Smoothies are my saving grace. They are easy. They are filling. They supply me with a great amount of energy to get through the morning. Eight mornings out of 13, smoothies have saved me from the adjustment and planning of this big change.
The big lesson is in making myself a priority. This is a big one for me and it leaves me feeling really vulnerable. Each day it’s a challenge, but I’m working on prioritizing me. I’m learning it’s okay to take one hour in the morning just for me to set intentions and nurture my body, mind and spirit. I didn’t like being away from this new blog for four days straight, and I didn’t like that me, myself and this project kept falling further down my priority list, and the corporate world’s fire drills kept rising to the top. Nope, didn’t like that at all. So, this coming week is a new week and I’ve set a calendar date for me each morning.
The second lesson is just a reiterating the fact that this lifestyle requires a lot of planning. I’m getting better… and then some days I slip back.
Due to poor planning, day 12 & 13 I started to feel deprived. Wanting caffeine so badly. Part of our weekend ritual was treating ourselves to a Starbucks. Me, a quad-venti-nonfat-latte. Him, a venti-nonfat-no whip-mocha. Day 13, as my guy scooted out the door to grab his mocha I was left feeling really deprived. I immediately started thinking about green tea or matcha drinks I could enjoy as replacements (more on that tomorrow).
Day 13 we were planning a little backyard gathering. A friend was visiting from out-of-town and wanted to meet up at a bar or restaurant. Being that this change is big and I’m still adjusting, I’m trying to avoid places full of temptations. I suggested we have a small gathering of friends in our back yard instead. Without planning out my lunch and taking time to sit down and nourish myself, I ran off to Home Depot and Ikea for a few items. How cruel is it when you’re checking out of Ikea there is a strong odor of cinnamon buns wafting through the air, and on the way out the door you pass by adults and children licking soft serve ice cream? I made it out safe, and was safely distracted by a phone call with a dear friend.
I completed my errands, I did more yard work, I showered and had a minute to relax before everyone showed up. Our newly manicured back yard and fire pit were a big hit. My guacamole another big hit. Great time with friends and seeing my guy in good spirits laughing and sharing stories makes me happy. However, I found myself pining for a cold beer, or a tasty cocktail. I was really trying to enjoy sucking down water, but it was hard to keep my mind off of alcohol. I wasn’t having a pity party, I just took a moment to recognize that once again I put everyone else first. Next time I will plan and concoct a carbonated water drink infused with fresh fruit.
More informative sharing coming up in tomorrow’s post. I still have to tell you about Maya Abdominal Massages, new cookbooks I’ve acquired and some other fun items.
I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend!