I’m getting stronger and healthier by the minute. And I’m learning all kinds of new things along the way.
I’ve been doing a lot of cooking on the weekends to have easy, ready-made meals for the week. I’m finding new recipes and basing my choices, mostly on whatever I find at the farmer’s market and the organic section of Sprouts.
There was one week where I planned to have a green smoothie every day for breakfast and a salad every day for lunch. That got old fast! By Thursday I was so bored with the food that it was REALLY difficult not to grab something off-plan. I managed, but I was miserable. And this journey that I’m on (as I’ve said before) is not punishment or deprivation. This journey is about feeding my body lovely, delicious, vibrant, healthy food, and giving my body solid and fun exercise that strengthens and empowers me. It’s self-love, NOT self-loathing.
So this week, I have variety! I’m very excited about it. I have choices for breakfasts ranging from smoothies, to fruit to eggs and even egg sandwiches with avocado – YUM!- using a recipe I found for paleo, wheatless sandwich rounds made with plantains and coconut flour! Who knew such things even existed! For lunches I have Spaghetti squash crust pizza, eggplant rollatini, a wonderful medley of beans with spices, mini meatloaves and the most delicious butternut squash soup you’ve ever tasted and yes… salad too. I actually love salad since it can come in so many varieties… but the same salad every day for five days is a recipe for disaster. I won’t make that mistake again.
Also, I’m really enjoying being in the kitchen again. And I’ve noticed that, even though I’m not cooking the traditional foods that I was taught as a child in an Italian household, I can still feel the spirits of my Mom and my Nana with me while I cook. < This is my Mom.
They are peering over my shoulder at the stove as I add spices, they are lifting their chins as they smell the aroma of the beautifully fresh vegetables and they are smiling approvingly as I dish these masterpieces up for my family. This is ancestor magic. The line of my people going back to the beginning is with me as I improve my life. I feel their presence as I haven’t in quite some time. I am putting my magic in all the food. I’m pouring my love (and the love of those who have loved me my whole life) into every meal that I make and this is producing amazing results for my body, mind and soul.
I’m also varying my workouts. The same workout every day can get just as boring as a salad every day, so I’m doing different things and incorporating magic into all of it. When I swim, I pronounce incantations in my head. As I scoop the life-giving force of the water with my hands on every stroke, I’m visualizing the waves of it sculpting and strengthening my core. When I do water calisthenics, or weight training, my trainers, Odin and Athena, are there to help me keep count, improve my form and keep pushing until the final set. When I run on a treadmill or elliptical, I listen to empowering music and visualize my muscles working at peak performance. On hikes, I am rallying the forces of nature to join my quest. This week I’m adding burpees to the routine. In case you don’t know, a burpee is a grueling combination of a squat, plank, push-up, squat and jumping jack. Yes, all of that is ONE burpee. And if you fail an obstacle in the Spartan Race, you have to do THIRTY of them to get to the next obstacle. So, I’m starting now. And no, that doesn’t sound like a tremendous amount of fun. And I’m going to have to find a way to put magic into those! But it will be fun when I start to see my numbers increase and when I start to feel like I can handle it. And I will. Because, As I Will It, So Mote It BE!
Blessings, dearest readers! Love yourselves today!