I thought only having 3 days off school wouldn’t feel long enough but I was totally wrong. I felt like I had all the time in the world this week/weekend and I was super grateful for that. I made no plans and just let the week open- totally needed that after a booked month. Break started off with Tuesday afternoon “off” school where I was shadowing at a Los Angeles WIC office. That was exhausting for me. I was hoping to see a breast feeding class and get some time with client sessions but it wasn’t the busiest day at my location. I saw about 2 new families and one follow up. I am so impressed by the services WIC provides and think it is such a wonderful resource. The ladies there made me lunch and I was happy as a clam!
After leaving WIC I was in need of some serious coffee and had plans to meet Sarah to catch up on some life happenings + her sisters were in town so I wanted to give hugs. I stopped by La Monarca, one of my favorite places for some time to myself to snack on a concha and a strong cup of coffee with a book.
Caught up on life with Sar, drank some wine, and headed home to rest.
Wednesday was some good yoga (finally got to make it to class!) and relaxing before going out with some girl friends from middle and high school to meet a bunch of people out at the bars. That’s the night before Thanksgiving tradition and it’s always fun to see where people are at. Most people are either a year or so into their first job post college and living in mostly West LA or they are in grad school like yours truly.
We called it quits around 12:30 am but we were hangry and stopped at Lucky Boy for breakfast burritos before crashing into bed. Thanksgiving pregame done right if I do say so myself.
I woke up super late Thursday around 10:15 am feeling not awesome but I got my life together fast to be dressed and ready for Weissmuller Thanksgiving in Orange County at 12:30. We left the house around 11:30 am and spent the day with my dad’s side of the family. This year we were missing two special people now, my great uncle who passed this year, and my Otta. I don’t think things will ever feel the same but I just try and focus on giving my love to my sweet family that I still get to see and sending some extra prayers up for when we miss them most.
Here’s my dinner plate. I’m ALL about the stuffing. I felt 100% content with this plate. I would say I went a slight notch up above satisfied but part of intuitive eating is knowing that special occasions have special food you only get a few times a year so passing a comfy full is ok sometimes. I knew passing that comfy full to get to the unbuttoning the pants stage never feels nice for me so I try to not go near there- yay for another success! Feeling my fullness was one of the hardest things for me. I used to go WAY over comfy full especially with any meal that contained animal meat. I think it was because I ate mostly plants the first 1/2 of college and came home to go crazy with elaborate meals since my family is German to the bone (meat + starch + veggie). I knew that with an hour I would have a nice slice of room for pie!
I had a hefty chunk of apple pie and some bites of the others for tasting. I was on drive home duty and earlier in the day we witnessed a horrific crash scene where we saw two people dead from the car impact so I drank a cup of coffee so that I wouldn’t feel sleepy on the road and could be really focused. My heart sank as we saw the scene earlier in the day and I had just thought that had we gotten to the intersection 4 minutes earlier we could have been the ones dead. Life is so so precious and my heart hurts for those who lost their lives.
Friday was a whole lot of nothin. I was in sort of a funky mood but went to Zumba with my mom which was so awesome and took a 2 hour nap that totally messed up my sleep schedule at night. Lesson learned. 20 minute nap or nothing. I watched the sunset too and found a lot of calm in that.
I saw posts on Friday about people who said they needed to workout to eat whatever food they wanted and that just rubbed me the wrong way. Working out does not allow you different food. Sometimes it makes your body crave more food of course or as we develop an enjoyable movement routine our choices may change depending on what makes us feel best!
*Now I’m not talking nutrition for serious athletes here, at that point nutrition plays a bigger role. I loved sports nutrition and my friend Linda is a super star on that.
You are allowed all types of food just from living and I think we forget that. One of the principals of Intuitive Eating is making peace with food which means giving yourself unconditional permission to eat. Unconditional means without conditions- many people use working out as a condition. This principle has given me a lot of happiness in my life because it allowed me the mental space to get that concha whenever I freaking please. I may have just moved or I my not have- I still respect my body and my cravings enough to allow myself to enjoy the experience if that is what I want to eat.
Saturday was spent with one of my best friends, Andrew. We hiked in Malibu, stopped for smoothies and to say hi to my cousin, and headed back to Santa Monica so I could change and meet Addie to give her a quick hug while she was in LA.
The sky was SO CLEAR and the water felt amazing. Perfect Saturday morning!
Addie and Christina were having a meet up at the new Primal Kitchen restaurant in Culver City and I got the burger. I’m not paleo even in the slightest but the burger looked great and the only part I didn’t like was the bun it sort of felt like a sponge? I’m team gluten all the way! Just a PSA eating gluten free doesn’t equal healthier than gluten filled (unless you have celiac or a diagnosed gluten intolerance through your physician). I drove back home and babysitting was cancelled so here I am writing this blog post with my oodles of free time!
Sunday was spent in a school work/cook/relax/repeat mode. I made some cookies for lunches this week, made a veggie curry type deal, and ate a bunch of stuff along the way. I totally wasn’t being mindful while eating and my body felt blahhhh so I took a second walk to feel better. I think all this sitting around means I need to get my booty back to grad school- ha! I went to mass at 5:30 pm and ran some last minute errands before the week started. Wishing you a wonderful week!