MIMM preparing for the storm

What’s Marvelous in my Monday?  Well, thanks Katie for letting me partake in my favorite part of the week. 

MIMM (healthydivaeats)

First off, Congrats Ashley for winning the Coconut Oil giveaway!

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Now, the not so fun stuff … nope, scratch that.  I’m going to reframe my thinking. 

Yes, I will be starting the fall quarter tomorrow but it is also an opportunity to learn new things and expand my horizons.  I’m aware that I will be stressed, that at some point I will cry, and that J and I won’t get to spend quality time together.

But, you know what?  It’s okay.

I’m getting better at dealing with stress and tears will dry and J and I have the rest of our lives together. 

Tomorrow is going to be good … nope, it’s going to be MARVELOUS … and so will the rest of the next 11 weeks.

MIMM gifts

MIMM (healthydivaeats)

Good evening and Happy Monday friends!  It’s time again to partake in Katie’s awesome MIMM tradition and reflect on what’s marvelous!

This Monday is marvelous because I had a great Sunday night at a work BBQ potluck.  Great food and bloody mary mix made with homegrown tomatoes = fun times, good memories, and a slight headache this morning. Smile

However, today was great.  It’s hard to complain with beautiful weather and a little lunch time track circuit workout. 

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I’m keeping my cardio 30 min or less and really focusing on yoga, walking, and strength training.  Mainly, just trying to take care of myself!  My motto right now is exercise should be training NOT draining!

And MIMM wouldn’t be complete without a little When I loved myself enough update.

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When I loved myself enough, I began taking the gift of life seriously and gratefully …

This reminded me of something that’s been on my mind lately – the death of an ex-boyfriend.

I dated this man for about 2 tumultuous years with good times and very, very bad times.  It was an unhealthy relationship but not because he was a bad person, he was just a troubled person.  About 2 years after we broke up, he had a sudden heart attack and died at the age of 35 with no personal or family history of heart disease

At the time of his death, I was very deep in my eating disorder.  After his funeral I found myself walking around a lake on a sunny, beautiful May day.  For the first time, my mind was calm and I felt the anxiety easing.  I realized at that moment that I was alive, and that was enough.

Recovery didn’t happen overnight, of course, but I think that’s when it truly started.

That day I recognized the gift of life and I accepted it. 

I strive to be thankful for this gift every day.

Tell me, friends, what is Marvelous in your Monday?

How do you express your gratitude for the gift of life?

And speaking of gifts … here’s a shameless plug to enter to win your chance for the gift of some Tropical Traditions Coconut Oil!

MIMM less is more

MIMM (healthydivaeats)

What’s Marvelous In My Monday (besides a morning yoga session with J)?  The fact that I found this book while unpacking the boxes lurking in the corners

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My mom gave it to me a long time ago when I was going through some emotional rough patches – she has always been on a quest to make me a strong person.  I only hope that I can be half the woman she is.

I opened it up to the first page and realized that I needed to start a series of posts about self-love, growth, and acceptance.

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When I loved myself enough, I quit settling for too little … vibrancy.  I had a really long, hard week and just felt physically and emotionally wiped out on Sunday.  I pushed myself really hard last week and ended up shaky on the elliptical on Friday morning.  I decided that I would take a cardio-break this week.  I need to replenish my energy stores and I intend to refocus through a week of yoga, Pilates, and long walks. 

I started my cardio-fast this morning and I intend to force myself to abstain for the rest of the week.  I’m looking forward to calm and deep, slow breathing with deep, slow thoughts. 

Have you ever imposed an exercise-break?  How did you feel?

MIMM I spy the finish line

Quick post to tell you why this Monday truly is marvelous!

  • I’ve been nourishing my body with wonderful Paleo foods!  I feel so good spoiling myself with quality meals and giving the ED a good kick in the ass.  It’s about gifting myself with the most nutrient-dense, flavorful, enjoyable foods I can find!
  • I’m taking my last final of summer school in less than one hour and then I’m done until Fall!
  • I have a wonderful sunrise hike planned with J tomorrow morning – what a great way to cleanse and reboot! 
  • I have a great giveaway in the works for you all!

OK – time to do some last minute cramming!  Have a great Monday!!!

MIMM

Well, I’m stressed and tired and overwhelmed with life, school, etc.  But, you know what?  That’s life and I’m lucky to have these “good problems!”  So today I’m joining in on a new (to me) trend and participating in the Marvelous in my Monday party – let’s flip these problems and see the glass as half full!

Thanks Katie for forcing me to be thankful and for brightening my day!

 

Moving and Packing are marvelous because it means that I get to live with my best friend in less than a week!

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Studying is marvelous because it means that I am one more midterm, one more course, and one more quarter closer to my Master’s degree. 

Body fat is marvelous because it means that my body is taking care of itself after the torture I put it through during my ED.  My body is telling me that it’s scared I’m going to starve it again and it is trying to repair the damage I’ve done.  I need to listen to my body and respect it.

Sure, I’m trying to gain muscle and tone up and I am actively tracking/trying to increase my progress but I’m also accepting that I need to stop fighting my physiology.  I will continue to eat as healthy as possible.  I will continue to challenge myself with workouts.  But, I am trying my darndest to just accept my body for what it is.  If that means that I’m going to stay at the body fat percentage I’m at now, fine.  My body can carry itself through workouts like these and these and that, my friends, is more satisfaction than any visible ab muscle can give me!

Don't let your mind bully your body

What’s marvelous for you this Monday?  Please share, I’d love to radiate in some of your sunshine!!!