Whole 30: Day 3 – Small Confession.

Breakfast:

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very ugly sweet potato

Lunch:

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spinach salad with chicken

OKAY. Here’s the small confession…

I. ate. almond butter.

“Huh? but that’s paleo!”

I know. I know. It is paleo, which is why this is a small confession, nothing that’s really derailing my efforts! But since I’m doing the low histamine version due to my mast cell disease nuts are OFF limits. Whoops. I had three teaspoons (adds up to one tablespoon, but eating three baby spoonfuls felt more satisfying) with organic raisins. And it was perfection. #noregrets.

Snack:

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almond butter with organic raisins

Dinner:

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Sauteed Cabbage, Peppers and Chicken

Today’s lessons:

1. You can’t dwell on moments of “weaknesses” or allow them to set you back from your goals. Instead use that as a release, as long as it’s a mindful, logical decision to off-road. I needed that almond butter today. And I was proud of myself for eating a really beautiful, paleo dinner.

2. I love photographing my meals! Seriously keeps me accountable.

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Summer Solstice!

Gah, where to begin!

So the solstice, or June 21st signifies the start of summer. If you’ve read Birthdays are the new New Year’s then you know I LOVE new beginnings. I’ve already planned my July detox… But that’s another post.

I spent the first day of summer in beautiful, sunny New York City. I took a 5:40AM train into Grand Central, met with my life coach for coffee and headed over to her assistant coaching class. Since I agreed to a code of confidentiality, I’ll just speak about my feelings and thoughts coming away from the experience. Students of the program spoke very openly, honestly and deeply about themselves. Their self-awareness and yearning to better their own lives made me feel at home. This experience solidified the fact that I want to be a life coach.

After seeing the characteristics of these successful individuals, I know that i can both enjoy and excel in this field. Next step? Actually finding a program. Oy. Too many options!

So after those beautiful coaching conversations, I changed out of my business attire into comfy yoga gear. Every year for the past five years I’ve gone to an event in the city called “Solstice in Times Square.” Essentially, thousands of people from all over come to the bustling heart of Times Square and do donation-based yoga. It is such an incredible experience. Doing a back bend on your mat, seeing a sea of strangers with a common interest, all staring at the gorgeous urban landscape and sunny sky? Indescribable. 

I went to the 2:00PM slow vinyasa class and posted a facebook status about the highlight of my experience: Perfect day for yoga in Times Square! Out of the thousands of people at the Summer Solstice event, I sat next to a man from Amsterdam. Afterward he thanked me for bringing lightness and positivity to the practice without needing to say a word. He said I had a gift. Just feeling really appreciated and inspired after those words of kindness.

Overall, perfect start to a new season.

P.S. I applied for a fitness position at a nearby gym. Also, my ACE personal training certification bundle arrived today! I’ll start studying tomorrow or Wednesday and hope to take the exam in twelve weeks.

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Weigh-in Procrastination

According to my Six Month Plan I should’ve weighed myself on June 1st.

But, I didn’t.

It was very fitting that my life coach spoke about my fear of failure last week. Although we spoke about this fear in another context, it’s absolutely relevant to my hesitation to step on that scale. The scale is daunting to anyone. But if I feel happy, healthy and energized then see a number that doesn’t validate this feeling of accomplishment – then I’d feel disheartened. Weight quantifies your hard work, your little cheats, your activity or lack of activity; numbers don’t lie.

However, I need to face that truth and understand where my weight loss journey is heading. I need to overcome that fear and understand that FAILURE IS OKAY. It would be a jumping off point that ignites the need to reassess my routine.

FAILURE does not mean that I am not progressing in other ways. I ran an 8 minute 15 second mile the other day! A month ago I was running a ten minute mile. This in itself should give me the validation I need: that I AM getting stronger, faster and better despite what a number on the scale says.

Next weigh in: June 15th

Almond Ginger Sweet Potato Bowl

After sipping my morning tumeric tonic, I had an urge for a comforting, warm, winter dish. Hey, if that’s what the body wants, that what the body gets!

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Ingredients

1 sweet potato or yam
3 cups greens (I used a blend of baby kale and chard)
1 inch peeled ginger, sliced into discs
coconut oil spray
1 TBS raw almond butter
pinch of cinnamon

Directions
Preheat the oven to 400° F. Pierce the potato several times with the tines of a fork and place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil. Bake until tender, about 45 minutes. Alternatively, pierce with fork and put in microwave for about 6-8 minutes (depending on the size). Meanwhile, spray a small pan with coconut oil spray and cook ginger, stirring frequently. When aromatic add greens and cook until they wilt. Next, mash potato with the skin, add almond butter and blend thoroughly. Add cinnamon and greens. Remove ginger discs and enjoy!