Of this I am certain: something happens every time I stop fighting with the way things are […]
I don’t know what to call this turn of events or the freshness that follows it, but I know what it feels like: it feels like relief.
When it comes to diets, I’ve tried them all – seriously. For the last 20 years, I’ve been on an endless quest to “fix” things. I am so over it.
And, if I’m honest, any dietary tweaks would have been just another attempt to lose pounds I don’t need or want to lose. I am done fighting my body. It grew two beautiful boys and continues to sustain one – that’s good enough for me.
So I live by Michael Pollan’s seven simple words:
eat food. mostly plants. not too much.
Tons and tons of veg. A bit of meat and seafood. A good cappuccino and a piece of dark chocolate each day. Ice cream cones with my kid because it’s summer and we’re making memories. This, to me, is nourishment. 💕
:: Weekly(ish) Update:: The last few weeks were a bit challenging with sick kiddos, hubby’s business trip, etc. I briefly fell off the exercise wagon and quickly realized it is essential to my wellbeing. Essential. There is nothing quite like a hard workout to shake off the sleep deprivation and instantly lift your spirits. Woot! ☺️
Happy sunny Sunday…
P.S. The top quote is from Geneen Roth’s Women Food and God. So good!!
Inspired by one of my new favourite blogs (little miss momma), I made a life list. It took awhile but it was fun!
In no particular order:
Be a momma.
- Bake cookies with my babies on Sunday mornings.
- Learn to make pancakes.
- Drive stick shift.
- Master parallel parking.
- Figure out how to walk in heels.
Travel to California…
- … and all over B.C.
- Eat croissants in Paris.
- Visit my old stomping grounds in Greece.
- Backpack through South America.
- Drink tea in London.
- Eat pasta in Italy.
- Share my story.
- Have monthly dinner parties.
- Have baby-free brunches with the girls.
- Define my style.
- Find a lipgloss that’s the right shade and not too sticky.
- Get regular manis.
- Practice pilates often.
- And yoga.
- Go on a silent retreat.
- Take the kids camping.
- Read 1,000 new books.
- Live by the ocean.
- Know how to pair wines with meals.
- Paint paintings.
- Make someone a birthday cake.
- Do a pull-up.
- Do 50 push-ups without resting.
- Make friends with navasana.
- Have a penpal.
- Make my own greeting cards.
- Have a logo…
- … and personal business cards.
- Learn Illustrator and Photoshop.
- Stay in B&Bs.
- Attend a play in Stratford.
Hike up a mountain.
- Make something from scratch.
- Take my kids to a farm.
- Buy less, spend more.
- Buy someone a coffee every week.
- Learn to change a tire.
- Make photo books.
- Drink a green juice every day for a month.
- Run a race.
- Wear something colourful everyday.
- Wear short-shorts.
- Take a road trip.
- Have a garden. Grow my own veggies.
- Host a big family holiday meal.
- Make my own jam.
- Play piano with my babies.
- Cook every recipe from a cookbook.
- Take a train ride across Canada…
- … and across Europe.
- Have a massage a month for an entire year.
- Get a body scrub.
- Own a stock portfolio and understanding it.
- Ride my bike 50km.
- Have picnics with my babies.
- Display all of my tea cups.
- Collect random bowls and plates.
- Make a gallery of family photos.
- Take the hubz to Pebble Beach.
- Make my own natural perfume.
- Sleep through the night (again).
- Read 10 biographies.
- Learn to use a DSLR.
- Develop a product.
- Volunteer at a retirement home.
- Volunteer at a hospice.
- Sit in those green seats behind the plate at a Blue Jays game.
- Spend an entire day in bed watching movies with the fam.
- Start a birthday tradition for my babies.
- Go back to school for something fun.
- Teach another yoga class.
- Have my own business.
- Take the kids on a trip around the world.
- See the Scarborough Bluffs.
- Go to Cherry Beach.
- Touch up the star tattoo on my foot.
- Buy each of my parents a house.
- Learn to curl my hair with a flat iron.
- Spend a birthday at the beach.
- Sew a quilt.
- Go ice skating…
- … and snowboarding.
- Document my family history.
- Write a thank you letter each day for a whole year.
- Attend a TRX class.
- Play in a sandbox with my grandbabies.
- Have a chalkboard wall at home.
- Own a ridiculously expensive pair of shoes… or a purse… or both.
- Institute wine and cheese Wednesdays.
- Do a yoga handstand.
- Tell someone I love them every single day.
What’s on your life list?
Alright, it’s been five days. Five days of this nasty cold. Five days of utter sloth-like-ness. I, for one, have had enough.
But on to more fun things, like this:
I had the pleasure of practicing with Nikki last year when I was in Nica and she 100% converted me to yin yoga. If I wasn’t going to be 8+ months prego, I’d so be there. Instead, how about you go?
If you do, please give Nikki a big hug for me!
I love everything about this picture. It’s not me, but it is my inspiration. 🙂 mxo
Truth: I’m at home, alternating between the bed and the couch, somewhat dead to the world.
Between work and my social life, I’ve been running on overdrive recently. I am happy as a clam, but I’m a burnt-out clam. Exhausted. Completely and totally.
This is entirely my own doing – every moment in our lives is a culmination of all the previous decisions and moments – and it’s mine to fix.
It’s back to basics time. Here are the general principles:
- Better nourishment.
- More rest.
- Less busy.
I know better than to set timelines, rules, deadlines, etc. Scratch that. It’s about taking care of myself so that I have the energy to keep enjoying the life I love so much.
Details to follow. Now back to my
Timothy Olyphant Justified marathon.
Here it is, folks. My new bible. Undiet.
I’m 10 pages in and I already feel like Ms. Telpner is writing about me – except the galavanting in Africa part, although that sure would be fun.
Inspired by Telpner, I wrote my very own healthy list.
- Walk 10,000 steps.
- Do yoga.
- Meditate – you know, like be quiet for a few minutes.
- Eat four cups of super green vegetables.
- Do absolutely nothing if that’s what I want to do.
- Bonus: drink a green juice.
Now that’s one daily to-do list I can get behind (and will)!
It was a very soggy 10,000 steps today!
Happy April showers!