Negativity, happenings and goal checks

1 Mar

So the past few days have been rough, I’ve just feeling blah. Maybe it was from the drunken stupor of Friday night, the 79 degree days we’ve been having or just laziness but I’m finally back to feeling “normal” and like myself again.

I had a major tofu fail last night. I have a couple of slices pressed in the fridge to get the liquid out and was looking forward to cooking up something tasty. I added bbq sauce to the tofu and cooked it on the stovetop while I had sweet potato slices and kale chips in the oven.

The tofu was extra firm but it was crumbling while cooking it so it quickly turned into a bbq tofu mash and it was funkalicious. It didn’t taste right at all so there goes my first experience with tofu gone bad. The rest of the meal was fantastic though.

Afterwards, I met up with a friend at the Y. She went to find a treadmill to run on while I found a Precor AMT to get my cardio on. When I finished working out, I sprayed down the machine and the guy next to me flipped his lid! He started getting all whiny and dramatic “Saying, og my gosh, I can’t breathe, why did you spray it in my face?? blah blah blah” I apologized saying that I didn’t realize it gotten on him (I sprayed it two times on the machine and wiped it) then after I apologized he gave me more attitude saying “Next time you really need to spray on the towel and wipe” and I just smiled and spurt out “Ok”. I walked away and *almost* walked back to go off on him and say something along the lines of “If getting cleaner on you is the biggest issue you have in life, I want your life” but I’m trying not to be so confrontational with strangers plus it’s the Y and I know I would start dropping the F bomb on him so I walked away.

My friend and I did some upper body weight machines after like the row, lateral pull down, shoulder press and chest press.

 It was a great workout and to think, I almost didn’t go because I had a case of the Mondays!

I came home and made a green monster with kale, coconut milk, Spiru-Tein Blueberries N Cream protein powder, flax seed and Yoplait Smoothie fruit mix.

Very tasty! I don’t think I would buy the Yoplait Smoothie mix again because there really isn’t alot of fruit in the bag and I believe it only comes out to two servings in the bag. I would rather buy a generic brand than spend an extra buck on this.

And today was hell. I didn’t have a lot on my plate because I wanted to work on a project but that fell through and there were just issues all day long. I started the day off with Yoplait and a Vita Top

Unfortunately, this didn’t hold me over at all. And there was a little issue with my sanitzer spilling all over the Vita Top–boo!

Just a note, this is the most disgusting scented sanitzer I’ve ever smelled. Plus the fact that anytime I see it, I start singing Strawberry Champagne to the tune of “Raspberry Beret” is getting annoying.

I didn’t make anything in advance so I had something new for lunch-Morningstar Sesame Chik’n

I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again-I’m not a huge fan of frozen meals but usually keep a few in my freezer for days I have no lunch. This was surprisingly good though. The “chik’n” tasted like real chicken and the sauce was smooth and didn’t seem like it was laced with a shaker of salt. I’ve had Lean Cuisine frozen meals like this and they pale in comparison compared to Morningstar with it’s abundance of vegetables and flavor. I will definitely be buying this in the future.

When I got home, I was spent. But I came home to a nice, surprise package.

What can it be?

Multigrain Cheerios and Biggest Loser Wii workout I won from Kelly Olexa! If you haven’t ever visited Kelly’s blog, please check it out. She is super inspiring, posts vlogs on the faily and has a Monday post called Monday Manjoyment–who doesn’t love that!? Whenever I am feeling down an uninspired, I head over to her blog and it puts things in perspective for me and motivates me to get off my behind and work it out!

Dinner was something new-chicken satay with brown rice, green beans, onions and baby corn

I’ve never cooked with satay sauce, nor did I know how orange it was!

Please disregard chipped nail polish. Instead of giving myself a manicure, I choose to blog.

I chopped up one and a half chicken breasts and mixed with the sauce

Cooked some onions on the stovetop then added the chicken

Then added the green beans and baby corn

Checked to make sure any chicken didn’t fall because if it did, Lincoln would be right there by my feet but instead he was sitting like a good boy

And voila! A tasty, healthy meal

I like to think of myself as a positive person but this past weekend, I had two guys tell I was a really negative girl and that bothered me. I am lot more positive than I used to be and when I feel like I’m speaking my mind or “telling it like it is” apparently, I come off negative. This came from me speaking about my job, you know, when you go out partying the first thing you want to talk about is work right? So when someone asks me what I do, I tell them then try to steer the conversation in another direction by saying something like “Let’s talk about something more interesting than work” and when they ask me, I really start to speak my mind about my job. As many of you know, I’m very unhappy with my role and have no issues about speaking my thoughts on my position but I guess I am really coming off negative? That being said, I am going to start making more of a conscious effort about how I speak about my job, life, feelings, etc and try to portray them in a more positive way and speak my mind more thoughtfully. I know I shouldn’t be doing this for other people but when I think about would I want to hang out with someone who is consistently complaining about their job, I wouldn’t. It’s just a downer. So I am going to try to express myself better or just learn when to shut up.

