Rainy Monday Part II: Forced Productivity and Getting Healthy

Rainy Mondays are starting to become a trend. This Monday, however, I managed to get out of the house before the torrential downpour started, trapping me in Starbucks with nothing to do but work. The forced productivity is a bit of a blessing in disguise since my weekend trip to Maine drained me of all desire to work. I sat there staring out at the pond thinking if all else fails I can just go live in the cabin until my money runs out. And let me tell you, that’s a pretty great sounding backup plan.

Not a shabby place to be

The rain, however, has forced me to be productive beyond my initial GRE study plans, and here I am applying to jobs and reading some of L’Etranger. I’m trying to be optimistic about jobs, but it’s hit the point where I may punch the next person to tell me “oh you’ll definitely totally for sure have a job by the end of July for sure no doubt” in the face. Unfortunately, channeling that frustration and rage into cover letters doesn’t seem like a great approach, since frustrated rage letters don’t scream “employable.”

Instead I’m trying to channel the frust-rage-tion (you heard it here first–it’s the new “frindle”) into working out and eating healthier. It’s been on my To Do list for a couple years now (*cough*freshmanfifteen*cough*) but I knew I wouldn’t ever really do anything about it until I graduated. Let’s be honest, college is really the only time in your life when you can order wings and a calzone, watch 10 hours of Restaurant Impossible and call it all a “hangover cure,” so clearly I was going to capitalize on that.

In honor of my quest to be just a teensy bit healthier, I’ll share some of my favorite healthy(er) blogs:

  • Eat Yourself Skinny: Kelly at Eat Yourself Skinny always posts recipes that look and taste incredible despite the fact that they’re often “skinny” versions of recipes. I can’t help drooling over her recipes, even the simpler ones like this grilled honey-orange chicken salad. It doesn’t hurt that she’s funny, posts links to other great blogs, and includes dessert recipes which is pretty much a must for me, since I’m just self-aware enough to know that I’ll never give up my sweet tooth.
  • Skinnytaste.com: The recipes that Gina posts always look good and often get me to try new ingredients and flavor profiles. Her asian mango slaw has made it into my regular rotation, and I’ve always got at least one of her recipes on my “Try It Soon” list. Next up? I’m definitely going to make this salad for lunch some day this week.
  • Fit Fab Cities: I mostly use this blog for the printable workouts and workout playlists. But I initially was drawn to Fit Fab Cities because of blogger Caitlin’s stance on being fit: “I’m not one of those girls who can survive on lean protein and steamed veggies alone. I love a great cheese pizza and given my devotion to chocolate chip cookies I have a feeling watching Cookie Monster as a kid had a profound effect on me.” Amen sister.

With that, I’ll stop writing about being productive and get to it. That cover letter isn’t going to finish itself, even though I’m literally sitting here willing it to be done. On second thought, the sun is coming out, and I’ve got a kindle book that’s dying to be read..


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