Whole45@45 – Day 11

joyIt was almost like a switch was flipped. Yesterday I had a really big salad for lunch. Then not much later, I had an early dinner. I didn’t eat too much because I wasn’t super hungry, but it was only 3-4 hours after lunch, which seemed soon, and I was ready to eat again. But then I was done.

Although I finished work early and was home at a time when I could have eaten if I’d wanted to, and honestly in the past few months I would have opened a bottle of wine and sat down outside with a snack of some sort, I had zero desire to do any of that. Not hungry. Not craving anything. In fact, before leaving the gym parking lot I tuned in to any sensation to determine whether or not I would need to eat. The reason I did this there was because I didn’t want any other habitual triggers, like pulling into the garage or going into the kitchen, to misinform my decision. It turned out that I simply wasn’t hungry so I committed to that.

Home I settled in to some work I needed to do with a cup of herbal tea and then went to bed when I was done. Again, zero hunger, zero cravings. I woke up this morning feeling different. It’s hard to explain, really, but I just felt in tune and peaceful with it all. I had a cup of tea with collagen (which contains about 5g of protein and has many health benefits) around 6:30 and didn’t eat breakfast until about 7:30. That seems like a long stretch to go without eating, but fasting or intermittent fasting can be good for the system. While it’s not something that I practice intentionally at this point, I’m not at all opposed to leaving a bigger window between eating and particularly at night.

All day today, eating felt easy, nourishing. Even when I had a 1/2 of an Rx bar between tennis and yoga, it was easy to just have a couple bites and then move on – because that was all I wanted. For those of you out there who don’t have issues around food, that probably seems strange to even think about it, but some of us will eat even when we don’t want to. It’s hard. And frustrating.

Anyway, the only thing that I ate today that I’m wondering about was a plantain. I split it up between lunch, which was just post-workout, and dinner, which was post-yoga. I felt like I needed some carbs and I really love plantains, but right after eating it I didn’t feel great. Suddenly a little too full, a little bloated. It’s got me wondering. I’ll make a few sweet potatoes tomorrow instead of plantains to see if I still experience that same feeling or if I need to cut out starchy carbs for a bit. We’ll see.

With food aligned, the rest of my day felt like magic. Today was my day off and it was perfect. I had a leisurely morning outside with coffee and journaling, I got in tons of physical activity which made the day feel fun, and I also got a lot of things done on my to-do list, probably because everything else felt like self-care. It was a good day and I am so incredibly grateful.

I hope you are all feeling centered and loved today. If not, know that I’m sending a few good vibes your way!

Shine bright. xo

What did I eat today?

Breakfast – 3 eggs, garden chard with sautéed mushrooms, 1/4 avocado / Kiwi

Post-workout Lunch – Spinach salad with grilled chicken thighs, onion, walnuts, avocado and a fresh cherry vinaigrette / 1/2 of a plantain

Post-tennis/Pre-yoga snack – 1/2 an Rx bar and a handful of grapes

Dinner – Buffalo chicken slaw with 1/4 avocado / 1/2 a plantain

How did I move?

Big ole leg day today. It felt great! (Except I do still have a hamstring issue that I’m just trying to ignore. Secretly I’m hoping that over time the decrease in inflammation throughout my body will also help it feel better.)

Tennis with my son. I am loving this and wish we had started earlier this summer.

Yoga. Because it’s always a good idea.

I’m sending this now but if I get done with a few things early enough, I might just finish the day with a little evening walk with my dog. I loved this day!

Thanks for coming along. Leave me a comment about how your day has been!

 

 

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