Week 2 of 5k prep: complete

Well, I have not been as productive with my training as I had hoped. I’ve walked outside for 3 miles once during week 1 and once during week 2. I’ve also been doing Sri Sri yoga once per week as well. My body is sore most days and I KNOW that it wouldn’t be as sore IF I was to get moving more!

That is the goal of week 3: MOVE, more often!!!

 

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March Lunch and Dinner with SuperFoods

SuperFoods: broccoli

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Oven roasted broccoli with olive oil and garlic salt with parsley

Inspired from a recipe of Giada de Laurentiis. The bow-tie pasta was for my family, but I used the other ingredients to make a rice bowl for myself.

SuperFoods: brown rice, butternut squash, asparagus, olive oil

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Broiled prawns and asparagus, with bow tie pasta and creamy butternut squash sauce

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brown rice with butter, salt and pepper

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asparagus

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shrimp

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butternut squash sauce

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basil and Parmigiano-Reggiano

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Deelish!

A typical lunch:

SuperFoods: some of the lettuce (spring mix), tomatoes, sea bass, olive oil

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Spring mix salad with tomatoes, croutons and basil vinaigrette

Another rice bowl:

SuperFoods: brown rice, green beans, garlic, olive oil

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garlic broiled shrimp and green beans and brown rice

 

March Breakfast and Snacks with SuperFoods

March 15, 2019:

Ingredients: steel cut oatmeal, blueberries, bananas, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey

SuperFoods: oats, blueberries, cinnamon, honey

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March 17, 2019 – breakfast on the go, in a container:

Ingredients: cottage cheese, blueberries, strawberries, cinnamon, nutmeg and honey

SuperFoods: blueberries, strawberries, cinnamon, honey

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March 19, 2019 – pull-apart pineapple:

Ingredients: pineapple and cottage cheese with cinnamon, nutmeg and honey

SuperFoods: pineapple, cinnamon, honey

 

Snacks: platter of fruit and some fruit to take on the road

SuperFoods: apples, pears, oranges, grapes, almond butter, pineapples, strawberries

 

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the untethered soul, chapter 1

Deciding to begin reading this book right now, tonight, right before I remove my contact lenses and close my eyes for the night, was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

Recently I’ve been trying to work on shutting up the incessant chatter that goes on in my mind. It nags me about the smallest, most insignificant of things. It rambles on and on about the bigger situations that I must wade through in life and love and relationships.

It just talks and yaks and argues and debates with no one, or with itself…I’m really not sure who the hell it thinks it’s talking to in there.

All I know is that I want it to shut the hell up! I want quiet. I just want to think about absolutely nothing, or NOT think at all. And the very last thing that will assist me with that is this endless dialogue that goes on in my head about EVERYthing that I experience.

So, picking up this amazing book at this moment was perfect divine timing. That first chapter explained in wonderful detail what that voice is, who it’s talking to, why it’s talking so much and what it is so artistically and craftfully doing to aid in the creation of my life experiences.

I have a new found appreciation and respect for that voice now. It is telling a story…my story. And I am the observer, listening to it.

I don’t want it to shut up after all. I will simply be aware of it, listen to it and observe what it is creating for me: a customized and personalized life experience of the reality that is all around me.

I am ever so grateful for that voice now.

Looking forward to reading chapter 2 tomorrow night!

Mother’s Day 5k

Screen Shot 2019-03-08 at 9.45.04 PMI completed my last 5k a year ago in March 2018. It’s time to do it again. I have not been working out for a couple of months now because of a sore Achilles tendon, so I have some work ahead of me.

With exactly 9 weeks to prepare for this 5k, I wrote down my plan. I’ll be doing combination walk/runs over these weeks, working my way up to running 3.1 miles nonstop. That is my goal.

I’ve completed 5ks in the past, but only ran one almost completely, minus about 30 seconds of walking up a hill towards the end. So now, my goal is to run nonstop.

My speed matters NOT. I just want to run the thing. No walking. No stopping.

I’m going to run it.

Progress post to come…

My Space

As I emerge from my winter hibernation, I am giving myself the gift of an early spring! Never mind what mother nature has in mind with more cold, snow and freezing rain in the forecast. Every part of me is already in spring mode, and I plan to act accordingly!

The winter months provided me a time to slow down and catch my breath after the whirlwind year of growth that I experienced last year. I was able to curl up into a ball under warm blankets, sip on bottomless cups of hot tea and reflect on all of the changes that had occurred both within and without. Some felt completed, as if the transformations had come full circle and I was able to graduate beyond that stage or level. Others seemed to have changed course, no longer applicable to my life and where I am going. I was able to release those and leave them by the wayside, grateful for the purposes that they served. Still others felt as if they were still in progress and required continued focus on my part, as I move forward in my growth.

Stepping out of my cozy, comfortable winter zone, I am ready to pick up the pace and get moving again. First thing’s first: nourish and replenish my mind, body & spirit.

At the top of my list is to create a space for myself within my home of 6 people and 1 cat. I took possession of a downstairs room that was being used as our “hide the crap, company’s coming” room. I spent two full days clearing EVERYTHING out of this room, wiping down walls and vacuuming. Once the room was cleared out and cleaned up, it became a blank canvas. I began to visualize what I want this space to be for me.

There are a few concepts and items that are absolute necessities in my space: clutter-free, calming music, gentle fragrances, real plants, space for yoga, meditation & stretching, artwork that speaks to me and tranquility.

Everything about my new space is a reflection of who I am and what I am feeling on the inside. This is MY space for peace and serenity, so that I may connect with my higher self, listen to my spirit, release all resistance and simply breathe.

It’s coming together perfectly!

A few of my favorite things and my new places to work, relax and reflect: