Breakfast was my favorite green smoothie. Water, banana, tons of mixed frozen fruits, and as much spinach as I can stuff in it. I know there are tons of websites and recipes for fancy green smoothies filled with exotic fruits and veggies and supplements – but I find myself going to this one most of the time.
For lunch D and I met up and went out for sushi! Since our new austerity program kicked in last month, going out to eat was the first sacrifice to the budget gods. It's actually been fun and it's been like a competition to see how far under the budget we can get. So it was pretty special to go out with just the two of us. We went to my favorite place, and I enjoyed the same thing I always get – the Vegetarian Set. Avocado rolls, broccoli rolls, and sweet potato rolls. YUM.
For dinner, I made sweet and sour tofu. I made the tofu separately (normally I'd just make it in the same pan as everything else), but D has this irrational fear of soy products (milk, tofu, etc….if he actually read ingredient labels, he'd realize it's in the majority of foods). I put the cooked tofu cubes aside, then prepped the rest of the meal, filled with pineapple, red bell peps, red onion, and broccoli in an awesome sauce. I layered the rice, the tofu, and the sauce and veggies for the kids and I, and omitted the tofu for D. He was so moved by the gesture, that he volunteered to try a bite of my little tofu cube. Then he added a handful of tofu to his dish – and ate it. Yes, I can confirm that hell hath frozen over. My husband ate tofu. This should be a national holiday.
When I signed up for YogaGlo the other day (it really has only been since Saturday, but I've used it daily – in some cases multiple times), I indicated that some of my initial goals with yoga is stress reduction and anything that can help with insomnia. The site recommended a few classes, and I did the first one of them tonight.
The class is simply called Deep Relaxation Practice. I can tell you that I got so relaxed, that I fell asleep just halfway through it! I know that I'm going to do this class several times, just to learn everything so I can put it into practice on those nights I have trouble sleeping.
Last night was relatively peaceful. We watched a cartoon movie – Epic – and enjoyed it very much. D and the kids wound down for bed around 10ish, and after saying our good nights, I went back downstairs. Part of this insomnia thing is being sure I don't go to bed too early, and to be sure I get up at the same time every day. The thought process (this comes from my sleep doc), is that we don't need as much sleep as we think we do, and we should not be in bed unless we intend to sleep. If I plan to wake at 6am every day, and I know I only need about 7 hours of sleep to function well, I shouldn't be going to bed before 11pm. I think part of my insomnia issue is that I try to go to bed really early with the hopes that between 9-6ish, I can squeeze that 7 hours in. For me personally, I actually seem to function well around 6-6.5 hours of sleep, so I've been making myself stay up until 1130. It seems to be working!
That meant I had an hour and a half to myself last night. I read some, chatted online with AC who's on vacation, and watched 3 meditation videos on YogaGlo. I'm so serious about beating these sleep issues once and for all! I've always wanted to learn meditation, but didn't really know how. It's not like the local community college offers classes! I've googled over the years to look for places in my area that may teach it, but rarely have found anything. So, I'm glad for these videos and hope I learn something from them. The symptom of my insomnia is mainly in the inability to shut my brain off long enough to relax. I'm hoping that meditation and relaxation techniques in general will help with that.
Today was work and a vet appointment for the fuzz-buckets. They have a clean bill of health, their first round of shots and treatments, and a pet hospital that completely fell in love with them. Can't say as I blame them…they're pretty darn cute.