Whole45@45 – Day 12

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Sometimes there are days where nothing dramatic happens. I suppose most days are like that, really, but sometimes I have something on my mind that I want to share. Today is not that day. I guess I wish that I had taken a picture of the cauliflower rice that I had for dinner because it was really tasty and just what I was in the mood for. I think I will fine tune it this weekend and post it because it was something simple to throw together at the last minute.

Still hanging in there, not feeling particularly great and not really sure why. The interesting thing is that I’ve done several Whole30s, I’ve spent more days than not in the past five years eating mostly Paleo, but this time for some reason things are not clicking along the way I’d expect. I still believe that in time I will feel better because I know that eating whole, nutrient dense foods will undoubtedly increase my health, but there might be some tweaking I need to do. Or maybe there are some completely different factors that are at play. In any case, I will keep moving forward.

What did I eat today?

Breakfast – No surprise here… 2 eggs, zucchini, sauerkraut, 1/4 avocado

Post-workout lunch – Spinach salad with grilled pork tenderloin, HB egg, broccoli, cucumber, onion, almonds, vinaigrette / Cherries

Snack – Grilled chicken / Cauliflower / Banana with almond butter

Dinner – A couple bites of chicken, maybe an ounce? / Riced cauliflower with tomatoes, ghee and olive oil

I had a big snack this afternoon so I wasn’t very hungry for dinner. On Fridays I eat breakfast around 6:30 and then didn’t have lunch until 1:00 so I think my hunger was out of whack. Plus no starchy carbs, which was why I was hungry for the banana. Still working on the rhythm.

How did I move today?

HIIT this morning. Then I had a chest day planned but only did a little bit of it. A friend I don’t see very often showed up and we got to chatting. Apparently the Universe thought I needed a break and sometimes connecting with people is more important than pushing yourself in the gym. It’s about balance.

Oh! And yoga!

Shine bright. xo

 

 

 

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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!

 

 

Whole45@45 – Day 10

journeyI can’t believe it’s Day 10 already! It seems to have gone really quickly. At the same time, I’m a little frustrated because I don’t feel as great as I thought I would. On previous challenges, by now I would be ticking along, feeling better in my skin, noticing good changes, but this time it just seems to be taking longer. And I don’t really know why.

So this morning I reminded myself that my body will take its own path and its own time. We can’t guarantee the outcome of any endeavor we take on, we can only focus on enjoying the journey. And truthfully, I am. I am liking eating foods that taste good and feel healthy. I am appreciating how it feels to be more centered and focused on the signals my body is sending. And I am still looking forward to where this all will take me.

And that’s really the point, isn’t it? Where we can always allow ourselves to get angry or upset about things not happening quickly enough, maybe the best journeys are the ones that take a little longer to unfold. This time, by making it a 45 day challenge instead of 30, I really feel like I am not in a hurry, that my intention is to be even more solidified in my good habits not so that I can revert to mistreating my body, but so that I can carry these habits even further. That’s the point.

It isn’t about a challenge or losing weight to fit in a dress or any kind of quick-fix. It’s about repairing this relationship with myself and food that continues to be distorted. I want to feel freedom and joy in this area of my life – because that is my nature and my desire. In order to do that, I need to heal. And in order to do THAT, I need time.

So while I may have said a swear word last night when evening rolled around and I was still feeling very far from where I want to be, today I am feeling more forgiving. Gentle. I’m allowing for all of the parts of me to be present and supported and encouraged by the choices that I’m making in each moment. We are such multi-faceted creatures that true healing needs to happen on many more levels than just food. Food is a good place to start, of course, because so much of even how we process things is connected to what we put in our bodies, but we also need to have space to grow and learn, patience for the time it takes to change, and love for the journey.

There is pleasure in the process and it’s worth seeking and exploring. What makes you smile? What makes you feel good inside and out? What entices your taste buds? What lights you up?

Shine bright. xo

So what did I eat today?

