Food & Fitness

Are you smiling when you wake up in the morning?

Yesterday, on Day 19 of the Raw Food Challenge, I ate:

– A few beet and zucchini chips, as well as some dehydrated squash rice, plus some fresh pineapple and 1 glass lemon water with 1/2 scoop calcium/magnesium powder. The zucchini chips are completely tasteless, which I was hoping for (I’m not a fan of the zucchini flavour); I had just sprinkled them with a bit of sea salt but they would be super good loaded with other spices! I’m going to play around with a few different spices. With the squash “rice”, I have gotten tired of it and still have mounds of it leftover, so I experimented with just dehydrating a small amount. It tastes great dehydrated! It’s sweet and crunchy. I’ll be making much more of it.

– Breakfast salad! Romaine lettuce, tomato, clover sprouts, pear. Every morning I wake up and think to myself, hmm, should I have fruit or vegetables for breakfast? Sometimes it’s frustrating. Other times, I really like that simplicity.

– Butternut squash seeds and 1 apple with cinnamon. These seeds were amazing. I tossed them with cumin, sea salt, garlic, black pepper, and red pepper flakes, and then dehydrated them overnight. Swoon.

– 1/2 banana with some chocolate brownie

– Small handful apricots and 2 mugs mint tea

– A few more beet and zucchini chips, plus 3 romaine lettuce wraps filled with some crumbled juice pulp patties, clover/radish/mustard/alfalfa sprouts, strips of red pepper, and chunks of tomato

– The rest of the butternut squash seeds, plus 1/2 banana with the rest of the chocolate brownie (yeah, I’m all over the brownie :D)

– Some dehydrated squash “rice”, handful apricots with a smear of cashew butter on a couple of them, a couple pieces frozen banana, and a few carrot sticks

– Salad with romaine lettuce, lentil sprouts, clover/alfalfa/radish/mustard sprouts, and tomato with 1 mug mint tea

– 1 apple with 1 mug mint tea

Enjoy Life

Yesterday I didn’t get home from the Uniter office until past 11pm; I’d been proofreading the newspaper since 5:30pm. Granted, the last couple hours we were more hanging out and joking around than working, but it was still late when I walked through my apartment door. I knew I had to wake up early for a full day of work today- after being in class all day yesterday before proofreading the newspaper- but I don’t mind the late night’s at the office at all. I love the work environment, I love the people, and I love the workload itself.

Question of the day: Are you doing what you love? If not, why aren’t you? If you are, what kind of obstacles got in your way before you managed to score your current position? Share and discuss!

Last chance to enter my giveaway to win one of two fantastic health books!

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16 Comments

  1. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman

    The title of this post totally fooled me. My first reaction: Heck no! (Mainly because I hate to wake up.) But after reading your whole post I can give you a better answer: Yup. I’m doing what I dreamed of doing as a kid: writing for magazines. I guess the biggest obstacles were landing a job in an industry that just seems to be getting smaller.

  2. Mark

    First of congrats on a fabulous journey.

    Now to the question…”Are you doing what you love?”

    Well, in some aspects yes….others no. I do try to look at the glass as half full vs. half empty…it is more challenging sometimes than others.

  3. the Bag Lady

    I’m glad to hear you are doing what you enjoy – that is so important to living life to the fullest! As for me, I am, for the most part, doing what I enjoy. There are always going to be aspects of life that we HAVE to do (cleaning toilets?) rather than what we WANT to do, but in my opinion, life is what you make it. You can CHOOSE to be happy, whatever you end up doing.

  4. The Candid RD

    I have to say I am very very lucky. I always knew I wanted to be an RD, but I was never into being a clinical RD (what most RDs do) and I knew I didn’t want a desk job. I secretly wanted to run my own business, from my home, and what do you know..that’s what I do!! I was lucky enough to meet a guy with all the business smarts that I did not have, and with the money and resources to get a business started. Now we are business partners and I DO wake up with a smile on my face everyday!

  5. Sagan Morrow

    Tracey- Gotta keep you on your toes 😉 It’s so saddening how the industry is getting smaller. Sighs.

    Mark- Agreed, sometimes it can be tough! And thanks :)

    Bag Lady- “Cleaning toilets”, heh, yes. It’s a choice!

