15 Things I’ve Stopped Caring About At 35

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Happy Friday! Today I decided to do a light-hearted list, inspired by POPSUGAR — as earlier this week I saw their post — 15 Things You Stop Giving a Sh** About In Your 30s.  Well, being that today is my birthday, and I’m 35 years young, I thought I would add my own spin to this list.

Also, I don’t mean to offend people here. If you take nothing else away from this, you will either agree or disagree with me, and be happy you’re still young enough at heart to formulate your own opinions on these topics!

15 Things I Don’t Care About Now That I’m 35

  1. Other peoples’s lives. Seriously. I’m happy enough with mine, and I genuinely hope you’re happy with yours.
  2. Going to the hippest place to eat. I’ve never cared about this.  I hate waiting.  I’m cheap (mostly broke) and impatient.  I’ll admire your foodporn on Instagram and keep eating my spiralized squash, thanks!
  3. Missing out. FOMO — I’m so OLD I had to google what the hell the acronym, “FOMO” even means.  In case you’re confused as well it means  “Fear Of Missing Out”  The only things I fear I’m missing out on these days are amazing Groupon deals and the latest episodes of Pretty Little Liars. #WhoIsA ????
  4. Making a big deal about birthdays. This list IS my big deal about my birthday.  I actually DID have plans to go out, but being ill this week made me have to cancel.  Boo!
  5. Being friends with people who are jerks. I did the jerk purge when my father got ill several years back, and I realized that life is too short.  That being said,  I don’t want to hold grudges, but I also don’t want to make time for you if you’re a d-bag.  There are plenty of people who probably will though, and they’ll probably also wait an hour to eat at a trendy overpriced restaurant too.  #YoureBetterOffWithoutMe
  6. Keeping up with all the current trends. I despise most of the clothes I see in stores these days.  I walk out with one or no items whenever I attempt to shop.  Apparently the 90’s became trendy again, and I will never get it.  Also, I will NEVER own an iPhone and I basically only have my current phone, because my husband convinced me it would make my blogging life easier.  It kind of has.
  7. Your wrinkles. I don’t think my wrinkles are that bad …yet.  I stayed out of the sun most of my 20’s and now I live in the UK where the sun is basically a myth legend.  If I stay hydrated and borrow my husband’s fancy face creams, I should be okay!
  8. Drama. I reserve my drama quota for the five episodes of Coronation Street I watch each week.  As for entertaining it personally?  I’ve got zero time or desire for that kind of energy expenditure.
  9. The occasional splurge.   I have a really hard time spending money on myself.  Mostly because I spent my life savings getting married and moving to another country.  I guess that’s me splurged until retirement.  If I’m lucky enough to live that long.  Imagine what I won’t care about at 65?!
  10. The latest fashion craze. See #6.  I LOATHE 90% of the clothes that are popular now.  I saw acid washed overalls for £25 ($39 USD) the other day.  Needless to say, I walked out of the shop totally confused in every conceivable way.
  11. Getting your money’s worth out of an open bar. I have the potential to still want to do this, but the last hangover I had was about all I could take.  The older you get, the worse and more evil a hangover can be. Trust me.
  12. Getting the first edition of new technology. Again, see #6.  I honestly don’t care.  I get a new phone, laptop, etc when the one I have breaks (or becomes incompatible with other things I own).  I don’t care.  I like to experience life firsthand whenever possible.
  13. Keeping up with social media. I’m far too lazy for social media.  The only thing I do kind of regularly is Instagram, and only because it’s so easy.  I suck entirely at Pinterest and honestly I should probably just delete my account, because I have like 20 followers AND once I go on it it’s like a black hole on my productivity. Also, like I said, I’m lazy.   I like blogs.  You can read a blog if you like it and avoid it if you don’t want to.  That’s basically why I have like 30 subscribers.  Probably less after this post?
  14. Documenting every single moment of your life. If you’re reading this blog you know that I don’t do this.  I omit the moments of my life when nothing worthwhile happens, which is basically why I create 1-2 posts per week these days.
  15. What people think about you. You can’t please everyone and I’m not about to start trying.  If you don’t like me, that’s fine.  We’re not always going to be everybody’s cup of tea and with less people during tea time there’s more biscuits for yours truly.