Breakfast – 3 eggs, zucchini, 1/4 avocado, kraut (no starchy carb today because I’m wondering if that’s keeping me from feeling great) / Cherries

Lunch – Chicken salad with cauliflower, spinach, snap peas, raisins, cashews, onion / Cherries

Early dinner – Chicken thigh, zoodle sauté, 1/4 avocado / Cherries

 

Movement

Yoga. It’s always a good idea.

 

 

Whole45@45 – Day 9

dreamI totally dreamt about eating crackers last night. According to the Whole30 Timeline, I’m a bit early but often around Days 12-15, people dream about eating things that are out of scope and sometimes those cravings follow into the waking hours. It seems the head is working overtime to continue with old habits and revert back to the way things were. I don’t remember ever really passing through this phase before, maybe I did but just wasn’t focused on it, but last night my dream was incredibly vivid. I was also in Paris, which helped.

So far I still haven’t had any desire to eat things that aren’t good for my body and mind. I really just feel completely engaged in fresh, whole foods. It feels so much better. I’ll keep you posted, though, if it happens.

I also want to touch briefly on eliminating toxins from the body. The skin is our largest organ and it is where many toxins come to the surface to be eliminated. I have pretty dry skin so all my life I’ve never really had to deal with pimples very much. Right now I have three little spots on my face that I’m sure are my body clearing things out. The more time I spend eating right and drinking a ton (really) of water, the more my skin will thank me. It’s one of the things that I look forward to with this challenge. Clear, glowing skin tends to come along with all the micronutrients and antioxidants in the veggies and lots of water.

Speaking of veggies and water, one of my zucchini plants is turning out zukes like crazy so I’ll be cooking with them a lot. Hopefully have a recipe coming in the next couple of days if you’re looking for something to do with your bounty!

So what did I eat today?

Breakfast – More of the same because it works for me… 2 Eggs, spinach, tomatoes, basil, 1/4 avocado, 1/2 plantain

Lunch – Spinach salad with chicken, peach, onion, avocado / 1/2 plantain

Snack – Cherries

Dinner – Grilled chicken thighs / Zoodle sauté / Blackberries

And for movement?

HIIT + Abs/Glutes and an evening dog walk.

I taught class today and got my workout done with the group. Normally I would have eaten a small, half-lunch as a pre-workout meal, but I wasn’t really hungry and decided to listen to that. It worked out great! I felt a tiny blood sugar dip around 11:45 but I almost feel as if it were my brain saying I should eat when really I didn’t need to.

 

 

 

Whole45@45 – Day 8

living is joyI still keep feeling really hungry at lunch and through the afternoon. I’m not sure what that’s about. I’ve been eating fruit (maybe it’s the sugar?) and other things but I’m wondering if I just need to work through it. I’m not sure if those signals are actually hunger or are other habits trying to surface. Tomorrow I’m going to focus on working through some of the urges to see if it will calm the heck down.

I’m feeling pretty bloated today which could definitely still be due to the shift in eating. The Whole30 Timeline mentions that these couple days can sometimes make your pants feel tighter and cause a little distress. Just the work going on internally to adjust and hopefully it will go away in the not-too-distant-future.

So what did I eat today?

Breakfast – Eggs, spinach, avocado, kraut, plantain

Lunch – Salad with celery, roasted broccoli, chicken, onion, pickles, toasted sliced almonds, red wine vinaigrette / cherries

Snack – Raspberries, chicken, sweet potato, cashews

Dinner – Pork tenderloin / Roasted cauliflower / Cucumber-Avo salad

What did I do for exercise?

Tough shoulder workout with a few hill sprints added in and then I played tennis with my son. I think it’s important to move in ways that are not just gym workouts but that add joy to life. It was our first time and it’s a good thing that the courts were empty. We might have had to chase a few. 🙂

Whole45@45 – Day 7

time will pass anyway

I can not believe that a whole week has passed already! This has been surprisingly easy, and I’m assuming that has a lot to do with you out there. Thinking and writing about this journey has kept me wholly engaged without any desire to deviate. I’m grateful that it hasn’t been hard and that I haven’t had any cravings to work through. I’m sure it will happen over the course of this, but so far so good!

