Spring is a time for new beginnings

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Yesterday was the first day of spring and let me tell you how excited I am to finally see the light at the end of this long, cold tunnel that we call winter!  I woke up in a good mood which is not the normal Monday feeling.  Work was pretty easy. The sun was shinning and temps were in the 50’s.

My yoga community was working together on performing 108 sun salutations to wring in the new season. For more info on the what or why, you can read it here. I could not wait to get home and try for myself.  I managed 30 before getting lightheaded so I thought it best to stop and switch to heart openers for gratitude instead. I finished the session with mediation with my mala which is like a rosary.  It consists of 108 beads that you repeat an intention with each breath per bead.  I felt grounded and  refreshed when I was done.

After my yoga session, Dan and I actually cooked dinner instead of going out. Nothing mind blowing but it was nice to stay in.  We have started doing this the past few weeks, one day a week.  It is like a reverse date night since we never cook for ourselves anymore.

Since spring is a rebirth~ a time for new beginnings, I have made some changes that I put in to action starting this past Sunday.  Generally, if you put a plan in writing, you are more likely to stick with it.  And if you have been reading along for a while, you know how much I love a good list!

  1. I treated myself to a body, mind and soul detox. I have never bought someone’s detox program before but this one is only $129 which I think is very reasonable. It is 21 days of yoga, mediation and food planning.  My word for this year is determination: to change old eating habits, get back on my fitness track and grow as a person. If you want to make changes, you have to invest in yourself and do the work.  So when I saw this offered, I knew it was right for me.  This starts on April 3rd and I cannot wait to start!
  2. My food…. even though I am still eating the same way I have been since my calorie counting days, there is always room for improvement. I know I consume more carbs then I should. This is the difficult part considering we eat out every night. I have started choosing more salads or swapping fries for salad or fruit when I can.
    ~ I also want to cut back on animal protein. I eat chicken 6-7 days a week and it’s getting old.  Pork and beef are rarely eaten.  I eat eggs every morning for breakfast, lunches are generally something vegetarian.  So cutting back at dinner should not be too hard.  I am not planning to go total vegetarian but cutting back could be a good thing.
  3. I have also decided to cut back on my beer consumption to 2-3 days a week and only allowing 1-2 beers per those days (special events not included). What I order to drink depends on where we go for dinner.  So this should not be to difficult either.
  4. Drink more water on the weekends.  This does not sound hard, I know. But I actually don’t drink a lot of anything when I am home after my morning coffee. I tried this Sunday and had to conscientiously write down each time I drank 8 oz. At work I hit 88 oz every day before 3:00 without thinking twice about it. Maybe I should start ordering water with my beer… two birds, one stone.
  5. Start a daily meditation practice.  I had a good practice going back on 2015 but fell out of habit. I am up to every other day after starting a week ago.  This detox I am starting will help make this a habit.
  6. Get more cardio and weight lifting into my workout routine.  Yoga and weights anyone?
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Breakfast pizza and apples/sunflower seed butter

So there you have it.  I haven’t done a list like this in over a year.  I am really looking forward to seeing changes in the way I feel, how my clothes fit and over all reduce stress.

I am determined to make 2017 my year of change.  I am not unhappy or anything.  Actually I think I am quite the opposite.  However, I do feel that life gets stuck in a loop and you need to jump off and try a new ride once in a while.

How do you jump-start your health plan? 

Do you have any favorite meatless lunch food ideas that you can share? This is where I struggle with keeping it exciting.

 

 

 

 

Friday’s 5

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Happy Spring’s eve eve!  I have been thinking about this blog a lot lately.  It is feeling stuck in my opinion.  What do I right about? Will anyone still read it? Should I close it down?
Where is my focus? I was digging through the archives for old themes to spark some creativity. In doing so,  I decided I am bringing back one of my favorite blog posts to do ~ Friday’s 5. If you are not familiar with this concept, it’s basically a quick update on current thoughts, feelings or tips to share with you all.  I got away from doing these posts but it’s time to dust off my logo and start again!  So let’s get to it, shall we?