Are you “bah humbugged” out enough, yet?  I hope everybody has a great weekend! Can you believe it’s August tomorrow??  2015 has been the fastest year, am I right?

Do you find you care less about (some) things the older (I mean WISER) you get?

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Super Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie

Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (or any day) with this healthy version of the classic.  This super chickpea chocolate chip cookie is packed with chickpeas and flax and is full of protein, fiber, and all the deliciousness you would expect from a chocolate chip cookie.  Also, this cookie is the size of a pie.  I’m not encouraging you to eat it whole or anything, but it technically is one cookie. 🙂

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TGIF, party peeps! Is there anything better than just out of the oven chocolate chip cookies? The answer I’m looking for here is, no.  Here’s another question, did you know that May 15th is National Chocolate Chip Cookie Day in America?  Too bad I’m not in America any more.  Oh wait, whatever, I’m still celebrating American holidays.  After all, I’m still American (I think I have to wait 4 years to become officially British).

I have recently become obsessed with the blog Chocolate Covered Katie.  I have stated (many a time) that I live under a rock (mostly) and it takes me forever to discover amazing things, like Miss Katie and her chocolate covered empire.

Also, she has a cookbook.

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Recently, I discovered (and by discovered I mean I’m, like, the billionth person to) that the chickpea is an excellent substitute for flour in baked goods.  Yes, the chickpea.

A few weeks ago, I shared a recipe for Super Healthy Edible Cookie Dough, as my way to survive an unhealthy liking to cookie butters.

Eating cookie dough with a spoon is great and all, but I decided I wanted an actual baked good.  I took to Pinterest, and found Katie and her delightful desserts gone healthy.

The recipe I have used is technically for her blondies, but I decided to actually make a single, giant pie sized cookie with my dough.

Super Chickpea Chocolate Chip Cookie

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Look at that thing!  I kind of felt like Cookie Monster baking the dough in a pie dish, but it had to be done!

This recipe is so easy to make and if you bake it on your own, you don’t even have to feel badly about not sharing the dough left on the mixing bowl!  I always share.  Okay, sometimes I share.

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Serves: 1 (LARGE)
 
Substitute flour for chickpeas (and none of the deliciousness) in this chocolate chip cookie the size of your head (literally)!
Ingredients
  • 1½ cups chickpeas or white beans (1 can, drained and rinsed)
  • ¾ tsp baking powder
  • ⅛ tsp baking soda
  • level ¼ tsp salt
  • ¾ cup brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup ground flax
  • ¼ cup peanut butter (or nut butter of your choice)
  • ½ cup chocolate chips (you can use dairy free, carob, dark, white -whatever you like, really)!
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Blend all ingredients (except chips) until very smooth in a good food processor (I actually used an immersion blender and it worked awesomely).
  2. Mix in chips, and scoop into a greased (or parchment-lined) pie dish.
  3. Cook for 25 (to 30) minutes
  4. Note: This cookie will be soft baked - leave in the pan for about 15 minutes after cooking!

 

I cut my cookie into 8 pieces, but you could be more (or less) generous with the servings!

Warning:  These are addictive and GO FAST!

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Do you have a favorite healthy cookie recipe?  Do you celebrate food holidays?   

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Why I Decided To Finally Get Healthy

TGIF!  First off, I have to say THANK YOU to all the wonderful bloggers who nurtured my bruised ego yesterday, gave me virtual hugs, inspiration, and kind words of encouragement.  It really recharged me to get over it and on with better things!