Which brings us to…..goal checks!

*Pay off one credit card by 2/15/11.  

 Success! I paid off in January and working on paying my other one down. I’ve paid $500 down on it in the past two months so I’m cutting that balance down. Thank God for 0% balance transfer offers!

*Quit my job. 

On the way to success! My manager and I had a one on one last week and I told him that I am 100% sure I will be out of there by May. He was quite receptive to what I was saying so I appreciate it and the goal date is going to be April 29th. I told him that I will give them a month’s notice since I’ve been with the company for six years and want to leave on a high note with a good recommendation. I can’t believe this is going to happen.

*Check out cities that could potentially be my new home.

Working on it! I am going to Pittsburgh in late March to check out the scene there. I have a good number of friends from college there, it’s an hour away from where I went to college and I would be within driving distance to family six hours away. I hate the fact that I have two nieces but I feel like I don’t know them at all. One is turning 10 this summer and I know nothing about her, I don’t want it to be that way, especially since I don’t want to have kids. Pittsburgh was recently named  the #1 Most Livable City in the US so it seems like a possible moving location. I am going to look into Indianapolis when I am there in May and possibly Chicago around that time as well. It scares me that I have absolutely no clue where I will be in six months yet at the same time, it excites me.

*Pay a little more on my car payment each month so I can pay it off quicker

Success! I’m still paying about $30 extra with each paycheck to cut the balance down on there

*Cut down on  Starbucks and eating out.

Umm, what’s Starbucks? Seriously, I’ve only been going one to two times a week which is major for me. I haven’t been eating out as much as I once did which is also helping me save money and when I do go out to eat, I try to use a Groupon/Living Social deal.

*No new clothes until March.

I did it! I don’t know how but I did and I’m proud to say, I didn’t buy any new clothes in January or February. It is possible!

*Plan a stay-cation instead of jetsetting all around the country.

This is going to be a difficult one still with all the traveling for potential cities to move to but am least when I travel, I will be crashing with friends instead of staying at hotels

*Sell what I don’t need.

Copied from last month because there is no progress on this–I haven’t sold anything yet but I am in the works of putting together everything I want to sell, take pics, put on Craigslist, etc. If anyone in the Charlotte area is looking for a Wine Refrigerator, let me know

*Try out new ethnic recipes.

 I still need to mix it up some but I made some good stuff in February like stuffed mushrooms, meatballs, tuna melts, tofu tacos and roasted chicken along with going out for sushi, Indian food,

*Be more consistent with taking my vitamins.

I give myself an F. Seriously, I don’t know when the last time I took one.

*Cut down on my meat intake.

Success! Doing great with this by incorporating Meatless Mondays along with eating  more beans, tofu and making dishes meatless.

*Use skim milk or almond milk in my coffee instead of half and half.

 Success! I bought coconut milk this weekend after seeing a recommendation from Monique and it’s sooooo much better than almond milk. Go try it if you haven’t!

When cleaning off a machine at the gym, do you spray the machine and wipe or spray the towel and wipe?

33 Responses to “Negativity, happenings and goal checks”

  1. Diana@mymarblerye March 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm #

    Tell that gym dude to get laid. I spray on a towel but WTF?! He needs to simma down! Anyways I’m with you on work. Thank gawd the end is near. I’ll find out in 2 weeks where I go so I hope it inspires you. We have the last day at our jobs too. Cheer up. I’m in a funk but what makes me happy is a ton of real housewives and e! Fashion police!

  2. TheSceneFromMe March 1, 2011 at 8:40 pm #

    You go girl, you are majorly crushing out those goals!
    I know I would be better at achieving my goals if I wrote them all down like you do 🙂

  3. lookingupwhileslimmingdown March 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm #

    My gym has antibacterial wipes so spraying isn’t an issue. But when I used to belong to the Y I used the spray and then wiped. So tell that guy to shut it. He should be happy you’re cleaning the machines b/c there are still people at my gym who don’t and it makes me mad.

    How do you cook your sweet potatoes? They look so good.

    Let’s talk soon. Being happy and positive takes work. Take it one day at a time and you’ll get there…where ever that may be. 🙂

  4. Jenn @ Peas & Crayons March 1, 2011 at 9:47 pm #

    amazing progress with your goals girl!!!! rock the eff on! =)

    we need more wine related twitter-a-thons btw =) love it!

    sorry about the tofu! I found that pressing it for 15 minutes and then frying it like I just posted on p&c yesterday keeps it in one piece! I hope you try it again! i’m obsessed! ❤


  5. squigglefloey March 1, 2011 at 9:59 pm #

    Sending warm hugs your way. You’re a strong amazing woman 🙂 Should’ve slapped that gross un-hygienic man!

