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Dancing In The Rain

8 Aug

Many of my most significant life events have happened in the rain.

I came to this realization on a particularly stormy bike ride yesterday. I was trekking up a steep hill, wind and rain hammering my face, clothes clinging to my soaked skin. I was consumed by a mix of panic and hastiness that rain provokes. And then I remembered that just over 2 months ago I got married in the rain. And not just rain- black clouds, vicious lightning, and clapping thunder. In a long white dress. Suddenly, feelings of true joy washed over me as I pedaled up that hill. My drenched ride became playful, laughable, and… enjoyable. I felt more alive, more plugged in to the moment.

Why do we allow a little rain to shift our perspective so much? In life, it rains. Not only does it rain, but it storms, hails, tornadoes, tsunamis… Think of all the joyful moments you might be missing because you choose to cry along with the rain instead of dance in it?

It rained the day James proposed to me…

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It rained the day we got married…

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It rained the day I graduated college…

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It rained the last time we moved…

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It rained the day I ran my first marathon…

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It rained the first time I summited a mountain…

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I handle life’s rainstorms pretty well. I credit this to my belief that we are the masters of our own experience. We get to choose how we experience and remember each precious moment. I was surprised by the number of people who complimented me on my calm and happy demeanor the day 100 of our nearest and dearest gathered under a gazebo during a downpour, soaked and soggy, to watch me and JWD honor our love. To me, it was an easy choice to take it in stride. I didn’t see a rainy day, I saw a day on which my heart was overflowing with love and gratitude for JWD, our families, and our friends.

I think rain is good for us. It teaches us that perfection is highly overrated and is, in fact, something to reject rather than strive for. It teaches us that the imperfections are what make life exciting, make us feel truly alive, and connect us with each other. It conditions us to stop sweating the small stuff and to stop waiting for the sunny days to smile. 

A positive outlook is not just good for your soul, it’s good for your health too. One study found that hospital patients with a positive outlook were 58% more likely to live longer than their glass-half-empty counterparts. Aside from longevity, positivity is also linked to better heart health, strong immune systems, and less stress. Those who are positive tend to be exercisers, which is also proven to boost mood, health, and lower stress.

As everyone filed out of the gazebo after our wedding ceremony into the then sun-drenched park, one of our friends said the most incredible thing to me. He said, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.” So dig deep and create your own sunshine. It’s not always easy, but it gets easier the more you practice.
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We’ve all been rained on (both literally and figuratively). Do you cry or do you dance?

 A song from our wedding day…

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Friday Favorites

19 Jul

Happy Friday! Thought I’d pop in and share a few things that I’ve been groovin’ on this week…

1. Running skirts!

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These have become a summer staple. Since I’m in workout clothes for both work and play, it’s fun to mix things up with something girly 🙂 Running skirts- love ’em or hate ’em?

2. Cereal

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Ice cold breakfasts are a necessity on smokin’ hot STL summer mornings. Even before 7am the air was thick and sticky this week. I enjoyed my cereal in many ways- with milk and yogurt, parfait style, and on top of a thick smoothie (the last one is my fave!). I don’t have a go-to cereal, but I try to stick with these rules:  

  1. At least 4g fiber
  2. At least 3g protein
  3. Less than 8g of sugar (I’m willing to flex on this one if #1 and #2 are stellar)

This week I went with Kashi GoLean Cinnamon Crumble because it was on sale. Great in the fiber and protein department, but 12g of sugar will keep it off of my “staples” list.

3. This salad

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I ate this salad at Companion this week and it was INCREDIBLE! A HUGE bowl of spinach topped with tomatoes, edamame, sunflower seeds, avocado, and feta with lemon vinaigrette and a hunk ‘a crusty bread on the side. Definitely recreating this at home!

4. Circuit training

The heat makes me feel like a slug and completely “melts” my motivation 😉 So most of my workouts have been indoor circuit-style workouts that give me  a good sweat and sore muscles. Look forward to more gym and at-home circuit workouts!

