – like telling my husband we’re going out for dinner. I love that you blogged about “keeping it real” as it’s very relatable.

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 3:03 pm

      kimberly – that is so sweet. sullie does the same thing too – she will not leave me alone if i’m crying or really upset. they are the best.

  • Ash June 8, 2011, 7:52 am

    I have to agree with you that pets really do help my blah feeling go away!! I have three little pups who as soon as they see me are all over me and I like to think that they lick away that bad feeling! Now if only some days I could bring them to work, it would be all good! πŸ™‚ Thanks for sharing the good and the “bad”.

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 3:02 pm

      ash – i totally agree. no matter how bad my day has been i can ALWAYS count on sullie to love me and cheer me up. they are just too sweet.

  • Becca B June 8, 2011, 8:30 am

    too funny- my boyfriend and i grilled salmon (well he ate steaK) and peaches on sunday too with grilled corn on the cob! and undoubtedly, a nice workout cures the blahs for sure!! hope you have an awesome wednesday!

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

      becca – we always do his and hers grilling. i love that it’s so easy to throw different things on the grill.

  • erin June 8, 2011, 8:56 am

    Exercise definitely helps me, even if it’s just a nice, long walk. And my golden retriever is a constant source of comfort. How could those sweet golden faces not be?!

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 3:01 pm

      i know, i say to brandon at least once every day “how can something even be so cute?”

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 8, 2011, 10:05 am

    I agree- pets and wine are great ways to beat the blahs πŸ™‚ I miss the wine option right now. I also think switching things up, doing something not in my normal routine, changing scenery, etc helps me get re-energized. Glad you’re feeling better!

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 2:59 pm

      brittany – i often wonder how much i will miss wine during those 9 months of pregnancy. a lot, i think! πŸ˜‰

  • Melissa June 8, 2011, 10:21 am

    My dalmation loves to lay out in the sun actually he’ll cry until I let him outside if he sees sun on the deck. My golden though is the exact opposite he hates the heat but lives for snow. He rolls and lays in the snow!

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 2:57 pm

      our golden loves the snow too. she is an all-weather dog, i guess! does your dalmation find little patches of sun inside too and lay in them? that’s the cutest!

  • April June 8, 2011, 2:44 pm

    pets, exercise and wine…I thought I wrote that when I read it πŸ™‚ Definitely agree!! No matter what’s going on, my dogs (3 chocolate labs) always make me smile – they are just happy that you love them!!

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 2:58 pm

      i know, dogs are the best. i can ALWAYS count on sullie making me smile when i walk in. no matter how bad my day has been. it’s kind of ridiculous how much your pets love you unconditionally. we’re so lucky to have them.

  • kat June 8, 2011, 9:57 pm

    working out, pets, downtime, and wine…in that order. well, maybe wine before downtime. πŸ˜‰ workin’ on a bottle right now…now that i’m back from the gym and have given my sadie-dog some loves. a little taste of some decadent dark chocolate always makes things bearable, too.

    • Jen June 9, 2011, 2:56 pm

      agreed on the dark chocolate…dessert in general will always boost my mood. especially with wine – haha!

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