Nourish Me – 29

Mind:

  • I read: I’m proud of myself this week, I’ve done less reading but spent more time moving and I didn’t read anything I really disliked. I abandoned three different books this week and still ended up finishing four. 
  • I learned: nothing new to report here. 
  • I watched:  Jake and I watched an episode of The Billions yesterday but nothing at all outside of that.

Body:

  • Exercise: I finally have some wonderful progress to report here. After all I wrote last week, I finally followed through on my goals and exercised every day this past week. After waking up at 5am on Monday and going to a local Barre3 place, I realized there probably were free classes at Google. And indeed there are hundreds of classes so after Monday, I drove to work everyday for a different exercise. This is also a fantastic way to try new things when I am stronger. Here’s what I did:
    • Monday: Barre3 Class
    • Tuesday: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Wednesday: Vinyasa Yoga
    • Thursday: gBarre (Google’s Barre class)
    • Friday: Body Pump Express
    • Saturday: 5K Walk with Nathaniel
    • Sunday: I wan planning on a rest day but ended up doing a 3K walk at the end of the day.
  • Food: I’ve also been doing a fantastic job here. We had a bad start on Sunday with the smoothies but then I ordered unflavored pea protein and I could totally drink it. So now I start my mornings with a Fab4 Smoothie and eat a ton of veggie bowls for lunch and dinner. I have been so incredibly full that I genuinely don’t snack (or have any desire to) between meals. Sometimes I’m so full by dinner that I have a smoothie or a small bowl instead. I still have 1 Coke Zero a day and sometimes a small square of chocolate. I find I don’t crave it or think of it as an indulgence because somehow I am genuinely not feeling deprived so far. We’ll see if things change but I am appreciating them so far. I started an instagram account where I keep track of everything I eat (for ideas later) and all the exercise I do. 
  • All the others: I’ve been to the dentist this week and also done a bunch of blood tests to see if I am all okay. I’m working on taking care of myself.  

Soul:

  • I rested: I’ve moved my sleep hours to be consistent 10pm-6am so that I set an alarm even on the weekend and don’t stay up past 10 even on the weekend. So far, so good. I don’t eat or drink anything past 7pm to see if it helps me sleep better and so far it’s going well.
  • I connected: I didn’t go to one book club but I did go to another. In fact, I drove to work to exercise, drove all the way back home to shower and go to book club, and then drove right back to work for a meeting. That’s how much I wanted to make the time to connect.
  • I journaled: I did some journaling but not as much as I would have liked. I’m still in catch-up mode at work so that’s not helping. I am planning to do some more this week and we’ll see if I can get into a groove there.
  • I made art: No art this week either. Though I have some plans for July OLW.

So grateful for finally some progress this week. With a lot of gratitude to Ali. And hoping it sticks.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 28

