Thank You, Bye for Now, and Tastes Like Happy

Hi friends,

You probably figured this out on your own, given that it’s been something like two weeks since I last posted. However, I wanted to write to you all to let you know. I’ve decided to retire Kaitlin With Honey. There was a time in my life when blogging here made a lot of sense because it was relevant to my life. It also made more sense because, back then, I had a lot more time.

The truth is, between injuries getting in the way of fitness and a nonstop lifestyle in which, lately, I’ve barely had time to warm up a frozen dinner, I just don’t have anything to say anymore that has to do with the point of this blog (healthy living). Furthermore, my career is taking off and I’ve found that it’s important for me to focus right now on things that build my career rather than those that take my attention and time away from it.

I’ve loved blogging so much and I’ve loved hearing from you all on a daily basis. I am sad to close this chapter in my life and will miss you all dearly, but I know it’s right.  That said, you can find me over at my new blog, Tastes Like Happy. I won’t necessarily be updating regularly like I used to here, but I will update when I have something to say or share. In terms of Kaitlin With Honey, though, I’m signing off.  Thank you all so much for tuning in here day after day. You’ve all meant the world to me. Happy healthy living!

Love,

Kaitlin (With Honey)

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I’m Sorry!

I’m just stopping in to say I’m sorry for suddenly being so MIA. Things have been absolutely crazy lately and blogging just fell by the wayside. I’ll be back soon to explain! Love to you all. :)

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Chocolate: Good For You

Oof. I just wrote this WHOLE POST for you and lost it. I am not happy (I should probably eat some chocolate). I am also not going to retype everything, so now you’re getting the shorter version. Sorry.

Anyway!

I think you guys are probably aware that I’m a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve written about it a fair amount.

And, I mean, duh. Who isn’t a Harry Potter fan?

Anyway, while I’m not silly enough to believe all of that magic really exists (or, at least, I’m not silly enough to admit that on the internet…), there is one little bit of magic from those book in which I totally believe: chocolate reallycan heal.

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I’ve recently increased my chocolate intake and have told myself it’s for stress. However, I’ve also learned that it’s good for me and that maybe I’m doing it subconsciously for healthy reasons!

Let me have it. Sometimes you just need a win, right?

Here’s a sampling of some of the chocolate we have around the office.

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Don’t worry. I never have that much at once.

Usually.

I recently read this article in Eating Well Magazine (November/ December 2011 edition) and liked it so much, I thought I’d share it.

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Last time I typed up this post, I re-typed the whole article for you. Not gonna happen again.

The bottom lines:

1. It makes you smile.

2. It helps you see better.

3. It’s a diet food.

That’s enough for me!

But, just in case it isn’t enough for you, you can check some other articles out:

I love it when these things work in my favor.

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to eat some chocolate!

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Weekend Eats

I did a lot this weekend. I saw a lot of people. I did a lot of reading. I did a TON of cleaning.

For whatever reason, though, I only really took pictures of the food I ate. No big deal. This is half a food blog, anyway!

I took this picture because I thought it was funny.

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All three are in my cabinet right know. Think maybe I’m on a Cheerios kick?

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My Saturday morning breakfast combined two of them — Peanut Butter & Chocolate. Delish! Though I will say that the PB Cheerios are far, far superior to the chocolate ones.

I had an amazing lunch that day. I ordered this sandwich from a place called Olive & Thyme in Toluca Lake.

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In case the picture doesn’t do it for you, here’s a description:

“Oil packed tuna with sliced egg, arugula tomato, tapenade & pesto mayonnaise on baguette.”

Granted, they also gave me red onion (which I had to pick off), but it was still a wild success. And it was huge. I couldn’t have finished it if I’d tried.

I went to dinner that night with my friend Shivani at a restaurant called Ciao Cristina, right across from the WB lot.

Even though I went there craving pizza, I found myself seriously craving vegetables while were there. So, I got this huge (and gorgeous)grilled vegetable plate.

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Isn’t that amazing?

And, of course, I repurposed the leftovers into my favorite and versatile comfort food meal: upgraded mac ‘n cheese.

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Duh. Like you expected anything else.

I also took my friend Lauren out for a celebratory/ thank you dinner last night. We had an Indian feast:

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I got Sag Paneer and we split rice and potato-filled naan.

I left a very full and happy girl.

As you can see, I went out to eat quite a bit this weekend — and actually, that doesn’t even include my dinner out with my friend Tyler on Friday night or my coffee/ second breakfast out with my friend Becky on Saturday morning.

My wallet needs a break, but my tastebuds were thrilled. :)

Did you eat anything fun this weekend?

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Friday Fun: Inspiration

The theme of today’s post is this: Be your own inspiration.

At the beginning of February, I made this the background on my phone:

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February was a month of ups and downs. Some really great things happened. Some really terrible things happened, too. I don’t want to lie to you.

