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Why It’s Hard to Be Healthy When Moving, and Grilled Asian Shrimp!

Posted Jun 06 2014 8:19pm

Oh man, moving is hard!  When we first left for Minnesota, I felt so motivated.  I have an entire new year ahead of me, with a new husband, a new city, and a new job.  I felt the same way you do on January first- full of drive and excitement, ready to be the best “you” possible.  The entire drive up here I kept thinking about how this would be the place where I would always keep the house clean, stay organized, do tons of amazing cooking, read every night, always wash my face, you know… it was going to be the perfect life!

Moving to a new city is a fresh new start.  You can be whoever you want to be.  You can leave old habits behind and begin again with a clean slate.  I have visions of working out every morning, never being lazy and watching TV, always having fresh flowers on the table and vegetables from the farmer’s market in the fridge.  It’s so funny how much I’ve romanticized this new place!

The past few days have been everything but perfect.  I’ve spent the majority of each day unpacking, running to Target, unpacking more, going to Costco, organizing a bit, going back to Target, and then collapsing into bed exhausted.  This week has been spent with my hair up, messy clothes on, and no makeup.  The house is a total mess with random things everywhere.  And, whenever I feel like I’ve made some progress unpacking, I turn around and there is a huge pile of more stuff behind me.  Uhg!!

And did I mention how hard it is to be healthy while you’re in the middle of moving?  Working out has taken a huge back seat because I want to get everything organized and unpacked as fast as possible!  I can’t stand living in this crazy disorganized state much longer!  I did manage to go for a run on Wednesday, but that has been my only workout this week.

Mayo won’t let me join their gym until I officially start on June 16th, so until then it’s running outside and doing workout videos for me.  Luckily, there is a little lake a lots of trails less than a mile from my apartment.

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I need to explore the trails more!

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On Wednesday’s run, I made it 2 miles before I felt tired and walked for about 5 minutes, then ran the rest of the way home for a 3 mile loop in right about 30 minutes.

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Yesterday, was the first “Thursday’s on First” of the year.  “Thursdays on First” is a summer event in Rochester that happens each Thursday on First Avenue.  It’s right downtown, across from Mayo, and is huge!  Vendors from local restaurants, crafters, and other local businesses come out all day from 11:30am-8:30pm.  There is tons of food, music, and live performances on stage all day.  Kyle and I headed over around noon and couldn’t believe how crowded it was!

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The lunchtime crowd comes over and quickly forms huge lines around the popular food booths.  Kyle and I wanted to try fish tacos from one of the restaurants but the line was insane!  We were pretty hungry, so we decided to put the fish tacos on our list for next week, and we wandered further down the street until we found a paella booth.

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They were cooking the paella in huge metal paella pans (I think there is an official name for these pans but I don’t know it… do you?) and the smell of the chicken, rice, and saffron was wafting down the street.  Kyle and I decided to split a chicken paella.  We found a little spot in the shade to enjoy our lunch.  It did not disappoint!  Neither of us had tried paella before, and we both gave it great reviews :-)

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After lunch, we moseyed around and checked out the local crafts as well as the dessert booths!  I am eyeing an ice-cream sandwich for next time!  But after an hour we were hot and ready to get out of the crowd.  I think next week I’d like to go a little later in the day to see if it’s different from the noon-hour hustle and bustle!

I dropped Kyle off at home and I went out to run errands and to look for home decor at Hobby Lobby and Target.  I really suck at decorating and it takes me forever to pick out something for a room.  I was so proud of myself because I actually bought quite a few things at Hobby Lobby, but when I put them out in the house, it still looks so bare! I need even more decorative items and it’s soooo hard for me!! Will one of you come decorate my apartment please?

Before I left for errands, I grabbed a huge bowl of watermelon to snack on.

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By late afternoon, I was still hungry so I munched on a Quest bar in the car.

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Since working out has been the last thing on my list of priorities during this move, I’m trying to eat at least a little bit healthy!  When you don’t have your kitchen set up and you are new to an area, it’s so easy to chose pizza or other fast food items for quick meals.  Kyle actually did have pizza the other night and I had a to-go order from Noodles.  And I can’t forget the Chipotle we had on our first night here!  Yikes!

I knew a homemade meal would make us feel so much better, so Kyle and I bought some shrimp, corn, and salad from the grocery.  We skewered the shrimp and grilled them outside before topping them with an asian glaze.  I made the glaze from a recipe I found here.

Grilled Asian Shrimp

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb raw, peeled and deveined shrimp

Sauce:

  • 1 TBS fresh ginger minced
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup oyster sauce
  • 1 TBS water
  • 1 TBS lemon juice
  • 1 TBS honey
  • 1 TBS sugar

Directions:

Mix ketchup, oyster sauce, water, and lemon juice in a small bowl.  Heat olive oil in a sauce pan over medium heat.  Add ginger to pan and sauté over medium until the ginger is fragrant, about 1 minute.  Add sauce mixture to pan and increase heat to medium-high until sauce starts to bubble.  Decrease heat to low and add in sugar and honey, stirring continuously.  Bring heat down to low and simmer for 1-2 minutes.  Take sauce off heat and set aside.

Pat shrimp dry and salt and pepper shrimp.  Skewer shrimp onto metal or wood grilling skewers.  (If wood, soak the skewers in water for 10 minutes or more so they don’t catch on fire).  Grill for 2-3 minutes on each side until pink.  Take shrimp off grill and brush sauce on each side before serving.

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The sauce is ooey-gooey, finger-licking good!

So that’s it my friends!  I’m off to unpack more, and try to fit in a workout on this beautiful day!

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