We had some friends over for a full English breakfast today, which I modified a bit so that it fit my needs. Then we spent the day out with them and didn’t end up getting back home until 3pm. Breakfast had been late, close to 9, and I packed a few plums and apricots to share so that I wasn’t starving. I forgot to pack a bar, but it turns out I only started to get really hungry a little after 2pm. I ate a really big lunch and that will probably be it for the day. Maybe a bite of protein or something a bit later but I don’t anticipate a full dinner. I love the feeling of not worrying too much and having stable blood sugar throughout the day. My energy felt pretty even too.

I thought I’d share a quick list of what I ran to the grocery store for in case you were needing some inspiration. I don’t really have a plan for these things but they’ll appear in breakfast, lunch, or dinner at some point. I got a rotisserie chicken for tonight so that if anyone needed anything they could grab that as well as pre-cut broccoli, pre-cut cauliflower, slaw mix, baby spinach, mushrooms, snap peas, avocadoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, celery, cherries, blackberries, raspberries, bananas, and eggs.

In the fridge I already have some broccoli roasted and ready to go, plus some hard boiled eggs and now some chicken. Everything else will fall into place over the week. I might pick up some beets because I ate the last of them today and I’ve been loving a cucumber-beet salad I made for breakfast the other day.

I hope you all had an amazing weekend and are gearing up for a week of healthy living and lots of loving!

Shine bright. xo

What did I eat today?

Breakfast – Eggs, sausage, English bacon, mushrooms, and tomatoes.

Snack – Plum, Apricot

Lunch – Sausage / Roasted broccoli / Cucumber, beet, onion, HB egg, avocado salad with sherry vinaigrette / a few raspberries

Dinner – Probably some chicken

What did I do for exercise today?

Well today was a rest day and it felt great! It’s important to let the muscles and mind recover sometimes and today was that day.

 

 

 

 

Whole45@45 – Day 6

sleepingLast night went as well as could be expected. There was nothing at the concert that I could eat, but I’d had enough of a snack to not worry about it and I drank a ton of water. Because I was focused on the company and the atmosphere, I didn’t even think about it.

But last night we got very little sleep because we were home super late and I had to get up to work in the morning. I am a really good sleeper so when I’m short an hour or two, I really feel it. Five hours is simply not enough for me. And really it’s not good for anyone.  At least seven is better to aim for.

When we are short on sleep, our hormones get disregulated and it becomes difficult, if not impossible, to determine true hunger levels. Because we are tired, the brain keeps signaling for more food, preferably sugary carbs, so that it can feel more alert. We also might feel cranky and irritable or lethargic and like something as simple as making a healthy meal is just too much.

What I have found works best for me when I’m tired is to first of all, make sure that I get enough water. It can help regulate things and keeps me from also being dehydrated and then confusing thirst for hunger on top of any other hormonal miscues. I also try to eat a really good breakfast, including a few extra carbs like I did today with some sweet potato, and then I pay attention to what feels right in terms of physical activity. I ended up working out this morning, although I wasn’t sure that I would. I woke up with a headache, knew I was tired, and had decided to just go with how my body felt. Sleep deprivation is already a stressful state for your body so adding intense exercise on top isn’t always the right solution. It’s important to pay attention.

Missing sleep can cause an increase in the stress hormone, cortisol, and it can cause you to eat more than you need. Both of those scenarios don’t lend themselves to becoming your healthiest self. If you feel like it’s hard to reach your health, wellness, and aesthetic goals, check your sleep. It might be right there in one extra hour. If you can’t get it at night, a nap can help too. Just get some sleep. It can make all the difference in the world!

