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I haven’t been very active over here on the blog, but if you follow me on Facebook, I post a morning or evening reflection there once a day! Sometimes I feel like my thoughts aren’t lengthy enough for a blog post and it’s just a lot more convenient to share my ramblings in that space. But I have missed posting these “Lately” posts each month so I’m popping in here just shy of February to share what’s been going on as of late!
Lately, I’ve been….
This book about the Intuitive Eating program. Before reading this, I read this book where Kelsey Miller – the author – shares her emotional journey to find a better path to both physical and mental health. Every line, every experience, every interaction she shares in her book ran so parallel to my own experience growing up as a chubby kid and transitioning into a chubby adult. The yo-yo diets, the unhealthy and toxic relationship with food. All of it felt so similar. So, naturally, I felt the need to pick up this book. And, boy, is it a good one. I cannot recommend it enough. Especially if you, like me, are a chronic dieter.
This has been on repeat every single day for the past two weeks. A piece of toast, eggs, and a slice of cheese (or, lately, I’ve been swapping out the cheese for mashed up avocado). I’m waiting for the day that I overdose on this breakfast. But, so far, I wake up every morning craving it like nobody’s business.
In addition to the same, standard breakfast, I’ve been drinking THIS coffee every single day. I’m obsessed. My mom gave me a jar of it over winter break because she knew that a Starbucks opened up in our small town. She was hoping I would opt for this instant coffee instead of falling back into my addictive Starbucks pattern. I politely accepted the gift and thought it would be good to have on hand for those days when I’m in too much of a rush to make it to Starbucks. Well, turns out, this instant coffee is AMAZING and I actually prefer it to Starbs. (I know. Crazy, right?)
I’ve also been waking up and having lemon water each morning before I make a cup of coffee. Everyone always talks about all the health benefits in lemon and I figured I might as well jump on that bandwagon. It goes perfect with my morning meditative time.
Ever since I got this office job, Ankur’s been trying to get me to re-watch episodes of The Office. I binge watched it back in college, but that was before the series was over. So the final two seasons are completely new to me. I’ve been loving it so far. (Especially because now that I work in an office setting, it’s a lot more relate-able. I’m itching to start some office pranks at work).
Anyway, we’ve now reached the point where Michael Scott is gone and I can tell this is going to go downhill quickly.
Last week, I discovered that I was allowing the news and the media to be the soundtrack of my life. I was filling all my white moments with podcasts and audiobooks and NPR News and anything and everything to keep me informed about what’s going on in our world today. I realized that my every task and every moment felt so HEAVY because I was allowing this stuff to run through the background of my day. So, I made a ton of playlists (Pizza Party Playlist, Sunday Food Prep Playlist, Art Therapy Playlist) on Spotify and I’ve been listening to a lot of MUSIC instead of INFORMATION and it feels oh-so-good.
A few weeks ago, we had a Ladies Night Out in Knoxville over an exam weekend. We left the husbands back at home to study, rented a hotel room in Knoxville, and went out and had some fun downtown! We always make day trips to Knoxville, but it felt exciting to be able to experience the night life there without having to worry about driving the hour and a half home. I definitely need more nights like that in my future.
For a snow day! Two weeks ago, we had two Snow Days and I LOVED it. It sort of screwed up the schedule for the medical students, but it was wonderful for ME! I am obsessively checking the forecast each day to see when our next snow day will be. Looks like snow is expected this weekend!
I’ve been dedicating 5-10 minutes each morning and each evening for some intention-setting and daily reflection. It’s been a really nice way to start and end my day and each day has become so much more purposeful and aligned with how I want to feel. I’m still obsessing over Simple Habit – a meditation app that has specific, intentional meditations that are only 5-10 minutes long. I’ve also been enjoying their 30-day “Simple Habit Podcast” series for those days where I can’t seem to quiet my mind. The instructor touches on topics in mindfulness (from positive psychology to the nature of the human mind). I’ve also been journaling each day. So even though I may not always be active on the blog, I am writing each day and I love the consistency and routine.
That being said, I’m off to go journal a little bit before heading into work.
Hope you all have a beautiful day and it’s not too cold in your neck of the woods!
Questions of the Day:
- What are you eating lately? Celebrating lately? Reading lately?