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been reading a ton of books this year. As of right now I am reading my 160th book of the year. However, I think this reading is coming at a cost and I am starting to think that maybe there is such a thing as too much reading. I feel like reading is comfort food for my mind. It’s my easy go-to activity and I think that it’s stopping me from doing some of the things I wanted to do for myself. Like take online classes or even hang out with friends. I always find myself comparing the activity to reading and reading always wins hands down. I need to be willing to let go of this mentality and do some of these other items. Previously, I’d mentioned I’d block out a time to do some of these other items but I haven’t blocked that time. In fact, I don’t block out my personal time at all. This also matters for exercise. I think it’s something I will experiment with during the summer since the summer schedule is a tiny bit easier. 
  • I learned: A lot about nutrition this week by reading Body Love. More on this below in the food section. 
  • I watched:  I watched two stupid movies on the way to Australia and then while we were there, in one of the houses we stayed, there were a lot of DVDs so we re-watched two of my favorite movies: Jerry Maguire and Good Will Hunting. Love them both so much. I’ve also started watching The Shack.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised once in Sydney and then my knees hurt for about three days. My knees have been hurting for over six months now. I’ve had Xrays done and have gone to both the doctor and the sports medicine. It appears I will have to so Physical Therapy but in the meantime, I’m trying to be careful. It was really sad to see how much the 7-minute exercise hurt. Having said all of this, I am thinking of trying to go to both Barre3 and Yoga this week. I want to see if going out will help me exercise a bit more. I am not sure if the former will hurt my knees but I think I won’t know unless I try so I am going to try. Let’s see if I can pull it off.
  • Food: So I read the Body Love book. A lot of what she talks about was also in a book I read earlier this year called Why We Get Fat. Similar ideas around maintaining a lot insulin variance. Eating a lot of fiber, protein and greens and some fat. Very little to no fruits. (this is the hardest part for me). I woke up thinking, OK I will give this a try if it will help with my joints and my vitality like she claims. The first step was to do one of her drinks so I went to TJs and got vanilla protein. I came home and made a shake and the smell was incredibly overpowering. The taste was so bad, I had to throw out half of it. It looks like I have some sensitivity to the protein. I made David smell it and he didn’t react as strongly. Whereas I feel like throwing up just smelling it. So that really broke my heart and made me feel completely lost. I ordered a bunch more stuff but these things are 30$ each and it doesn’t seem like there’s a way to sample it. Which makes me really really upset. That derailed me for a few hours but I decided I could still easily do the lunch and dinner options of having those food combos and no snacks in between which I was able to do without a problem. I didn’t really even miss the fruit to be honest. Of course, this doesn’t mean anything about its sustainability just that I am giving it a shot for now. I know she says it’s not a diet but that’s not true. Saying that you can only eat a tiny amount of fruit and that you should avoid dairy but x times a month, etc,etc, is a diet. To me, diet doesn’t mean it’s calorie counting or specific menus. It means there are foods you can eat and foods you can’t eat. This is exactly that. But alas, I think it’s worth experimenting with and I’ve been wanting to increase my protein and vegetable intake so if this can encourage me to give it an honest shot maybe that alone makes it worth it. And if I can’t find a protein powder I can drink, I’ll have to find a way to do this without the shakes. 
  • All the others: I want to do better here. I think I still need to take better care of my teeth, my skin and I need to sleep better. I would love recommendations if you have a particular skin routine that you swear by.

Soul:

  • I rested: I haven’t rested in months now. I am sleeping weird this week due to jetlag but even before then I sleep intermittently and wake up each night. I am considering taking Melatonin but I don’t like the idea of taking something regularly so I think I will try and see if the food changes impact my sleep, first.
  • I connected: Well the last two weeks were all about family. I did connect with my friend Gabi in Sydney and it was wonderful. I also have plans to go to book club this week and two trips to work.
  • I journaled: quite a bit of journaling in my travel notebook and have plans to start a new journaling from a book this week.
  • I made art: I worked on my travel journal the whole time i was in Sydney. I loved it.

 


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 25

Mind:

  • I read: I have seriously reduced the amount of reading I am doing online. I still open a few sites here and there but I find that most of it feels too unsubstantial. Like chewing gum. I don’t want “how to do X in Y steps” articles and yet I find I don’t have the patience for the longer, more interesting ones. It’s a weird conundrum.
  • I learned: Nothing super-new this week. I feel this week flew by.
  • I watched:  I am slowly catching up to all the TV I haven’t watched. Not in a hurry, just when I am really tired and don’t want to do anything else.

Body:

  • Exercise: Still no exercise here. I am going to start the 7-minute exercise when I land in Sydney.
  • Food: Doing okay here. Not great. But I’m about to be out of the country for a while so we’ll see.
  • All the others: i love the cream on my skin and my new makeup. it makes me happier than most things. I also got a manicure and pedicure this week which was lovely. And I went to the eye doctor and got myself some reading glasses! (Officially getting old!)

Soul:

  • I rested: I am better thankfully but I still have a lot of trouble sleeping. I wish I could understand why. I’m curious to see how Sydney will work and then I’ll have to do something about it when I am back.
  • I connected: I went to book club Tuesday night and it was lovely.
  • I journaled: a lot! quite thrilled.
  • I made art: i setup a travel journal for Sydney. I am curious to see how much of it I will  be able to keep up with. Here’s to hoping: a lot.

