Today’s Mini Goal: Do more stretching. I am very naturally flexible, and as such I tend to forget that this doesn’t mean my muscles don’t need to be stretched and opened up sometimes, especially with my little running habit. I did a bit tonight and it felt oh-so-good. I can’t believe I’m posting this on the Internet, but here is photographic evidence of said flexibility (and this pose I’m in here wasn’t at all challenging; I could do the splits comfortably with my front leg positioned up on a two to three foot mat).
Scary to think it’s been ten years since then. I like to think I’ve accomplished a lot and learned new things about myself and the planet in that time. I hope I can continue to learn, grow, and create during this next decade; I’ll be thirty before it’s over. Not that thirty’s old, but that’s still a bit freaky.
No monster run today. It was just one of those days where I had to lay in bed and read and think. I did get a few things done, including going to a training event for a volunteer teaching group I coach for, serious room cleaning, and a relaxing 3 or 4 mile walk. I also chatted with both my mom and sister. My walk led me to a Barnes and Noble. I went in and just looked at books and read for two hours. I forgot how much I love doing this. When I was in high school I used to sit in a comfy chair in the poetry section at Borders and just read for hours on end. I find books to be a very safe space. I have never, ever felt marginalized or deeply saddened in a bookstore. Probably because I love words, writing, books, and stories so very much. Within just a few moments of being in the store tonight I felt like I was breathing more slowly and deeply. I rolled my shoulders back and smiled and slowly made my way through all the sections. I like all books; I’d rather have heaps and heaps of books than new clothes. I’m kind of a supernerd. Today I wandered through everything from cookbooks to travelogues to mystery to self-help and zen. I like it all. I like both the physical aspect of a book and the intellectual aspect; the content. I feel like I can dive into a fresh new manuscript. I like the journals in bookstores. I like the eclectic mix of shoppers and the tea shops and the overpriced bookmarks. In sum, I think books, writing, and bookstores make me deeply happy. They are a space that gives me happiness because they are personal and introspective but not entirely secluded. I will have to remember this on days when I feel sad in the future; I need only take a walk to the bookstore to find some comfort.
What’s your safe or comforting place (physically or emotionally)?
I had a really happy yoga experience tonight! I wanted to move a bit more after my walk, but didn’t want to do a serious cardio workout or lift weights, so I settled on yoga. I was super close to doing a video from yogadownload.com, and then I had this beautiful moment of clarity where I realized that I knew what poses and flows I wanted and needed to do and that I could create my own practice for the day. This was a liberating feeling in that it meant I could operate on my own timeline, put things in the order I wanted, and just feel totally free and individual on my mat. I’ve practiced on my own before, but today I experienced a wonderful confidence and trust in my practice. I did lots of triangles, pigeons, upward facing dogs, and fire log poses. My hips are happy little pies right now.
I think tomorrow might be right for the monster exploration run. We shall see.
I totally snacked my way through the day. Most of my snacks weren’t unhealthy; just snacks. I didn’t want a full meal at any point after breakfast. I didn’t think of taking pictures, but I made my way through lots of delicious things. I tried to fight the snack monster for a little while and then I just realized that you can’t fight the snack monster. It’s one of those things that you just have to embrace. For me, if I would have tried to fight it, it would have just come back with a vengeance and I would have ended up eating big meals plus a ton of snacks.
Snacks included but weren’t limited to cashews and brazil nuts, dried pineapple, apple, edamame, and animal crackers. Random but whatever. I think I’ll survive 🙂 I didn’t even want a real dinner. I had pomegranate frozen yogurt. Bad blogger.
These are what my animal crackers look like. They’re shaped like various wild cats. I love fun food, in case you didn’t know that by now. Highly kid-friendly, if you’re a parent.
My breakfast was, in contrast to the rest of my eats, a complete and rather lovely meal. Therefore, I have pictures:
Pineapple and mango chunks (ew, I hate that word!) topped with a pineapple chobani/vanilla TJ’s Greek yogurt mix, melted coconut oil (this flavor component was key), peanut butter pretzel remnants, a few raw nuts, and a scoop of chunky peanut butter. I really would have liked to have some cereal or granola in there, but for some reason those are foods that once I start eating, I cannot stop, so I’m trying not to keep them around so much. Do any of you guys have foods that you are “addicted” to?