After leading my monthly support group I came Home and took my pup for a long walk. The sky was so so beautiful tonight. I heard on a podcast this week that one easy way to start practicing mindfulness and meditation is just to go find awe. Go be outside or struck by the beauty and awe that is around you...today I found my peace and groundedness for the day walking the love of my life (ears pictured at bottom of landscape) and being awestruck by the sky. How did you practice self care tonight?
Simple breakfast to start the week: oatmeal with fresh blueberries and a little maple syrup. So good. Oatmeal is one of those things I had to rethink...I always felt it was too many points or not enough protein to eat, I just love it so much. So here I am enjoying it.
Just over here living my best life on a Saturday. We started the day by taking the pup Fir a three mile hike (hello totally enjoyable exercise) and then we made killer egg sandwiches...which I think are my husbands love language. This is sprouted grain bread (from aldi, really really yummy) with pepper jack cheese, farm fresh eggs from this morning, and avocado!
I’m trying to repair my relationship with exercise and my body. I still feel like exercise is punishment for eating something or is a means to earn something (high cal food). I’m trying to learn that exercise is fuel, is self care, is mental health treatment, and is the best investment in my body’s future. I have some physical limitations and have never been athletic so I have never had a loving relationship with exercise. My goal is to do simple strength and cardio routines 5 days per week. I’ve been loving @hasfit_official for their app and I’m currently starting with the beginner 14 day jumpstart. Who else is or has repaired their relationship with exercise? What works for you?
Just call me Joanna, guys! Total kitchen update. Im painting my cabinets blue (from old way tired oak), white walls, and coming soon tile backsplash (tiles being delivered on Tuesday). I love good home projects. I can’t really explain how amazing it feels to reap what you sow and be able to finish a task and see it pay off immediately...there is not a lot of this in my day job so I am loving this! And yes I did take the week off of work to do all of this. I’m calling it a fixer upper vacation!
No filter or photo does this plant justice. It caught me eye today and I couldn’t believe how big and bright it was. This baby started as a few sprigs, then i killed what it grew into last spring but it somehow resurrected and has grown into this beauty. I’ve always killed houseplants so I’m very proud of this girl!....random thought but I’m being presenting and recognizing small moments of happiness. Im also elbow deep in kitchen painting so I needed a mental break.
You can call us chip and Joanna. We sure did make these beautiful rustic wood shelves to update our pantry. I actually took the full week off of work and am planning some serous kitchen upgrades. Look out!
I had a great evening spending time hanging with friends. We went to a fundraiser for a summer camp that serves my Patients (ventilator dependent kids). Then we went to a new brewery that was awesome Korean food. I got this Amazing tofu bao with sesame salad. My husband got bulgogi fries (not pictured but topped with spicy sauce, beef, and a fried egg). It was as amazing!
This is my health journey above all else and I found myself getting on the scale several days in a row this week and that's not an ok headspace for me to be in. When I focus on the scale I lose sight of making healthy choices like eating enough calories or exercising. So, I'm taking a scale break and still eating lower carb and now focusing on exercising and taking care of myself. I will likely weigh in once a month but I'm trying to care more about long term habits rather than weight results....it's a journey.