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Transitioning from 2016 to 2017

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2016 was a tough year for me.

It’s probably one of the reasons why I didn’t post much in the second half of the year. I think the worst part about it all was feeling so helpless and guilty about it when I knew other people who were going through much more difficult experiences. I could go on about all of the personal reasons, professional changes and circumstances that led it to be so challenging.

But then I wouldn’t be moving on.

Instead I’d like reflect on the good things. Instead of wallowing in despair, I’d like to bask in the gratitude. I have every intention of manifesting a healthier, happier and kinder 2017.

We Lived

  • Rob and I walked away from a potentially fatal accident on February 14th. Rob was left with some physical scars. I’m still left with some mental and emotional ones – fear of driving in certain conditions and replays of the event in my mind. But we are still here. That is what matters.

I Read

  • I’ve often read that when you are unsure what to do with your life, think back to what you loved most as a child. I adored reading. I got back on it this year and it’s been my saving grace. It has not only challenged my mind, but it also helped me pass the time when all I could think are negative thoughts.
  • I set a Good Reads goal to read 26 books in 2016. I chose this number because I’ve never measured the number of books I’ve read in a year before and I tend to read slowly. When I surpassed those 26 books, I changed my goal to 30. After that, I left the number the same; but in my mind set my sights on 52 books. In the end, I read 60 books in 2016. For me, that’s a feat.
  • I was introduced to audiobooks, which is something I really want to share with you in another post. It’s done wonders for keeping my mind from thinking worst case scenarios about every driver on the road and instead helps pass the time on my new commute.

I Returned to Yoga

  • When I moved to MN back in 2003, my friend Jen and I joined a yoga class together. I loved it. Every drive back from class, I would say to her, “I just love Yoga!” I was in a state of bliss.
  • In 2006 when Rob and I bought our house, I cut expenses in a ton of places, including our yoga class.
  • When I felt ready to go back, our truly perfect yoga instructor had retired and moved abroad. Finding another class was difficult. I couldn’t find anything else like her style or that suited me. I wasn’t one to do videos at home because I liked the personal instruction.
  • Then my friend Kristi casually told me about Yoga with Adriene – free You Tube videos that she said were great for beginners. She was right. I started doing those in the morning and it helped me reconnect to my body. But also because I didn’t want to be totally lost when…
  • Jen and I went on a yoga retreat to Kripalu. This was a 40th birthday gift to ourselves. It was blissful. I never felt better. I never really posted about this experince, but I would highly recommend it to anyone. It was so nice to do gentle yoga (my choice) about three times a day, attend wellness sessions and have healthy meals prepared for me. I also got two massages and learned that the hot stone massage is the one for me! Jen and I joked that it was a rough day when we had our silent breakfast, attended a yoga class, leisurely read, enjoyed lunch, attended a meditation session and then napped before our massage appointments. 🙂 That was a true gift.

So in 2017, I want to continue to recognize all of those ways that I can be kinder to myself and continue to practice those things. Because I am grateful to be here.

It’s truly fitting that I start out the year with a cold – one that had me sleeping 12 hours overnight and then another 4 hours in the afternoon. My body is telling me to take care of myself and ease into this.

In what ways do practice self-care?

Cheers~
Carrie

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How Much Do You Sleep? {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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I am one of those people who needs sleep. In that I don’t function well. I get crabby…

And we know that sleep is vital to our health. But why is it that I know so many people who are seemingly fit or healthy that seem to pride themselves on functioning on little sleep?

I used to be that person.

I recently read an article that teenagers should get about 10 hours of sleep per night. I most certainly didn’t get that as a teenager. I worked the maximum hours possible, allowed by law, for a kid in high school. I had something going pretty much every night of the week, whether if be working or academics. I often didn’t start my homework until late at night and usually went to bed about 11:30pm. But then I’d get up at 5:30am to start it all over again.

I had a social life, too, often staying out late because I didn’t really have a curfew. Then I’d get up early again on the weekends to attend a Forensics Tournament miles and miles away. I thought I needed to do all of these things to get into and afford college.

This wasn’t a good habit to have formed.

College was a little better. Because I knew I liked my sleep, I didn’t schedule any classes before 9:30am and I didn’t work as much the first year.

But in the summer, I often had two jobs and somehow this continued… even after college. Then it just became life for me as I mentioned here.

As part of my self-care theme this year, I’m not only trying to slow down, but also focus on getting more sleep.

And while I’m not a parent myself, I know there are plenty out there (especially those of newborns) who only wish they could get more sleep! I especially liked this couple’s attempt to do so!

But other than that, when did it become a thing of pride to thrive on little sleep?

In American society, we are all familiar with busy schedules. We go, go, go… And most of us don’t make sleep a priority. We think that because we are busy, we are being productive. But that isn’t always the case. Especially not when it comes to health.

I once read on a magazine cover, “Sitting is the New Smoking.” I didn’t read the article, but that title has stuck with me. And I think as a society, we are becoming much more aware of the importance of activity in our lifestyles.

I’m only hoping that we can one day put the same importance on sleep.

Because you can’t make up that missed sleep.

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planning

Food

Dinners:

There aren’t many days available to cook this week, so here is what I’m thinking…

Lunches:

Breakfasts:

  • I have a couple of options available and will make them depending on what I am in the mood/have time for each day:
    • PB Toast
    • Granola with milk

Fitness

  • I didn’t do my post-back surgery PT exercises every day last week, but I did feel great on the days I did! I’m planning to continue them until I get stronger and then move right into more yoga.
  • I tried the recumbent bike last week. My doc said it was okay as long as it’s not putting any pressure on nor whacking my toe. The bike has caused my back to hurt in the past. So I started with an easy 5 minutes – barefoot. When that felt okay, I went to 10. I’m going to continue on the bike slowly increasing speed and increments of time.

Something is better than nothing!

How much sleep do you get?

How do you make sure you get enough?

Cheers~
Carrie

Fitness with a Broken Toe {Food & Fitness Link-Up}

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This is the year of self-care for me and I feel like I’m being tested. Last Friday night, I stubbed my pinky toe so bad that it made it very difficult to walk. I iced and elevated it all weekend. So. Much. Fun.

I went to the doctor on Tuesday and after an x-ray, learned that I had a non-displaced fracture, meaning that although my toe is broken, it has maintained proper alignment. Whew! I’ve never broken a bone before so I can’t complain that if I’d have to have broken one in my lifetime, this kind would be it.

And as predicted, there wasn’t much that can be done. But I wanted the advice of how long I should stay off of it and when I could workout again, even if that meant just walking.

So I have buddy-taped the toe to the next and am wearing a small boot. Apparently athletic shoes are not a good idea to squish a broken toe into a shoe. I am told that it can take up to six weeks to heal and to refrain from any strenuous activity on it.

The Good News:

  • My back now feels great.
  • The majority of the pain in my toe/foot was during the first two days. It was a good thing to ice and elevate every two hours on those days. I’m lucky it was over a weekend!
  • Every day, the toe is getting better and walking is getting easier.

Now for this week’s plan!

planning

Food

Dinners:

Lunches:

Breakfasts:

Fitness

  • I may try the recumbent bike this week. My doc said it was okay as long as it’s not putting any pressure on nor whacking my toe. The bike has caused my back to hurt in the past. And since sitting is the worst thing I can do for my back, I may just do a few short intervals.
  • My post-back surgery PT exercises. I can do several of these despite my toe. Since I can’t do a lot of cardio, it’s time to strengthen the back and do them every day.

Have you ever broken a bone?

What did you do for exercise in the meantime?

Cheers~
Carrie