  6. Amanda March 2, 2011 at 12:06 am #

    I’d punch the gym dude. How freaking annoying is that? UGH!

    I am singing strawberry champagne to the tune of raspberry beret right now. SO GOOD!

    You are doing so awesome on your goals! I’m jealous.

  7. vixter2010 March 2, 2011 at 4:51 am #

    Well done on your goals, you’re doing great! How exciting about you moving to a new place and job, that’s so brave, let us know what you choose. And the gym guy is a fool 🙂

  8. Whitney March 2, 2011 at 7:00 am #

    I totes woulda told that dude where the deer sh*ts in the woods. Glad you have better restraint than I do 🙂

  9. Amy @ Second City Randomness March 2, 2011 at 7:42 am #

    We have those wet disposable wipe things… so I guess we avoid that issue altogether. Even though it took my gym a serious year after I moved to get them… and the first time they were out it took a month to refill… so yeah- I’m sure my gym is germy… sick!

    Sorry you’re feeling “blah”. I’m still gonna blame the weather. Everything starts to look up once spring rolls around. And don’t be scared about the big job decision! Be excited! You have so many possibilities on your horizon!

  10. Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg March 2, 2011 at 8:13 am #

    Um, that gym dude sounds RIDICULOUS. You should have sprayed him in the crotch and run away!!

    Yay, Pittsburgh!!! That’s less than two hours from me!

  11. This Italian Family March 2, 2011 at 9:51 am #

    I love multigrain cheerios! And BL! Let us know how the work out is!

    Congrats on paying off a credit card, Tiffany! That’s so great! Debt is a pain and it is so incredible to work toward being debt free!

  12. terri March 2, 2011 at 10:22 am #

    hey girl~great job on your goal list! i need to do this. i think you just inspired me!!! if you move to pitts, we will hook up fo sho. thats like 2 hours from here!
    i do both ie. spray or spray on something and wipe. it depends i guess…..that guy sounds like he had some issues. FREAK.
    have a wonderful hump day! xo

  13. Kace March 2, 2011 at 10:27 am #

    Wow you have been way more productive on the goals than me! Great job! I like the carpayment one, that’s a good idea. I may do that with my student loans once finances pick up in a month. Although…sad Philly isn’t on your list : ( We’re #1 too!!!! (*fine print:#1 most murderous)

  14. Stephanie @ The Cookie Battle March 2, 2011 at 11:32 am #

    Instead of responding to his shenanigans, I would’ve just let out a little spray in his general direction and then walked away. What a drama queen.

  15. leashieloo March 2, 2011 at 11:51 am #

    That guy at the gym needs to GET OVER IT, good thing you kept your cool! I would’ve been SO frustrated. And I hear you girl, it’s been a craptacular week, though today is picking up. I know exactly what you mean about the positive/negative dynamic. I may whine from time to time, but I am mostly positive. Why are people so threatened by a woman who speaks her mind?? Idiots.

  16. Monique March 2, 2011 at 11:54 am #

    im proud of you got getting those goals checked off the list. AS we speak i am very near to being debt free (of course now i have to pay back my 401K… but debt free is debt free, right?)
    I vote for pittsburgh becuase then you will be closer to me! yayyyy for being selfish! woot!
    linky looks so cuddly in that pic

  17. Mindy@FindingSilverLinings March 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm #

    Hell to the yeah! Sweet potatoes are my faaaaavorite side. That’s all 🙂

  18. Laury @thefitnessdish March 2, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    Ewww…what a sissy! can’t belive he flipped a lid! people, I’ll tell yah!

  19. janetha March 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm #

    i love your last question so much because those are the things i think about at all times. i spray my towel 7 or 14 times depending on how much cleaner the sprayer sprays out and then i wipe.

    sorry about the blahs and the tofy fail. i love you!

  20. janetha March 2, 2011 at 3:44 pm #


  21. julialikesred March 2, 2011 at 4:07 pm #

    The idea of you being a negative nancy is ridiculous. You’re a friggin sweetheart. Don’t listen to those cranky jerks.

    Hifives on the meat-cutting-down! Seeya saturday 🙂

  22. Natalie @ Will Jog For Food March 2, 2011 at 4:13 pm #

    The guy at the gym was a douche! hehe You sprayed the machine a couple times and he was “dying”? It sounds like something that would happen in Boca, haha.

  23. Lily's Health Pad March 2, 2011 at 4:46 pm #

    You and Lincoln may want to visit my blog today. 😉 Good job with your goals! You had so many and made progress with almost all of them. I always use a paper towel and spray. Using the towel I wiped on my sweaty face would be gross!