All the uplifting support really couldn’t have come at a better time, as today would have been my father’s 64th birthday.  I can’t help but continue to feel an emptiness whenever a family centered day comes around and mine is missing our leader.  My father was amazing and the kind of person I aspire to be each day of my life.  It continues to break my heart that we lost him to cancer in 2011.

One thing I regret is that I didn’t have my life together when I lost my father.  I was unhealthy in every way.  I know that he worried about me and my future.  That’s one of the main reasons I vowed to turn my life around and why I decided to finally get healthy.  I want my father to know that I’m okay and that I’m happy.

I have changed my life completely, and I am happy that I can connect with my father through my healthy living journey.  However, I also feel sadness that I cheated him out of the adult Erin he would have like to have met, who incidentally, is much like the younger (more passionate) Erin he used to know.

When I was growing up, I was excellent at downhill skiing.  Not just excellent, my father would say, “born with a natural talent that people can’t create”.  I began to train as a racer at a young age.  My father and I would ski together all the time, and it was a special way we connected.  I would never say that my father was a competitive person, because he never cared much for accolades, but when it came to me and athletics, he was always taken by my natural ability.  He always said I shouldn’t take it for granted.

Unfortunately, by the age of 16, that’s just what I did.   I quit playing all sports.  I know that this concerned my father.  I took to being an unhealthy teenager who didn’t exercise at all.  I became depressed and started to feel badly about myself.  I wasn’t capable at that age to understand the connection between stopping something I was good at that made me happy, and being overweight, unhappy, and directionless.  I think we can all say, “if I knew then, what I know now” about many things in our lives.

I also developed an eating disorder.  I know that this worried my father.  I struggled with bulimia right up until the end of his life.  I drank too much.  I ate badly.  I didn’t exercise.  I dated losers.  I had no money.  I had no career.  I had no passion.  I could go on and on here about the ways that I worried my father, and how I can’t take them back.

I know that those thoughts are pointless and he would be the first person to tell me, “oh Erin, give it up” as he was never a fan of people feeling sorry for themselves.

So this is what I have to believe.

I have to believe that he knows that I have a stronger relationship with my mother than ever.

I have to believe that he knows that I’m healthy.

I have to believe that he knows that I’ve become an athlete again.

I have to believe that he knows I married a man he would have loved like a son.

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Even though I took many painful detours in my life I have to believe that I am right where I’m meant to be.

Sometimes the most painful experiences in life provide us with the most comfort and purpose.

Happy birthday, Dad.  My gift to you is the Erin you always wanted me to become.

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Favorite Things Friday : Friday the 13th

Happy Friday the 13th from one of the most superstitious women on the planet here!   Whatever, there’s legit crazy stuff associated with this day – probably minus the fact that 13 is Taylor Swift’s lucky number, I couldn’t care less.  She annoys me, sorry.  Just sayin’.

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I love Friday’s, because I have my indoor cycling class with some amazing people and we turn up to sweat and have a great time.  I had an especially “sweet” playlist today, you know, in honor of Valentine’s Day!  Yeah, I totally played the Spinning approved version of Jay-Z’s “99 Problems” – you’re welcome, you guys!

Favorite Things Friday!

1.  This ring my wonderful husband, Luke, bought me for Valentine’s Day.  I am the luckiest in love, really.  I’m not just saying that because he got me jewelry (though it helps, right?), but because he’s always so thoughtful.  Okay, I’m done.

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2.  Sweet potato lasagna!  As you may know by now, I am a huge sweet potato fan.  I’ve recently been swapping out lots of pasta for sweet potato.  This week, I made a DEL-I-CIOUS (and super healthy) lasagna using sweet potato in place of traditional noodles.  I will do a separate post on this dish, but it was a hit!