     1. Day light saving time kicked my ass. How can loosing one little hour screw a person up so bad?  It took four days of sleeping through my alarms ( I have two set daily ) and oversleeping to start feeling somewhat normally again.  My yoga really suffered and therefore so did my attitude. UGH I hate that feeling!  But I am feeling much more myself today!

     2. Hello my name is Mary and I am a Netflix binge watching addict.  I finished House Of Cards season 4 in a week.  Then Flaked (only 1 season so far), which is a new Wil Arnet show and very easy to watch.  And two nights ago I started The Fall.

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OMG you guys!!  I was hooked since the first episode!  Season 1 and 2 are only five episodes each but each episode is a full hour long.  I have 7 episodes to finish the series and will most likely happen all this weekend. It is a psychological thriller that follows serial killer Paul Spector (Jamie Dornan) as he stalks his victims in and around Belfast.  Stella Gibson (Gillian Anderson) is the MET detective that is brought in to track him down. I can’t say what it is exactly that I like about it without giving anything away.  Trust me though. This one really is a must see!

3. Puxatony Phil did not see his shadow which means an early spring.  We were doing great with that trend.  Last week we were loving the warm 75-80 degree weather! I even got to wear my Prana dress!

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But that rodent is a compulsive liar. They are now predicting snow for this Sunday into Monday. We could get a little snow or a lot depending on which weather model you look at.  Sigh….

Never trust a glory seeking groundhog with your weather forecast.  Sheesh!

4. I had chocolate/peanut butter cake with my coffee for breakfast this morning. I am not a big desert person anymore but it came free with my dinner last night so I went for it.  It was delicious! No regrets.

5. I cannot believe that Easter Sunday is just over a week away.  My daughter is coming home from her internship in Boston the day before and leaving on Easter.  Her spring semester starts that following Monday.  I can’t wait to see her and spend time with her as a family!

 

Tell me in the comments below what is on your mind.  Got a random tip? A dilemma you need an opinion on?  Got a question for me? Hit me up! I am all ears.

 

 

Friday’s 5 – These are a few of my favorite Fall things

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Happy first Friday of Fall! It’s been a rough week for me with not having any energy.  I am sure my food choices have has something to do with it.  Add in, doctor and car appointments, not sleeping well, no energy to exercise, rain… that adds to the mood of the week.  So, I thought I would sit down and write about positive things that I am looking forward to over the next few months.  Here we go… my latest Friday’s 5:

1. Meal prep – I don’t do much prep over the summer months. We grill and meals are lite and simple. But when the weather starts to change, I like make a lot of soups, chili and stews.  It’s time to dust off the favorite recipes and start making them again.  Also on that list:  roasted squash & baked sweet potatoes.  These are two big staples of my breakfast and lunch for the next 6 months or so.

2. Crop Hunger Walk – The past three years, Dan and I have raised $1800 towards our local Crop Walk.  This year we are walking it again! We are both on the committee to make this walk happen. Dan is helping with all the signage and I am taking on the treasurer seat for the first  time! I am a little nervous about the new responsibility but excited to be apart of it all.  This is our walk’s 30th year and I really hope we smash our record for donations making this the biggest year yet! In the past 29 years, our little community has raised over $640,000 and $154,000 of that has gone to our local food pantry, FISH. If you would like to help me with this goal, please click on the red words above to be directed to my personal donation page. Hunger is not a church problem. It is a world problem. 1 in 7 people go to bed hungry every night…. statistics show that most of them are women…. Moms actually. That saddens me.  If you would like more information on how you can get involved in your community walk, Check out THIS website.

3. Fall hiking – This is my favorite time of year.  There is nothing more breathtaking then to emerge from dense forest to a clearing blazing with yellows, orange and reds of the bushes and grass that surrounds you.  Add in a clear blue sky and sun shining overhead and I feel like I have found heaven.

4. Running – Fall weather is perfect… not to cold / not too hot. Need I say more?

5. Mums, pumpkins and corn stalks – OH MY!  I love looking at how people decorate the front of their homes for fall.  Every year I say I am going to do it too… Maybe this is the year.

What about you? Do you have any traditions or favorite activities you are looking forward to? Do you have any “to die for” recipes I need to try?  If so, please share in the comments below!