Sunday Pep Talk

Are you enjoying this beautiful weekend? Just a reminder about CicLAvia. It just started about 3 seconds ago and it happening until 3pm. Take a look at the map (in the link) and get there!

I was hoping to be able to do it, but instead I’m about to cross something off my resolution list: Yoga. I told myself I had to take at least 1 Yoga class in 2012, and I’m about to do that at a free class in Sherman Oaks at Corepower Yoga. Hopefully I love it and it’ll become one of my new hobbies, and even if I end up hating it at least I was open to it and gave it a try. I’m bad with group exercises classes, so hopefully this will go better than I’m anticipating.

I also shared the photo above because, I’m not sure if you can tell, but I’ve been in a bit of a funk lately. I’m lacking drive, energy, and motivation. It is what it is, and I’m working hard to get out of it. Only you can really pull yourself out. I bought the book above, The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin, because it was recommended to me by a friend. It sounds quite similar to my 2011 year, and I figure anything to help motivate me out of this slump would be good. That, and my Real Simple (May) arrived 🙂 I’ll let you know how they both turn out.

I’m off to a pre-yoga walk, then yoga, then the gym for a 5k, then collapsing into my bed.


So last night I decided to try something new and actually make a recipe from the magazine Real Simple. I subscribe to this magazine, which means every month I read about a lot of recipes I never have time to try making. I also love to read the blog Smitten Kitchen, which posts new recipes and amazing photos of the cooking process. Yesterday I had time to buy ingredients and actually cook, so NO EXCUSES! I woke up early to get all my ingredients from Trader Joes, and started making my Baked Barley Risotto with Butternut Squash around 5pm that night while listening to Christmas music and indulging in a chocolate stout (also from TJ’s).

The one thing this article leaves out is the time it takes to peel, cut, and dice all the different veggies. I jazzed up the recipe by adding in mushrooms, which also took a lot of time to cut up. But I do believe they added in a nice flavor.

Other than the mushrooms I followed the recipe to a T. It all came out delicious and while the recipe said it makes 4 servings, I willbe set for lunches and dinners for the week. No human being should eat 1/4 of that giant casserole dish full of risotto in one sitting. My final shot isn’t as pretty as the magazine photos, but it’s pretty tasty!

Find the recipe in this month’s Real Simple (I suggest buying it also for the holiday gift ideas) or online HERE.