Four big wins today

I spoke in my monthly goals about how I need to be more organized, because there is no other way that I will be able to accomplish all of the things that I have committed to in the coming weeks. Well, I made some pretty good steps towards that today and I hope that this will be the start of a new structure in my day-to-day life and will help each day run smoothly.

One of the biggest obstacles to making that happen is getting dinner on the table. Especially now that I am getting home later than before and I’m driving 45-minutes at the end of the day (which often stresses me out by the time I get home), it is even harder since I need to get right to cooking the moment I walk in the door. More often than not, my husband and I have ended up eating leftovers or cereal or something else that takes little preparation time and has little nutritional value.

I’ve seen so many of these posts on Pinterest where people have put together a number of freezer meals all at one time and then just have to worry about defrosting and putting the food in the oven or crockpot. So a few months back, one of my good friends and I gave it a try. And it

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This is only half of the meals we made.

was awesome! We made 10 crockpot meals in about three hours and had meals to last us for a while. Not all of them were particularly good, but we also figured out what works and what doesn’t. I can’t do crockpot meals this time since I am not able to come home in the middle of the day like I had been able to before, so we decided to put together meals that we could just pop in the oven for a bit.

We made five dishes each split into two meals in just a few hours. It actually was a lot of fun get the meals ready together. It makes it easier to spend a lot of time cooking when you’re doing it with a friend. So I’m excited to try these dishes and see how they turn out. So solving the dinner crisis: Win #1.

Win #2 was getting things organized on The Stolen Colon. I am doing my best to think of posts I want to do ahead of time and make sure that I have the time to sit down and write them. I went ahead and cranked out two of them this weekend. I know there will still be many posts that just come out of me without any prior thought at times, but I will just handle those as they come. In the meantime, I’ve got some good stuff planned that I’m really looking forward to this month.

Now, onto Win #3: I have the first draft of my final paper due for my grad school class in just two weeks, so I am getting to work on it now, rather than the usual Stephanie-style of waiting until the last-minute. I got through the introduction today, which is often the hardest part since it presents the roadmap for the entire paper. Now I just need to stay on top of for the next two weeks and not fall behind and stress myself out right before it’s due (especially because I’ll be spending the weekend before that in NY!)

fall autumn run exercise training stephanie hughes stolen colon crohn's ostomy colitis blogAnd finally, I got back on the road today: Win #4. I haven’t run in… well, let’s just say it’s been a long time. Longer than I’d like to admit. And it was great and awful at the same time. It felt so good to be running again, but my body is out of practice so there were some cramps and heavy breathing along the way. But I got in 2.27 miles, which is not too bad in my book for having not run in such a long time. It was a perfect fall day for a run, but even as the weather gets colder, I’m going to do my best to stay committed to training. I think previously, I started back too hard after my surgery and after a few weeks, I just got burned out. So I’m taking it slow to start off and hopefully will be back to a routine in no time.

November is off to a good start. And I’m just taking day by day. One win at a time.

One thought on “Four big wins today

  1. Vegan Ostomy

    Congrats on your meal planning! One huge time-saver for my family is a rice cooker… we can make a very nice meal for everyone in the family (two kids, two adults) in next to no time.

    The quickest way is to put some rice and water in the cooker, add some frozen veg (I often run them under hot water first in a strainer, then add it to the rice), open a can of lentils, add spices and your wait for everything to cook. It’s under 5 minutes of prep and maybe 20 minutes to cook. For two people you can make enough to have leftovers for both of you the next day.

    If you’ve got an extra few minutes, you can sautee some finely chopped onions in the cooker first, then follow the above steps. Not only does this get you a nutritious meal, but it’s cheap and quick too!

    You can mix it up with different types of veg (you’ll find a variety of frozen types, from classic “california blends” to oriental blends), you can swap out the lentils for kidney beans or chickpeas and you can season with italian, mexican, asian spices. The combinations are endless.

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