Crissie’s Mojo Reclamation Project!


Been a fairly typical week or so of eats. Not as many smoothies – as the weather gets colder, I tend to lose my feel for them. Though if I feel I haven’t eaten balanced in a day, I’ll have one anyway.

BUT – I’m always down for soups and salads for any meal – including breakfast.

Slow cooker corn chowder! Ate this for days
Part of a Whole Foods soup and salad breakfast. This is their carrot ginger soup

My guy and I had Chinese takeout on my back porch
And he made tofu/potato tacos!

We went out to lunch, and I had the spicy eggplant – which was delicious

Tofu stir fry

Lentil snobby joe’s in the slow cooker


I’ll be honest, I had a couple runs and a couple weight lifting videos, but it felt more like I was going through the motions that really loving the workouts. They’re feeling stale and when that happens, I’m more likely to not workout, and that’s just not cool. Probably doesn’t help that my home gym has been largely covered in wood dust for a few months, though honestly, that’s just an excuse.

So what’s an uninspired girl to do to rediscover her mojo? Well, for me – I read. It can be blogs or magazine articles for inspiration (I mean, when someone with physical disabilities still gets off their ass to run, there is literally NO excuse for me to stay on the sofa when I’m fully abled). And I can say I just have no time – that I’m either working, studying, taking care of my family, and trying to have a social life. But again – that’s just excuses to justify being lazy.

But what I did dust off was an old book I read years ago that really inspired me in the first place. And it’s not a hippie self-help you-can-do-it kinda book (though there is nothing wrong with it). It’s a snarky, hilarious, and still manages to be inspiring book. So – here’s hoping it helps with my running mojo.


Life trucks on as usual, and it’s mostly been awesome, though I’m in a bit of a funk at the moment. Something I was really hoping to have happen didn’t, and while it’s not entirely unexpected, it’s still a downer. So, time to dust off and figure what to d next I suppose.

Halloween came and went, and that’s my very favorite holiday. My neighborhood does a good job of making it fun, and seeing all the kids was adorable.

Got to spend some time with my guy, but never enough. That’s okay though, we manage and I’m grateful for all the time I DO get.

Last weekend and this coming weekend are all about finishing the floors! I’ll be so stoked to have them done, and they’re looking really, really gorgeous.

School is fine. Only one class this term (though it’s 6 credits vs the two 4 credit classes I’ve been taking). The workload is high, but not unmanageable, which is good.

This is a book written by one of my Darden MBA professors. Using it as a reference in a doctoral paper I wrote!
My guy’s son and I are wicked procrastinators, so couldn’t help sending him these

Kuma is as cute and odd as ever. I took her to run errands the other day, and we stopped at the vet so I could get a copy of her shot records – girl is in need of a spa day and the place I used to take her closed. It took us a half hour to get out of there because all the staff kept passing her around. What can I say – she’s a charmer!

On an early morning Kumaventure to get breakfast before floor fun started!
There was a spot of sunlight, but when it moved…she didn’t

On November 2nd, Starbucks was giving away their free reusable cup, and I was there early enough to get one! And I got another one too…oops. Impulse buy. Bad Crissie.

And of course yesterday meant voting! While it didn’t go all the way I wanted it to (hello Beto and Gillum and Abrams), all was not hopeless. Having so many women in congress is historic, and I hope that will bring something great to the legislative process. And Walker is out in my home state, and I am not sad to see his toxic ass go.

The evening ended with a working happy hour, so that’s never a bad thing 🙂

So on the whole “becoming a morning person” thing, I clearly fell off THAT wagon! But, I’m back on it and it’s going pretty well. In my Morning Sidekick Journal (that I’ve ignored for a while now), there was a recommendation for a book called the Miracle Morning. I have Kindle Unlimited for Amazon, and it was on there – including the audio book, so there was no reason to not get it. I started listening to it weeks ago, but stopped. Mainly it was about an accident that almost killed him and his perseverance, blah blah blah. BUT – the other day I put it back on, and once it got into the science of why mornings are amazing, it started to peak my interest. I’m still not done with it, but it certainly inspired me enough to give it another go. One thing I did was move my phone/apple watch docking station to my dresser and not on my bed. So, I have to get up to turn it off, and since I’m up – well. I’m up! Don’t get TOO excited – it’s only been 2 days – but I’m appreciating the tips, tricks, and guidance of the book, so hopefully this can become a good habit.


Okay, pretty much fell off this too! While I haven’t gone on some crazy shopping spree or anything, I haven’t really been tracking either. I know I’ve gone out to eat/drink more than the monthly $200 allotment, for example. I haven’t tabulated my October spend yet, though between a weekend away and birthday fun, I know it’ll not be what I was hoping for. I’m sure all is not lost (I did stick to most of the plan), but certainly need to be more accountable to my goals. Guess I have a lot of mojo to reclaim, huh? That’s cool though. I know I can.

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I am a 45 yo busy career single mom and doctoral student attempting to find her inner athlete, be a gluten-free(ish) vegan, and find a way to balance it all without going crazy! I love to cook, read, run, box, do yoga, dance, travel, and learn as many new things as I can - which often gets me in trouble.... I am passionate about life in general, and if I didn't write about it, I'd probably implode.

5 thoughts on “Crissie’s Mojo Reclamation Project!

      1. Your welcome your blog is very well written and I enjoy reading about others diets to know where I stand.

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