When You Want To Blog But Don’t Feel Like Thinking…

When you want to blog but don’t feel like thinking…

…you share pictures of your food. And random musings from your day.

I actually came up with some topics to blog about while I was working out on Saturday morning.  However, they were posts that required a little more thinking and effort. When I want to write a post like that, I need to be in the right place, mentally. I seem to have the most success transferring thoughts to words on weekends or in the mornings. Lately I just haven’t had the opportunity to put that kind of effort into my posts so for now I will save those thoughts as a draft in my head.

I skipped a few weeks of WIAW because I had totally slacked on taking pictures of what I was eating and I felt like my food had been pretty boring. Not to say this week won’t be boring, but perhaps a little different. And it’s nice and simple to share food- something I can handle during a busy week:)

breakfast

On Tuesday I woke up at 5 and was up and out the door to get to the gym for some swimming. I like to get there right when the pool opens at 5:30. I swam for 30 minutes, showered at the gym, and was home by 6:30. I finished getting ready at home and made breakfast: An egg scramble with sugar-free, nitrate free bacon (from Whole Foods), spinach, sweet potatoes, and broccoli with strawberries, bananas, and almond butter on the side. Plus coffee.

lunch

I had a little time for reading some blogs before heading into work. I got into my car and realized I almost forgot my lunch! That would have been a disaster. I ran back inside to get it- crisis averted.

apple

I had a late-morning home visit so I grabbed an apple to hold me over before I could get back and eat lunch.

stir fry

I was starving by the time 12 rolled around and I dug into leftovers from Sunday’s meal (Ginger Beef, Mushroom and Kale Stir Fry)

bar

After lunch I grabbed this No-bake Chocolate Chip Fruit and Nut Bar which I attempted to make over the weekend. They don’t look anything like Michele’s but still taste great! I felt like a needed something a little sweet after lunch and this was perfect.

lara bar

 The afternoon was a little hectic- I had a meeting until 3:50 and then raced home to meet with someone from a moving company to give us an estimate. By the time she was done it was 4:45 and I had to get ready for PT at 5:30 so I grabbed a Lara Bar to hold me over until dinner.

pasta

I had planned an easy meal so that I wouldn’t have to do much cooking after PT- we had meatballs in the freezer so I took those out and Rob helped make pasta and meatballs with a salad. Nice, quick, easy weeknight meal that required no weekend food prep since I made extra meatballs two weeks ago.

leftovers

This is what I call a “Rob-sized” portion. He put almost a whole box of pasta on our plates and when I asked him about it he said he realized after he served it that I could never eat it all. He cleared his plate, as usual. This was my plate after I was done.

wiaw

Do you pack a lunch to bring to work with you?

Are your portion sizes different than your significant others’?

Do you feel like you need to be in the right mindset to write thoughtful posts?

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46 thoughts on “When You Want To Blog But Don’t Feel Like Thinking…

  1. Yes! My portion sizes are teenie weenie compared to Andrew’s! That guy can EAT. I especially can’t eat that much pasta, for some reason. I’ll pick out all the protein like you did just to make sure that what I AM eating is packing a punch. And yes, I need to be in the right mindset to write thoughtful posts and getting into that head space often requires a candle, a glass of wine, and some angst. 😉
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    • If I’m really hungry I can eat an impressive about of pasta, but seriously Rob can eat so much more than me. He’s been known to order a second serving of pasta while out at a restaurant the night before a marathon.

  2. I often try and eat my meals on salad plates… especially when I’m eating stuff like rice (or the occasional pasta). Hubby has started following suit, although he thinks the salad plates are a tad bit too small. He wants to buy bigger salad plates. ;->

    I’m fairly new to your blog and noticed you eat mostly Paleo, but you must not be strictly Paleo, since you had pasta & meatballs recently? Just curious.
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    • Haha that’s tricky of your husband to suggest bigger salad plates! I try to just eat until I am full…and there was no way I was making it through that whole plate!
      I eat mostly paleo, but I still eat some breads and pasta and stuff when I feel like it. I just try to focus on eating mostly unprocessed foods. I did a Whole30 in December and really liked that experience, but there are other foods I like to enjoy too:)

  3. Certain posts definitely take a ton of time! I am best in the morning so I try to get my writing done then but I don’t always have the time I want to devote to those types of posts. Usually what happens is if I have an idea that needs development, I start writing it and come back to it over and over. Each time I look at it, I am able to add more, change what’s there and fully get the thoughts down and organized….I have leftover meatballs in the house right now for my son too which is just perfect for a quick dinner, he will probably have them tonight :)
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    • That strategy has worked well for me too, but sometimes I end up with something completely different than what I started with!

