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The Whole 30, Day 4

This week is flying by! This morning I was in a rush to get to work, and I made a smoothie as I was running out the door. I put it in my coffee mug, since I no longer enjoy my coffee (geez, thanks Whole 9)   😉 It was the same smoothie as yesterday, and I did have a small cup of black coffee. I liked Whole 9’s Tweet this morning that “If you have to add something to your coffee to make it taste good, you are either drinking poor quality coffee or you really don’t like the taste of coffee.” I have realized this week that I fall into the latter category – I really dislike the taste of coffee. What I really love is the ritual of having something warm and sweet in the morning as I start my day. Before we had a Keurig, Dave made my coffee for me every morning just the way I like it, and it was a special little ritual for us. Even now, if I’m running late, he will still make it. So, I realized that it’s not really the coffee I like, but what it signifies. I think this is a really important realization! So many of our rituals are based around food – we continue them day after day without really thinking about whether they are good for us or not. Doing an intense 30 day focus on eliminating certain foods makes you really look at what you put in your mouth and why you do it. This has been the most valuable lesson yet – to stop and think about what I am doing and whether it supports me in my goal of living a healthy, active lifestyle. I realize that my one cup of coffee in […]

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Five Random Thoughts

1)    You need to eat properly.  You can do all the exercise you want, and if you are putting junk in your body, you will get a junk result. Not a judgment, just a fact.                     2)    You need to move.  Just move: go for a walk, stretch on the floor, go to a yoga class, do a DVD, ride a bike.  We were not built to sit at a desk all day, drive home in a seated position, sit at the table (and eat junk), and then sit in front of the TV. Do something to move every joint in your body. Every day.                       3)    You need to sleep. Go to bed in a dark, silent room and get 8 hours of sleep. Trust me, you do need it.                                 4)    You need to treat yourself well.  Don’t put yourself last on the list. No one likes a martyr and you really aren’t fun to be around when you are bitter. Your friends confirmed this for me.                         5)    You need to take care of those nagging injuries before they start screaming for your attention.  Get evaluated by a physical therapist who will look at you as a whole, then work with said physical therapist to address your issues.  If you are given home exercises to do, well………….do them.  We’re really not mean; we just know that if we don’t hold you accountable and don’t encourage you to push your limits, you might as well be having coffee with your friends.     […]

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