I woke up this morning feeling blue, which was coincidentally reflected in my breakfast…
I don’t know what my mood was all about, but I was just inexplicably down in the dumps. I wasn’t mad about anything specific. I wasn’t sad about anything specific… I was just blue.
The thing is that I shouldn’t be too surprised. The semester is ending in just two weeks, and although I am excited about a break from school, I am stressed about everything I have to do before that point. That stress paired with my typical wintertime “downness” just makes for a bad combination.
Although I wanted to stay in bed and relax, I figured the best way to overcome my mood was just to go out and face the world. So face the world I did through a couple of classes and some quality time at the library, which I also made my lunchroom.
Consumed: Carrot Cake Clif Bar, an apple and a square of dark chocolate.
The food itself was good: The apple was crisp and juicy. The carrot cake flavor of the bar was spot-on. (Thanks, Katelyn!) And the chocolate was, well, chocolate-y.
I even “treated myself” to some Arnold Palmer-style Honest Tea.
I intentionally kept the meal on the smaller side, because my mind was already wandering to something else.
But, first, I had a wonderful date with the elliptical machine. Although running is my true love, when done right, I love the way the elliptical machine stretches my legs off. Plus, my feet needed a break almost as much as my mind does.
Admittedly, my mood had improved throughout the day, but I still craved an extra pick-me-up. And, to me, that could only mean one thing.
Fluffy Banana Chocolate Chip Cookies
(Adapted from “Weekly Bite.”)
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1/4 C buttery spread, softened
- 1/8 C sugar
- 1/8 C brown sugar
- 1/2 t vanilla
- 1 C whole-wheat flour
- 1/4 C flax meal
- 1/2 t salt
- 1/2 t baking soda
- 1/2 C dark chocolate chip cookies
- In a medium bowl, cream the banana and butter together. Add the sugars and vanilla. Mix everything together.
- In a smaller bowl, mix the flour, flax, salt and baking soda. Add the flour mixture to the banana mixture in three separate sections (stirring after each addition). Add in the dark chocolate chip cookies.
- Spoon approximately tablespoon-sized dough balls onto a lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 minutes.
With the cookies, I was finally able to go from “sigh” to “yum.”
I was also able to go from “sigh” to “ohm…”
Especially if there are cookies involved.
Friday Fragments: I’ve been seeing a lot of advertisements lately for “Black Swan,” a new thriller. The film features Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis as competing ballerinas, which is a profession notorious for strict physical standards.
In fact, to “fit” the role, Kunis lost 20 pounds off of her already thin frame.
Although I don’t condone the standards that made this weight loss necessary, I do think that Kunis took a good, realistic mental approach to it all.
In a recent interview, she said:
“My mom freaked out. Everybody started panicking. She was like, ‘You have to promise me this isn’t going to affect you.’ I was like, ‘I promise it won’t, but it might take me a little time to be OK with having a little more fat on me.'”
I think this was “good,” because she recognized the fears that her family had for her. I think this was “realistic,” because she knew that putting weight back on would be more than a physical task.
This was a lesson that I learned last year, when I was struggling to get back to heath: Eventually I realized that I wasn’t healthy, but I still struggled with mental hurdles that kept me from getting the nutrition I needed.
What do you think about Kunis’ weight loss and subsequent weight gain?