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I’m going from desk to 5K!

Here’s a picture of me at my job, and chances are this is what you look like too.

No offence to my job, it’s a good job. But any job where you spend 8 hours a day staring at a computer screen will lend itself to physical atrophy. After my first full year of life in the real world I didn’t feel the excitement I thought I’d feel. For making it through the year I was awarded a very nice pen with my initials engraved on it, but all I could think was, “This is all I have to show for a year post-college? A pen?” Sure, the pen is nice and it’s great to be recognized. But my problem isn’t with the pen. The pen was just a reminder of the fact that I spent the whole year learning nothing on my own.

The workforce is full of people who graduate, start working, and then just let life happen to them for the rest of their career. You see people who have been working for 20 years and they are completely dead inside. I always said that was NOT going to be me, so I worked really hard and enthusiastically last year. I did the best I could do and I ended up being the top performer for the year, but I was still really disappointed and I couldn’t figure out why. Now I know it’s because I worked really hard for the company but I didn’t do one thing to better myself.

In addition to still trying my best at work I’ve been involved with several objectives for self-betterment:

1) I’ve been teaching myself HTML and CSS, and I finally learned how to change the CSS (colors, fonts, etc.) on my blog. There will be changes happening in the next few months! I have a cool new blog name and have purchased the URL, so I just need to wait until I’m confident enough in my skills to possibly self-host my blog and get a new theme which I can CSS the heck out of.

2) I bought Adobe CS5, and I believe this will go hand-in-hand with my developing Web skills because I’ll be using Photoshop, Dreamweaver and eventually learning Flash. I also recently got a new camera, so now I’ll be able to edit my photos!

3) My body was wasting away so I’ve decided to try the Couch to 5K program. I prefer to call it the Desk to 5K program, because most of my time is spent at my desk at work rather than on my comfy couch playing Fable II. Basically the Couch to 5K program slowly but surely builds you up to being able to run a 5K, which I plan to do this summer. I’m on week 2, woo hoo! I’ll let you all know how it works out, but so far I’m really happy with it.

4) I’ve worked hard at changing my diet so I’ll feel better, and it’s working!  I’m eating almost no processed foods or meat now. For example, there is a trend going around of making “green monster” smoothies, so today I decided to make a green monster salad.

I’ll sign off with pictures of the fresh organic spinach salad with avocado, sauteed asparagus and a light lemon/olive oil dressing. The warm asparagus tasted so nice on top of the cool avocado and spinach. Yum!

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My new favorite healthy snack that I can’t stop dreaming about

How have I been missing out on Greek yoghurt my whole life?

Yesterday for breakfast I went to a little cafe and tried a bowl of Greek yoghurt with honey, granola and fruit and it was so good I was thinking about it the entire day. After work I went straight to the grocery and bought the fixin’s to make my own!

All you need:

Greek yoghurt
Honey
Fruit (I used strawberries, but I would have liked to have added blueberries if they’d had good ones)
Granola

Wash and chop the strawberries, then pour a little honey on the bottom and sides of the dish.

Fill with a couple heaping spoonfuls of yoghurt then top with granola. The granola I bought was lightly baked in honey and had various seeds added in (including pumpkin seeds – my favorite!).

Top with the chopped berries and you have yourself a healthy, tasty treat! I ate this for breakfast yesterday and dessert last night. Then I had it again this morning. I know, I’m obsessive.

My dinner last night was also tasty and fresh. I made a spinach salad with olive oil and lemon juice, then topped it with fried red bell pepper and fresh calamari that had been marinated in black pepper, red pepper and sea salt. It was from Marks and Spencer!

I felt like Spring after this meal!

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