Sometimes all you have to do is ask

Hi bloggies! I am SO happy right now!! I can’t even begin to tell you how stressed out I was this morning. I’m leaving for NY tomorrow straight after work and the next day I’m going to Israel. I had so much work to do before that, I swore I could stay up all night and probably would still be unable to finish all of it. I felt so helpless and overwhelmed… I didn’t want to disappoint anyone. My boss I believe thinks pretty highly of me, and I just couldn’t handle either not meeting my deadline or handing something in that was sub-par. So I got to work bright and early and started cracking down on the work. Unfortunately the more I read, the more anxious I got. So you know what I did? I asked my boss if there was any chance I could hand my assignment in after I get back from my trip. It made total sense. There was actually no reason to rush it, except checking the box, and I didn’t want the quality to suffer. And she was ok with it! I think I felt every muscle of my body relax that very moment. It was a huge weight that was lifted off my shoulders (even though of course I’ll still have to do the work next month). Anyway, this just goes to show you that sometimes all you have to do is ask. Things may work out in your favor 😀

Here are my eats from the last 2 days. You’re missing another piece of cheesecake, the rest of the chocolate covered brownie from the bottom of this post, and dinner from last night (to be covered in a separate post) :)

Banana oats with coconut, almonds and chocolate chips:

I love how the chocolate chips just melt all over the warm oats. Coconut + banana, however, is a little weird 😆

Oikos + fruit salad:

Oh Nuts pumpkin seeds. I actually ended up eating the whole baggie I got in the HLS swag bag.

Leftover salmon + edamame from dinner at KO Prime:

Birthday strawberry cheesecake + yogi tea:

Imitation lobster:

Amazing Grass chocolate whole food energy bar:

I received this bar in the HLS swag bag as well, and I think this is the item I was the most excited to try. I knew it would be a little weird but something told me I would also love it. The verdict? Nope. This guy is not for me! I thought the chocolate coating was waxy, and the filling was fake tasting. The cocoa nibs stood out the most. I think this is what “healthy food” stereotypically tastes like, and that’s why I started this blog – to show people that healthy food does not have to be bland or weird, and can be exciting.

Something that’s healthy and I DO love: 1 Food for Life english muffin + 2 packets of Barney Butter and a large banana. Delicious and filling :mrgreen:

And of course my obsession: 1 chocolate chip Paradise Bakery cookie + tea:

I hope to be able to blog from Israel but I don’t know what the internet situation is like there. We are staying with my grandmothers who supposedly have internet, but we’ll see if it’s workable. I may also finally try to figure out Ecto to make it all happen. Do you use Ecto? If you do, how do you bulk resize your pictures? I can’t figure it out for the life of me! :)

Next time you hear from me, I may be overseeas 😀

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21 comments to Sometimes all you have to do is ask

  • Eve

    Have the most amazing time in Israel! I have cousins who live there but haven’t been in ages hopefully I’ll get back soon!

  • Damn that cookie looks good. Enjoy your trip Elina!

  • megan

    Have a wonderful trip!! What is imitation lobster?

  • Have an amazing trip to Israel. Enjoy all that falafel and the amazing Israeli breakfast spreads!

  • Elina

    Thank you all!

    Megan, it’s lobster flavored pollock… actually tasted like imitation crab to me, if you’ve ever had that. Quite yummy :)

    Morgan, breakfast spreads?! I need to find out what those are asap… can’t miss out on the good stuff! 😉

  • so glad you didn’t have to stress about work! have a great trip :)

  • I use Irfanview (it’s free) for all of my bulk resizing needs.

  • I’ve become a lot better at saying no and asking the futher I got along in my career. When I was first starting out I felt bad saying anything because I wanted to advance and wanted people to think highly of me. Now that I am 4+ years in though I’ve become better at giving myself a break. I think it’s so much easier when you’ve established a reputation.

  • KO Prime rivals Moo…I think I might like it even better because of the chimichuri sauce you can order over your filet mignon. Soooooo good!!!! Their blueberry tom collins is to die for too!!!!
    Your oats look fabulous! I scorched mine this morning, but still ate them.

  • YUM! Banana oats, I love this combo :)

  • Have a wonderful trip! Good for you for asking for what you needed…and getting the extension!

  • K

    New York AND Isreal!? Oh my goodness I hope you have a blast, sounds like fun!

    Glad you got the extension – sounds like a big weight was lifted!!

  • sister inna

    yaaay israel! hey do you think we should do some research on places to eat in kfar saba? they might be more high tech than we remember 😉

  • Molly

    Have a blast! I’ll be missing you as a truck out a long run by myself, but think of all we will have to talk about after your trip!!

  • Wow…you’re so lucky! Have a safe and fun trip.

    I just love having choc chips with breakfast

  • funny because I was ok with AG bar, but not the actual powder! I hope you have an amazing trip.

    Way to go on work, I finally put my foot down today because the 80 hour weeks are just too much

  • have a fantastic trip! can’t wait to hear all about it 😉

  • the salmon and edamame look so good! have fun on your trip!

  • Elina

    Shelly – thanks! I’ll have to check this program out :)

    Coco – hmm. Good to know. We may have to go back to both places for another comparison 😉

    Molly – hope your run went well! Too bad you didn’t want to come to NY to run with us. Hehe 😆

    Alison – I love having chocolate chips any time of the day 😀

    RuntotheFinish – 80 hour workdays… eek. Glad you put your foot down! We need to remember that mental health is also important and we should not be expected to put in these crazy hours. They need to figure it out so we don’t!

  • Good for you to ask for what you wanted! We don’t know if we don’t ask, right? I’m happy you’re happy 😉
    Oats look delicious. I haven’t had coconut in a while but that combo sounds really nice.

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