Last night, after work, my friend Sarah and I attended a Bikram yoga class at Ocean Street Bikram Yoga in Pawtucket. I’d been to the studio once before for mine and Raquel’s first-ever Bikram class and had a great experience with it. I love how uniquely challenging the class is and how you are pretty much guaranteed to take away something new every time.
After work, I drove over to Sarah’s house and the two of us headed out! I was so excited to be with her for her first Bikram class. It’s incredibly challenging both mentally and physically, so a support system always helps. She really liked it and we both left the studio on a pensive, zen post-yoga high!
When I got home, I took a much-needed shower before enjoying a nice meal and an episode of House Hunters.
This morning, I woke up nice and early, got in a good stretch, and then got to work from home. Mid-morning, I broke for a simple snack that has become a staple for me over the past few months: hummus-cabbage wraps!
Cabbage is packed with vitamin C and silicon, which helps strengthen our hair, skin, and nails. It’s also a great cleansing veggie because of its high fiber content, which allows everything to move more smoothly through our GI tract. Naturally, I sprinkled my wraps with Mrs. Dash seasoning.
P.S. – The roasted garlic-chive hummus from Whole Foods is incredibly good and only $1.99! Have you tried it?
This afternoon, I stuck with the tried and true salad and a side of sweet potato wedges.
There are so many things wrong with the above picture.You can excuse the salad’s lackluster slash gross-looking appearance. I promise it was incredible. Also, the squirty organic ketchup … I was lazy and didn’t feel like wiping the edges before snapping a picture. Anyways, let’s talk salad ingredients:
- Red pepper
- Sauerkraut (obsessed)
- Hemp seeds
- Sunflower seeds
- Drizzle of Annie’s Lemon Chive vinaigrette
So yummy and so filling!
5 Minutes with My Ego
I’ve been doing a lot of back-talk to my ego lately. It’s interesting; I’ve started to notice that, despite beating my ED and ridding myself of this fixation on thinness, I still hold onto many external notions for self validation. I sometimes desire my make-up and my hair to look a certain way in order to complete my look as opposed to enhancing my look. There is a distinct difference, huh?
I’m the first to admit that I love me some make-up and a good hair day. When you enhance your best features, it brings out an inner confidence in you – one that is both necessary and important. But it’s only when we use that inner confidence for the benefit of others that we find true joy. For example, if I invest the time to get ready in the morning and put on a bangin’ outfit, I’m a better nutritionist. I portray that inner confidence to my clients and they can benefit from that energy – they can feel the necessary love and positive energy and not only use it to better themselves but, hopefully, pass it onto others.
In that spirit (pun intended), I’ve been reeling in my ego and it feels damn good.
To start, I’ve been waking up five minutes early to meditate. I used to believe that, because I have faith in God, meditation wasn’t a good idea. It was either praying or nothing. Now, I’ve adopted the notion that a balance of the two is something better than I could have possibly imagined. I set my alarm bright and early; I lay still in bed; I erase all thoughts from my mind and allow my breath to reach an even keel – to have a balance (there’s that word again!) between the inhale and the exhale.
Once we achieve that balance, we have a heightened sense of appreciation for our spirit. That, in turn, allows our ego to settle into place – a place in which you’re totally content with yourself and simply “being.” It’s a great thing to love your own presence.
It wasn’t until this week – Tuesday to be exact – that I really tapped into that idea of allowing my ego to tell me what I’m feeling; to allow the discomfort to be there. Once I allowed those feelings to happen, my answer just appeared. I found a quote and it said:
“Ah ha!” I thought to myself. That’s what I’ve discovered! What I have is pretty freakin’ awesome. It’s enough. I’m enough. You’re enough.