    Gina- That’s fantastic that you were able to do that! Go you :)

  6. Dr. J

    I’ve been pretty fortunate to be a surgeon and really love my work. I’ve also been pretty independent in my views and behaviors, and I’ve paid a price for that. I was once sitting in on a class at a local college and the students were all talking about how they were going to maintain their values and not compromise when they graduated. I raised my hand, stood up and said, “That’s all great! I’m out there in the real world. I’ve maintained my values, but you know, when I look around, I don’t see any of you!”

    I love ya Sagan! Be warned, the voyage in the real world will be a gauntlet that breaks down most, not all, people to a much lesser self than they can imagine when they are young and life is easy.

  7. T

    i do and i don’t do what i love. it’s hard, because what i thought i wanted to do didn’t work out (or hasn’t yet and probably never will) (sports/hockey broadcasting) so i’m doing something else (starbucks barista) that, for the most part, i enjoy. i love the vast majority of the people i work with and i enjoy the job, though it has its moments.

    i’m probably not as happy as i could be with it, but i don’t know if that’s because a.) people annoy me that much (probably shouldn’t be working in customer service, really) or b.) thanks to familial pressures and whatnot, i feel like i’m not doing enough with my life, not using my degree so i’m unhappy because of that. who knows.

    i also am a college hockey writer, which makes me feel like i’m using my degree, but really doesn’t make me any money. i whine about that job a lot, but, when it comes down to it, i really do enjoy it as well, especially the times when either a column or a game story just click and work well.

  8. Pubsgal

    Wow, day 19 already? That’s so amazing. Were I to do it, I’d probably be down to only eating the chocolate brownies and apples at this point.

    Your question is a good (and grounding) one for me today! This week has been challenging, but for the most part, I’m enjoying what I do, personally & professionally. Many people would not consider my field to be very exciting, but I enjoy the combination of technology and writing. Throw parenting two youngsters into the mix, and there’s no room for complacency on any level. :-) I’d have to say that getting into my current position of enjoying where I’m at involved making a mental shift as well as developing the required skills. Meditation and a strong dose of Pema Chodron helped.

  9. Mary Anne in Kentucky

    I love what I do, but I’m facing having to find a job that pays enough to live on. I will be without health insurance next month for the first time in my life, and that’s not the only thing I can’t afford. I’m a very frugal person, but I can’t live on what I was making in 1997.

  10. charlotte

    On one hand I love that I am staying home with my children – while it makes me crazy, I am so glad that I am not missing out on their childhoods. On the other hand this means that I am NOT loving what I do career wise. SATs blech. But I’m working dilligently to change that sitch!

  11. Sagan Morrow

    Dr. J- I think that if we’re finding it tough not to compromise our values, it’s time to rethink those values! It’s going to do us no good if we don’t truly believe in what we say that we do. Better to reassess them!

    T- I guess if we feel like what we’re doing is helping us to progress and encouraging us to go in the “right” direction, then we’re all set… it’s if we aren’t GETTING something from our jobs that it might be time to make the switch.

    Diane- Absolutely!

    Pubsgal- I’m only pretending to eat those other foods. In reality, it’s all apples and brownie (tehe). I like your thoughts on this; if we’re constantly being CHALLENGED in a positive way, developing and honing our skills, that’s a good thing.

    Mary Anne- Sighs, that’s unfortunate. Any way that you can find something which provides a decent income that you still enjoy?

    Charlotte- Go you! I don’t think there would ever be a dull moment in your household :)

  12. asithi

    I love my life. But I only like my work. I get a sense of satisfaction at the end of the day and I have friends that makes the work day go by. I am still not sure what I want to do when I grow up. But engineering is good enough for now.

  13. Meg

    I’m doing what i enjoy, while I work towards doing what I love. I work as a freelance photo-retoucher and am going back to school to get my masters so I can teach elementary school kids to throw paint at each other ^_^

  14. Sagan Morrow

    Miz- I wish there was more money in writing/editing. As in, enough money to survive off of. Getting a grant doesn’t quite cut it for living expenses 😉

    Asithi- It’s important, I think, to know that something is fine right now but it’s not quite what we want… we can figure that out as we go along.

    Meg- “so I can teach elementary school kids to throw paint at each other”. Gotta love our society. That’s fantastic that you’re enjoying what you do and working towards what you love! A really great place to be, I think.

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