Monday, April 22, 2013
Find a moment of silence at the end of each day. Breathe deeply. Stretch your body. Give thanks to all of the many blessings you have in your life (once you start counting them, you’ll find many!). Make it a habit to connect to stillness on a daily basis, and with practice stillness will connect to you… Wherever you are.
#stayquiet #bepresent #meditate
Today was one of those days that made me thankful to be a musician. Actually, the whole weekend helped boost my spirits. I played a ton, listened to some great players, and tried out some new music with sweet friends. Happy happy happy, and I'm going to try to remember this feeling all week if I get down.
On another note, I was craving food after rehearsal ended, and I thought about the cheetos that are in the pantry. Instead, I grabbed an apple and made some tea, and by the time that was all done I had almost forgotten the cheetos. Almost, but not quite, so I brushed my teeth and flossed, and now I'm going to sleep. Craving conquered!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The theme of the day is learning from mistakes, so I'm going to write about a mistake I made yesterday: drinking soda.
I moved into a new apartment, and we ordered food for delivery, and it just sounded delicious to have a coke. Unfortunately, I didn't compensate by drinking extra water until later, so I just felt kind of thirsty and like my teeth were extra sensitive. The caffeine kept me up late, and I ended up having one of the worst nights of sleep ever. No soda today! No meat either, as a matter of fact. Today was pretty great!
Monday, February 25, 2013
I had a great day as far as diet/exercise goes! Well, actually as far as the rest of life goes too. I got up, had a healthy breakfast, went to work, had a little grocery store run/light snack, and went to the gym for a workout with a trainer.
After the gym I used some of the stuff I bought at the grocery store to make my first-ever smoothie! I don't know why, but I've never actually made my own, and it was delicious. 1 cup ice, 2 cups spinach, 1 banana, 1 cup almond milk, and 2 Tbsp almond butter. I liked it and was proud of my first one, but I'm also excited to try more recipes!
After that I had a quick hang with a friend, went back to work, and I went straight to Zumba after work. Awesomeeeeee. We had a class margarita night, and it was fun to celebrate the end of this session with everybody. Just had one margarita though, so I am not going to feel guilty! I rocked today. Oh, and in Zumba we always do floor exercises at the end (glutes, abs, push-ups), and today I did 37 push ups! Modified, but still! I've never done that before. :) Now I'm going to wind down, read a bit, and get an amazing full night's sleep. I need to remember this feeling of satisfaction that I have when I make good choices all day.
Saturday, February 23, 2013
I just read this article: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellne
I think I am letting myself get stressed out by weight loss. I worry a ton about whether or not I get the right amount of calories per day, and when I slip up I tend to get mad at myself, so I end up eating or drinking more than I was before, and then when I get home I end up just watching TV and sleeping on the couch, so in the morning I'm mad at myself again for all that. Each day I wake up like that I feel like I have to start all over again, or that anything positive things I did that week were wiped out by the binge night. It's exhausting to constantly be mad at myself!
One day this week (Thursday?) I ate super healthy and within my calories. I went to the gym straight after the morning shift at work and did both strength training and cardio. We had an early dismissal at school, so I had to work two hours earlier than normal. The snow storm started while I was there, and right after the last kid left we were all dismissed to avoid the worst part of the snow. I came home, Mom and I had some lasagna (even within my calories for the day!), and I relaxed for a while. She made some brownies, and I had one serving (it seriously was a delicious day, and I was so happy to satisfy my sugar craving while staying within calories). Normally it's hard for me to say no to more, but I just left the kitchen/dining room. I'm reading Jack Kerouac's On The Road (It's about time. I can't believe I never read this in high school), and since it was so cold and snowy I decided to take a hot bath. Oh My Gosh, it was wonderful. I think it was around 8:30 and I was falling asleep, so I decided to just continue and go to bed straight after my bath. I woke up the next day feeling amazing.
I need to remember nights like that when I'm mad at myself. It feels much better to take care of and pamper myself, and I need to do it more often!
Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Today I felt like I ate a whole bunch: breakfast, snack after first shift, lunch, quick snack before work, one during, and a little dinner after, and I logged everything in my tracker, and I am still at the lower end of my calorie range! I ate very healthy today too, so I feel great. Now I'm going to have a relaxing cup of tea, fold some laundry, and go to bed. Goodnight, all!
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