Method Acting (Day 2)

It’s already Day 2 and I don’t know what I’m doing with my life.

I finally decided that I’m too richly scheduled and I need to start saying “no” to things. Also, I’m in a skit this weekend. At my church. I don’t know why I said yes. Wait, yes I do. Fame. Ego. The Glory of the Spotlight. I’m going to be church famous. #churchfamous.

Yesterday’s Breakfast: Forgot. Had an emergency Epic bar, apple, and packet of almond butter in my desk at work.

Today’s Breakfast: 2 ½ scrambled eggs (shoulda been 3 eggs but the preschooler can be an eating powerhouse at times and likes to eat from my plate) and broccoli. Tea with nutpods.

Since I have like three days to memorize my lines and like, no time in the day to do so, I’ve been rehearsing on BART and while I’m walking to and fro in San Francisco. I’ve enjoyed the strange side-eyes I’ve received, and from now on when I’m around someone mumbling to themself in public I’m just going to assume they’ve got a big role. “Break a leg, pants-less gentleman! I like your method acting.”

Yesterday’s Lunch: My homemade meal-prepped meal of chicken, potatoes w/ ghee, broccoli, seasoned with Primal Palate’s Breakfast Blend seasoning blend.

Today’s Lunch: Another homemade meal-prepped meal of chicken, potatoes w/ ghee, green beans, seasoned with Primal Palate’s Meat and Potatoes seasoning blend. Snacked on an Epic bar in the afternoon

Because I don’t have enough to think about/care for in life, over the weekend I bought a rainforest of plants. So many plants. Outside plants, inside plants. Plants that produce veggies, look nice, smell pretty. I think I spent almost $100 on dirt. Good thing I had a Home Depot gift card handy! And now I’m a panicky plant mom just waiting for one of my plant babies to die, because let’s be real, I don’t even have time to shower at regular intervals, let alone remember that plants need water and light and stuff. Pray for my plants.

Yesterday’s Dinner: homemade chicken soup with broccoli and carrots

Today’s Dinner: the last of my chicken-potato w/ ghee-green bean meals. Mourned a bit that the easy part is over.

I finally made it back to CrossFit yesterday after like a month out due to sickness and really liking my sleep back. But I drug my tired behind in for the 6am class and was rewarded with so. Many. overhead. Squats. I can’t properly stand up after sitting for any length of time without hobbling like a gremlin. Good thing I have my kids this weekend so I can give my legs a couple of days to get over the shock of what I just made them do, as my kids are always my go-to excuse for not going to the gym. I’ll see you on Tuesday, CrossFit. Bring it.

Go make it a great day!

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It’s Time to Begin, Isn’t It?

It’s time to do another Whole30. I’ve lost touch with what it feels like to feel rested, healthy, and in control (as evidenced by my wine-and-Queer-Eye sob fest yesterday). And you know when is a good time to start?

Now. Like, right now.

And by now, I mean tomorrow. Because I still have some wine and goat cheese in my fridge I want to enjoy one last time. Dinner will be delicious.

But yeah. And this time, I truly want to bring you on the journey. Pinkie swear for real this time. I know I’ve alluded to sharing my Whole30 experience in real-ish time on the blog before and have yet to actually do it since like, 2016. And that was just a series of glorified check-ins.

No, here we’ll do the whole program all it’s glory and gory. Every meal. Every NSV. Every Sugar Dragon attack and let’s not forget “Kill All the Things” week. Oh, I have big plans for that.

So grab a bowl of your (cauliflower) popcorn and sit back.

Go make it a great day!!

Meals and Musings

Woke up regretting everything and nothing. Last night I unintentionally drank a bottle of wine (it was so tasty and my glass kept refilling itself wth was that all about??) while watching Queer Eye and intentionally sobbing because everybody on this show is just so beautiful omg I love you so hard. My stomach was all hating me and stuff so I decided to forego eating breakfast. And drinking wine for the time being.

Breakfast: 2 cups of tea with generous splashes of oat milk

Can I just say what a gorgeous day it is? Finally getting a hint of spring in San Francisco! At work I decided to take my lunch on the patio and sit and wonder upon all of this natural light that I can’t seem to get enough of.

Lunch: Burger with sautéed mushrooms, cheese, some sort of crunchy things, I think onion strings? Side salad.

I think my shoes are dying. The back outside of the heels have worn away, so when I stand my ankles fall to the outside. This can’t be good long-term.

Also, I got another unicorn coffee mug over the weekend. I forgot to take a picture. But it’s majestic as all unicorn coffee mugs are. I’ll share it later when I remember.

