I’ve been MIA the past few weeks but that doesn’t mean I’m not living a healthy life. I am- just a slowed down version. I have to say it feels really really good.
There is something really nice about coming home after a long day, making dinner and just relaxing. I know I know. This isn’t a novel idea but it’s not really how I work. Typically I come home, have dinner and then log on to the computer to work on the blog or tackle a project. When you get up at 5:00AM it makes for a long day.
The last few weeks I’ve really just been listening to how I feel. Some mornings I skip the workout and get some extra rest. Other mornings I’m up and on the mat to start the day. Some evenings I just relax with Michael and others I dive into wedding planning. It all depends on how I feel and what I need.
In just the few short weeks I’ve been working on slowing down I’ve noticed quite a few things about myself. I am definitely better at managing my stress when I have less going on – makes sense right? I also feel more present which feels so good! I often get caught in a cycle where I’m always thinking about what is next. I sometimes tune out of conversations as a result and get caught in my own mental conversation about what I need to do after this or that. It’s something I’ve really struggled with but I find with less going on it doesn’t happen. And that feels good. I much prefer giving someone my full attention and listening to them 100%. And perhaps the most enjoyable piece of this is that I enjoy my surrounding more and am so much more aware. I love sitting with a cup of tea and watching the leaves fall or just watching our silly cat play with her toys like a maniac. There a simple moments for sure, but they are so enjoyable.
My workouts have been slower and more restorative. I’ve been hitting the mat for some yoga either at home or in the studio a few times a week. I’ve really backed off running and have only ran once since my last race. I’ve been working through some tightness, soreness and overall fatigue while on the mat. After 2 weeks I’m finally starting to feel better, more open and my hips and hamstrings feel less achy. I’m planning on joining the gym soon so I can take some cardio classes and use the machines. I’m just not into running in the dark and cold at 5am these days. And you know what, that’s ok. I bought a living social deal for classes at Barre N9ne. They recently opened a 3rd location that is 5 minutes from my house so I’m hoping I can make that part of my weekly routine! I’m loving all the yoga and some variety too!