Stress is a Catch-22. The more stressed you are, the less time you have to do the things that help you alleviate your stress.
Case in point: exercise. Exercise makes me feel better. It honestly does. And yet when my to-do list stretches out the door, I have a hard time making time for it (I also have issues with prioritizing other things above exercise because they are more fun for me). We're half-way through the month and I've exercised a whopping five times (see stickers above). Oy vey.
Matt and I have also been too busy on Sundays to go grocery shopping. That means we're forced to go out (which can be fun, but it's terrible on the budget and it honestly does start to get old after awhile). In general, we try to cook together four times a week and eat out three.
We keep a binder of all of our favorite recipes, so we have several go-to options when we're making our shopping list for the week. We also like to try out at least one new recipe every week, if possible. However, I honestly can't remember the last time we've tried out a recipe.
One of our all-time favorite recipes: Black Bean & Yam Quesadillas
But I'm not going to flagellate myself about it. Like Stephen Covey says, I need to be proactive.
So, I forced myself to go grocery shopping on Sunday (Matt was out of town), and I'm trying out three new recipes: sushi, rice pilaf with edamame, and sweet potato/pecan "burgers" with carmelized onions. I'm even using my bread machine to make the hamburger buns (Side note: Matt scoffed at me when I said I wanted to get a yogurt maker. He said we don't use half our appliances--like our ice-cream maker--so I'm resolving to use the good ones and sell/donate the ones we don't actually use.). The meals are surprisingly simple. I hate making complicated stuff. That's why my favorite recipe book is actually for college kids. Each recipe is super-quick and the ingredients list is always short!
I'm also going to recommit to running four times a week and doing five minutes of yoga at least three times a week (oh where have my New Year's goals gone?).