Mid afternoon pick-me-up of a grande latte with whole milk and generous sprinkling of cinnamon

Since I didn’t get to it over the weekend, I ended up meal prepping after dinner. Shout out to my InstaPot, which basically did all my meal prep for me. While I made dinner it made chicken and baked potatoes for the week.

Also, I cut beets while wearing my white shirt last night and there were no casualties. Tell my mother.

Dinner: mixed greens salad with beets, goat cheese, almonds, and chicken

I don’t know what the deal is, if it’s all the wood stuff in the skies or what, but lately I don’t like a lot of noise. Not even music or the TV. And my brain just feels full lately so I haven’t been reading as much. But last night I journaled. I have been journaling my pens out of ink as of late. I have like 3 rotating notebooks that I grab one depending on my mood and let it all out. It was great to put it all out there before bed, and when I fell asleep my brain felt so calm and spent. Or maybe it was the wine. I lied about not drinking wine. Or at least until the bottle I still have open is done for.

Bedtime: glass of cab, a few chocolate coins from the kids’ St Patrick’s Day stash because I am a good and responsible meal prepper

Go make it a great day!

It’s My Food Freedom, Okay?

So, this happened yesterday:

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Yup. I finally took the plunge and applied to take the Whole30 Coaching Certification exam.

This was shortly after I texted my sister this picture of how my Monday evening was going:

I’m calling it “Strudelgate.” IT’S MY FOOD FREEDOM, OKAY?!?

But in all seriousness, I’m really excited to become a legitimate Whole30 coach. It’s been a back-pocket dream of mine for a while now to put some of my useless knowledge to useful practice, and for me this is the first step. With all of my obsessive/neurotic self-guided nutrition research over the past few years I have a pretty deep understanding of the program, and I want to offer my assistance and support to others that are making the journey.

Also, I clearly don’t have enough going on with my life so now’s the perfect time to start a side hustle. As my mom always says, why do only one thing at a time?

More info to come, but I wanted to share the exciting news!

Go make it a great day! xoxo

Welcome to Woo Corner

Well hello there! And a happy Tuesday to you.

Today, we’re going deep in the woo.

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Lately, I’ve been dabbling in astrology. Just for fun. I’ve always been intrigued by horoscopes, and may have started studying the zodiac when I was 11 or 12, taking notes on the different sun signs from the encyclopedias in the libaray of my Catholic middle school. The nuns were thrilled. And by thrilled I mean they gave me extra religious studies homework.

Anyway, I’ve been practicing reading birth charts. And it’s fun. And I’d like more practice. So if you want an incredibly amature astrological birth chart reading, email me with your birth information (date, time, location) and I’ll see what I can whip up!

Real astrologers charge like $250 for this service because they’re like, practiced and have spent years studying their craft an I just bought a book like three weeks ago and listened to some podcasts so, you know, you get what you pay for. Plus, I’ve done this a couple of times already for family and friends, and towards the end of the reading I start to get fatigued and punchy throwing stuff in like “Moon in Capricorn means that you are extremely attracted to aardvarks,” or “Uranus is in this fantastic position – in your butt,” or “People with a north node in Cancer have a habit of dying by piano falling on their head like a Looney Toons cartoon.” Just so we set the expectations clear right up front.

So email me and we’ll see what the sky says about you!

So We’re Doing This Now

I opened up my Commit30 planner this morning and discovered that I had made it my monthly goal in March to blog daily. It’s already March 4th, y’all.

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Whatever. I’m getting cheese fries.

So, I’m still recovering from bronchitis. Yesterday I carried a moderately heavy preschooler down the street and didn’t feel like I was hit by a truck afterward, energy-wise, so I think I’m doing better. I hope to make it back to CrossFit this week because OMG my body is going nuts with all of this resting stuff. I am so anxious and antsy and I just want to move.

Last night I went to my sister’s birthday party (Happy Birthday, Amanda!) and because we are actual weirdos she taught me the little dance/warmup routine she choreographed. It was the most exercise I’ve gotten in 3 weeks and it felt amazing. Oh, and in other dance-y exercise news, I for some reason volunteered to teach a dance aerobics class for an upcoming spiritual workshop I’m on a committee for. I am not a dance fitness instructor. And I haven’t actually danced in like 15 years. But I figued, how hard can it be? I’ll throw a playlist together, watch some Zumba and Jazzercise videos on YouTube, and see what happens. Famous last words. Let’s just file this under our “Have Fun With That, Emily!” and y’all can pop some popcorn and watch this train wreck as it unfolds.

As always, go make it a great day!