What did I eat today?

Breakfast – 2 eggs, cucumber, beet, avocado, sweet onion, sherry vinegar, olive oil / chunk of sweet potato

Post-workout snack – 1/2 Rx bar / Apple

Lunch – Chicken, celery, bell pepper, avocado, raisins, onion, walnuts, mustard, vinegar, mayo, lavender salt

Snack – Apricot

Dinner – Chipotle salad with steak and guacamole / Plum

What did I do for exercise?

HIIT workout at the gym and walked the dog. Starting to find my groove again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whole45@45 – Day 5

keep goingI was so tired this morning when the alarm went off. All I wanted was to roll over and go to back to sleep. Fridays are early – I work at the gym at 5am and I went to bed just a little bit later than usual last night because I was reading and snuggling with my son. Totally worth it, but I feel it when I’m twenty minutes on the other side of my normal bedtime. That being said, it could also be the fact that I’m five days in to this Whole45 and my body is working hard to make the adjustments necessary to switch from using a constant supply of carbohydrates for energy to using fat stores instead. Either way, 4am came especially early today.

On the flip side, once I was up and showered and moving, I can tell that my mood is starting to shift. I’m a naturally cheerful person generally, which I’m really grateful for. Most of the time, my moods are pretty even. However, when I’m eating right and exercising and treating myself well, it always shines through. My best friend in California notices it every time. We don’t see each other often but we talk on the phone regularly, and when I’m in a good place with eating and exercise, she comments on it without fail. I am not sure what it is exactly, but it feels like a sense of lightness and I simply approach life and conversations with that brighter approach. I might not notice it if she didn’t comment on it or if, like today, I weren’t being more vigilant about changes that I’m experiencing in order to share them throughout this journey. So anyway, I feel bubbly, which may or may not be annoying to those around me, and also like I could take a nap at any moment.

On top of that, we are going to a concert tonight and we were invited to be in an executive suite. That usually means there will be food and drinks and things I generally don’t want to eat. The concert also starts nearly at my bedtime (like 8! I know…) so there will be some coffee in my life today. I’m looking forward to the evening and I don’t feel worried about what there will be to eat…yet. Mostly I just need to have a plan.

Since it does start a little later, I will be sure to have something to eat before arriving and I am taking an RxBar for an emergency snack. I think I will also pack some fruit and snap peas and maybe a hard boiled egg in a cooler for the drive home in case I need a snack to keep me awake, which is highly likely. Anyway, I’ll let you know how it all goes tomorrow.

A couple notes on my eating on Day 5. I could not get full today. I didn’t have any plantains or sweet potato or other starchy carb available at breakfast so I added an extra egg. And at lunch, I just kept feeling hungry. So I ate more protein than usual, added an extra piece of fruit, had some extra broccoli, and finally had a small handful of macadamia nuts. I am not sure if it’s the lack of starchy carbs or because it is Day 5 and my body is looking for excess carbs and there aren’t any. I have had this same thing happen in previous Whole30s so I am not too worried about it. I just listened to my body, ate more, stayed within my eating guidelines, and am waiting for the shift to occur. I’m imagining that by sometime next week, I will have switched over to being more fat-adapted rather than cruising for carbs and it will all settle down.

I hope you have an amazing rest of your day! Be sure to let me know in the comments if you have any thoughts, questions or things you want to share.

Shine Bright! xo

What did I eat today?

Breakfast – 3 eggs, cabbage, avocado stuffed bell pepper slices

Post workout snack – the rest of the Perfect bar from the other day

Lunch – Slaw with shredded beef, sweet onion, beets, avocado, peaches, mint and white balsamic vinegar (Strange combo but really tasty. I heated the beef and cabbage together so the slaw was wilted.) / Roasted broccoli / Apricot / About 4 raw macadamia nuts

Dinner – No idea. I will have to report back. I’ll be taking some things to eat with me in the car but I don’t know what to expect.

Update – Concert was great. No food was available that I could eat though so instead…

Snack before leaving (about 3pm) – Spaghetti squash and turkey casserole

Snack in car (about 6pm) – Snap peas

Snack in car (about 11pm) – HB egg and broccoli, a few blueberries

How did I move?

HIIT (high-intensity) workout and yoga. I feel like my energy is coming back for workouts so I’m grateful for that and ready for more.

Bruschetta Salmon over Garlicky Zoodles

It’s entirely possible to get a delicious dinner on the table quickly. The key is to do a little prep work ahead of time and choose the right ingredients. Salmon and zoodles both take very little time to cook and the flavors of this dish are hearty and bold while staying light and refreshing for a hot summer day. It was so good that I kept saying “mmmm….” after nearly every bite.

I used my Spiralizer to make the zoodles the other day and salted them in a colander for about 20 minutes to get rid of most of the water. Once rinsed, I popped them in a container and stuck them in the fridge for tonight. I got home from yoga and was able to have dinner on the table in about 20 minutes. It might have been even faster if I’d been focused instead of chatting and taking notes for the recipe.

I have to admit that I struggled with what to call this. I decided on Bruschetta Salmon because the topping is kind of like what you’d put on bruschetta but technically, “bruschetta” is the grilled bread rubbed with garlic and olive oil and the topping can vary. I thought about calling it Italian Salsa but that seemed equally confusing. Anyway, no matter what you call it, it’s still delicious. But if you plan on kissing anyone, make sure they have some too!

Seriously, though, this is the type of recipe to have in your back pocket for those rushed days when you still want to take care of yourself and celebrate the joy of eating healthy, fabulous food. Quantities are flexible here too. Use more or less tomato or garlic, or use parsley instead of basil. You get the idea. It will still be good. Just get in the kitchen and spoil yourself!

Bruschetta Salmon over Garlicky Zoodles

2 salmon filets (mine were skin on)

1/2 Tbsp. coconut oil

1 tomato

1 clove of garlic, minced

3 black olives, minced

1 Tbsp. minced sweet onion or shallot

4-6 basil leaves, julienned

1/3 tsp. red wine vinegar

1/2 tsp. olive oil

salt and pepper

Directions

  1. Make the topping by chopping the tomato into 1/4 inch pieces and adding to a bowl with the garlic, olives, onion, basil, vinegar and oil. Add salt and pepper to taste and set aside.
  2. Melt the coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Salt and pepper the salmon and lay face down (skin-side up) in the pan.
  3. Cook for 4 minutes and check to make sure the flesh is crispy and brown.
  4. Flip and cook skin-side down for another minute or 2, depending on the thickness of the fish.
  5. Once the salmon is just cooked through, remove to a plate, leaving the skin behind in the pan.

Garlicky Zoodles

2 zucchini

1 Tbsp. olive oil

1/8 tsp. red pepper flakes

3-4 garlic cloves, minced

Directions

  1. Spiralize the zucchini and place in a colander over the sink.
  2. Salt liberally and mix through. Leave to drain for about 20 minutes.
  3. Rinse, shake dry, and set aside. (This can be done a day or two ahead.)
  4. Warm the olive oil over low heat for a few minutes.
  5. Add the pepper flakes and garlic to the oil and allow to sizzle for about a minute until fragrant.
  6. Increase the heat to medium and add the zoodles. Toss the zoodles until evenly coated in the garlic oil and cooked, about 2 minutes.
  7. Taste and adjust seasonings and plate.

Bring it all together

  1. Plate zoodles.
  2. Top with the salmon.
  3. Add 1/2 the bruschetta topping to each serving.
  4. Celebrate the freshness of summer!

