So get this, I work at a university and last week Thursday was freshman move in day so my building was crawling with clueless kids and their parents who also seemed to be pretty clueless. There are two gender neutral bathrooms near my office that I usually use. I drink a gallon of water if not more everyday so I am frequenting these bathrooms often. When the doors lock from the inside the person on the outside sees a red mark on the door handle. The bathroom I was heading into seemed to be unoccupied because it wasn’t red, but you guys, it wasn’t unoccupied. Nope, it was 100 percent occupied by a father sitting on the pot, pants at his ankles and scowling on his iPhone so you just knew he planned on being there for awhile. I was absolutely horrified! It was something that I wish so badly I can unseen, but unfortunately, it is burned into my mind!
Let’s move on because I don’t need to relive that anymore than I have to. Last year at this time, I was chowing down on my wedding day dinner of pork roast, roasted veggies and potatoes. Today is Nick and I’s one year anniversary! This past year has treated us pretty well! He got a change in position at his job, I got a new job that I absolutely love and we bought a house! Our gift to each other was the house and I bought Artic Zero ice cream to have tonight after dinner as our celebratory dessert. We didn’t have a cake at our wedding because I am not a fan of cake so we don’t have one of those nasty pieces of one year old cake to eat tonight. The ice cream will have to do!
I notice I am completely rambling in this post, but I have to tell you that I ran 5 miles the other day – 5! Anyone that knows me knows I do NOT like running, nope not at all. I only like running when it is during an obstacle course race and I am running through the woods or on trails to the next obstacle. This run was in town, down sidewalks and streets and it complete sucked. However, I did feel pretty damn good when it was over and the endorphin’s were a flowing. Running is such a mind game and a constant fight with yourself. As much as I just wanted to be done or just completely stop, I didn’t. One reason is because I was running with a friend who is an endurance athlete and was great encouragement. Also because I knew deep down that I could keep going and I could finish even though I didn’t want to. Battling thoughts of doubt is a daily thing for a lot of people. To push doubts aside we must have a strong mentality and push through any negative thoughts. As much as we need to workout our bodies to be physically healthy, we also have to workout our minds to be mentally healthy. Use self affirmations. Tell yourself you can do it, tell yourself you are beautiful, strong and a badass. Saying positive things to yourself on a daily basis will boost your positive attitude and will rub off on other aspects of your life as well. This week, right when you wake up, say three positive things to yourself before getting up and starting your day. You’ll be surprised how you see things differently throughout the course of your day!
This recipe would be perfect for a weekend brunch or something to cook up and divide into containers to take with you to work.
Yukon Gold Potato Breakfast Skillet
- 2 cups Yukon gold potatoes, chopped in small pieces
- 6 pieces of bacon
- 1 cup medley cherry tomatoes, whole
- 4 eggs
- salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Place the bacon on a rimmed baking sheeting and bake for 15 minutes. Place the bacon on a plate with paper towel and pat grease.
- Increase the oven temperature to 400 degrees. Place the potato pieces on the rimmed baking sheet used for the bacon and toss with the bacon grease and salt and pepper. Place in oven and cook for 10 minutes. While the potatoes are cooking, chop the bacon into small pieces and set aside.
- Remove the potatoes from the oven and stir in the bacon and medley cherry tomatoes. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
- Will the potato mixture is cooking, place a skillet on the stove over medium heat and cook 4 over easy eggs.
- Remove the potato mixture from the oven and separate onto two plates, place 2 eggs on each plate and eat up.