  24. Erin @ A Girl & Her Mutt March 2, 2011 at 10:14 pm #

    Why do I have the feeling you are the funny/sarcastic girl? Sometimes I think people take that as negativity or a negative outlook on life which really isn’t the case. I get that every now and then. That said…I never think its a bad thing to focus on the positive in life and really think about how things are said.

    Oh, and I usually spray the towel and wipe.

  25. fitinthemidwest March 2, 2011 at 10:15 pm #

    Your situation at the gym reminded me of a jerk I had to deal with at work last Friday night and then a jerky co-worker on top of it. I have had one hell of a stressful and negative week too. I can totally relate but the best advice I can give you is that in the grand scheme of things, don’t worry about people like that. They thrive of that kind of behavior and your reaction to it, so you did the right thing by not reacting with anger. My two cents!

    Ooh, do a review on the Biggest Loser for Wii. My sister-in-law likes it and I was wondering if it’s challenging. I have so many Wii fitness games now, but figured it would be good to know if that one is different than my EA Active, etc.

  26. happytalesblog March 3, 2011 at 12:14 am #

    First off, I have to throw it out there that I love listening to EVERYTHING you have to say… postitive, negative, whatever it is… i don’t care! If it’s on your mind, I want to hear it. And I think it is because I find your way of speaking so thoughtful. Even if it is negative? (But really, I don’t find you negative at all…) So by all means, keep doing what you’re doing!

    Also, CONGRATS on reaching/moving towards so many of your goals…. amaaaazing that you paid off a whole credit card!! That’s GOT to be a great feeling 🙂

  27. Kelly Olexa March 4, 2011 at 12:08 am #

    First of all, I’m so glad you got your prize!! WEEE!! And second of all, the dude, he was a total douchelord and needs to be smacked. I have to tell you, I think you probably know this, but I can totally relate to where you are about work, and being unhappy about things and talking about it. You’ve likely seen this on my blog where I had these a’-ha moments of clarity where I said I just didn’t want to spend another year talking about how bad things are and not doing anything about it (this is not what I’m saying about you, strictly my thing about ME)…..they say that we only complain about the things that we have the power to change. So that said, I am taking the steps to CHANGE. And to not just continually whine about what bothers me— either delete it, change it or accept it. And focus on enjoying LIFE. And babe- YOU ARE A POSITIVE CHICK- are you kidding— you light up my days in all seriousness. Why do you think I blog-stalk you and say I can’t wait to hang IRL because I really find you to be an amazing girl!! MOVE TO CHICAGO!! YOU KNOW I’d hook you up with the whole city and you can stay with me while you look for a place— no Single White Female stuff I promise….!!! MOVE TO CHICAGO! MOVE TO CHICAGO!! 😉 No pressure….

  28. Angela (the diet book junkie) March 4, 2011 at 1:39 am #

    oh girl, congrats about the credit card, that’s awesome!! how exciting is it going to be to move to a new city! you know i hear Australia is pretty nice…. 🙂

    p.s. i spray the paper towl then wipe down the machine. i *hope* that’s what you’re supposed to do…

  29. 40daykedge March 4, 2011 at 6:29 pm #

    Great job on meeting your goals, it’s such a great feeling.

    On another note, I can relate about people telling you you’re negative. In the past I have considered myself a realist, but other people saw me as negative. Sometimes it’s great to take a cue from people to make positive changes, because in the end if you wind up wit a more positive outlook you win!

    Also, when you come to Chicago I’d love to have a blogger meet-up and meet you in real life! It’s a very exciting time for you! Best of luck with EVERYTHING!

  30. Katie H. March 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm #

    Dude, that guy’s reaction is so so ridiculous. If it happened to me I don’t think I would have told him off bc I would have been stuttering in shock. Seriously? What a jerk. Pansy.

    You are making so much headway on your goals! That’s fab that you may move to Pittsburgh! You should check out Philly too! Though it’s on the other side of the state (right? I don’t even know). My mother in law lives there and it’s a cool city!

  31. According to Gus March 4, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

    I am in the exact same situation as you! Selling our house and leaving my job of 6+ years in June…then we’re traveling the U.S. and Canada for 4-5 months. Where we’ll end up is anyone’s best guess. Exciting and scary at the same time!

  32. adrianna March 6, 2011 at 5:40 pm #

    ok, very late to this comment party, but *hugs*. awesome job on the goals chic! you will be so happy once youre outta there.
    my sis lives in pittsburgh, and i grew up about an hour outside of it, in WV (wheeling, and then you know i went to wvu for undergrad…) anywho, if ya have any questions, shoot me an email. i might be able to answer them, haha.

    last week at work for me was very up and down, too. in a total work-funk right now. i need a positive stick slap asap.

    that guy is a sh*thead. at least you cleaned it! he was probably lollygagging along on the machine anyhow.

  33. BikiniBy30 March 7, 2011 at 2:55 pm #

    Ooh! Let me know if you decide to visit Chicago!

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