5. Cha-cha-cha-chia!

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We were out of flaxseed this week, so I pulled the chia seeds out of the depths of the freezer for my omega-3 fix. Just like flax, you can put them in smoothies, on cereal, and salads. My seeds made their way into my green juice and smoothies.

Have an excellent weekend! Thanks for reading 🙂

Wedding Brain and Clean Eats

1 Jul

So glad this Monday is wrapping up! I’m not feeling too hot today. Tired, headache, neck and jaw pain- NOT a good way to start the week. I blame it on the fact that over the course of the weekend I went from a lazy bride with zero wedding plans to this:

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Just when I thought my life/brain was at full capacity, I managed to squeeze another category into it. We visited our first venue on Friday, hammered out a first draft guest list on Saturday, and developed a line-item budget on Sunday. I’m learning that wedding planning is like everything else in life- as complicated or as simple as you choose to make it. You can plan a three ring circus OR you can plan a little party- it’s all up to you.I love this article from A Practical Wedding titled “Your Wedding is Not a Show”. It puts things into perspective for me. Since JWD and I are on a very tight budget, perspective is crucial. Let’s be real, despite the upswing in planning I am still a “lazy bride”. There is no way in H-E-double hockey sticks that I will lose sleep over centerpieces and aisle runners 🙂 Looking forward to sharing my wedding planning simplifications as the planning ensues (and would love to hear your tips if you have any!).

In other news, after a weekend of traveling, brunching, and lunching, I was very much looking forward to getting back into my normal food routine today.

An unseasonably chilly morning spurred an oatmeal craving.

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Old-fashioned oats, soy milk, blueberries, walnuts, peanut butter, unsweetened coconut, stevia, and cinnamon.

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Lunch was leftover shrimp salad with leftover crumbled roasted tempeh (can you tell leftovers are my go-to lunch??) rounded out with salt & vinegar Popchips, grapes, and a sparkling water. LOVING Seagram’s Key Lime right now!

Afternoon snack before yoga was a too-ugly-to-be-photographed green smoothie with Sunwarrior. Greens + cocoa powder make for a very unappetizing color. It was delicious though!

The theme in my yoga class tonight was “listening to your body”. It was exactly what I needed and made me feel SO much better, but still exhausted and ready for an early bedtime. 

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After yoga, JWD whipped up a yummy dinner of smashed pinto beans and sautéed veggies and sweet potatoes. Time to close my eyes and hope I feel better tomorrow- it’s going to be a jam-packed day!

Thanks for reading 🙂

A New Chapter

18 Jun

Once upon a time there was a blogger. She blogged… and then she didn’t. And then she blogged again… and then she didn’t. Sound familiar?  🙂

It’s been a challenging few years. I’ve been in survival mode for most of it, making sharing my life on this blog difficult. But a new chapter is upon me and suddenly blogging feels right. I’m ready to share, to be an open book, and to ditch the ideas of perfection, ideals, and “shoulds”. The perfect time will never come, no circumstances will ever be ideal in every way, and I will always be “under construction”. There is no better time than the present. 

Big changes since we last met, my friends…

1. Instead of sitting in a classroom learning about nutrition and exercise, I am finally out practicing it. I am working as a dietitian and personal trainer at a fitness center and also for a private practice dietitian in sports nutrition, weight-loss, and media. 13430_10201042496846065_475774142_n 2. I became an aunt! My sister gave me this wonderful gift- my nephew Waylon. DSC02200 3. JWD and I are engaged! I am over the moon excited and the wedding journey has only just begun.

4. Therapy- lots of therapy 🙂 I told you I am “under construction”. People treat therapy like it’s a bad word. I think that is nonsense. Since when is wanting to improve yourself a bad thing? We are all a work in progress. Everyone needs a good therapist. It’s life-changing 🙂

My dream is for Running on Sunshine to be a place to share my nutrition and fitness know-how with you, a place for you to turn to for the truth about the latest health craze, and a place to share my day-to-day craziness laced with my personal healthy living tips for mind, body, and soul.

