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!
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!
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?