Hey guys!

I’m getting to this blog post later in the day today. Wait – it’s not even that late. It’s 4:15 PM Wednesday and it only feels late in the day because it’s already getting dark outside. That’s what I dread about this time of year. Not even the cold so much – just “feeling limited”. It’s hard to move around freely and everything just takes longer to do. You have to move around like a penguin outside so you don’t slip and fall. That’s actually the only thing I’m not into about winter.

Now if you didn’t catch up on yesterday’s blog post, DAY 23 – CLICK HERE, you must catch up for this all to make sense. I’m not even joking you guys, at 8 AM or so when I wrote down my stress/worry list yesterday morning, and then wrote myself back and gave myself advice on how to deal with them, IT CHANGED MY WORLD. My attitude and perspective changed instantly and my foul mood changed into a good one, which I’ve stayed in and am in for over a day and a half. The “problems” are still here, but I’m looking at them differently in positive, fresh eyes. I actually have forgotten about them since writing them down and dealing with them in my own way!

More on my blog post yesterday, when Steve got home from work he asked about my day, I told him about it, and he said I know, I read your blog post. He told me he was a little concerned and felt sad reading my post yesterday and wondered if I was alright. I thought wait a sec, if my own husband thinks I’m sad right now from yesterday’s post, I wonder what the readers thought who read it. It was meant to be inspiring and that it really helps to switch your mood up when you’re feeling worried or stressed. I also told him that during this journey it’s my mission to be very honest with my feelings and moods, and no one can be happy 24/7 for 30 days straight. We’re all human!

I think he may have been wondering if there was anything on my “stress/worry list” concerning him. It’s funny he asked because yesterday I looked at my list and he wasn’t on there at all – nothing about him is bugging me, we’re getting along great. We’ve had our share of ups and downs. This is part of marriage and being together this long, of course it can’t always be perfect. But we’re as close as it gets in our eyes. I feel like we’ve never lost that spark since we met over 8 years ago, if anything it just gets better with time. He was relieved to hear he wasn’t part of my list of worries.

He has been working after work hours on my customer Lyla’s piece and tonight should be the last night and he should be done – then I will do touch ups on areas he has scuffed assembling it because – he always does, haha.

This photo is in black and white because it’s sooo good I don’t want to ruin the big reveal! It’s a huge redesign and he needs to trim and install shelves, cut a hole for her media cords, put new hinges on the cupboard doors (cut them first), he measured out and drilled holes for the handles, he attached the metal base, annnnddddd I am lucky to have him to help me because I’m not that handy. I wouldn’t be able to do everything I wish to do if it was just me.

Yesterday my mom was here and she finished sanding down the dining chairs for another customer. It took her 3-4 full days, I can’t remember. JUST the chairs. JUST the sanding. Now you know why things like this take a while and why they’re priced the way they are. It’s not a quick snap of the finger boom done. It takes a lot of hours and elbow grease for things to all come together. But hey, we’re not complaining, we’re just educating! We LOVE what we do! Maybe me more than my mom, haha!

I’ll update you all tomorrow on how the dining chairs went because I painted them today, yay!

For breakfast, I had some coconut wraps (which I’m now out of) with some cubed tofu, lettuce, tomato, Earth Island sour cream and sriracha – which I forgot to take a photo of. I’ve never been one to eat traditional breakfasts. Some have called me weird in the past, that’s for sure.

I made this delicious green goddess salad dressing yesterday for lunch. If you’ve ever had Glory Bowl dressing, it’s really similar. If you check this recipe out, I didn’t have fresh parsley so I used spinach instead. Romaine lettuce, avocado, tofu, gluten free croutons and the dressing was DELICIOUS!

For supper I mixed some Gardein beefless ground with marinara sauce, added in some almond/cashew ricotta I made up following Minimalist Baker’s recipe, a can of sliced mushrooms over a bed of Zeroodle Fettucine. IT WAS SO GOOD and so filling. I love days like these where you have meals that make you so happy while still staying within your weight loss calorie limit.

Until tomorrow,

Dani