A couple of things from Mark’s list:
- Go for a walk in the summer rain. Grab you wellies or – even better – go barefoot. Taste the rain. Puddle stomp. Let your mind daydream in the upside reflections of the sky.
- Listen to the nighttime wildlife (e.g. the cicada, frogs, crickets, coyotes, etc.)
- For the remaining weeks of summer and early fall, pick 1-2 veggies a week that are at the peak of their harvest and go to town experimenting with recipes. Bonus: buy a slew of them at the farmer’s market while they’re cheap, and freeze or can them for later in the year.
- Sit around the fire at night – fire pit, campfire, bonfire, whatever you have.
- Nap in a hammock.
- Attend an outdoor concert or play.
- Sleep as close to nature as you can. Even if you can’t camp on a given weekend, pitch a tent in the backyard, or sleep on the porch for a night.
- Create a piece of art – whatever you feel like doing in the moment. Don’t stifle the experience with imposed standards. Just see where your mind goes and follow it.
- Visit a new park in your area every weekend. Hit all the stops from wilderness areas to botanical gardens, nature centers to arboretums.
- Mud fight!
- Spend a whole day (or at least an afternoon) on the water. Go surfing, rafting, water skiing, river tubing, boating, canoeing, kayaking, or any combination of the above.
- Have a late summer vacation? Take a day (if not the whole time) without any agenda whatsoever. Wander, poke around, park yourself somewhere and see what happens around you. Get as far away from the tourist hustle and bustle as possible and see where the locals go. Seek out the seemingly mundane, nondescript corners of the place. You might just find yourself swept up in something that will become the best memory of the whole trip.
- Take a vineyard tour.
- Meet the dawn one morning – with a hike, a yoga practice, or a early morning fishing expedition.
- Break out the water balloons.
- Sit on the beach (ocean or lake shore) with nothing but a cool drink and an indulgent novel.
- Spend the day among rocks. Skip stones, climb boulders, or go geode hunting.
- Fly a kite.
- Reclaim the art of the backyard game. I’m talking the likes of croquet, frisbee golf, flag football, volleyball, horseshoes, Kubb (Viking chess), badminton, lawn darts, or outdoor bowling.
- Spend an evening stargazing.
Went pretty well! Being busy at work kept me distracted from food, and I wasn’t even hungry for most of the day. I restarted PB because the “brain fog” and “memory delay” symptoms didn’t seem so pleasant right before my exam.
…which also went okay. But I didn’t check my answers (out of laziness, which is stupid, I know! But I was so exhausted after the second hour… haha) and guessed on about 6-7 out of 30.
Back to sleeping 4-5 hours a day, haha.
Saw Dark Knight Rises FINALLY.
Weighed myself after getting home around 1, and I was finally back in the 126s. Thanks dehydration?!
My weight’s been all over the place (aka up up up!) lately but I’m kind of fed up with worrying about it, to be honest. I’m toward the end of another cold and finally got in a workout today; also started the slow transition to Primal Blueprint today and I’m feeling good so far. Giving up rice will not be easy, I know. But all the other sugary junk I could/NEED to do without.
So much, I swear like 90% of this is all emotional. Eating is emotional, we all know that by now. When you have the luxury, that is. I’ve definitely gained weight these past two weeks (has it only been two weeks? Jesus) but at my most recent thinnest (~126) I was pretty puzzled about how I got there. It happened kind of suddenly. There is photographic evidence! Now I’m back in the 127-129 range and trying to figure out how to eat without feeling deprived. Binging has been a struggle. My parents came back with another huge Costco haul, including Haagen Daaz ice cream and croissants. I’m not going to touch them. Really!
**Oh yeah, I totally broke my no-scale rule! >< But it’s fine; the novelty of the Eatsmart scale has pretty much worn off by now.
These next two weeks I will cease thinking in utilitarian terms and allow for some personal indulgences. Like yoga and aimless walks.
No calorie-counting or weigh-ins for the next fourteen days. Neither are things I want to be doing for the rest of my life.
No checking success stories or before-and-afters.
I will be checking this blog, though: http://www.canyoustayfordinner.com/.
Time to refocus. 🙂
slowly unwinding in this moment (or the one that passed by just now)
with this song: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ucGBLprfDBU
and the realization that I can text my high school ex for music recs and expect him to respond
(though he did not rec this song; he’d never)
sometimes hearts need to be surprised, too. It keeps them healthy.
maybe the body getting sick is a way of saying, “Look at me.”
I felt the onset of a cold and ended up tossing down Emergen-C and Nyquil like nobody’s business – so right now I’m just numb. I’ve been numb and stupid all day, sleeping sixteen or so hours. Hard to tell if the cold has slowly creeped away (“this girl’s nuts yo”) or it’s just crouching tigering me.
Now I want to go back to sleep.
I didn’t realize until tonight that I hadn’t felt tired the entire day. It’s probably because I slept seven hours last night. 🙂
Working out was a typical half-hour affair. Exercise ADHD is definitely on full-blast.
Studying is kind of chill? Which worries me. But not enough that I’ll do something about it.
Lower back a little better. This is the longest I can recall it lasting though. Normally it goes away after a week, but it’s been about two.
I always feel like I have more stuff to write about than I actually do, yikes. Why is that?