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!

When I loved myself enough

MIMM (healthydivaeats)

Good morning friends!  I hope you’re all having a great Labor Day weekend with all of your families and friends.  Thanks Katie for providing another great MIMM celebration of life’s wonders!

J and I had a great Saturday with his family!  It’s so great to know that my family is expanding with such amazing people.  Seriously, his mom has been absolutely wonderful in getting to know me and fostering a loving mother-in-law / daughter-in-law relationship.  His step-dad is the kind of man you want to just sit on a porch and chat with and his brothers and their wives are so nice and welcoming!

It hasn’t been exactly easy, though, to really open myself up to these new people in my life.  Sometimes it’s hard for me, with a recovering ED, to eat around people.  I know that a lot of you have dealt with the same things – even if it’s just because you eat different foods than those around you.  For me, I have  a lot of anxiety when it comes to food.  I have intense fear that people will think I’m snubbing the food they provide or will think I’m “weird” for eating what I do.  These fears really don’t affect me in normal life, just around people that I really want to accept me and like me.

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This week’s “When I loved myself enough,” post couldn’t have been more appropriate – “When I loved myself enough, I came to know my own goodness …”

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I realized that I have goodness within me, that I am worthy of being accepted for who I am and that there is nothing wrong with me.  J’s family is wonderfully open-minded and I need to believe that they will see me for who I am and not misconstrue my dietary habits as personality flaws. 

This Saturday was great and while I did stress a little about food, I’m proud to say the most of the day was spent reveling in good times with new family. 

And that, my friends, is success!

Please share what’s Marvelous in Your Monday!!!

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!!!

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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!

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