March 9th, 2020 Reentry
Since our last edition: I’ve maintained the integrity of my food plan boundaries, I’ve remained refined sugar-free, I’ve met or exceeded my daily water goal, and I’ve stayed well connected with exceptional support.
I needed the break of the last four days. My goals were met, for the most part- except for rest, I could have made room for more of that. But all in all, it was a good time off work. I was so exhausted last night, so I honored that by going to bed right before 8pm. It was unusual for me- but felt amazing. The downside to that: I woke at 2:30am unable to go back to sleep. Okay! So, I’ve started my Monday early!
I finally tried Jack fruit yesterday. It’s an interesting thing- almost like candy, this fruit… it’s from Thailand. I don’t think it’ll become a staple of my food plan- but at least now, when I see the giant Jack fruit at the grocery store, I’ll no longer be completely mystified about how people eat it and what it’s like. I also tried a purple sweet potato. Oh my… it’s amazing. I’ll likely seek out more of those. I also tried a vegetarian lasagna made with grilled eggplant and grilled zucchini. It was delicious. It wasn’t enough to “convert” my food plan entirely, but it proved to me that I could genuinely enjoy something like that and I will, on occasion.
I watched a couple of documentaries, too, (“Happy”-available for rent on YouTube and “The Game Changers”-available on Netflix) and I also listened to an expert speak about different food combinations and the effects on digestion and metabolism. I’ve never been one to get too far into deeper understandings of things like this. I keep things as simple as I can because it seems to work for me and that way, I don’t get obsessed or over-analytical. However, some of the simplistic things I learned about the differences in fruits and how they digest–and how our digestion works and how it affects metabolism, was fascinating to me and very easy to understand. I don’t make changes to my food plan easily–because I don’t take it lightly, but one thing I’m immediately practicing is a separation between my main meals and the fruit I enjoy. I’ll still enjoy my fruit, but when I do, it’ll be one type of fruit at a time and separate from my regular meals, unless the fruit in and of itself is the meal. It’s a super-simple change to give a good go.
I explored ways to expand my circle of support, too, meeting some wonderful people Saturday afternoon–more people who “get me” and relate to what I do and “why” I do what I do. Connecting with people in the same “lifeboat” always feels good.
I’ll be honest, I don’t wanna go back to work today. That’s human, ya know? I need a day off to rest from my days off. However, I’m going back to work today. Although, during my “reentry,” I’m determined to take it as easily as the day allows.
I hope your Monday start is an amazing one! It’s been an early one here, but a good one.
I’m so grateful. That’s been the overwhelming feeling this morning. I’m full of gratitude for the blessings in my life and the opportunities I have to continue a well-intentioned practice of living. And man… it is a practice, right?
Facebook pops up years-old “memories” all the time. Sometimes it’ll make me cringe–especially if I shared something that clearly shows how I “didn’t know what I didn’t know.” That’s a good way of putting that, I think. I found something from eight years ago that I do believe is evergreen in its message:
When almost all hope is gone, when it seems darkest, impossible, void of even the smallest chance it might ever turn around—this is when a most critical decision is made. Is it really hopeless? Or is “hopeless” a story exclusive to our imagination and the perspective we choose? It will be whatever we decide. If we decide it’s hopeless, we’re instantly relieved of the decision making process from that point forward—we’ll be shaped by the changes coming. However, if we choose change despite our challenges—if we make this crucial decision now—we instantly render powerless every excuse and past rationalization keeping us locked up. People overcome incredible odds every day. We’re people. We’re capable of amazing things.
In regards to that, for me–One of the most powerful things was/has been/and continues to be watching, listening, and learning from others and their incredible stories of hope and experience. For that portal of learning and receiving to flow, it requires me to always remain open-minded and be willing to watch, listen, and learn. I love to share, write, and speak–certainly, however–the most important thing I can do for me is to pause, stop talking, stop writing–and simply be open to the learning along this road. The learning never stops. I hope and pray I never forget that critical piece.
My morning foundational routine is complete. I’m properly caffeinated, too. I feel ready for today, come what may.
I plan on a good visit with mom later today, as well.
View this post on Instagram#whatsforbreakfast 2 whole egg/2 egg white omelet prepared with 4oz sliced baby portobello mushrooms, 31g yellow onions, and 28g shredded mexican blend cheese. Sprouted grain Ezekiel toast with 81g avocado. 2.9oz envy apple slices & 6.9oz Cara Cara oranges. #bigbreakfast #dailypractice #weighandmeasure #foodplan 678 cal.
View this post on Instagram#whatsforlunch #chipotle approximately 4oz cilantro brown rice, approximately 4oz chicken, approximately 2.5oz grilled peppers and onions, approximately 30g (2tbs) sour cream, approximately 3.5oz fresh tomato salsa, and 4oz guacamole. Had to leave the chips off- or I would have exceeded 800 cal and it would have severely affected dinner- so, no 1oz kids chips! Instead- spooned the guacamole into my bowl. #dailypractice #foodplan 670 cal.
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