 

A Dutiful Hermit

Photo of a lion sleeping next to a large rock wall, his head resting on his paws.
Photo by Aldo Picaso from Pexels

Did you know that when you’re sick with one thing it can turn into being sick with another thing? Who’d have thought?

I went to the doctor yesterday since after about 10 days of battling what I thought was the flu I contracted from Precious Child #2 wasn’t getting any better. My throat still felt like it was being scratched by razor blades, a hacking cough that alarms the germophobes on BART, and just walking up the stairs made me want to nap. Turns out I have bronchitis, because why not. So I’m taking a few more days to recuperate.

And you know what? Despite feeling a little-stir crazy since I haven’t worked out in over 2 weeks, I kinda like the invalid life. Lots of tea, cranking the heater with abandon, and working from my cozy couch in my most lounge-y of lounge wear is a lifestyle that suits me. I love having a legit excuse to bail on plans – “Oh, I have an infectious disease, so sorry, let’s rain check!” – and thanks to Zoom meetings I can still stay caught up with work.

Turns out I make a really good hermit.

And I know how I’ve talked about it before, how I know it’s not really good for me to be isolated, that I need to get out and make sure I’m connecting with my people on a regular basis. But I have been absolutely flooring it this year, so inspired and motivated to Do All the Things and Go All the Places. I’ve had a delightful time, but I’m thinking that getting sick is my body’s way of letting me know that I’m once again taking on too much and ignoring my basic self-care needs.

Life has seasons, and it’s okay to surrender to what the reality is at the moment. Despite my big dreams and ever-growing “To-Do” pile, I’m allowing myself to take a break and narrow my focus to the current necessities in front of me – sleep, keeping up with work, and caring for my kiddos. Everything else can wait.

Is anything causing you to stop and pause lately?

Go make it a great day!

Catch-Up and CrossFit Open 2019

Well, hello there! It’s another brisk winter day. This morning it was a frigid 41*F when I left the house. And by “brisk” and “frigid” I mean the sun was shining and we had to actually wear our coats this morning. One of the perks to California life.

Anyway, the Open. I should be all fan-girling and crazy, but … I’m not. Actually, I haven’t been to the gym in nearly 2 weeks. First, my kiddo got the flu. Then I got the flu. Because children are cesspools of disease. So I’m finally coming around, but I don’t feel up to speed yet. But common seasonal ailments aside, I am just not pumped for the open this year. I don’t know if it’s all of the buzz around how CrossFit’s changed the Games qualifications or if my fitness goals are just different than where they were 2 years ago, but I don’t feel super motivated to put my hat in the ring.

Mostly, I think, it’s because I know my fitness is no where near what it was before I took my CrossFit break, and I don’t need to open to tell me my improvement’s in the negative. Also, most of the Friday Night Lights are over weekends I have the kiddos, and my 4-year-old recently let me know how much she dislikes going to the gym with me (by screaming/crying the entire class from the play area, despite how many toys and devices I give her to distract herself with) so I feel bad dragging the kids and I am too lazy to figure out other childcare options. So with using my kids as a convenient excuse, I will probably not participate this year.

Or maybe I will, once I get back to class, realize I’m the only one not participating, and sign up out of peer pressure, which is never really lost on me despite the fact I am no longer in seventh grade.

Meanwhile, how is my “Early Bird Challenge” going? I tell you, until my kid got sick last week it was going really, really well. Since that post I had successfully drug my body out of bed between 4:30am and 5:30am every morning, except for a select few mornings following a night out over the weekend. And you know what? I LOVE it. I have a little routine that I do once my feet hit the floor, and it’s just the right amount of motivation I need to not hit snooze and roll over. With those couple extra hours in the morning, I am able to clear away several “important not urgent” tasks and head out the door already feeling a sense of accomplishment before the day has truly begun. I am in love with this practice.

That’s all for now, go make it a great day!

“Have Fun With That, Emily!” #1 – The Early Bird Challenge

I decided to start a new series on the blog. It’s called “Have Fun with That, Emily!” It’s where I pick a mildly irritating or self-flagellating challenge and see how long I can run wit it, while posting random updates on my progress (or lack thereof, since I am historically reliable at not finishing what I started, looking at you #JanuaryWhole30).

For Have Fun With That, Emily! (Or #HFWTE for short – wow that is an ugly hashtag) I woke up at 5:00am this morning. And I kind of hated it. (No kidding, right?)

But what made it worse was I was waking up to go to work after 2 blissful, restful weeks of vacation, where I guiltlessly slept in every morning until I darn well felt ready to wake up (which was usually somewhere between 7 and 8 am, because I’m old). So now getting back to the usual morning routine is the worst. Hyperbolically speaking.

