WIAW: the first

This week I decided to jump on the What I Ate Wednesday bandwagon. It sounded like a good idea. Who doesn’t love food porn? Who doesn’t like to see what other people are eating and find new things to try out? I know I’m completely guilty of all the above.

Today’s post is more of a What I Ate favorites edition, I figured it’d be a nice way to kick off for the weeks to come. Plus you all can see what I’m slightly obsessed with. Although I’m pretty sure we already know both coffee and almond butter hit that list. Oh they hit that list with quite the bang.

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Thank you, Jenn over at Peas and Crayons for hosting Smile

Breakfast

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Eggs and zucchini scrambled in coconut oil. Chicken sausage.

Berries.

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I really do love them.

Coffee tea.

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Full plate lunches and dinners. All about the full plates over here. [excuse the recycled picture… it just looks so darn tasty.]

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More eggs, greens, broccoli, sweet potato, and my beloved coconut butter. The bomb I tell you.

Even some full Pyrex containers for good measure. AKA I was at work

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Sweet potato mashed with coconut oil, spinach which ended up being steamed spinach…, and chicken sausage. Plus a Lulu bag hanging out in the back for #lululunches Winking smile

… And now I’m hungry and wanting berries plus coconut butter. Or almond butter. Yeah, that sounds good. Hmmm the possibilities.

Eggs for lunch?

Ever tried passion tea?

Do you participate in weekly WIAW posts?

A manifesto for my life

I was looking through old journals, you know those notebooks that keep piling up but tend to never be looked back through? I decided to take a peak, I wanted to see how much I’ve grown and where I still struggle. While going through I began to notice certain patterns, specific phrases or words, and ideas that really stuck out to me. From this I decided heck why not create a manifesto for my life.

I mean who doesn’t love a good manifesto?! For one, the Lululemon one printed all over their bags is a favorite of mine – but still I wanted something more personal. I wanted something that was original to me.

Over the past few years I’ve really began to develop my own niche. I know what I like and you best believe I know what I don’t like. The things that make me happy and things that just piss me off. With that being said I do believe in constantly pushing yourself and evolving as a person. It’s always good to look into new things that spark an interest, and let go of things that no longer serve you.

For right now, this is my manifesto.

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Do work. Fight hard. Live good. Stay focused. Don’t worry. Lift heavy. Food is fuel. Enjoy movement. Be mobile. Laugh. Don’t save anything for the run back. Push yourself, mentally and physically. Stop and listen. Drink water. Tell people how much they mean to you. Work for it every.single.day, Do deadlifts. Allow rest. Espresso is always better than coffee. Take action. Be humble. Be even more humble. Don’t even consider giving up. Take naps. Eat good food. Enjoy good food. Trust people. Say thank you. Slow down when need be, speed up when you can. Ask for help. Give when nobody is watching. Practice lifting form. Form > weight. Constantly work on mental strength. Ignite passion. Leave the past behind. Don’t quit, can’t fail.

 

If you were to write a manifesto for your life, what’s one thing that would definitely be included?

What do we have in common?

The ability to focus

What really is the ability to focus? It is to accomplish the task at hand? It is to hold a solid conversation? Is it to make sure you get to bed at a decent time by not becoming hypnotized to the TV and/or computer? Ok maybe not “and”, if someone can focus fully on TV and computer at the same time, that’s simply skill. Anyways… my point is that what does it really mean to focus? I’m not sure if any one really knows the answer to this because it’s so diverse. For me focusing means that I am able to get my school work finished, but it also means focusing on recovery versus the eating disorder thoughts. Focusing is deep breathing when I feel my anxiety creeping in, it is not wasting my time and doing what needs to be done.

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I think the idea of someone’s ability to focus doesn’t get enough credit. I mean really, not everyone can sit down and finish a project or motivate themselves to just get through a hard spot… Which brings me to my next idea, do the ability to focus and internal motivation play hand in hand? I vote yes. Wait nope, YES. To put it as simply as possible, if a person isn’t able to motivate themselves then will they be able to focus on what they need to accomplish? Probably not. They will most likely just go through the motions, doing the minimum require but never going above and beyond. It’s almost like living sub-par. One foot in your life and one-foot with all the hopes and dreams of what life would be like if your were really internally motivated and happy with what your life is.

Our thoughts become clouded on a daily basis with what we want to be doing, what we should have done, what we wish we could do if one x, y, or z would just fall into place. The thing is x, y or z will never fall into place unless we put them in place. It’s truly in our control to self motivate, focus, and achieve the things we really want for our lives.

Perfect example of our thoughts becoming clouded which in turn affects our life – this last Tuesday I was going through my usual morning routine but little things kept happening. I spilt my coffee, my back account wouldn’t let me log on, my ankle (story for another day) was not doing so well, and my mind was in a funk. I was headed to a 9am appointment and hit traffic. Now this is where the situation could have gone two separate ways. One way is I could have called where I was going and just not worried about it, if the traffic dissipated I’d be fine and if not re-schedule. I didn’t do that, because my mind was already clouded with negative. About 20 minutes passed and I had moved around 50 feet. 100 feet tops. I felt my anxiety raising and wasn’t able to stop it in the moment. I pulled a U-turn (as did pretty much everyone else) and headed back home. Tears began streaming down my face, anxiety rising even higher, shaking, trembling, and screaming. Full blown anxiety attack in the works due to the way I handled a specific situation.

I understand that it’s extremely hard to re-focus thoughts after negative emotions are already in play but sometimes it’s the only way out. Focusing comes from within. Looking back now I see that if I had made sure I was calm before driving to my appointment and just re-scheduling right when I realized traffic wasn’t moving the situation would have probably ended much differently. It’s all in our surroundings and mindset. Mental clouding has a huge play in our day to day lives, our self motivation, and our ability to focus.

Little things I’ve been loving

Thank you guys for your support and welcome back wishes after my much needed catch up. You’re the best.

Today’s post is all about the little things that I’ve been loving. It’s crappy weather outside (read: rainy, humid, and quite hot) and I need some positivity to life the funk that I’m in as well. As you will soon see I think every single picture in this post is from instagram, which please do note I am still completely and fully obsessed with. Obsessed is probably an understatement.

Berries.

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Coffee (shocker), more specifically Green Mountain Vermont Country Blend.

Lifting.

Sunshine.

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This quote… “To believe in something, and not to live it, is dishonest.” Gandhi.

This quote…. (yes it’s a coaster) 😉

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Long walks.

Free time with being off from school for the summer semester.

Coconut butter on everything.

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Case and point, empty jar. Bummer. Now I’m sad.

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Yoga.

And most importantly, rest.

What have you been loving as of late?

Coconut butter, yes or no? If yes, what paired with or just by the spoonful?

Any new favorite coffee blends?