Saturday, August 16, 2014

New Intention

I'll start with a recap of my progress from two weeks ago when my intention was: Befriend Your Body. I focused on avoiding negative self-talk, paying attention to what I ate, and running. I found that being kind to my body, especially avoiding negative self-talk, is an area I need to work on, but I did stay consistent with my meditation habit.

Now, it's time for me to introduce last week's intention: Nourish Your Brain.

This seems particularly timely because Res Life training started on Monday and I need my brain to be at it's best. So I stuck to my meditation habit again and focused on getting enough sleep (nearly impossible most years at this time).

When I remembered I even took a multi-vitamin - one of the top recommendations from this chapter. 

Monday I start another new intention: Protect Your Brain. My RAs will also arrive on Monday and my training schedule will really ramp up so I may stretch this intention over two weeks. We'll see how things go!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I Took a Walk

Sunday, I decided to spend time on self-care. I asked around to see if anyone wanted to go to the Cornell Plantations or Treman State Park with me, but didn't get any takers. No hard feelings there, not everyone is going to want to spend their day off the way I do. Typically, when no one wants to join me on an outing I stay home. But not today. 

Instead, I put on my flip flops and sunglasses and went to go check out the plantations by myself. 

I started with a mile walk on Morgan-Smith and Park trails. Yes I went hiking in flip flops. I realized about half way through that I had my sneakers in the trunk of my car, but it was an easy set of trails and I was stopping a lot for pictures so it wasn't a problem.

I ended my hike on a river bank where I stopped to read and write while finishing my cup of coffee. After that I stumbled across some flowers on a different path...

Before I finally headed to the botanical gardens. I found an amazing spot to read while I was there and ended up buying a book on my Kindle and camping out for a bit.

It was a really beautiful place with lots of shaded spots to sit and take in the view. I can't think of a better way to spend the afternoon.

Monday, August 4, 2014

This Week's Intention

In April, I started meditating with the Stop, Breathe, and Think app. I used it every day for a month and felt more resilient, less beaten down by bad days. I also felt more hopeful and energized on good days. I love meditation and shared it as much as I could on Facebook, Twitter, and my blog so others could benefit. If I'm being very honest, sharing my meditations every day also helped me hold myself accountable and keep up my practice.

Since April, I haven't been meditating as frequently. I've pick up the app after two or three stressful days in a row, but I'd like to be more consistent so that I can feel the benefits of meditation all the time.

Mornings are my best time of day. So, starting this week I'm beginning the day with a meditation before I shower, dress, and have coffee. I'm using more than the Stop, Breathe, and Think app. I'm also setting my intention for the week and focusing on a practice in the book "Just One Thing."

What I like about this book is that the chapters are short and provide actual strategies for developing healthier habits. This week I'm reading (and rereading) the chapter "Befriend Your Body" and focusing on being kind to my body by making healthy food choices and limiting the negative self talk I engage in every day.

I've been very motivated to make healthy decisions lately. I can't say exactly why, but the timing seems right for me. I think everyone has their own pace. So whether you're trying to make big or small changes do what you can when you can without comparing your path to others.

HB has been a great help the past few months. If you're trying to do something similar to what I'm doing I can't stress enough the importance of having supportive people (or just one person) around you. HB cheers me on every time I choose to go for a run, finish a meditation, or slow down. He's interested in what I'm reading and will talk through practices I'm working on if I need to process them with another person. That's just what works for us. There are other people in my life I can report out to - which helps me maintain accountability for the things I'm changing. Whatever support you need look to your friends, family, and others close to you.

I'll try to report back later this week on how my weekly intention is going. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

This is not a real post.

Basically, I'm tired. But I'm doing fun things and I'd love to tell you all about them.

I'll try again in the morning.