An Unusual and Victorious Friday

Many aspects of my day were pretty normal– I woke up extremely early, went to work (in the dark), taught my little heart out, got mistaken for a student at work, and felt absolutely drained the second I walked out of my school building.  My usual Friday inclination to skip the gym in favor of a nap also hit hard; however, I managed to remind my brain that I would be extremely pleased with myself if I hauled my tired little behind to the gym.  The side of me that decided not to be lazy reigned supreme– and I call that a definite victory for me this Friday!  Not only did I eek out 60 minutes on the elliptical, but I also lifted weights for arms and shoulders!

If Marge can do it, I certainly can!

 I can boast a few more victories today– accomplishments that are a bit out of the norm for my typical Friday routine.  Not only did I spend time at the gym, but I spend a good two hours correcting essays!  Don’t get me wrong– I am not done yet– but it is such a great feeling to know a lot of my weekend correcting is already behind me!

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My final break in my typical Friday routine involves food.  As you know, Fridays usually involve take out or a meal at a restaurant.  However, I decided to cook because quite frankly, I am a bit sick of eating out.  I whipped up Mama Pea’s Spicy African Peanut Stew again, but with a few changes. 

First,  I used chopped butternut squash instead of sweet potatoes, I added a diced red pepper, I incorporated almond butter instead of peanut butter, and I about doubled the spices.  The result was phenomenally tasty; I was so proud of cooking a homemade meal on a Friday night!  I can’t remember the last time I did that.  I definitely call that a victory!

Here’s a snapshot of my plate–I feel so virtuous eating that many veggies!

I’ll be eating this for a while (though I am not complaining!).  The modified recipe makes a ton, which is just fine by me!

A long workout, a correcting spree, and a homecooked meal?  I call that an unusual, but victorious Friday!

What kinds of small victories have you experienced today?

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