Today’s Happy Note: Alicia Keys’ song Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart — it’s just got a really soothing but also penetrating rhythm and oddly makes me really happy. I’m listening to it on repeat. 🙂
I swapped today’s eight hilly miles for tomorrow’s rest/yoga because it was blazingly hot/human today! I did walk about four-ish miles over the course of the day and took a really nice advanced flow yoga class at my favorite studio.
Part of my walk today was with Maggie (Say Yes To Salad)! Lynn of The Actors’s Diet was in town and we had a lovely little meet-up with some of my favorite bloggers, including Ada (NYCollegeEats) and Gabriela (Une Vie Saine). We had The Lite Choice then strolled then chatted at a new to me cafe where I had a tasty orange carrot juice.
I was having so much fun I never got a group picture! Above is Ada, Lynn, and reader Danielle. I love meeting fellow bloggers because we already have something in common and they are almost always sweet, kind, and caring. It’s sort of like you already know one another and genuinely care for one another. Blog friends are real friends! 🙂
I loved getting to know everyone better today. Gabriela and I have gotten to see each other several times now and Ada and I ran the ultra together! I had not met anyone else previously. I think blogging had really helped expand my social circle, in a good way. If you’re a blogger (or a reader!), have you made new friends through blogging?
I had a really nice moment in the cafe: I couldn’t decide between an iced tea or a juice. I had a very tiny appetite at lunch and was starting to feel hungry again (it was late afternoon). At first I thought to myself “I should just have a plain unsweetened iced tea; why do I deserve to consume extra calories at this time of day for no reason?” But then I said to myself, damn it, I want a carrot-orange juice. Not only is freshly squeezed juice full of amazing vitamins and nutrients, it tastes good and I wanted some sustenance. So there. Take that, crazy brain.
Sometimes I feel like my silly brain gets in he way of just letting me live. I am learning how to let go of being so obsessive about everything. I find that my body fits into its natural size and shape perfectly when I do the least obsessing. Yoga has taught me that. I went into class tonight feeling sad and angry (not for any particular reason — they were just random moods) and came out feeling calm again. I love that my practice constantly reminds me to do the best I can — and that I can only do my best. Miracles can happen, too, though. Yoga has given me a nice balance and perspective.
Okay, no more seriousness. I promise! Onto some rather delicious eats from today…
This is an almost-empty container of fage 2% with about 2 tablespoons of sunflower seed butter, a handful of grapes and a tablespoon of flax peanut butter. I have decided that sunflower seed butter and I are in love. It’s like frosting only better. I had another several spoonfuls straight from the jar after this bowl. It has this creamy, full, earthy flavor. It does sort of taste “healthy”, but in a good way, I think — like raw tofu. But then again, not everyone loves raw tofu.
I get the weirdest health-food cravings sometimes: in addition to raw tofu, I also crave plain steamed broccoli, spoonfuls of sunflower seed butter, avocados, brown rice, salmon, spinach, and plain nuts. My body really does know exactly what it needs most of the time. I like that about myself.
What are your “health-food” cravings? Or junk food cravings! I don’t judge!
This just might be the best dinner SIAB (Smoothie In A Bowl) I have ever made. It consisted of a cup of vanilla soy milk, a whole lotta ice, half a banana, a scoop of vanilla whey/soy protein, cinnamon, and half an avocado. Topped with TJ’s honey roasted nuts (aka crack). The avocado/vanilla/cinnamon combo is amazing. Move over sunflower seed butter. I have a new lover.
I’m feeling surprisingly content right now considering the number of things I have on my mind. Hmmmm. I like having a clear head, I suppose — it’s a good feeling.
Goodnight friends! I hope you all have a most happy Friday.
And thank you for your sweet comments/thoughts yesterday. 🙂