With that, let’s get reacquainted. Here is a look at my Monday… DSC02036 I started my post-vaca Monday (just got home from a week at the beach!) bright and early with a green juice, egg + egg white on an english muffin, and melon before heading out for an early nutrition client. After my client I got some work done at a coffee shop. After another appointment, I headed home for lunch.Leftover tofu taco salad, lemon La Croix, and the last of this yummy snack I posted on instagram today.

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My afternoon included a meeting with the dietitian I work for, and a nutrition client at the gym. I snacked on a rice cake topped with the most incredible coconut cinnamon almond butter I made on Sunday and sliced strawberries and a Luna protein bar in between meetings. 

I ended the day with my favorite hot yoga class. This class makes Mondays so much more bearable. It is my religion. I have cried, laughed, bit the dust, and mastered poses I thought were impossible on my mat in this class. Please do me a favor and dedicate an hour of your Mondays to something that feeds your soul in this way!  

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I was a sweaty, blissful mess after class. Post-yoga, I took a much-needed shower and threw together dinner with JWD.

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Roasted sweet potato fries, tempeh, salad, and sriracha for dipping.

Then  I curled up with a new book, The Fire Starter Sessions, for a little wind down time before bed. I’ll leave you with this great quote from my book: True Self It’s good to be back! Thanks for reading 🙂

Dietitian vs. Nutritionist- What’s the Difference?

14 Mar

Since I am a registered dietitian (RD) and am lucky enough to have befriended many fellow dietitians along the road, my social media channels were blowing up with “Registered Dietitian Day” posts yesterday. That’s right, yesterday was National RD Day, conveniently located smack in the middle of National Nutrition Month.

I meet many people that have no idea what a registered dietitian is or does. In short, a dietitian is a food and nutrition expert, the food and nutrition expert. It’s a long and challenging road to becoming an RD. First, you get a bachelor’s degree in nutrition. Then you apply to an (unpaid) internship program, an application process that is extremely competitive (~50% match rate nationwide) and matches you with only one program. Internship programs vary depending on their strengths and emphases, but they all have minimum requirements that must be met. It is similar to clinical rotations for medical students- interns spend their days working under the supervision of dietitians in various settings. My internship program at Saint Louis University was 10 months of working in a new site every 2 weeks by day and taking graduate classes by night. I was in a program that emphasized physical performance/sports nutrition, so many of my rotations focused on athletes, gyms, and wellness. However. I also paid my dues working in hospitals and foodservice. The best way I can describe my internship experience is that it was the “best worst year of my life.” The learning curve was very steep, but rewarding. Every single day was a new experience full of new information to learn!

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After graduating from an internship, you are eligible to sit for the national registration exam. If you pass, you can finally call yourself a registered dietitian. I studied and studied for my exam. It was the type of exam that when I clicked “submit” after the last question, I was 50/50 on whether I passed. When the woman handed me my results (after the computer stopped working, the power went out, and the printer took 10 minutes to reboot…) and I saw “Congratulations, you passed”, the most incredible feelings of relief/achievement/happiness flooded over me. I can honestly say I put my blood, sweat, and (a lot of) tears into earning those two letters- RD. Our trip to Colorado was a great way to celebrate 🙂 To maintain RD status, dietitians are required to accumulate continuing education hours throughout their career to stay fresh on the ever-changing area of nutrition. 

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I tell you all of this so you can understand what separates a registered dietitian from a nutritionist. Anyone can call themselves a “nutritionist”. This label tells you absolutely nothing about the person’s expertise. If someone calls themselves a registered dietitian, you can rest assured they successfully completed the rigorous credentialing process I described above. They really are the nutrition experts!

If you are looking for credible nutrition advice, it’s best to get it from a registered dietitian. If someone calls themselves a nutritionist, be sure to investigate their education and credentials before taking the advice. Like I said, anyone can call themselves a nutritionist. Traditionally registered dietitians use the “RD” credential, but recently a new credential option was introduced for dietitians to use “RDN” which means “registered dietitian nutritionist”. So look for the RD or the RDN- they mean the same thing! And remember that every dietitian is a nutritionist, but not every nutritionist is a dietitian!

