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How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Four

Happy Weekend!!!  Anyone have any fantastic plans for this one?  I’m on my way to Seattle for work.  You know, the usual.

Current consuming a lovely green smoothie in a jar.

My favorite Pink water bottle died a couple weeks ago, so jars have taken it’s place.  Jars are BPA-free anyway.


My smoothies have been a little different lately, because on our last trip to Costco, we bought a bag of frozen mixed tropical fruit, instead of our usual frozen strawberries.  The mix contains mango, pineapple, and papaya, as well as, strawberries.  The change of fruit is a great flavor change, in addition to creating a different nutrient profile for my smoothie.  Gotta change it up!

How to Start on Your Path to Health Part Four

I can’t believe it’s already the fourth week of this installment!!  How did you all do with your goals from last week?  Did you get a chance to go to the grocery store and get some label-reading in?  I’m sure you were awesome, as always. 🙂

Here are the links for weeks one through three, if you haven’t had a chance to check them out yet:

This week is going to be pretty much the same as last week, continue to work on your goal, or if you have completed that goal, then set yourself a new one using the guidelines from Part Two.  Isn’t it amazing how much you can accomplish when you begin setting goals for yourself?  Even small achievements can add up to something completely awesome.

This week, my personal goal for you is to begin being mindful.  This is something that I am trying to work on, myself, and I believe that it can bring happiness and joy to your life in ways that you didn’t realize you could.

Bring mindful means living in the current moment.  Instead of dwelling upon what’s ahead, worrying about things that are out of your control, or living in the past, attempt to focus on what is happening right now.  You have the ability to alter your way of thinking and change your moods.  Just by changing how you look at something, you can make it less of a bad thing.

Are you annoyed with the screaming baby that’s imparing your ability to focus?  Think about the unfortunate mother who is probably frustrated that she can’t get her baby to stop crying.  Maybe the baby has a cold, or a tummy ache, maybe it’s teething.  You never know what the real situation is.  When you begin to get upset, just take a moment to think about the situation from a different point of view.

Are you irritated because you’re headed to work on a gorgeous Saturday?  (Wonder who I could be talking about here?? *cough cough*)  Take the time before you get there to enjoy the sunshine, notice how beautiful all of your surroundings are.  Use your senses and enjoy the time that you do get to spend, instead of continuing to think about how disappointed you are that you don’t get to enjoy freedom in the sun for the rest of the day.

Meditation is one of the main methods that can be used to practice mindfulness.  It isn’t something I have dabbled in too much yet, but it’s definitely something I’m interested in exploring further.  I have tried it a few times, usually for about five minutes at a time, and I do believe that it could have a positive impact on my life.  By sitting still and focusing on your breath, you are practicing being in the moment.  When ever something happens that is out of your control, just take a moment to focus on your breath, and be in the here and now.

Yoga is another practice of mindfulness.  In the same way as meditation, yoga forces you to focus on your breath and to be in the moment, concentrating on holding your poses, rather than thinking about outside forces.  Yoga is not only a wonderful practice for you strength and flexibility, but also for your mind.

I hope you give mindfulness a shot.  I’ve just begun being mindful of being mindful, and I already feel happier and more relaxed.

What are your weekend plans?

What goal(s) are you working on? What goals have you achieved?

What do you think about mindfulness?

❤ Lindsay


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My Week

Hey bloggies!  How’s it going today? Doing well, I hope! 🙂

I have had a pretty crazy week, thus the extreme lack of blogging.  It’s like exercise though, it doesn’t matter how many days you take off, as long as you get back to it!

Monday, I had the day off, so we went over to my mom’s for dinner.  My mom has been incredible since I became a vegan.  She’s been researching it, and reading my blog, and trying to be supportive in every way that she can.  It’s really awesome.  In fact, check out her current selection of books from the library.

There are at least four vegan books in there.  My mommy loves me. 🙂

This was our delicious dinner.

Mashed sweet potatoes (topped with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg), sauteed zucchini and chipotle black bean burgers.  Soooo good!

We also had this awesome fruit salad for dessert.

Absolutely amazing.  Look at all that color!!!

Tuesday, I spent the entire day at work.  Pretty uneventful.  I didn’t blog because I was running late, and ended up making the hour and a half drive to work, instead of taking the ferry.

Wednesday, I had another day off.  I got my run on, and ended up doing 3.5 miles around the park and town.  I’m also trying to work more strength training into my life, and did a nice leg workout.

Thursday, I stayed home and cleaned the house the majority of the day.  I’m an infamously bad housekeeper, but I always feel so amazing when my house is seriously clean.  For some reason, I feel more accomplished when I scrub my shower, even than when I have a good day at work.  I’m crazy.

My weirdo self also decided to start eating these, right out of the jar.

Sun-dried tomatoes are addicting.

I also got a nice yoga workout in towards the end of the night.  I don’t do nearly enough yoga, so it was nice to strengthen, stretch, and unwind, all at the same time.

Today, has been pretty good so far.

Went running.

Gotta love the sweet mirror shot, with no make-up and my scary Washingtonian  ghostly glow.

Fatty salad with baby romaine, spring mix, red cabbage, one cucumber, half a tomato, sprouts, garbanzos and sunflower seeds.  Mystery green smoothie.  Veggie sandwich with Dave’s Killer Bread, Veganaise, dijon mustard, sun-dried tomatoes, avocado, artichoke hearts, and red bell pepper.  Whole wheat spaghetti with steamed veggies and hummus. And of course, my good ol trusty water bottle.  Should be more than sufficient to make me through the day. 🙂

Have a good day and enjoy that sunshine, if you’ve got it!

❤ Lindsay

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