 


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 24

Mind:

  • I read: nothing at all online this week. Lots of fiction but nothing else.
  • I learned: I completed the Glow class. I journaled a lot. I learned new things at David’s school.
  • I watched:  A bunch more TV this week while I was really sick and exhausted. I’m looking forward to watching Anne Lamott’s TED talk. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised none. not one. boo.
  • Food: Considering how sick and bust I’ve been, I think I’m doing okay here. 
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I am better with being sick (though still a bit sick) but I do feel exhausted. I think I need to understand what’s stopping me from getting a good night’s sleep.
  • I connected: with parents in nathaniel’s new class. with parents in david’s class. with parents at the school in general. I’m working on this. 
  • I journaled: a lot! I am so proud!
  • I made art: a lot of fast art this week. It was interesting to see what I could do in a short amount of time!

I’ve been thinking about these posts. They are too repetitive making me realize that I am not doing too much here and not trying new things and not expanding or going deeper. I will have to figure out how to change this when I am back from my trip.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 23

Mind:

  • I read: nothing at all online this week. Lots of fiction but nothing else.
  • I learned: I finished my Glow homework and did my June OLW. They were both amazingly useful for me. And I’ve been thinking a lot. More on this maybe next week when I can articulate my thoughts better.
  • I watched:  A bunch of TV this week while I was really sick on Friday. Nothing online though.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised none. not one. boo.
  • Food: Okay this week, not great. This whole section is something I need to work on and figure out how to tackle but it requires energy I don’t seem to have. I know it feels like I am whining but I am not. Just annoyed at myself.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I am more sick now 🙁 I am not sleeping super-well so I feel quite tired.
  • I connected: with parents in nathaniel’s old class. with parents in david’s class. with my family at home.
  • I journaled: a lot more due to glow and OLW. doing well here!
  • I made art: just a small amount more art this week.

taking it all one day at a time still. it doesn’t help when i am more exhausted than usual.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 22

Mind:

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised none. not one. boo.
  • Food: I’ve been eating okay for the most part but too much coffee and not enough nutritious food. Fridge is full, I just need to take the time to make it.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. 

Soul:

  • I rested: I am still a bit sick and still quite tired. my jaw is hurting. but i am sleeping.
  • I connected: with parents in nathaniel’s new class. people in seattle. people in my class. i’m connecting!
  • I journaled: a lot more due to glow. and i have some plans for more.
  • I made art: yes, i made more art this week!

taking it all one day at a time still.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 21

Mind:

  • I read: I read a lot of books this week but nothing was amazing. 
  • I learned: I still didn’t watch more of my class on Happiness and I didn’t do math since the kids were gone. But I am taking Glow and I did some work there. I have a new class at work this week. And I did my May OLW assignment.
  • I watched: A little bit more TV this week but not much.

Body:

  • Exercise: I exercised once, it’s a start!
  • Food: I ate well when at work, not as well when I am not. I ordered a lot of fruit from CSA, looking forward to it showing up.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. still love my new shiny makeup too! 

Soul:

  • I rested: I am resting okay but I still feel really tired. I’ve had a chest cold for a few days and a lot of coughing which is keeping me up a bit more than I’d like.
  • I connected: with a lot of new people at work this week!
  • I journaled: a little bit of journaling thanks to the Glow class but I am behind already of course!
  • I made art: yes, i made a lot of art! 

taking it all one day at a time.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 20

Mind:

  • I read: I read less than usual this week. Did some idle surfing but it’s ok. 
  • I learned: I still didn’t watch more of my class on Happiness but I did a lot of math with both kids.
  • I watched: I watched some TV this week finally. Not a lot but some! I also watched Glennon’s Soul Sessions speech. I’m still thinking about it.

Body:

  • Exercise: none this week except the hiking on Saturday.
  • Food: I had protein almost every morning. I ate a lot of salad. I ate some veggies. Things are getting better though I am still drinking too much coffee, not enough water, too much soda.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. still love my new shiny makeup. 

