This was a great weekend, mostly spent with just myself, but also spent with some sweet friends at times and I love that. When I have alone weekends I can either feel really refreshed come Monday or super down because I get in my own head (if you are a people pleaser and anxious person you totally get this). This weekend was like half and half but I’m not going to lie, this Monday feels a little low but that only means I have lots of room to grow upwards this week.
I’ll start Friday since Friday was such a wonderful day. I wish I could have bottled it up and kept the feeling for a little longer. I finally got to “meet” with the Real Life Women’s Health team all together and it was so fun! These ladies are unique, intelligent, and kind. I appreciate them allowing me to learn from them.
After the meeting I had a quick meeting with a Wellness Coach at the Y to discuss the future plans for my Thesis +the Y and it went really well! I have so many hopes and dreams for the Y in terms of nutrition and really see myself being a part of that process. It will be a long road and I don’t know what life will look like as an RD but eventually I do see myself working part time in some capacity as an RD for the Y. Nutrition is just a service that is so needed and it’s the one thing the Y lacks. We have everything else- literally- I can’t think of another aspect of health the Y doesn’t have covered already so once I figure out the best way to move forward as an RD I will! I really see it being counseling for all ages from an IE and HAES perspective since the Y is moving to a wellness model and it fits with that so well. I also see regular classes since that is something than can reach further. I would love to see a set curriculum that happens weekly where individuals can sign up for the 2 or 3 sessions and have materials so it can reach a really broad audience.
Something else I see is a class for teens and adolescent young women on the subject of body positivity, healthy habits they can change vs. dieting, and learning to build a healthy relationship with themselves and movement. The young women I work with now and have worked with at the Y in the past are at such an important age and teaching them and inspiring them in their teens may hopefully mold them into confident young adults that provide them with tools to combat diet culture.
If you are a reader and go to the YMCA of the Foothills send me an email or comment if you have some ideas you would like taken care of in terms of nutrition.
After my meeting I drove over to Pasadena to meet Sarah and a Y friend for lunch at The Counter where we started with a heaping pile of sweet potato fries and self built burgers! I got a beef burger on a multigrain bun with American cheese and veggies! YUM
I drove home to shower and get some exciting things scheduled. I’m not going to spill the beans quite yet but when the email came to my inbox to invite me to the place where the beans are I felt equal parts ecstatic and unqualified, if that makes sense. I finally closed my inbox at 4:30 pm to shower and get myself to ready for happy hour at Basin 141– a local bar that has a killer happy hour to meet two of my other Y friends to chat life.
4 dollar house white (or two) and I had a bite of this massive pretzel my friend ordered!
I came home to a yum dinner cooked by mom and took care of some last minute intern emails before watching an episode of Say Yes to The Dress with her. Chicken marsala + brown rice and veg.
Saturday I had to be up early to be on campus by 8 am to welcome my hiking class and talk syllabus and expectations etc. Breakfast lately has been toasted bagels- I love the sprouted whole wheat cinnamon raisin from TJs.
Since the Arts District in LA is only 4 miles away I drove over to Cafe Gratitude after campus to have a Tumeric Latte and get about 2 hours of teacher work done. Setting up the grading system and inputting grades is my least favorite part of teaching but ya gotta do it.
I had plans with a friend that feel through so I ended up doing a few hours of my graduate assignments and took a nice walk and listened to a Nutrition Matters podcast and had a bath before babysitting the rest of the evening.
I brought my own dinner but ended up noshing on babysitter food instead. Those chicken stripes and potatoes hit. the. spot. I had the best night with 2 of my favorite little humans. I got lots of cuddles and felt appreciated which was so nice. I got home around 11 pm, cozied in bed for about 30 min watching a Parks and Rec episode and crashed.
Sunday was filled with lots of studying and some friend seeing.
I set aside intentional time to study and did that for about 3 hours that morning. Ps- my Healthy Human comes with me- EVERYWHERE. I had to take a lot of breaks because I’m still getting back into the groove but I’m trying to give myself grace in that. Lunch was a snack plate! I also packed lots of car snacks (yogurt and apples and PB) since I knew I would be hungry while driving over to Santa Monica but wasn’t hungry while packing snacks.
Once I got to the west side I caught up with my grad school friend Kelly who had been traveling for pretty much 5 weeks straight with her boyfriend over break so it was fun to her about her exciting life! We walked to coffee, talked through her personal statement for her internship application (she may (I’m so confident in her!!) have some exciting life changes coming up- I’m so sad to see her go), and walked back to get ready for Yoga.
This is a crappy photo off of my snapchat but we did a 90 minute class at Love Yoga in Venice and it was wonderful. 1 hour of flow and 30 minutes of guided meditation. The meditation hit some deep stuff for me and I’m still sort of hung up on it. I think in this point in my life there is just so much comparison. Comparison to my grad school friends, to my Y friends, my personal friends, to the people I work with and want to be like, to the person I know I can and will be but am not currently. I always tell myself not to compare and 90% of the time consciously I’m good at that but I think the meditation let me know that unconsciously, I do it a lot more than I would like. We had to create a mantra for ourselves that whole practice and mine was that “I’m ok. I am worthy of happy and good things. I can do this”. I know deep down in my core I am- as are you, but I think we as humans stink at being confident and let the weight of the world squish us down more than we would like so it was just a moment of clarity for me.
After yoga I stopped at California Chicken and got a whole wheat chicken wrap and an Asian slaw salad and it was AMAZING. I was ravenous at this point so I’m not sure if it was that good because of primal hunger or because it was actually really good. Whatever it was I loved it and headed over to stop at a friends house to give him a hug and hear about his life before heading home to get ready for week 2 of my last semester!
Hope you had a wonderful weekend 🙂