And then I had a small, mad idea. What if I never slept in? What if I always got up by the same time every morning regardless of schedule (except for early morning flights, obviously) to the point where my clock resets? Is that a thing?

The “experts” (in quotes because I’m too lazy to look up real scientific data) suggest to wake up the same time every morning, and don’t deviate by more than an hour if you must. Because we all love to wake up by 6:30 on a Sunday, right?? That’s why brunch is an early meal. Wait, I’m thinking of marathon start times, not brunch. Yeah, that’s different.

Anyway, for a weird n=1 experiment, how about I try to wake up the same time every morning? How many days of a 5am wake up call can I handle before my senses and emotions implode with overwhelming sleep fatigue? Or will I be a responsible adult and stop scrolling insta in bed for 90 minutes a night after I tell the kids to turn their lights out so I can get extra sleep?

Only time – and my puppy slippers – will tell.

Yes. Puppy slippers.

Tomorrow I set my alarm and begin The Early Bird Challenge (if I come up with a better name I’ll update this post). Off we go!

Go make it a great day!

Get It: Goals for 2019

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Woo-hoo! Can we just take a moment to celebrate reaching the new year? I don’t know about you, but this year was HARD in the best of ways. So much healing and growth over here, and a LOT of fun memories. But now I am super, super stoked to have a fresh, shiny new year before us with all the magic and possibilities. Who knows what can happen?

Lately, I have stopped setting “goals” in the sense of having a specific thing and deadline to acheive said thing. I find that I either get really “meh” about it and give up, or once I achieve the thing I’m left with a “what’s next?” feeling and it takes a while to get motivated to do a new Thing. So nowadays I prefer to think of my goals as more like intentions or affirmations. Stuff I want to become, but are ever-evolving so I don’t have to feel pressured to not “fail” and not get into a slump. For me it’s a way more positive way to look at it.

So what’s in store for 2019?

One more Whole30 in January

Ugh. I know. Again. I just did one in September! But some of my coworkers are on board, and I said I’d do it in solidarity. Honestly, this may be my last one for a while. I feel pretty good on what food works for me/doesn’t work for me, and my challenge currently is to put more effort into being intentional with my health-for-me eating. I tend to get lazy and order a lot of take-out and convenience food when I feel overwhelmed with the usual Life Stuff, which if you “choose your own hard” just means I feel crummy and tired which begets more unhealthy-for-me convenience food. It’s a cycle.  So this Whole30 my focus is more on the habits to get me eating consistenly well, and less about the what I’m eating: weekly meal prepping, planning ahead, and forcing myself to eat what’s in the fridge rather than grab something on-the-go.

CrossFit 3x/week (and maybe some half marathons)

I recently started up my membership at my local gym again, and I am sooooo happy to be back! I had taken a year off, and I really missed it. As much as I love running, there is something about the fellowship of seeing familiar faces when I walk into the gym that I don’t get elsewhere. Also, holy wow I LOVE barbell work. We’ve been doing TONS of oly lift work since I returned, and I am just so warm-fuzzy good. Just slap some plates on a barbell and I will snatch, clean, jerk, and be happy.

Also, since my cancelled half back in November, I haven’t really been running or looking for new races, and I do want to get back to it. Now that the sun will slowly be creeping back in the morning I’ll have fewer excuses to get outside and run. I’ll put together a racing calendar for the year and in between the strength I’ll gain with CrossFit and a steady running program I’ll be able to do some distance racing consistenly. Because fun, right?

Marie Kondo All the Things

OMG, you guys, did you know that the new “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo” show is on Netflix? That’s right, they made the hit home organizaiton book “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying up” into a series. I started watching last night and I am so ready to go through my house and “spark joy” all over my stuff. My kids and I all have birthdays in November/December and then Christmas happens, so by the new year we are drowning in stuff! For my own sanity I am making plans to start going through the house and declutter. There’s something about a small home that makes a few items out of place feel like a few hundred. But I am in fact a strange human and I LOVE to clean and declutter, so while this will be an extensive project, I’m super pumped for it.

Bloggy Blog!

Finally, I want to blog more than once a month. It’s been something I’ve been trying to get back to doing consistently for a while, but haven’t figured out how to make the time for it other than get less sleep, and I like sleep. It keeps me healthy and sane. Both good things. But I also like writing and sharing my life here. So I’ll keep experimenting with different schedules and pockets of time (sometimes writing from my WordPress app on the train commute is the best I can do!) to compose my posts and do my best to remember “progress, not perfection!”

And that’s my stuff! Are you putting together some goals or intentions for the year? Or are you just winging it and seeing what comes your way? I’d love to hear your thoughts on new years resolutions!

Go make it a great day!