So... today did not start off exactly the way I expected. But that's ok, bumps in the road are part of life.
Today's bump was the inspiration behind my first healthy living tip...
Shit happens, don't beat yourself up, move on.
My alarm was set to go off at 6am to teach classes at the gym.
Well, somehow my alarm never went off. I still don't know why.
Anyway, I woke by the sun shinning into my room at 8am feeling complete anxious and terrible for all people who got out of bed this morning and made there way to the gym.
So, shit happens. It doesn't mean I do not feel TERRIBLE for all my friends I stood up at the gym, it just means that I can't let this mistake ruin my day.
I wrote everyone at the gym an apology letter. I have grown so close with a lot of my clients and felt terrible knowing that I ruined some of there mornings.
At 9 I went for a 5 mile run in Crissy Fields to clear my mind.
On the way home I stopped at Cole Hardware (my favorite place) to buy a backup alarm clock!
And Then I reminded myself:
Make a realistic goal for the week.
Mine is to not have any refined sugar. I don't keep treats and packaged foods in my home, so that should be easy around here. The goal will be to say "no thank you" when I'm out and the dessert menu comes :)
Some goal ideas for you:
Get your heart rate up for 30 minutes a day
Only drink filtered water and tea (ok, fine, ONE cup of coffee)
Eat at the table with all media and distractions turned off.
Everyday do something caring for your body: bubble bath, deep breathing exercises, an after dinner stroll, give and receive hand massages.
Try something new everyday like yoga or Thai food
Write is down and...
Menu Day One:
Avocado, 1/2 cup black rice and quinoa, lemon juice.
2 glasses of water
1 can of wild Alaskan salmon (yes, canned :) I'm in my 20's, on a budget, living in an expensive city)
Mixed with 1 teaspoon of sesame oil, cabbage, carrots, 1/2 cup black rice and quinoa, seaweed and rice wine vinegar. YUM
I steamed and pureed butternut squash into a soup (easy peasy)
Kale Pesto: In a blender combine kale, walnuts, miso paste, and olive oil, lemon.
Homemade croutons with gluten free bread
Tips on how to make healthy eating choices:
Think whole! Look at the ingredients, if there are ingredients that you can not pronounce you probably shouldn't be putting it into your body, right?
Bring your own lunch to work.
This week have a batch of whole grains in the fridge that you cn throw into dishes.
Try cooking 1/2 cup black rice in one pot and 1 cup quinoa in another pot. Combine the 2 like I did above. It keeps up to a week in the fridge.
Check out my list of pantry essentials.