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3.  Little Women:L.A. on Lifetime.  OKAY, this show has totally replaced my Honey Boo Boo withdrawals.  I’m a horrible person, but seriously, if watching one (horrendously fake) reality TV  show makes you that,  I think we all need to reevaluate our definition of a horrible person.  This show is cray cray.  There is more drama and ridiculous s*** going on during one episode of this show than an entire season of Real Housewives.  Also, I’m 5 ft tall, so, I kind of feel like I can relate.

I think I received the same advice.

4.  Daily Burn Black Fire with Bob Harper.  I love Bob.  I have loved Bob since I first set eyes on him.  So, I was over the moon when I found out he has partnered up with Daily Burn to create “Black Fire” a 60 day workout plan.  Every workout is under 20 minutes and kicks your ass.  I’m in love with Bob all over again.  You can try Black Fire free for 30 days too, so why not?

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I hope err’body has a fantastic weekend and great Valentine’s Day filled with bubbly and chocolates all around; single or taken, okay?  I also hope you’re not superstitious like me and can actually walk past a mirror today.  I’m crazy.

Do you have any plans for Valentine’s Day?  What’s one of your favorite things from this week?  Do you watch any reality TV that you probably don’t want to admit?

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Favorite Things Friday 10/24/14

It’s almost the freakin’ weekend!  Sorry, I was totally channeling R. Kelly there, which I should probably not admit to?  Oh well whatevs, I love the remix to Ignition, because it’s hot and fresh out the kitchen, that’s why,  Okay, okay …sorry!  So it’s Friday again and I’ve acquired some new “favorite things” this week that I’d like to share with ya’ll, because maybe you’ll love them too!

Favorite Things Friday 10/24/14

1.  Jessie Ware’s new album Tough Love.  O.M.G this album is IN-CRED-I-BLE.  Stream it on Spotify, buy it, go on YouTube, or whatever you gotta do to listen to this album.  I loved her first album Devotion and thought she couldn’t top it, but this new album is the bomb diggity.  I love you Jessie Ware.  My aim is true.

2.  Sam Smith’s single I’m Not The Only One.  I absolutely love Sam Smith.  His entire album In The Lonely Hour is SO amazing.  I played this song as a cool down song in my class this morning.; it’s so relaxing and soulful.  Love, love LOVE him.

3.  PiYo!  So I just completed my 30 Day Yoga Challenge through DoYouYoga.com and I decided two days this week to try out the PiYo craze.  Wow!  Shiz be no joke.  What is PiYo?  PiYo combines the muscle-sculpting, core-firming benefits of Pilates with the strength and flexibility advantages of yoga.  And, cranks up the speed to deliver a true fat-burning, low-impact workout that leaves your body looking long, lean, and incredibly defined.  Not a bad deal, huh?  Nope.  I was sore the next day, but in a “hurts so good” sort of way 😉  If you want to strengthen, shape, and nurture your body, give it a try.   I started this week with Melissa McAllister’s demo on YouTube and it was really great.  I suggest giving it a try – once you’re bit by the PiYo bug, you’ll be hooked too.

Who wants to get me some PiYo with Chalene Johnson for Christmas?   Thanks! 🙂

4.  Arnicare Gel.  This stuff is so amazing.  Arnica has been used for a long time to treat swelling and bruising, and guess what?  It’s great for post-workout soreness too!

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I sadly think it’s time for me to say “goodbye” to running, as I have been experiencing knee issues, for the past 9 months associated with the high impact effects of running.

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I went for a jog the other day and ended up hobbling back home in tears the last mile.  However, after methodical icing and applying Arnicare Gel to my knee and shin I’m feeling much better.   I’m going to see a doctor about the pain, but I know my body and feel like the time has come for me to part ways with running.  Sniffles.  LUCKILY, there are so so so many other fabulous low impact types of  exercises out there to enjoy, so it’s all good! 😉

I hope you’re having a good week and have an awesome weekend ahead.  Have a glass of vino, run a bath, and listen to some Jessie Ware.  You can thank me on Monday.  Seriously, you will. 😉

What has brought you some joy this week?

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