05 September 2011

Week 1: 108 Days to Durty Thirty

Somewhere between Florida and DC, September 2011 

Now that I'm no longer battling hurriquakes, I finally have time to de-brief after the first week of my Wellness Project. Over the last 7 days, I've experimented with gluten-free cooking, meditating on my morning bus ride and pushing my own DC bike riding boundaries. I even lost a few pints of blood along the way (it was totally voluntary). What's more surprising is that I somehow managed to maintain my wellness policy in Florida of all places! Thankfully, I had Mom, Dad and my little chihuahua Gizmo for encouragement.

I'm not gonna lie y'all, the first 3 days were rough. I won't elaborate as to why, but I'll just say it's for reasons that only women can truly understand. I had to fight major eye-rolling urges, the impulse to make snarky comments and over-the-top chardonnay cravings.  In order to counter the evil forces of Smart-Assness and Possessed Hormones, I attended a yoga class in the park, went on a long bike ride and indulged in dark chocolate (that always seems to do the trick). I also used my frazzled energy to bake a healthy sweet bread (I'll add the recipe to my "food" page). Days 5-8 were the best because I was able to spend quality time with my dear Mama, Papa and Gizmo in Florida. There's nothing like Mom's words of wisdom, Dad's home-cooking and my puppy's unconditional love to bring you an ultra-special mega-dose of wellness. On Day 7 I donated blood to the Blood Alliance, something I hadn't done in years. I always felt guilty each time I received a voicemail from them asking for my blood type. Their donation trailer was conveniently placed along my activity path while in Florida. There's nothing like a little blood loss to seal the deal.

After a week of mindful cooking, awakened interaction and some karma yoga, I feel better knowing that I've incorporated more investigative intention into my life. These are all things I've done in the past, but I'm paying closer attention and really experiencing it in the present moment. The long term goal for this project is to create healthy habits and responses for the future, especially in the wake of change, strife and suffering. I can say that I feel happier, more organized and a stronger sense of overall positivity. The physical differences haven't been too profound, but I take it that'll change once I start my Ayurvedic cleanse next weekend (yikes!).

I'm grateful for all the support and encouragement from my friends and loved ones. Talking and sharing with you while you listen (or maybe pretend to listen) has been awesome!

Stay tuned for week 2!

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