I celebrated National RD Day with a fun stability ball workout, play in the kitchen, and an insightful chat with my favorite RD.

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Buffalo Cauliflower Wings recipe will be up on the blog soon!

Thanks for reading 🙂

Transitions

11 Sep

Historically, this time of year is always chockfull of transitions- with this year being no different. I’ve always had quite an adverse reaction to change, just ask my mom. She would tell you stories of anxiety ridden first days of school, tummy aches on the way to summer camp, and teary phone calls every time a curveball was thrown my way. It recently dawned on me that I’ve actually gotten better at the whole change thing- it takes quite a bit to shake me up these days. Between new jobs (that I’ve yet to tell you about, but definitely intend to!), new graduate classes, a new home, and a new daily routine, transition is in the air. I’ve been so wrapped up in settling in to my “new life” that I almost missed the first glimpses of my favorite season.

The first signs of fall are revealing themselves at our house.

Sure, the endless prattle of the return of Starbucks pumpkin spice lattes clued me in to the changing seasons, but I prefer signs of different sorts.

The AC has been banished and the windows are wide open, with a crisp breeze blowing in- perfect for afternoon napping.

Check out my second favorite room of the new nest. A study complete with french doors, giant windows, original stained glass, and delicious hardwood floors. Obsessed.

You didn’t actually think I was referring to myself napping, did you? C’mon, you know me better than that…

Greens are sprouting on the windowsill.

Another signal of fall- the smells. Today the apartment is filled with the smell of roasting butternut squash…

…waiting to be turned into this:

Blend roasted squash cubes with sautéed onion, garbanzo beans, soy milk, curry powder, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, and a dash of cinnamon in a food processor or blender until smooth. Simmer on stove until warm throughout. 

I enjoyed my soup with a grilled {goat}cheese fold-over for dunking.

I also know that fall is looming because hot tea and Emergen-C on the rocks are my cocktails of choice. I have the sniffles 😦 …a sure sign the seasons are changing.

Harney & Sons Hot Cinnamon Spice tea is a fall staple for me. There is something so romantic and special about opening the tin, releasing the smell of sweet and spicy cinnamon, and plunging one of the silk teabags into your mug. I’ve only had two tins of this tea- the first given to me by my mom and the second given to me by JWD. I tend to savor it because thinking of the givers when I drink it makes it that much more special. In a strange way this tea is comfort food to me, hence it making an appearance when I’m feeling under the weather.

Now it is time to rest. Workout plans were cancelled for the day in favor of recharging. I am already posted up in bed  for the evening with no plans of moving. Check in for a fun recipe later this week and a peek at my first favorite room of the new nest!

Thanks for reading 🙂 

The Practice and Holiday Happenings

5 Jul

Hello, friends! I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable mid-week holiday. We enjoyed a low-key day around here, but before I get to that I want to back up to Monday for a little yoga talk.

I’ve been practicing yoga for over 6 years, but have just recently fallen in love with Power Vinyasa. I’ve been doing it pretty consistently for the past 6 months. Power Vinyasa is an intense, athletic practice where you flow through challenging poses in a heated studio for about 90 minutes. My studio keeps it right around 85*. I think it’s the intensity of the practice that I love- it forces me to be present and let go. I find it really challenging to turn off my brain and be present in slower yoga practices. It sounds crazy, but I need intensity to relax instead of serenity!

Anyway, back to Monday. I’ve been on a great streak with my yoga practices lately. I’ve pushed myself into a lot of new postures and always leave the studio feeling a million times better than when I came. This was not the case on Monday. About halfway through the practice right after a failed attempt at a tripod headstand- I felt awful. The heat never bothers me, but at this moment I felt dizzy, weak, and like I was going to get sick. I spent the last half of class in and out of child’s pose trying to figure out what was going on with me. Was it dehydration? Not enough to eat? Was it hotter than usual? I was so frustrated that I couldn’t practice my normal advanced postures.

