I have mentioned before how I believe your mental health and happiness directly impact your physical health. I mean think about it- Someone who is down in the dumps, stressed out, or having a really rough time may not be worried about making healthy food and exercise choices. I’ve also mentioned that I have been a bit stressed out lately because of my crazy schedule.
One of the things that I have been doing lately is taking Sunday mornings from 8:00-12:30 totally for myself. No, blogging stuff, no cleaning, nothing. It has been fabulous! You do not know how happy it makes me, how much I look forward to it all week, and how it gives me fabulous time to unwind.
It starts off with barre class (one of the few things my PT has cleared me for) which provides me with a great chance to stretch and also get some strength work in. However, I didn’t realize today how awesomely ridiculous my outfit was until after class. This picture doesn’t even do it justice. Neon peach, striped tank with a bright purple and magenta wildly printed pullover on top. Yep, styling as always. You’d think with all the exercise clothes choices I have I’d pick something better than this. I’m like the kid wearing cowboy boots, my swim suit, and a sparkly jacket out in public – everyone was probably wondering why my mother isn’t still dressing me.
Then it was off to grocery shop. Trust me, I love this so it totally counts as part of my happiness boost. My barre studio happens to be less than a mile from both Trader Joes and Whole Foods! (Score!) So I swing into Trader Joes and pick up all my groceries. Not only do they have great fruits and veggies at cheap prices, but there are so many things I love that are Trader Joes’ brand so you can only get them there (100 calorie spicy jalapeno chicken sausages, chili lime chicken burgers, ginger cat cookies, sweet & hot mustard,… this list could go on forever). Then I head to Whole Foods were I spoil myself by picking up lunch and enjoying it outside all by myself. Normally I sit down to eat lunch with fifteen 7-11 year olds. That means the quiet time to just enjoy my food instead of cleaning up spills or opening someone’s mustard is pretty awesome.
After that I went on an adventure, which turned into a real quest, to find the Pumpkin Spice Eggo Waffles everyone had been Instagramming pictures of constantly. Basically they looked like heaven in a box and I wanted in! On grocery store number 5 (Harris Teeter) I finally was successful. Waffles for the win! (They better rock after my ridiculous mission to find them, so excited!)
And then between the fact that I found the waffles and that today is the first time it feels like fall (70s today, back to the 80s by tomorrow) I snowballed. Or pumpkin balled… I don’t know. Either way I ended up with a ton of pumpkin crap!
I even shook the pumpkin pie spice on my homemade sweet potatoes fries tonight. (Served with a garlic herb pork lion.) I just couldn’t stop myself. It is like I am becoming a pumpkin addict (fall always has been my favorite season). Do you think they have groups for this? Is there a 12 step program? Will I go through withdrawal when winter rolls around and all the pumpkin disappears in favor of gingerbread and peppermint? Will I just pick up a new addiction? (Watch out gingerbread!)
Has the pumpkin bug hit you?
Is it feeling like fall where you live yet?
Do you enjoy this time of year? What is your favorite season?