Serves 2

 

Whole45@45 – Day 4

Run with your heartLast night ended up being a bit of a crazy night at the gym where I work but I was home about an hour earlier than on other nights so I grabbed a snack with my kiddo. Dinner had been light and early so I ate a bunch of cherries. Maybe it was too many, I don’t know. It’s really tough for me to gauge because I love cherries so much but I do have a question. Bing or Rainier? I love them both – I think the Bing are sweeter and more flavorful, but the Rainier are so juicy and fleshy and stunningly gorgeous, just like a sunset. How can I resist? What do you think? Anyway…add that to what I ate yesterday and you’ll have the full picture.

I just finished a great run, which was something I was really needing. I am not a particularly good runner. I don’t think I’m physiologically built for it so I’m not very efficient, never seem to get very fast, and if I run too much, I tend to get injured. I used to try to be a runner and there was a time when I completed four 1/2 marathons, did long runs, tempo days, and paid attention to mileage, but that was a few years ago. One day I realized that I wasn’t ever going to be very fast and I really didn’t care so I left my headphones and watch at home and just ran however felt good and listened to the birds and my thoughts. It was a game-changer for me.

Now I run when I feel like it, how I feel like it. I generally run really short distances, maybe just 2-3 miles, and if I go long it might be 5 miles. I don’t care if I walk in the middle, if I stop to let my dog jump in the river (like 4 different times today because it was super hot out), and I never remember to even look at the time. I just run.

I happen to love the feeling of long run legs. It’s different from leg day legs for me, which I also happen to love. I’m not sore, but they feel heavy, exerted. That’s why I throw in something longer when I feel like it, not because I have to, but because I really just want to. I still nurse a few injuries, like right now I have a hamstring strain that I have to be gentle with, but I came home and rubbed some essential oils on it and now I’m sitting on an ice pack writing this. But I feel amazing from head to toe, so it feels worth it and like it was the right thing for me to do.

The shift to running for love was so important because there was a time when exercise was tied to weight loss or paying for something I did or didn’t eat – some form of punishment on some level. Several years ago, about the time I started lifting weights, a shift occurred. I was already doing high-intensity cardio stuff and also running. Weight training was slower paced but still hard. It was different and I liked it so I made some adjustments to fit it into my schedule. Now I’ve realized that it’s not about what you do to be fit and healthy, it’s just important to do it.

So if I feel like running, then I run. If I feel like lifting, then I lift. That’s not to say that I never follow a consistent program because sometimes I do that too. I recently was working through a strength program for about 6 weeks and  I plan to get back to it in about a week or so because, for me, it creates space to place all the effort in actually doing the workout. I don’t have to consider what I will do or whether or not I will do it, I just get it done and that kind of structure is often relaxing for me.

The thing is, do what you love. That’s what gets us moving and keeps us moving. If walking is your thing, do that. Swimming, biking, lifting, yoga, sweating buckets, whatever, just move for all of the benefits that come from living an active life. Everything is better. Health improves, energy skyrockets, feelings of confidence and self-worth improve, body confidence arrives (even before actual physical changes take place because it’s all mental), libido improves, moods and hormones stabilize – it’s really one of those things that just smoothes out all the edges.

Why don’t we always do it, then? What gets in the way? Well, it isn’t always easy. Schedules get crazy and when we’ve been away for a while it’s hard to get back because it is actually, physically hard. Sometimes we’re sidelined by injury. I’m not saying ignore injury (please don’t), but exertion is good for the body so find what inspires you to move in some way, any way, because your body craves it. And life only gets better because of it.

Shine bright. xo

So what did I eat today?

Breakfast – 2 eggs, zucchini (from the garden!), bell pepper, avocado, kraut, plantain

Post-run Snack – 1/3 of a Perfect Bar and iced green tea with 1 Tbsp. grass-fed collagen

Lunch – Celery salad with chicken, beets, walnuts, avocado, onion, vinaigrette / a chunk of sweet potato

Dinner – Salmon with Italian Salsa over garlicky zoodles / HB egg / cherries

And how did I move today?

A wonderful run by the lake in the morning and yoga tonight. Do what you love.