Soul:

  • I rested: Had a few rough nights of sleep but feeling okay. I am frustrated with waking up in the middle of the night too much.
  • I connected: with new parents, old parents, and good friends. Good connecting this week.
  • I journaled: no journaling outside of here and the shine cards but I have some plans.
  • I made art: yes, i made some art! 

still slowly up-sloping here.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 19

Mind:

  • I read: I read a good mix of books this week but no internet or facebook or anything else really. not even really my work email.
  • I learned: I haven’t made a lot of progress on my class on Happiness but I did read more nonfiction and i spent some serious time doing angles with david.
  • I watched: I watched no TV this week at all. Didn’t even turn it on. Nor did I watch netflix. it’s been quite a few weeks since I watched any TV. I can hardly believe it.

Body:

  • Exercise: none this week except the hiking on Saturday.
  • Food: I had protein almost every morning. I ate a lot of salad. I ate some veggies. Things are getting better though I am still drinking too much coffee, not enough water, too much chocolate.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. love my new shiny makeup. 

Soul:

  • I rested: Had a few rough nights of sleep but feeling okay. Knees still in pain but better, too.
  • I connected:Lots of connecting at work and also volunteered at David’s school with lots of new parents.
  • I journaled: no journaling outside of here, still. but the shine cards count, no?
  • I made art: no new art. here’s to hoping.

I still feel positive trajectory here, however small.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 18

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve had a full week this week. I’ve spent almost no time on Facebook and have had a lot of time reading. I haven’t surfed the internet at all. Well, I opened a lot of tabs but didn’t read any of them. It’s books all the time for me.
  • I learned: I finally signed up for and started this well-recommended class on Happiness and I’ve read several non-fiction books this week, I hope they count as learning!
  • I watched: I watched no TV this week at all. Didn’t even turn it on. Nor did I watch netflix. I did watch the awesome beer commercial but that’s all!

Body:

  • Exercise: I did one day of exercise. It was great. Let’s see if I can do more.
  • Food: I did what I had planned to do last week and just ate a lot more nutritious food this week. I had protein every morning. I ate a lot of salad. I ate some veggies. Things are getting better.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. Though I’d still like to drink more water and I’d like to cut out the coffee to only when I am at work and once a week outside of that. Can I pull that off? 

Soul:

  • I rested: Feeling more rested this week. Still more tired than I’d like but not terrible.
  • I connected: I did a lot of connecting all day Saturday with the parents of all the kids. Plenty of connecting at work, too.
  • I journaled: I have been writing a lot here. I think that will have to count for now.
  • I made art: I did make some art this week. I have plans to do more, so let’s see if I can pull it off.

Things are getting better very very slowly but still at least on a positive trajectory here.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 17

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been doing a good job abandoning books, I’ve abandoned two this week. I’ve also checked out like 17 new ones so that’s not great but it’s ok, I’ve been pacing myself and I’ll read as much as I can but slowly. I’ve also been reading Facebook a bit more than I’d like lately. I usually don’t spend any time on Facebook but I’ve been doing so to connect with some of my Life Restoration friends and when there, it’s easy to do other things, too. So I will just stop doing that because it doesn’t nourish me at all.
  • I learned: I did start taking a few of the Brave Girls University classes this week. I also went back and reviewed parts of other classes I’d already taken. 
  • I watched: I started and finished watching Thirteen Reasons Why this week. I had read the book years ago but remembered only bits and pieces. The show was slightly different and vastly different at parts but it honored the essence of the book, in my opinion. It was really sad and scary and made me sad for days. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I haven’t taken any walks or exercised. We went hiking on Saturday and that was lovely but otherwise, I’ve still been phoning it in on this item. My friend Kimmie sent me an awesome site and I might actually see if I can give one of them a try.
  • Food: I thought about food a bunch this week and decided that instead of worrying about subtracting things from my diet, I will add lots and lots of vegetables to it and see if that changes things. I’ve ordered snap peas, green beans, broccoli and golden beets this week from our CSA. And a lot of the awesome lettuce they have that I love.
  • All the others: still doing ok on all other things. Though I’d like to drink more water. I’ve cut the soda down to 1 a day at most but i still drink a lot of coffee and tea and not nearly enough water.

