Well, I finished up a jewelry order today and packed it up to be shipped out! I've been making jewelry during my lunch hour and after my workouts to try to fill in the gaps that my full time job does not cover. How does this pertain to my weight loss/healthy lifestyle journey? Well, it applies in two ways (maybe three). First, the past year has been such an eye opener for me in so many ways. I realized that I had limited myself. I was not setting goals in any area of my life. I had settled for merely existing. Believe me, my inner self was fighting this and telling me I was suffocating the life out of myself. When I had to go to work full time, I tried to keep up with my creative pursuits that were just starting to pay off. I found it to be too much and had to turn away some business. But, once I started waking up to the fact that I was not LIVING, I was only existing . . . filling a position to receive a paycheck, my life started changing. I wanted to dream big, I wanted to enjoy life, every day! Now that I have that in my life, I want to translate that back into my creative pursuits and set a goal to leave my desk job in the next 12 - 15 months. I want to go back to making my beautiful jewelry and teaching yoga. My two passions that unlock my creativity and allow me to express myself.
The second way this pertains to my health/weightloss, is that I need the funds generated by my sales to purchase a new wardrobe! I know this is a good problem to have, but when the budget is tight, a new pack of underwear and a belt to hold up pants that are two sizes to big is all I can afford. I can find decent things to wear at Goodwill and one of you sweet spark friends reminded me that consignment shops usually have a lot of nicer things in the smaller sizes!!! YAY!
The third way this maybe pertains is that I am happier and feel more balanced when I am creating special things for my clients. I love to hear them when they receive their package. It is a fabulous moment. And teaching yoga just feeds my soul in a way that nothing else does. I love that feeling. When I am speaking to women about how to nurture and appreciate their bodies, I am speaking to the woman in me and I am healed.
Okay, creating jewelry and teaching yoga are only two of my passions! The third is FOOD! I love creating delicious foods and fun combinations. I hardly ever follow a recipe verbatim. I've never created the same dish the same way for my family in 23 yrs. I love creating from scratch with basic, clean ingredients.
Today is a medium carb day
Steel Cut Oats + Sunflower Seed Butter + Chopped Apple = MMMMMM!
1 egg white + 1 whole egg scrambled + salsa
Whites of 3 eggs hardboiled (had to get the rest of my protein in and I was out of fresh eggs)
Chocolate Protein Shake w/ colombian instant coffee blended in.
**Thank you to my spark friends who drew my attention to some warnings about some protein powders. The brand that I use is of good quality and I will not be having protein shakes on a daily basis for much longer. I do so appreciate your concern for my health and well being. Knowledge is power. Thank you***
Canned Salmon + White Beans + Red Pepper + Artichoke Hearts + Olive Oil
(This was supposed to have been tuna in a whole wheat pita pocket. I was out of tuna so I substitute one protein serving for another. I am also trying to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, so I added 1/2 cup white beans). Create something fabulous!
Snack! Peanut Butter Choc. Protein Bar + 1/2 Protein Shake = Perfect afternoon snack!
Extra Lean Ground Beef + Broccoli + Onions + Brown Rice
(Oops! I was not supposed to have brown rice here. But, I came in from a tough workout and didn't look at my menu.)
I will end my night with a protein shake.
I have added two 40 minute cardio sessions to my workout week. I got up at 5:30 a.m. (not a morning person) and went to the gym to use the elliptical. After work I hit the gym again to work out with my trainer. He is tough. Legs night! Squats, adduction, abduction, leg press, leg curl, walking lunges with a 12# medicine ball twisting to the side, some kind of squat side shuffle thing while holding the 12# medicine ball over my head, more sumo squats while holding the ball over my head and then we ended the legs workout with 10 minutes on the stairmill. I'm feeling it! And we did it all in a circuit to keep my heart rate up for the whole hour. I think 1/2 cup of brown rice with my dinner may have been okay after all!!!
I'll sign off tonight with some pictures of the lovely things I sent out today.
Tiny Sterling Silver on Silk Thread
Have a great night friends! Creating something beautiful in your life today! Live a life worth living, full of passion, fun, friends, family and fabulous foods!
Wearing one of my favorite jewelry creations with a dainty rose I reclaimed from on old broach that was broken.
Edited to add food stats:
Carbs: 106 (ha! ended up in the range I needed it, even with the rice)