At the beginning of February, I was going through the pictures on my phone and randomly came across this photo, which I’d taken in a store in Phoenicia back on New Year’s Eve. I decided to Instagram it and make it the background on my phone because, well, who doesn’t need a positive reminder every once in a while?

So, you know, things haven’t been perfect. But every time I look at my phone (which is a little too often, if I’m being honest), it’s been nice to have this little mantra at my service.

In what ways do you create your own inspiration?

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Healthy Goals for March

February was a month of major ups and major downs. More on that tomorrow. Sort of.

Anyway, it made me think that maybe I need to set some simple, healthy and reasonable goals for myself to focus on throughout the month of March.

1. See my friends more.

I had the pleasure of seeing all of these smiling faces last night, which in turn put a huge smile on my face. I spent so much of February sick that I ended up being holed up in my apartment for most of it. No more! I’m happiest around my friends. And gosh, they’re great.

2. Get back into my fitness routine.

Between a very busy work schedule and losing my patience with my ever-frustrating knee, I’ve been in a phase in my life in which fitness has been on the back-burner. I so miss the fitness side of myself (and of this blog!).

Fortunately, I talked to my Physical Therapist about this last night, and she decided that we’re going to come up with a consistent fitness routine for me that I can keep up even with the knee problem.

Right now, we’re leaning towards Pilates. While this would be an expensive decision to make, I also feel it would likely be one I wouldn’t regret.

3. Master the art of painting my own toenails.

Random, but it’s a solid budgetary goal. I’ve already mastered the art of painting my fingernails (you have no idea how long of a process this has been). Any pedicure tips?

4. Cook more.

Especially, cook more foods like this:

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Those were dishes cooked for me last night at the dinner party with those wonderful people you saw pictured above. So delicious and so healthy! Specifically, those foods are salad, Vegan Ragu, and Kale, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash.

Amazing.

The Vegan Ragu recipe was created by my friend James and the Kale recipe was created by my friend Brian. I convinced each of them to email me their recipes. I will post them this month!

So, some sub-goals…

4a. Cook and post about the Vegan Ragu.

4.b. Cook and post about the Kale, Mustard Greens and Butternut Squash.

Now that they’re specifically listed out like that for the world to see, I can’t get lazy about it. :)

Oh, we also ate this delicious Apple & Almond Cake last night. I’ll be making this at some point, too!

I don’t know if that’s a March goal, but itwill happen.

5. Get more sleep.

I make this goal every month. I rarely follow through. Doesn’t mean I won’t try this month.

6. Take my vitamins every day.

See Goal #5. :)

6. Take some me time.

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I don’t know if I’m quite the type for Meditation or anything, but I do know that I need to find some balance in my life. I work a lot. I love the work I do — and all of the jobs I have — but I also stopped finding much time for myself. Not having the gym be a daily part of my life these days took away time that used to be my “me time.”

Lately, I’ve been taking my hours off to watch TV or read scripts for work. While these are great ways to escape, I think that’s exactly what I’m doing — escaping. Maybe I need to take time to write in a journal, or something. I’m not even sure how to spend “me time” anymore.

How do you spend your “me time?” And what are some of your goals for March?

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WIAW: Leap Day Eve

Happy Leap Day, friends!

Without details (sorry), I can tell you, at 9:42 in the morning, that today has already been a very strange, very disorienting day.  Is that a Leap Day thing?

Well, no, I guess not. Not according to Google or Wikipedia. I guess that means I’m special. Right? Sure.

Anyway, yesterday was kind of an “off” day as a WIAW. I’m still feeling weird since my food poisoning debacle this weekend, so I waver between still feeling a little nauseated and not eating much and then being starving. I’m also sticking with very carb-based meals.

No work out yesterday for this very reason.

Breakfast: 2 pieces of whole wheat toast with peanut butter and a sliced banana.

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Lunch: Tortellini Soup with a toasted English muffin & butter.

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Snack: unpictured pretzels & a string cheese.

Later, two unpictured IPAs. Regretted.

Late Dinner: Green Giant Healthy Weight frozen veggie/ black bean mix with shredded parmesan.

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I wasn’t actually hungry, but felt it was probably a wise choice after consuming two beers on a nearly empty stomach.

Some fun facts about Leap Day (from NowPublic and Vabsite):

  • “You can figure out which year will be a leap year by dividing the year by 4. If it comes out evenly, it’s a leap year.”
  • “Traditionally, Leap day is the one day that women can propose to men.”
  • “The chances of being born on a Leap Year are 1 in 1,461.”
  • “Salaried employees are working for free this February 29 since paychecks are based on a 365-day year.”
  • “February 29 is not recognized by some computer services and software programs that power everything from banking to life insurance.”

Interesting!

And, just for fun:

Do you know any other fun facts about Leap Day? Has anything weird happened to you today? Share!

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