I considered leaving several times, but decided to stay when my teacher gave the class a timely reminder. She said “Remember, this is our practice, not our perfect. You come to class to practice, not perform.” Just the reminder I needed. Often times we get so caught up in performing. We let our ego take control. We need to remind ourselves that every yoga class, every run, every day is practice. What are we practicing for? I’m not really sure. But that’s the point- the focus should be on experiencing, not mastering- in yoga and in life 🙂

Enough philosophy, let’s talk 4th of July. We forgot to set an alarm and slept for 9 glorious, uninterrupted hours! It was great, but it made for a hot start to our holiday. After a quick bowl of cereal and yogurt, we biked to a nearby track for an interval workout.

Less intense than I planned due to the hot temps. Here’s what I did:

  • 1 lap warm-up jog.
  • 2 laps sprinting the straights and jogging the curves.
  • 4 sets of barefoot intervals on the soccer field- sprint down, jog back.

And then we stretched and played…

          

After some fun with handstand practice, we biked home for “second breakfast” (which ended up being lunch).

JWD whipped up eggs scrambled with veggies and potatoes.

Iced coffee on the side (post on the technique next time!).

The rest of our holiday was filled with packing (we are moving in a few short weeks!), a successful trip to Lululemon for some new workout clothes (I live in workout clothes now for work and play and I feel like I’m killing them by washing them so frequently), a simple summer dinner (BBQ tempeh, corn on the cob and tomato-cucumber salad), and no fireworks. At the risk of sounding unpatriotic, I have a confession: JWD and I hate fireworks. I think it’s the mix of air pollution, noise pollution, and the lonnnng shows. It gives me anxiety. I’m a delicate creature 🙂 Nevertheless, we were forced to listen to them BOOM well into the morning hours.

Today was yoga and pool time with Mom and Sis, swimming laps with JWD (we’re slowly getting better..), and prep for a weekend trip! Have a wonderful weekend! see you on the other side…

Thanks for reading 🙂

The ABCs of Me

1 Jul

The other day I asked a friend for her opinion on how to make Running on Sunshine better. I am in a better place in my life right now to be able to give more and want to amp things up around here. Her answer was simple and something I kind of already knew: get more personal. I tend to be a tough shell to crack- I’m introverted, private, and pretty guarded. But I want you all to get to know me better. We’ll kick it off with a fun game that has made its way around the blog world: “The ABCs of Me”

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A. Age: 3 short months from 25. This is my first experience with the concept of a “scary age”.

B. Bed size: Full.

C. Chore you dislike: It used to be cleaning the blender until I learned this trick: fill the dirty blender halfway with warm water and a squirt of soap. Put it back on the base and whirl away until it’s clean. It’s like creating a little dishwasher inside the blender. Now, my least favorite chore is putting away clothes. You’d think this would deter me from shopping, but it doesn’t…

D. Dogs: No dogs, just two seriously adorable cats.

E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, oats, and social media/blog/article catch-up on the iPad.

F. Favorite colors: Turquoise.

G. Gold or silver: Love them both, but I tend to wear more gold.

H. Height: 5’4’’

I. Instruments you play(ed): I took guitar lessons in high school. I can play one Nirvana song 🙂 I hope to pick it up again someday.

J. Job title: Blogger, soon-to-be dietitian and personal trainer, and graduate assistant in the Nutrition Department at SLU.

K. Kids: Not any time soon 🙂

L. Live: St. Louis, MO- where the food scene is highly under-rated. Come visit me, I’ll blow your mind.

M. Mom’s name: Corrina 🙂

N. Nicknames: Kay, KP, Kaybear.

O. Overnight hospital stays: Never!

P. Pet peeves: Grammar, incorrect use of homonyms, when people aren’t true to themselves, bad listeners. I’m sure JWD can add to this list 😉

Q. Quote from a movie: Hmm… not a big movie watcher (can’t sit still that long), so I’ll give you my favorite yoga mantra: “I have enough, I do enough, I am enough.”

