Friday, August 30, 2013

When your body gives you a (much needed) rude awakening

Last night I went to the Seahawks game with my friend Jessica.  It was an awesome time and I felt so lucky to be there.  For those of you who know me, you know I LOVE football season.  Getting a ticket to a Seahawks game if you aren't a season ticket holder is close to impossible - needless to say, I was pumped.

The not awesome part of last night's game was when I was lying awake at 1:00 AM this morning feeling absolutely horrible.  At the game, I had two beers and (part of) a chicken and fries basket (the latter which did not taste like real food but appeared to be my only option at the time).  A few hours later, my body decided to really let me know how it felt about my eating decisions.  I had a headache, felt nauseous, and other details I won't mention here to keep this a pleasant and appropriate Friday morning.

When I woke up this morning, I realized that despite the frustrations of feeling sick for most of last night, my body did me a big favor - in a sort of cruel way.  When we say that it's best to listen to your body - this took that concept to a whole new level.  I hadn't had a processed/gross/junk food type meal in a while, and combined with most likely being dehydrated, this set off a chain reaction in my body.  It reminded me how much my body and I appreciate eating healthy, natural, whole foods for all my meals.  I deserve to feel great, inside and out.

In conclusion, I know what I will not be ordering the next time I go to a game!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The gift of an unexpected email

Today I was busy working at my desk and decided to take a quick email break.  I discovered a new email in my inbox from my friend Mariko, entitled "why I love you."  This was seriously the best surprise I could have ever asked for this week.  I wanted to share this incredibly thoughtful email with all of you:

you try your best, all the time. at work, for others, in life. it's a hard discipline to practice, and somehow you do so remarkably. you're a woman to look up to, truly.

regardless of how you're feeling inside, you're always kind, loving, and compassionate. every time i think of you, i get good feelings. and it's because of the way you've made me feel.

you are a deep thinker, but you don't let analyzation debilitate you. because you're practical and you go with what actually makes sense, in an informed way.

i am so proud of the woman that you are. it's hard holding it down as an independent, strong, and compassionate woman. 

despite the distance and the frequency by which we see each other, know i love you so much and i think of you often. 

p.s. i miss you!

I can't emphasize how much I appreciated this email, and how much I love my dear friend Mariko.  People always say that you never know how much a little gesture can impact a friend.  The reason why they say this is that it's true!  The timing of Mariko's email is a bit ironic.  In addition to going through a stressful time at work with a lot of added pressure to my role, I had been feeling a bit down about myself for reasons I won't dive into.  I found it so interesting that the particular qualities in myself I had been feeling insecure about were the exact same things Mariko mentioned loving about me!  How great does it feel to be affirmed about something that you may contemplate about yourself?

This week, consider taking 5 minutes out of your day to call, email, or text a friend to tell them you love them and why.  You never know how much he/she might need your support!

Thank you, Mariko - I love you!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Honoring the morning walk

For the past month, I have been very committed to my health - particularly, with exercise.  I have prioritized my morning (usually the gym or a run) workouts 7 days a week, every week, and have loved how much it's impacted my well being.  In short, feel stronger, healthier, and more at peace.  However, this morning I woke up and was not in the mood to drive to my gym or do one of my regular workouts.  What I really was craving was a walk with Lucy around my neighborhood - and so I did just that. 

It was so quiet in my neighborhood at 6:30 AM compared to my weekend 9:00 walks.  There was a cool breeze and the sky was beautiful.  It was great to walk around and reflect on the day ahead of me and what kind of a day I wanted to make it (obviously, a great one).

Lucy also definitely enjoyed the walk, which involved a break at a little park for her to run around in circles like a crazy lady :).

What kind of exercise refreshes and centers you?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

SFL Finding #2: Follow the four-by-four rule

It's been a while, but it's time for another Slim for Life Finding :).  In Chapter 1 (Eating) Jillian Michaels talks about managing your meals.  One of her tips (besides the obvious "don't skip any meals, especially breakfast" (24), is to follow the "four-by-four" rule:

"I also don't want you 'grazing' throughout the day.  I don't want you 'eating small meals' - you know, the six-small-meals-to-boost-metabolism theory.  I think that's utter crap.  When you snack throughout the day or eat many small meals, you release insulin.  This insulin release promotes fat storage, because your body is trying to burn off and utilize a constant flow of sugar to the bloodstream from nonstop eating" (25).

So what's the solution?
"I want you to eat every four hours.  There's only one time of day when I want you to snack, and that's between lunch and dinner" (25-26). 

I particularly liked this concept because I have never been someone who has enjoyed eating (small meals) throughout the day.  I feel weird, sluggish, always full, and never am able to lose or maintain my weight.  I have always done much better eating 3 meals a day and being intentional about what I'm putting into my body.  I like feeling (reasonably) hungry and enjoying my meals instead of force feeding myself - it's more satisfying.  I suppose that I will need to give 4 a try!