Thursday, December 1, 2011

Back to Basics

Sometimes when I "check out" (from this blog, from my fitness journey, from the things that keep me grounded) it's because I'm feeling too overwhelmed. And a lot of time that feeling of overwhelm looks and feels like failure. Being up about 5 lbs from this post feels like failure. It's me heading in the wrong direction. But all of that sort of thinking only gets me more of the same.

This morning I woke up feeling really foggy. As if something was off but I just couldn't put my finger on it. I just lay there wallowing for about 10 minutes. The furthest thing from my mind was the Morning Kindness I promised myself I would practice.

But after about 10 minutes or so I slipped out of bed (attempting not to wake the world's cutest puppy). I was going on a walk. I dug out some workout clothes. Found my running shoes. Almost had the walk thwarted by tangled/ broken headphones. Finally after a whole bunch of zig zagging around the house that included grabbing my keys, searching for my other set of headphones, finding a shirt that fit better; I declared "Enough. I have to keep this simple. I know how to go on a walk." So out I went, sans pedometer, sans music, sans a real plan. And let me tell you it was lovely!

I walked for about 30 minutes or so, but I'm not exactly sure because I didn't officially time it. I walked briskly, but didn't push myself to run. I picked a place I'd walk to, but turned around a bit before that place and declared that decision okay too. It felt good to be moving.

Today was not about a specific goal. Instead it was about getting back to basics. I need those reminders of the things I can do to serve as a push (or even just a gentle nudge) forward. So in honor of "back to basics," I reminded myself of a few things I definitely know how to do and most certainly can do.

1) I can go on a walk!
Even if it's short. Even if I can't find my headphones. Even if I don't have my pedometer. I can lace up my shoes and go for a walk.

2) I can drink water.
When I got back from the walk I had a big glass of water and my body thanked me.

3) I can cook food at home (that even includes vegetables).
This morning, instead of grabbing a muffin from the coffee shop, I made some scrambled eggs, with spinach and 1 slice of pepper jack cheese in a small multigrain tortilla.

4) I can record the food I eat.
Even if I don't always say no to my Starbucks chai, I can still be sure to write it down.

Any of those 4 things listed above sound revolutionary? No, not really. But getting back to basics is exactly what I needed this morning.

I didn't bring my camera with me on my walk, so no pics to commemorate today's sunshine. I did however take a picture of a really cute puppy. So just for fun a pic of me and my little Taddie, right after today's walk.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Food coma lifted

I was in charge of the Green Bean casserole, the Sweet Potato puff and the Turkey!!! Wowsa! I figured with all of that cooking, no one would really notice I ran out of marshmallows for the puff (pictured above).

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. Not because of it's complicated, romanticized history and origins. I love Thanksgiving because it almost always means my family is in the room together, eating good food, laughing and watching the Twilight Zone marathon. (Netflix subscribers note: The Twilight Zone is now available for instant viewing!) This holiday was no exception and I had a lovely day, made even more special by the fact I am now living so close to my family.

I was realizing today (about the same time that my food coma lifted) I haven't posted in a while. I've checked out a bit. Not really exercising or eating balanced meals or drinking enough water or pausing enough to even remember I have goals. I think that checking out looks a lot like giving up. I've posted about giving up before, but this time feels a little different. With so many changes in my life I have been able to see more clearly what is working and what isn't. I think moving does that to you. You get to see what things seem the same no matter where you are living.

But for today though, my food coma and family time laughter highs are moving me through the post-holiday funk I could fall in to. Today I feel happy for reunions and puppies and leftovers, oh my!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Moving miscellany

What do a binder clip, a ped, a dried flower, and a paper towel have in common?

Don't feel too bad if you're stumped because I was too. But even more questions came up for me: why did I pack a paper towel? How did these 4 items end up in a box together? Anyone else get a little loopy towards the end of packing and just start throwing things in to random boxes?

I've been working hard these last 3 weeks, unpacking, rearranging, making trips to Target. I still have a looong way to go, but I'm being patient with the process (most of the time). Packing is big, and unpacking is bigger. Fortunately, I've had some help-- professional organizer Autumn (of Space for Living) has come to hang out and help get me unstuck. Remember how terrifyingly stuffed our storage room was in SF? Yup, Autumn came to the rescue there too (and proved that no job is too big!). I'll keep ya posted on the house getting hot project!

In other "new neighborhood/I just moved" news, I think I found a yoga studio that could be a great fit! I'll keep you posted on that too.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Kicking some assssphalt

No better way to start off your time in a new city than cheering on the locals in a half marathon, right?