Soul:

  • I rested: Still feeling tired. It was great to go hiking. But I was up until 2:30am on Friday watching the show so that didn’t help at all. 
  • I connected: I spent a wonderful, amazing, lovely breakfast with a new friend last week, I am so happy to have done that and I hope I get to do a few more of these.
  • I journaled: I finished my shine cards but didn’t do any other journaling this week unfortunately. Not sure what’s going on here. Not sure why this is so hard for me. Maybe I need to go back to having prompts. Or taking a class. I feel so impatient when I journal now.
  • I made art: I made some more painted rocks and I’ve also got an idea for my July project. Let’s see if I can pull it off.

I haven’t scheduled the times I’ve told myself that I would and I hope to do that this week. I also realized how much I liked the hiking and asked Jake if we could make that a regular thing (I need to buy sneakers!) If I could just figure out a way to make a routine out of some of these things I’d feel so much better.


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.

Nourish Me – 16

Here are some thoughts per category:

Mind:

  • I read: I’ve been reading a tremendous amount this year. I’ve read 87 books already. What I need here is actually to slow down. I need to be more selective about my reading. Books that don’t speak to me have to be abandoned more easily. I am totally done reading books about conniving women/girls. I am done reading about cruel main characters. I am done reading about things that don’t feed my soul. 
  • I learned: I’ve done a lot of non-fiction reading this year so far which I’m enjoying quite a bit. I’ve reduced the mindless internet reading. But I also seem to have lost some of my patience along the way. I’d like to restore some of that by slowing down. I also still want to take a class. I haven’t taken the step here that I’d like. I am not sure why. Maybe it’s one of those things that you have to just start. So maybe I will schedule 30 mins a week to do this. 
  • I watched: I’ve watched so so little TV this year. This is because I am spending all my time reading or working. This is ok with me. However, I think I’d like to watch more TED talks, more lessons, etc. so maybe I will schedule 30 mins a week to do this, too. 

Body:

  • Exercise: I’ve pretty much stopped exercising. At all. There’s no story here. Yes, my knees are hurting. Yes, I’m tired. But really none of those are excuses that make any sense. I just stopped and I need to start. Now that the weather is good again, I think I will start by taking walks.
  • Food: Food’s been a mess too. I still crave and love the fresh food. I still also crave and love desserts, chocolate, coffee. I miss eating healthier. I will start with lunch. And water. 
  • All the others: I am paying attention to my skin, flossing and what needs to be done most of the time. I think if I can get the other two right, I will feel so much better. This stuff is simple but not easy. For me.

Soul:

  • I rested: I need a lot more rest. I am not sure what it is but I feel exhausted all the time. I don’t want to keep drinking coffee to feel more awake. I want to work from bed more when I have stuff to do but no place to be. I will be more diligent about going to sleep on time. I might have to experiment with cutting out the coffee (or even tea, gasp!) to see how tired my body really is.
  • I connected: I want to be more mindful with my connecting. I would like to take the time to get to know a few parents in David’s class, and a few in Nathaniel’s class. I want to connect with a few friends from work. And a few friends online.  And that’s it for now. 
  • I journaled: This is definitely falling by the wayside. I need, want, desire to journal more. Journaling is how i connect to my soul, my thoughts, my heart. I need more of it in my life. I need to quit obsessing about the reading, and journal more. 
  • I made art: Art is also good for my soul. It’s something that makes me happy. I used to have a discipline of art and lately I’m either not doing it or just getting it done. I want neither. I want to go back to having the discipline of it. I need to think about what this means for me a bit more.

Here are some of my thoughts. My body and soul need this so much and I want to start with my body. What I put into it, how I move it and how I rest it. It’s how I get the strength to do all the other bits. 


Nourish Me Week 2017 is a year-long project for 2017. You can read more about my projects for 2017 here.