R. Righty or lefty: Righty.

S. Siblings: A beautiful older sister!

T. Time you wake up: Usually between 6am and 7am. I love mornings.

U. Underwear: I said I wanted to get more personal, but I have to draw the line somewhere!

V. Vegetables you don’t like: I honestly can’t think of one! Maybe frisee lettuce, not crazy about the mouth-feel.

W. What makes you run late: Uh, anything and everything. Much to JWD’s dismay, I am always running late.

X. X-rays you’ve had: Stress fracture in my foot from back-to-back half marathon training.

Y. Yummy food you make: I would like to think most of it is pretty tasty! Some current favorites: Sunshine Smoothie, homemade peanut sauce, homemade black bean burgers, and banana pops.

Z. Zoo animal you like: I’m not crazy about the zoo, but I do like the lions. They remind me of my cats.

It’s been a great Sunday over here. Some of today’s eats so far:

Cereal! I’ve been on an overnight oats kick, but cereal always sounds good before yoga on the weekends. Plain cereal usually doesn’t hold me over for very long, so I always jazz it up: Trader Joe’s Flax Cereal, Greek yogurt, 1/2 a peach, 1/2 a banana, almond milk, and a sprinkle of oats and walnuts.

Lunch was much-needed after hot vinyasa yoga and some pool/sun time with JWD.

A veggie and egg scramble, toast, and watermelon while prepping for a BBQ later tonight. I’m off to finish up the veggie burgers before we leave!

Happy July and thanks for reading 🙂

Intentions for a New Year

8 Jan

Hello again, friends and Happy New Year!

My long absence can only be explained by severe stress and off-the-charts demands on my time. It’s been a wild ride.

I can’t believe we just wrapped up the first week of 2012! The idea of “New Year Resolutions” is a bit cliche for my taste and the success rate of such resolutions is not very promising. Rather than lofty resolutions, I want to set intentions for the new year to give it some direction and clarify what I want out of this phase of my life. I have spent the first week of the new year reflecting on 2011 and looking forward to what I want out of 2012 and finally, 8 days in, I’m ready to set some intentions. I’ve also been doing tons of yoga to end the old year and start the new which really impacted my goals.

Intentions for 2012:

1. Give to others what I want in return.

This one was inspired by Jen’s New Year post. If I want love, I will give love. If I want kindness, I will give kindness. If I want acceptance, I will give acceptance.

2. Practice loving, kindness, forgiveness, and acceptance with myself.

This one is all about self-love. In yoga, we talk about chakras- points of the body responsible for the reception and transmission of energies. The Heart Chakra is located at the center of the chest and is the center for love, understanding, limitless compassion, empathy and forgiveness. This goal includes stopping the self-guilt, negative self-talk, and taking care of my body with whole foods and exercise.

3. Live with intention.

One of the biggest changes I want to make this year is to practice being present and making every minute intentional. I am such a multi-tasker and while sometimes this is a good thing (and the only way for me to function in my crazy life), it doesn’t always serve me well. This year I want to set intentions for every day, every moment. When I rest, I rest. When I work, I work. This also includes achieving my career goals, fitness goals, engaging in my relationships, and blogging more!

4. Live at my edge, continue to find a new edge, and get rid of the baby elephant syndrome.

In yoga, I find my edge in every pose, breathe into it, push a little further, and find a new edge. This is also a good strategy for life. I want to push my edge a little more and find new potential.

One of my yoga teachers told us a story about baby elephant syndrome that really resonated with me:

An adult elephant can easily uproot huge trees with its trunk; it can knock down a house without much trouble. When an elephant living in captivity is still a baby, it is tied to a tree with a strong rope or a chain every night. Because it is the nature of elephants to roam free, the baby elephant instinctively tries with all its might to break the rope. But it isn’t yet strong enough to do so.

Realizing its efforts are of no use, it finally gives up and stops struggling. After the baby elephant tries and fails many times, it will never try again for the rest of its life.

