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De-Stress Away…

Hello 🙂

How are you?

I’m doing much better today then yesterday.

But before I get into yesterday, I wanted to show you what I made.

Remember those Zucchini Fries I made? They were so good I decided to try them with EGGPLANT 🙂

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The key with these is to cut them thick. If they’re cut too thin they get mushy… no one likes a mushy fry 😉

Here’s the instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees
  • Cut an eggplant into thick wedges
  • Dunk the eggplant into an egg mixture (1 egg beaten with 3 tablespoons milk)
  • Coat the eggplant with a mixture of 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs, and a few grinds of pepper.
  • Place on baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

We ate ours with marinara sauce… so good 🙂

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Lindsay made these same fries with carrots and said they were great!

And of course Little Miss M had some of these fries for lunch 🙂

KIDDIE LUNCH BOX… cream cheese & jam sammie, eggplant fries, and strawberries.
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Cream Cheese & Jam sammie Eggplant Fries Strawberries
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I had an ‘off’ yoga class yesterday. Does that ever happen to you? Poses that I normally nail every time just weren’t working. I kept losing focus and falling out of poses. My mind just wasn’t into it… Do you ever have days like that?

After feeling ‘off’ all day… I realized that I was stressed.

Why was I stressed? I have nothing to be stressed about! Then after reading Maryann’s Blog Post yesterday, I came to the realization that I was creating stress for myself. I normally don’t stress out about things… I actually have a very calm demeanor. What I am though, is a procrastinator. I consider myself a very organized person… but I ALWAYS wait until the last minute to get things done… or even worse, I keep putting things off, so it stays on my mind… which stresses me out. All the little things that I procrastinate on end up building up… resulting in stress.

So… in order for me to get a handle on my stress, I need to stop procrastinating and get more organized. Here is how I plan to accomplish that:

  • Create a schedule/plan for my tasks and stick with it.
  • Set deadlines for completion of my tasks
  • Work in small time blocks instead of long ones (this is a must since I take care of M all day)
  • Eliminate distractions… since I’m a full-time mom, I obviously can’t ignore my kid… so I need to organize my day and eliminate unnecessary distractions. (ie: television, house tasks, internet surfing)
  • I procrastinate on things I find boring, like laundry, cleaning bathrooms, organizing my closet, etc… I need to set a schedule to accomplish these unpleasant tasks. I also need to find a way to make them fun… like turn music on, or make it a decorating project for myself 🙂

When it comes down to it… its all about time management and sticking to a schedule. When I had a full-time office job I had no problem sticking to a schedule. Now that I’m home full-time, I have a schedule… but its unorganized, which stresses me out.

What about you? Are you a procrastinator like me? Do you create stress for yourself? How did you come out of it?

Agenda for today:

  • 6 mile run 🙂
  • Map out a daily schedule for myself and stick to it… because if I don’t, I might get stressed out 😉
  • Newsletter work
  • Edit articles for “This Mother Can Run”
  • Work on more cheese recipes 🙂

Have a great day 🙂

P.S. Big congrats to Kath who passed her R.D. exam! Way to go 🙂

18 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on August 10, 2010 at 8:30 am

    I really am a big procrastinator! It is so important for me to stick to a schedule. I can get off track way too easily!

  2. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on August 10, 2010 at 8:42 am

    i am totally a procrastinator…i used to not be til i met my hubby (it’s just easier to blame him :))…but i’m working on being proactive and i’m also setting a sleep schedule for myself so that i can consistently get up earlier with fewer distractions to work on stuff in the mornings. it helps free up the afternoon and evenings when normal people are still awake 🙂

  3. Natalie @ Coffee and a Book Chick said on August 10, 2010 at 9:32 am

    I believe I am one of the biggest procrastinators around, and I hate the stress that I do create for myself. I know it’s never that bad once I actually start it, but I make it tougher on myself by waiting and waiting and waiting…my FAVORITE QUOTE EVER to get me going is:

    “The only way out is through.”

  4. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on August 10, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I am having that problem now! I am a HUGE procrastinator and the summer did not help me! Now that the boys are back in school and we need to keep to a schedule, I am really going to work on getting myself on a better schedule for everything. Don’t even mention the laundry…I hate it!

    I hope you have a better day today!

  5. eatmovelove said on August 10, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Okay – seriously – how did you know that I bought a baby little eggplant last week and have no idea what to do with it? Fries! OF course! 🙂 Great blog!

  6. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on August 10, 2010 at 10:11 am

    I’m not a procrastinator really, but I do create stress for myself. I’m such a worrier that I can be a ball of nerves and stress for no reason whatsoever.

  7. Kat said on August 10, 2010 at 10:21 am

    I am a TOTAL procrastinator, which really wasnt a good thing when I was in school! I have gottne a little better, since I KNOW how stressed it makes me when I wait until the last minute, but I still sometimes fall back into it

  8. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on August 10, 2010 at 11:51 am

    Did they stay crispy?

  9. tanyasdaily said on August 10, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    exercising!

  10. Tina said on August 10, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    I am a HUGE procrastinator. Over basically everything besides my workouts. Anything I have to get done otherwise (around the house, writing articles, etc) I find ways to push back. Sometimes I think it helps me though. I seem to work better under pressure. Then again, I know I can stress unnecessarily as well.

  11. Mary @ Bites and Bliss said on August 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    Those eggplant fries look awesome. I love making veggies into fries- carrots, sweet potatoe, squash..yum!! but I’ve never tried them with a breading like yours. I’ll definitely have to. 🙂

    I have off yoga days all the time. I’m having an off yoga week lately which isnt too good considering certification’s this weekend. :/ I need to step it up!

    And yeah, I put the “pro” in “proscrastination”. 😉 haha sure you’ve heard that one before..but it’s true. Whenever finals come around, my house is spotless, emails are checked, there are many trips to the stables, goodies are baked..just about everything’s done except studying. 😛

  12. katie said on August 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    LOL I literally made eggplant fries THIS EXACT way last night!! oh my gosh. except i didnt add milk to the batter! haah!! I promise I didnt copy you! Great minds just think alike!

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on August 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    I love planning ahead and making a schedule. Now that is not to say I don’t ever procrastinate….

  14. Judy L said on August 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm

    I’m so with you–I’m a BIG procrastinator, which is why I don’t get to bed any night before 11:30pm! I cram all my chores towards the end of the night. And then I’m sleepy all the next day, which doesn’t help my energy at work. So I’m with you on this–better planning, and stick to the plan!

  15. Mo@MommyRD said on August 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    I procrastinate on tasks I am the most nervous about doing. Cleaning, exercising, grocery shopping – never procrastinate. Working on business plans (when I was working,) call reports, etc. = total procrastination.

  16. Lindsay @ The Ketchup Diaries said on August 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    Even though it’s so simple, I’ve never thought to pair cream cheese and jam. And, gosh, no! I haven’t procastinated on a thing in my life. I am the kind of person that needs to do it and do it NOW!

  17. Beth @ DiningAndDishing said on August 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm

    I haaaate the feeling of procrastinating. I always do things as soon as possible or I really do end up stressed. I guess it’s as good a motivation as any!

  18. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on August 11, 2010 at 2:41 am

    so funny that you posted about fries today…i have a half written post for tomorrow, i am doing the same…but just regular old taters. nothing like eplant! which i always manage to turn into mush and dont even buy it anymore b/c i suck at making it!

    i dont procrast. but i am always stressing b/c i try to cram TOO MUCH into each day which stresses me! I need to be ok with doing less, i.e. commenting less, doing less errands, less housework, etc…not try to do everything every single day 🙂