Good morning, guys
Ahhhh. I’m happy to report TWO night’s in a row of pretty good sleep. I’m pretty sure it has to do with having a nighttime snack with both protein and carbs in it. Last night before bed I had a little Greek yogurt with an almond butter pumpkin bar and some berries in it, and I seriously slept like a baby.
Then again, maybe it was the three glasses of champagne I had at my Aunt’s fish fry…
Yesterday, as you can gather, we all met up at my aunt’s house to dine with family, drink with family, celebrate some good news, and even get a little movement in with family!
After we all were nice and full, we decided to go hiking, of course.
In my aunt’s town, they have this huge hill, type thing, that has to do with the coal mines. I’m pretty sure the jumbo is made out of all the dirt (and stuff?) they used to dig out the mines. Either way, it offers us a little hiking adventure in the flatlands of good ol’ Illinois.
The kids beat us up there, naturally.
But we eventually made it to the top!
Us with my brother and his gf:
Such good times! Freezing times, but good times nonetheless
What a great day! Backing up a bit, the morning was absolutely fantastic, too!
After a well, a decent sleep, I woke up pretty early, made some breakfast:
three whole eggs cooked in grass-fed butter (I always roll my eyes picture butter eating grass when I read someone type that, so let’s pretend I didn’t say that,) turkey, kale, and mushrooms.
then I did a few chores around the house, and then headed off to a yoga class (moderate yoga.) The past couple times I’ve practiced yoga have kinda been duds. They focused SO much on hip opening poses, which I desperately need in my life, but they always leave me stressed out and frustrated. So I wasn’t surprised when the instructor naturally took us through some deep hip opening sequences. Grunt.
This time, it was different, though. I was frustrated at first, and then an overwhelming sense of gratefulness passed through me – more like flooded through me. I’ve been emotional these last couple of days, but I actually almost cried when we did breath of joy afterward. It was really odd…but really cool. It was like, although I’m going through all this crap with my hormones, I can still do this yoga class – and so many other things – and I was just super grateful for it.
I also have to say that I really like moderate yoga. It’s not much of a workout at all, but it’s the perfect workout for my well-being.
I decided to use that feeling afterward by stopping into Common Ground, a tiny organic grocer in downtown Bloomington, to support Small Business Saturday:
I spent more on some products that I would have otherwise at a larger grocer, but it was a more enjoyable shopping trip. I left with some squash, local eggs, walnut butter, unsprayed almonds, sauerkraut, and a few other local goodies. And I forgot all my canvas bags, but of course I had a Von Maur bag in my car from a prior shopping trip, haha, so I used that
Now I’m off to read – I finished The Lion finally, and started a new book yesterday - on the elliptical for a bit (moderate elliptical? ) and then train a client. THEN it’s BEARS time!!! And Siri’s going to change her answer to a more affirmative answer:
Happy Sunday, loves!!
Have you ever gotten emotional during yoga?
Watching any games today?