BEGIN AGAIN! (Running and Hooping!)

Begin-Again

“Tomorrow is a new day, begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be

encumbered with your old nonsense. ” -Ralph Waldo Emerson

Begin again! Whenever we lose track, all we have to do is Begin Again! And again! And again! No big deal! Brush it off and keep going. I missed a day of running, and haven’t hooped in a while…. so I return to my practices, letting go of any disappointment in myself, and simply stepping back into the life I want . 🙂

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Commitment!

What does commitment mean to you?
How do you stay committed?
What are you willing to commit to right now in your life?

Commitment takes effort, it’s flexing the muscle of will power.

New commitments:

For next 2 weeks every day I will
Run every morning
Not eat bread/wheat or tortilla chips
Meditate 15 minutes every morning

For all of Spring I will
Not eat processed sugar

FOR THE SAKE OF…

FEELING AWESOME! 😀

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Sober in the City!

Meeting up for a ‘drink’ after work turns into getting yummy soup and tea at Whole Foods. Feels good to do things differently. And my night was that much better for it. Having soup and tea, instead of alcohol, allowed me maintain my energy into the night. Plus, my initial desire for a drink- to calm my nerves from driving- faded away as I settled into where I was. And I, of course, still really enjoyed my time with my beautiful sister ❤

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Allow the Aching

Intensity is in the air.

All around me I notice big transitions, and intense experience. People passing over or getting sick.  Jobs ending. Schoolwork at its peak.  Sleepless nights. And people talking about spring.

Seeds beneath the earth have begun to quiver and crack. There is an aching, as sprout shutters to shake off its hibrant state. The shift has begun.

Can you feel it too? We’ve turned the corner. Expect an adjustment period.  It takes great effort for seedling to push through the hard cold soil.  There is vulnerability as the crocus risks the still snowy landscape.  But its time, the sun is calling.

Prepare yourself.  Allow the aching, allow stillness when needed.  Sit calm with eyes forward.  You know glory awaits you.

Escorted to Energy!!! BeerBread Included.

Whow!

I am surprised by my level of energy right now. I feel bright, focused, awake, excited.

I haven’t been exercising as much, eating more bread and other less supportive foods, and last night had some delicious muffins, beer bread* (woo!) and other snacks late at night. For the most part I’m noticing that this type of behavior leads to less energy for me.

I went to bed with positive affirmations for myself. (It’s okay, I’m fine, I’m doing great. I love my life. It’s all working out. I will feel great tomorrow. Even if I’m still a little sick, it’s not big deal. I am moving closer and closer to more and more brightness in my life.) That sort of thing. Woke feeling pretty good, not exactly in the mood to exercise, but put on a 20 minute yoga video, a nice compromise. (Myyogaonline.com  $10 a month!) Then I decided to get on the elliptical that’s right there next to me. Just 10 minutes I told myself, better than nothing. Well I got on there, put in my headphones, and YouTubed a new band my friend told me about last night. Escort. Woo! Ended up doing 20 minutes. Finally got myself back to that sweaty strong place that actually feels good.

Next, I ate some organic raspberries and blueberries (Yes they’re expense, but soooo good and I’ve been craving them lately so am assuming my body will really benefit right now!) Then I JUICED 4 large carrots, half a lemon, big chunk of ginger, and one apple. Yummm.

And magic. I am literally surprised by how BRIGHT I feel right now.  

Thus I am locking in this Positive Diet routine for myself.

Positive Affirmations 
Exercise
Berries and Juicing
Positive Music
Positive People (last night’s activities)

*Beer bread.   I didn’t realize I was eating beer bread until a few slices in.  Once I knew, I had this moment of suspecting there was still alcohol in the bread. A feeling of relaxed giddiness came over me. Omg, I think I’m a little drunk! I had this itty-bitty thought (because really I knew there was little to NO alcohol in the bread). But I actually had a visceral response of feeling buzzed, merely because I THOUGHT I may be…..

Weekend Cleanse

I got into a loop of feeling lousy physically… which of course began to melt into my mind and emotions. Seems like a cold was threatening to take over and put me to bed with misery.  My digestion felt slow, my energy low… negative thoughts snuck their way in “You’re falling apart, something’s wrong with you, you’re doing things wrong, eating wrong, thinking wrong, acting wrong… you need to change, what’s wrong with you!” Which lead to “You need to change everything! You’re entire life! What are you DOING?!” (This, by the way, is the Gremlin)  When a cold beings to creep up… this is where my mind wants to go.  I believe there is some truth to it… my eating probably wasn’t ideal which probably didn’t help me feel better. But more importantly,  I don’t need to spiral out of control.  Getting sick sometimes, is no big deal… how I deal with it IS. I’d like to relax and be compassionate towards myself that I’m getting sick, without beating myself up and convincing myself my life is falling apart and I’m a huge failure.

Deep breath. What CAN I do?

Rest more. Say no to activities, stay in the house. Let the To Do List go.

Be mindful of what I eat… because I know it will help me feel better!

I dragged my feet on this for the past 2 weeks. My main excuse; “I already eat really well! Give me a break. Limiting myself soo much is ridiculous. I deserve more. I’m fine, it’s no big deal, I’ll survive.”

Okay, partly true AND I hate feeling lousy from a cold! And limiting myself just a few days can go a long way, just a few days! Relax Tamreh, you can do it.

Okay, let’s do this.

Step 1 Affirmation:  I make food choices that support my optimal functioning. This is fun and easy for me. I enjoy doing it!  I journaled on this new perspective for some time, visualized myself ending meals without snacking more, and really got a feel for what this place is like. I also wrote this on my bedroom mirror, and said it to myself several times throughout the day.

Step 2 Buying Food. Since I’ve done this before it was pretty easy to plan in my head my food for the weekend. (Otherwise writing down a list of items to buy can be very helpful!) I decided to simply stock up on a TON of fruits and veggies. I decided not to worry about the money. Feeling good is that important to me. So I went to whole foods and got lots of greens, carrots, beats, apples, lemon and ginger all for juicing. I decided for this weekend I will consume only juice (store bought and freshly juiced), cooked grains, cooked greens/onions, fruit, minimal nuts.  A simple nutritious meal plan.  AND I will minimalize my activity, go slow through my day, sleep in, go to bed early.

Step 3 Stay COMMITTED Having the food available in the house reallllly helps. Saying my affirmation to myself in the mirror, every morning, again and again until I was very convincing, really helped.  Then of course a friend offers to pay for take-out for me… ahh! “No thank you- I made a commitment to myself to eat a certain way this weekend and that does not fit in.” I had to say this out loud.  Staying in the house helped- a friend asked me out to dinner. Nope. Really I do feel pretty low energy so it’s easy to check in with this and the sense that I reallllly want my energy back. I’m fed up! This helps motivate me. I also visualize times where I’ve felt very alive, very energized… THAT’S where I want to be. The visualization is motivating to stay on track and helps me actually feel better throughout my day.

Overall- I’ve done pretty good. I am feeling pretty tired now though. Minimalizing activity at home was somewhat challenging- I can get pretty addicted to my TO-DO List… Guess it’s time to shut off the computer, the phone, and really relax.  🙂

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