December 5, 2013

I'm in a slump

I think I've worked out a total of three times in the last month.

My apartment is an absolute disaster.

I haven't gone grocery shopping in close to a month and I don't think I've sat down and planned my meals since June.

What in the world is going on?!

I know how it all started. When I quit my job and moved over to retail temporarily, my hours were horrific. I had to be up at 5:30am just to get to work. I would get home at 5pm after being on my feet for 9 hours straight and basically collapse onto my couch for the rest of the evening. I had absolutely no energy to do anything. This job was sucking the life out of me. Then, Daylight Saving Time rolled around, eliminating what little chance there was of me working out after work.

As for my apartment? I haven't bought a lot of clothes in the last few all. A few tops here and a couple of new work pants there, but we don't really have a dresser and lately, it's just in piles...on the floor, on top of the closet, in the living room...everywhere. It took me twenty minutes to find a pair of leggings this morning and that was it. This weekend, I'm buying a dresser. There is no way around it. I can't handle having a messy apartment. I'm way too much of a neat freak for that and right now, I don't even want to be in my apartment, it's that bad.

Again, when you work 50 hours per week and you're on your feet for those 50 hours, you have very little energy to come home and clean.

As for grocery shopping? Ugh. I like Trader Joe's. It's the only place I really like to shop. I like the food, I like the prices, it's where I want to shop. However, I don't have a car, which means that to get to Trader Joe's when The Pilot isn't around, I have to switch lines on the Metro. Since I usually do my grocery shopping on the weekends, this means it can be up to two hours round trip (for a 10 minute ride) because the DC Metro and the Orange Line in particular are absolute freaking disasters.

Aside from that, it's really hard to cook in a vegetarian/non-vegetarian household...especially when The Pilot hates quinoa. So, I need to start getting really creative about cooking. Since he's only home 3-4 days a week, this shouldn't be that complicated.

I know that all of these sound like excuses, especially now that I'm not working retail anymore and haven't been for three weeks. So guess what I'll be doing this weekend?

Working out. I haven't started PT yet so I probably shouldn't be running, but my yoga studio (remember when I was going to yoga every single day) is running a special on 10 class packages right now and I think I'm going to start with that).

I'm going to buy a dresser and reorganize my entire apartment...including my pantry and refrigerator...when will then be fully stocked with things ready to be cooked.

I'm going to prep food for the week. Slice veggies, make food, etc. I did that once this year. It took all day on Sunday, but it was so worth it. I had so much extra time over the next week, that I know I need to start doing that.

So, there you have it. I love my new job. I'm happy. I just need to get my life a little organized and start working out again (it's really easy to make excuses when you're injured) and I'll be set.

Any tips for getting out of these types of slumps? Any recommendations for recipes that are easily interchangeable as veg/non-veg?

Happy Thursday!


  1. You'll get back into it. Sounds like you have a good plan. Also, if it takes that long, you might want to look into renting a zipcar for an hour or so. Might be worth a little extra money to save yourself an hour or two of metro time. Just an idea!

  2. I have sooo been there. Sometimes you let things get a bit out of control and next thing you know, your apartment is a mess, you feel gross, etc etc.

    So, a few recipe recommendations that are great for Sunday prep! Veggie chilis (you can prep it then, after removing your portion, throw in some ground turkey/beef for the Pilot ... I've done this with ground lamb for my meat-eating boyfriend). Curries are also great for this (The Lean Green Bean has some great, easy-to-follow curries).

    Here are a couple of veggie recipes that I've posted that my meat eater BF also likes: and <-- looks gross but tastes delicious and you can get the Brussels sprouts pre-sliced.


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