Let me start by saying this week was a much better week. And then I will also say that I don't think I hit the nail quite on the head.
Sunday was a really great day! I didn't end up going to yoga because I ordered a gluten free/vegan blueberry pancake at the farmers market! I think that fits in with my decision to eat more mindfully because choosing foods you enjoy is part of the process too. It was fun to try something like that, but it wasn't the best pancake I have ever had. But I tried it, and I had fun! I have also decided that my Sundays will now be Sushi Sundays because I really like veggie and avocado sushi, and I have been getting some from Whole Foods with brown rice and quinoa. However, in general mindful eating is something I'm still working on. I have to learn to put down my phone! If you ever see me with my phone and eating, I want you to take my phone from me! (For real!) Also, I need to go as long as possible in the morning without looking at my phone. When I get sucked into the Internet before getting fully up for the day, the day is generally a lost cause. There were minimal attempts at meditation this week.
The rest of the day, I walked around Downtown, checked out a really cool art exhibit called Crosslines that featured artists with diverse perspectives at the Smithsonian Arts & Industries Building, visited the Hirshorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (modern art is weird), and had a nice dinner at Busboys & Poets (go if you're in D.C.!). I counted all of my walking as exercise, and I made it about 9.5 miles! (You'll see this as a trend later in the week.)
Even though Monday was Memorial Day, my mood carried over from last week and I couldn't really get myself moving. I did get myself in the kitchen to cook for Tuesday and Wednesday, and I also prepared the Celeriac Fries I posted on Friday!
On Tuesday morning, I actually ended up going for a short and easy run! I wanted to pick up something in Tenleytown before I went to work, so I figured my own two feet would make for a sufficient transportation method. I did get enough sleep so that's a point for me!
Wednesday was Global Running Day, so of course I had to join in the fun! I did that on Wednesday morning and I also walked several miles back to campus after working at the Foggy Bottom Farmers Market (I think I hit almost 12 miles for that day).
I didn't stay up too late on Wednesday, so on Thursday morning I managed to do some core exercises, and that night I walked part of the way back from market (I metro'ed from Ballston to Foggy Bottom and walked the rest of the way back). I think I was so overtired on Thursday night that I couldn't get myself to go to sleep (I'm addicted to the Internet, it's bad).
So Friday morning was rough. I ended up in my pajamas all day doing work on the computer (and getting myself lost in the Internet...).
On Saturday morning, I got woken up by the fire alarm (oy vey). I did think ahead about breakfast (because my fridge was starting to look a little sparse) and I had made some overnight oats with mashed bananas and peaches the night before! So I had something nice to distract me while waiting to be let back into the building. (Side note: I can't wait for all the peaches!!) I spent the morning doing some more work (like writing this post). This afternoon, I hope to spend some time in the kitchen, at least doing some stretching and getting outside (if it isn't pouring), and going to sleep earlyish.
So I clearly didn't hit many of my health and wellness goals for this week, but I did improve! And I think that's what it's all about. At least at this point in my life, life has a way of getting in the way and making it more difficult to prioritize things outside of work. Is there anyone out there that can relate? (I thought so.) However, if you think about it, health is more like a journey, rather than a destination. Rather than focusing on the negative, it's important to remember that all you can do is the best you can. I have to remind myself of that more often.
Remembering the little things that make you feel good can be helpful too! As evinced by my post last Wednesday, my Britney Spears kick is still going strong. When I'm dancing around to her throwback hits or more recent beats I have so much fun! And I'm moving, which I know is super important for me to feel good. Doing something that makes you feel silly or laugh is always going to improve your mood. I probably spend a lot of (too much) time being serious.
In addition, I always keep myself hydrated, especially now that I can track my water intake on my fitbit. Being dehydrated can make you sleepy and irritable (at best... being severely dehydrated can be life-threatening). And when I have to get up to go to the bathroom or fill up my water bottle I get a nice walk break.
In conclusion, I will not give up! Even if I don't manage to hit my goals for next week exactly, I will try to defer to other ways to be happy and active. I hope these posts aren't boring. Maybe going forward, they can also transform to also focus on the opportunities and adventures that are to be found in D.C. What do you guys think? Thanks for giving me your ear (or eyes since you're reading this).