  4. I definitely know what you mean about not being able to think sometimes and I have to mentally prep myself to write certain posts. Sometimes that means I out off a topic for weeks! Glad you liked the bars, I’ve made them a few times and each time they look a little different so who knows?

    • After I put off a topic for more than a week or two I pretty much forget what I had to say and take it in a different direction.
      I think the bars look the way they did because the mix was kind of warm when I added the chocolate chips so they just melted!

    • I am more likely to serve a small amount to both of us, and then we go back for seconds if we are still hungry. I hate putting food on our plates that could be saved for leftovers if we don’t eat it:)

    • Haha I think Rob just knows he will want to eat a lot and I guess assumes I will too! I tend to serve smaller portions and then we can go back for leftovers.

      I have finally turned a corner in PT and I think we have figured out whats going on! The pelvis stuff is so complicated, and the stuff we were doing was making it worse. So Josh had me examined by a different PT who has extensive training in that stuff (not sure if you know Sean?) but everything he said has made sense and I am already feeling better and noticing a difference. Hopefully I will keep progressing now that we know what was wrong!

    • I can certainly eat as much as Rob with some meals…but pasta is not one of them! For some reason he is a bottomless pit when it comes to pasta:)

    • I think Rob and I eat a lot too…usually he eats more than me, but in general I usually make servings for 4 or so and we eat most of it. When we eat with others its pretty noticeable…but its what we need and it works!

    • Oh that’s kind of annoying- I wouldn’t want to lose my parking spot either!

  5. I love your lunch bag! I like to pack a lunch to bring to work, but sometimes I don’t because there are couple of decent salad places on/near campus. Packing lunch saves me quite a bit of money, though.

    Sometimes I eat MORE than my husband…that makes me uncomfortable, but I run a lot more…
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    • Thanks! Its nice to save money by packing lunch but it can be a nice treat to eat out too!
      I definitely eat more than Rob when it comes to breakfast! But usually he eats more than me at dinner.

    • I don’t think the pictures shows just how much pasta there was, haha! I felt like I couldn’t make a dent and I was so full!

    • Before I lived with Rob I used to make little tiny portions of pasta. Now whenever we eat it we cook the whole box. Doesn’t mean we eat it all, but we eat enough of it that we just make the whole thing and save some leftovers.

  6. Nice meals! I do feel like I have to be in a specific frame of mind to write specific posts…anything I have to link up to can be a bit mindless…more because I’m not thinking of the topic I have to write about. There are some topics I’d like to talk about in the future…I just have to feel right to write it!
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    • I know what you mean! I also think I put more pressure on myself when I want to write a “meaningful” post that when I write something fun or just talk about food.

    • That’s a good strategy and I usually do that for my Thursday posts! Otherwise I forget what happened all week!

  7. Everyone loves food pictures! My fiance Thomas usually eats about the same portion size as me, but he will be back in the kitchen 30 minutes later snacking on something.

    He does more weight lifting and I do more cardio, so he likes to eat a lot more protein than I do. I always give him double meat on sandwiches or extra chicken in his pasta. It took me a while to adjust to cooking for two instead of just me!
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    • It is really tricky going from cooking for 1 to cooking for 2! I still have a really hard time figuring out how much food to cook.

    • Yes, it’s a good thing I had a big breakfast! I would imagine that it gets tricky to pack a lunch when you’re traveling so much!

    • Thanks Ashley! And I think there are some days that I do eat more than Rob, but pasta just isn’t one of those meals!

  8. I usually do the cooking in our house and our portions are always the same. My husband thinks it’s weird that I can eat as much as him but I’m always so hungry! I bring lunch everyday – I’m a creature of habit and also a little thrifty. Hope your PT is going well!
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    • I bring my lunch for the same reasons! Plus I don’t always have time to go out and get something. Many nights my portions are the same size as my husbands, too! It usually depends how much I’ve snacked that day:)

    • Its so nice to have a lunch and snacks with you at work! I would hate to have to worry about getting out to buy something during the day.

    • This was the first time I made one in almost a year I think! They are easy to make and great for leftovers!

  9. YES, I know exactly what you mean about needing to be in a good “thinking” mode to write a thoughtful blog post. Sometimes I’ll photo edit and upload at night, then write the blog first thing in the AM, because I find that words come up much easier at 8 AM rather than 11 PM!

    And YES to my portions being way different than my hubby. He eats 2 or 3x what I do usually! It’s crazy. If he works out, he eats like a madman. If only I could do that without gaining 5 pounds in a week…. Ha!
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    • My appetite varies alot but my husband will usually eat all that is available to him…so I usually start him with a regular sized portion but he typically goes back for seconds:)

    • Yep, Rob always watches TV while I blog but it can be so distracting. I write better if I go in the bedroom where its quiet.

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