Later, when the elephant is fully grown, it can be tied to a small tree with a thin rope. It could then easily free itself by uprooting the tree or breaking the rope. But because its mind has been conditioned by its prior experiences, it doesn’t make the slightest attempt to break free. The powerfully gigantic elephant has limited its present abilities based on the limitations of the past- Baby Elephant Syndrome.

Sometimes we let our past experiences and beliefs get in our way. Let go of your baby elephant syndrome! You are capable of so much more than you think! Discover your full potential!

5. Continue to find peace and calmness in the chaos.

This one will be the most difficult for me. My stress response is unreal. Stress is good for my productivity, but terrible for my well-being. I have too darn much I want to accomplish in my life, so I’ve accepted that I will always be living in chaos. Therefore, I must learn to find peace- or I might self-destruct 🙂

Thanks for reading 🙂

So Many Mini Vacations

6 Jul

Hey, hey! How was your holiday weekend? Mine was very relaxing! Let’s hop back to Friday and see what I did…

I usually kick off my weekend with yoga, but my favorite Friday class was cancelled (boohoo), so JWD and I walked to the park where I led us through our own practice. With the temp nearly 90, it quickly turned into a hot yoga practice!

After yoga, we whipped up a very quick and delicious creation- Veggie Burger Bowls with Avocado Citrus Sauce (sauce recipe post coming soon!).

In the mix: brown rice, crumbled Amy’s veggie burger, and veggies, topped with one of my favorite super easy creamy sauces.

The veg: Anaheim pepper, carrots, zucchini, and parsnips (use what you have on hand!)

The rest of the evening was spent packing and prepping for the weekend.

Saturday morning started bright and early with Kaldi’s Highlander Grogg (my favorite coffee!) and another outdoor yoga practice. My farmer’s market offers a donation-based yoga class, how great is that?! I get to practice under the trees, then meet up with JWD to buy produce and listen to live music. This is why Saturday morning is my favorite time of the week!

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This practice was particularly challenging and sweaty. Perfection. Yoga in the heat is the best because your muscles get very loose and stretchy. I was triumphant in three challenging poses.

crow, birds of paradise, and one legged king pigeon

After the market, we packed up and got on the road to JWD’s parent’s house. The trip was spent reuniting with our oldest friends, hanging at the lake, eating incredible food, and enjoying some great family time.

Our Fourth of July meal was especially incredible!

Roasted beet, tofu, spinach & walnut salad, tomato with basil, Asian slaw, salmon, and broccoli- almost all cooked on the grill. Enjoyed with a Schlafly Pale Ale. So yummy!

We are only going to be home a few days this week and our cupboards are bare! JWD’s mom was nice enough to send us home with her pantry surplus. When we got back to the cocoon, I set to work making a meal plan for the week with the ingredients we have.

M- We made farmer’s market grilled veggie sandwiches. Yum! Mine was open-faced.

+ a TJ’s Reduced Guilt Brownie from the freezer. (Tip: I freeze brownies individually in parchment paper for pre-portioned treats that last longer. It’s much easier to pull one serving out of the freezer than it is to resist diving fork first into a giant brownie pan! Eat them frozen or microwave for 10 seconds.)

T- Grilled Stuffed Zucchini

I sliced this GIANT zucchini in half lengthwise and scooped out the inside. Then I diced up the zucchini insides and mixed it with cooked lentils, spinach and Lemon Parsley Cashew Cream (I’ll post this recipe soon). We stuffed the hollowed-out zucchinis with the mixture and threw them on the grill!

(sorry about the sad, dark iPhone photo)

W- Veggie burger bowls + kale chips (I’m filming a kale chip video for you!)

TH- Tomato basil frittata with all the beautiful basil from JWD’s parent’s garden. (This video is coming soon too)

This week in fitness:

M- Weightlifting session actually happened after driving home and before dinner. JWD motivated me.

T- Hot and sweaty run

W- Weightlifting session

TH- Yoga practice + a run

F- Squeezing in a run before the kickoff of another full weekend

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So many food shots, not enough humans! Must take more people pictures.

Thanks for reading 🙂

 

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