What I Ate Wednesday: Trick Your Mind

I get bored easily. Or, at least when it comes to food I do. Sometimes I just don’t feel like a salad for lunch or a protein/veg/carb plate at dinner. This week, I haven’t even felt like eating oatmeal (gasp!). So, I’ve made it my mission these last few days to simply follow what my mind is telling me and try something new. If eating the same thing every single day gets tiring, trick your mind by just mixing it up! 

Exhibit A: Make What You Crave

IMG_3972I’ve been dreaming of sushi lately but haven’t gone.  Who said that chicken can’t be sushi? This immediately crushed my craving and was a fun way to eat the chicken I prepped this week. 

Exhibit B: Go For Variety

 

 

IMG_3959I couldn’t figure out exactly what I wanted for breakfast so I decided to have a bit of everything. Spinach and tomato omelette, peach, and a piece of low carb toast with half-peanut butter, half coconut oil spread.

Exhibit C: Same Ingredients, Different Presentation

IMG_3939Sometimes I eat a Greek yogurt bowl for breakfast or a snack with a bunch of mix-ins. Instead, I took all the ingredients, tweaked the ratios a little and made a giant pancake. This made me feel like I was eating something different and kind of extravagant even though it was the same items.

 

*Thanks to Jenn from Peas and Crayons for hosting the weekly linkup! 

Have you made anything different recently?

 

 

 

 

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Monday Funday

I know it’s usually Sunday Funday but if I’m going to use the made up word “funday”, I think it works better with Monday.

Why?

Monday is one of the most dreaded days of the week for the majority of people. No matter what you’re doing, it almost always seems to just drag on. 

Monday is where the magic happens though.

For me, starting things on Mondays always means a better follow through. Even though it’s technically the second day of the week, it’s really the first. The one where you get moving and back to normal.

If I want to start something–a new running regimen, a plan to cook every night, even blogging–I’ll always start on a Monday. Performing these tasks on a day when I already have things to do makes it much more attainable for the next day. 

The week then goes by faster and soon enough, you realized this new routine has stuck around for longer than you thought, making it even easier to continue.

I found a quote by Jim Rohn while writing this post that says “If you don’t design your own life plan, chances are you’ll fall into someone else’s plan. And guess what they have planned for you? Not much.

Rohn is absolutely correct. Every day it is so easy to say tomorrow. “I will start tomorrow.” “Tomorrow, I will work out”. The odd thing about that though? Tomorrow is recurring and it is way too easy to push it back “just one more day”, which inevitably turns into weeks and months.

Every month or so I write down my goals so I can keep track of what I want and what I have achieved. Try this and see what aspirations you possess. If you’re looking to do something new or different, don’t wait: start today, after all, tomorrow often gets in the way.

Meditation and Motivation

In high school, I was gifted my first pair of mala beads after a consultation with an Ayurvedic practitioner and learned to meditate on the yoga mat tightly placed between my bed and the door. 

That year, when the essay topic for class involved writing about a place, I chose my meditation space–a sprawling apple orchard like place that was green and peaceful. 

Soon after, I stopped meditating. With four people in my freshman dorm room, the practice of meditation quickly got pushed aside. There was no room for that anymore, both literally and figuratively. My beads sat folded in my desk drawer, waiting for use and protecting my from whatever might come my way (one of the points of mala beads is that they are solely yours and are there for protection. Beads must be gifted to you and not purchased by the user either). 

All of a sudden, I didn’t make meditation a priority anymore and the motivation for a happy and healthy mind was no longer present. 

I’m motivated. I’m usually a lets-get-this-done kind of person, when it comes to most things. For the longest time, I have been motivated to begin meditation again but I have failed at sitting down and taking 10 minutes to relax. To me, this has been a failed attempt, but not a lost cause.

Today I realized that “meditation” doesn’t just have to be sitting down in that special place, it can simply be a time to clear your mind and focus on something else, if only for a few minutes. This morning, I took myself out for a run immediately after waking up. I was motivated to get up and go, to start my day right.

For some reason, this motivation to get my body going took precedence over all the motivation I’ve had to sit and meditate, to start practicing yoga and do a few other things for a healthy mind, body and soul. Apparently, motivation has a mind of it’s own and if running is my answer to a clear head, then I’ll let my mind wander to where it wants to go.

What’s your meditation and motivation?