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Perfect Sunday morning

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I slept in and woke up at 7:30 after a good resting sleep.
Weather was lovely, 6 oC / 43 oF, sunny with mild wind.
Put on capris, a long sleeved running shirt and a very thin jacket.
Drove to the hill where I always run in the forest.
Practiced walking meditation during the warm up walk.
Started my run, clothing was fine, but after one mile I warmed up and took off the jacket. My pace was 9:35 min/mile - the cooler it is the faster I run! : )
Practiced walking meditation during each walk break and cool down walk.

Made my tea and oats porridge, and while they simmered I played with the cat.
Drank my tea standing in the sunshine on the terrace, mindfully.

Then I added grapes to my porridge, took the bowl and went back to my bedroom which looks to the west, so the trees and the red wild wine leaves bathed in sunshine. It was pleasant to look at them, and the cat left me eat in peace as he was on the other side of the door.
Sat on my bed, ate each mouthful mindfully, focusing on the taste of oats and grapes as I chewed them. I imagined how oats and grapes grew in the sun, how they came to my bowl.

When I finished three quarters of my breakfast, I felt I was full. Ate a few bites more - full.
So I left about 20% of my food - will be good for mid morning snack.
This is a unique experience for me, as I'm a chronic plate cleaner.
I always clean my plate, and I can maintain my weight by means of putting just enough on my plate. I'm always satisfied at the end of my meals, but if there was more on my plate / in my bag I would certainly continue eating... So this breakfast was a great breakthrough for me : )

My goal is to eat at least my breakfast and dinner mindfully, not doing anything else.
Breakfast, because that is the most spiritual part of my day so it comes easily.
Dinner, because evening is the time when I'm most vulnerable to mindless eating and binging.
At snacks and lunch I let myself do as I like: eat mindfully or watch a movie with my son or read or Spark...

Now I'm off to finish paperwork I didn't do on Friday.
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    656 days ago
    Thank you for some very useful ideas. emoticon
    1577 days ago
  • BRADMILL2922
    You are doing great! Sure does sound like a perfect Sunday!
    1580 days ago
    Sounds like you are doing great.
    Keep up the good job.
    1580 days ago
  • DEB9021
    Sounds like an awesome Sunday! I did a 10 k today and feel doubtful that the time/distance was correct, but hadn't thought about the cooler temp. I have seen definite improvement in how my runs feel as the weather is cooling. I don't always pay attention to the time, so maybe I have improved without realizing.

    Can't say I make a point of meditating as I run, but I do fall into it naturally as I get into a steady groove on a longer run. Love the solitude and the rhythm of it. Usually I listen to music as I run. Didn't today, which I thought might make it harder, but I felt the rhythm anyway. I am thinking of leaving the gadgets at home more often. I like to measure how far I've gone, and I love music, but it's hard not to get distracted by it all sometimes.

    Have a great week!
    1581 days ago
    Thanks for your beautiful sharing. I feel like I was there with you. I especially like the walking meditation as a warm up.
    Have a blissful week!
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    1582 days ago
    oh that does sound like a perfect Sunday morning. sweet.

    I KNOW how good mindful eating is. You inspire me to do more of it. Thank you.
    1582 days ago
    This is most definitely a perfect Sunday morning. What a beautiful description! Thanks for that moment!

    1582 days ago
    Not cleaning the plate is difficult, emotionally. I didn't put it in the race report, but yesterday after the race I passed by most of the catered food. I asked for 3 ounces of the barbecue chicken. What they served looked more like 4 ounces to me, and I ate about half of it. Just didn't want any more than that after working to run fast, so I had half of the chicken they served, a banana, and some water. The day was very normal nutritionally, even though the race was touted as having great food.

    It's good to read that you are eating normal on days you run. It makes me feel more normal, and better able to resist social pressure to overindulge.
    1582 days ago
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