Wait. No, if I had run the half marathon that would have been better. But I haven't been training since my race a few months ago, so I figured I should just stay on the sidelines this time around.

My sign was a favorite among runners (it helps that I was standing a mile away from the finish line). Tons of folks smiled, laughed, took pictures of the sign, and gave me a thumbs up. I would love to take credit for this wittiness, but it's actually the sign I saw at mile 10 of my race. It was my favorite, so I had to spread the love.

Speaking of my race... I finally checked out the pics posted on the results page. I have some cheesy grins in most of the frames, since every time I saw the camera I struck a pose. But there were a few candid shots. I snabbed this one below from the site (complete with the big 'ol "proof" right across my gams). I was blinking, but the smile from crossing the finish line is genuine.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Ready for random?

I'm up to my neck in moving boxes (literally). Towards the end there I just got mega exhausted and started shoving things in to any empty box. That seems like a good idea at the time, until you arrive in your new home and you realize half the boxes are not accurately labeled or even labeled at all. Why would I pack my flip flops with spare parts to my bike? Hmmm... makes no sense and has me running from room to room attempting some sense of order.

But, because I need a little mental break from all things packing. I thought I'd share this. Ready?

I saw this Dooney & Bourke bag featured in the September 2011 issue of Real Simple magazine and was so smitten I had to head to their website.

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would covet a bag that cost $350.00. But it's just so purrrty!

I don't consider myself a "fashionista" and I certainly don't find myself daydreaming about purses. But anyone can change right? So for now, I'm picturing myself doing fabulous errands while rocking my fabulous Dooney & Bourke. In my daydream, I don't even question how I got the $350.00 to buy the bag, or how I assuaged my guilt at making such an extravagant purchase. In daydreams you just get to enjoy it!

P.S. I do wonder though why I'm doing errands in my daydream? Why can't I be exploring the latest exhibit at the Getty, or brunching with friends? Hmmm....

Vogue image found here.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

A different kind of moving.

I got super sentimental about leaving my room. And leaving San Francisco. I am so grateful for that city for scooping me up and being home for 4 years.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

A weekend getaway

I'm just back from a deliciously decadent weekend with a few girlfriends.

Good food, excellent company, beautiful scenery, plus hot tub= bliss. And on top of all that, we got in a fantastic workout with a 6 mile hike! But first we ate pie.

I know I'm a grown up, but little mini vacations like this do make me feel very adult. You mean I can just plan an excursion with friends... and go?

Of course, there are a ton of factors allowing that "and just go" to happen: saving up for it, lots of logistic organizing, shopping and planning meals, a friend giving my dog tons of tlc while I'm away, etc, etc... But once I'm there and relaxing, I like to forget about all of those to dos and just enjoy the moment.

Yup, that's right, Star magazine crossword-- in pen.

This particular weekend was to celebrate a good friend, so the planning that went in to the weekend was extra fun because we got to scheme and think up fun ways to pamper one of our favorite people.

We knew that in addition to plenty of tlc, we wanted to get a chance to enjoy the outdoors. We chose our hiking spot with a little research on the morning of. Finding a spot to explore was not very difficult at all, and it was a good reminder that hiking can be accessible. (I often get intimidated by the prospect of finding new hiking spots or doing other outdoorsy things.)

A friend glanced through a few books, and another friend hopped on the internet. Soon we had narrowed our choice down to a local state park that seemed to have a few good options. We opted for a 6ish mile hike that was labeled as "moderate". After a couple of wrong turns, we found the trailhead and started out our adventure.

Look ma, I'm hiking!
We took plenty of snack and water breaks, and pointed out various sightings to each other.
As we looped back to our starting spot, we came across an open area full of downy-looking ferns. Some of the ferns looked like they had little red berries on the top.
But as we came closer we realized they were ladybugs!

I can't imagine another type of insect that we'd ooh and ahh over for as long as we did. Other hikers walking past, stopped to view this little magical world with us. I had never seen clusters of ladybugs before. There were just so many of them! Occasionally one would land on us or fly up into the air, for the most part though they didn't seem to notice us.

Seriously, I have so many pictures of these ladybugs (and even a little video of their antics). I'll spare you though since I know they are still bugs. But trust me, there were thousands of them.

The trees kept most of the hike blanketed in silence, but occasionally we'd hear a bird or a little creek.

Post hike we headed back to the house for some more relaxing, including a viewing of Chocolat, one of my all time favorite movies. Seriously, Johnny Depp, how do you do what you do?

Now I'm back home, with boxes eagerly awaiting to be packed. The weekend was just enough of a recharge that I'll hopefully be able to power through even the stickiest packing moment.