We all know Newton’s first law of motion. “A body in motion or at rest tends to stay in motion or at rest until an outside force acts upon it.”
For many years, I was a font of physical energy. In fact, that has never changed. But recently, I allowed myself to become so bogged down by external goings-on that I was neglecting what is most-sacred to my mental health and wellbeing –movement. I wasn’t a couch potato; I still walked everywhere, and clocked many steps in a day. However, I wasn’t lifting. I was eating like crap. I was living on caffeine and desperation. (I desperately needed to finish that fucking project!)
I am nothing if not resourceful and full of
deranged fury ruthless determination! I got my bootstraps, pulled them high, took my Wellbutrin and daily vitamins–because those are very important–rubbed a puppy belly, strapped on my running shoes, and went for sushi got moving.
It’s been a few weeks now, and other than the “ouch these muscles. oh no, those are worse. spoke too soon, that’s really ow” it’s been GREAT. Like Tony the Tiger great. Like Swiffleton dancing to Selena Gomez, great. Sweet Christ! What is wrong with me?!? My exercise endorphins are making me GAF about those two? Why do I love their love?
Oh yeah. TALL PEOPLE FOREVER. I do so love it when a tall girl snags a tall guy that might have otherwise ended up with a teeny lady. Not that I don’t love teeny ladies, but I love seeing my fellow Amazons get theirs.
Where was I? Oh yes. Moving my ass. It’s been a transition, let me tell you. It’s difficult to get back in the kettlebell swing of things when you’ve been ass over teakettle in your office for months on end. DAMN YOU, DICKENS!!! (I was/am working on a book about Dickens.)
I find that it is best to itemize my day. I make a list and stick to it.
So, how to itemize your day for success?
Note: I didn’t say “organize my day.” Because that implies specific times for specific things needing done. That simply won’t work for me–or many others–with children and erratic schedules. Lists, however, those work.
Here is how I broke it down:
I knew that I needed separate blocks for work tasks–social media, writing, studying, preparing, cooking, pictures, research, etc. I also knew that I needed to make my exercise a priority, and breakdown what it was I would focus on that day. Knowing my monkey mind, I am also completely aware that I need to prioritize the decompression of my mind through activities such as meditation (which I used to hate) and reading for pleasure. And while my children are a priority, their activities and schedule are hard-wired into mine already, much like “eat lunch and dinner, take a shower, brush teeth.” Therefore, they don’t appear on my list unless they have something special coming up. Here is an example of my day:
I can move things about on my board as is convenient. Is it going to be 9437938476F outside? Fine–I’ll move running to first thing in the AM, and the news can come later. Need to meet with someone about my research at 1pm? Ok, moving the tarts. If I made this a rigid schedule–I’d never stick to it. I would get very upset with myself and crumple into a planner heap. That’s not to say I don’t like order and routine, I do, I thrive on it. I automate my eating, I have coffee and water EVERY morning. I always shower before I have sex. (tmi?) But any parent knows that schedules are like communism, great in theory, but fall apart in practice. (Damnit, Captain, DON’T YOU KNOW IT’S FOR THE GREATER GOOD?!? TURN OFF THE IPAD! Bougie boy.)
I also focus on ONE task at a time. If I multitask? Nope. Doesn’t work. I will never be the interviewee that says “I am a great multitasker.” I will be the interviewee that says “you’ll love me for how I monotask and kick ass.” Because even though I have a speeding bullet train of a brain with my severe ADHD, It’s best if that bullet train stays on track if everyone wants to survive. It’ll just get to the station a lot faster.
When I knew I needed to fix my days, I did what any good researcher would do–I researched. I suppose I could’ve done it at the library, but I decided to stay home in my underoos and google.
I came across a few VERY good resources:
The Miracle Morning by Hal Elrod spells out in black and white how we can achieve so much by rising early and jumping right into our day. It’s a great reminder that the most successful people in life are typically early morning people who get the most shit done.
This book was all about finding my tribe. Runners like myself who thrive on a plant-based diet. It’s affirmation and realization in 250 pages.
Rebekah Borucki, aka BexLife is admittedly a friend of mine. However, that doesn’t diminish the change I’ve seen in my mind since I began following her meditations. I’m calmer. I’m centered. I’ve even started following other meditation gurus that she’s suggested–and I’m not hating it. I’m THINKING OF GETTING A FUCKING MEDITATION PILLOW. Like, for real. like World Market floor pillow. OMG
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Michael Perrine’s Everyday Detox is the exact opposite of what I would normally even consider. He’s very woowoo. There’s a lot of scientific speculation. I don’t always agree with his assertions. However. He’s very well-researched–if extreme. But I LIKE extreme. Balls-to-the-wall, talk about your poop, eat healthy and thrive. That’s Michael Perrine, and it should be applauded. Bex introduced me to his podcast, and I was hooked. Because he gives a fuck about his audience and his topic. Crucial.
Oh, and eat your fucking vegetables.
These separately are helpful and wonderful. These together–powerhouse. I never thought I’d be this crisp cracker crunchy, but it’s working. Denying visible and tangible results is for republicans.
And while listening to Michael Perrine, I was thinking about food combinations, and my grandmother-in-law’s obsession over cold vs hot food–or balanced foods when the time calls for it. This led me to craving one of my favorite foods of the summer–the chamoyada. It’s essentially a spicy-sour-sweet mango chili slush. They’re a pain to make. But! I was able to make it NATURALLY and much healthier than the restaurant variety, in a manner that’s easy to eat.
These come together FAST, don’t take that long to freeze, and if your child hates spicy? Leave out that layer in a few! The tamarind sticks are optional–and most aren’t natural. But they are delicious–especially if you can get the all-natural variety.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours in the freezer
Keywords: dessert vegan ice-cream Mexican
Ingredients (6 pops)
- 2 ripe mangos, peeled and sliced
- 12 oz 100% juice mango juice or pineapple
- 1 tbsp raw honey
- 3-4 tbsp all natural Mexican hot sauce
- taijin seasoning
- spicy tamarind sticks
blend the juice, honey, and mangoes until smooth
pour into pop holders until halfway full
sprinkle with taijin seasoning
blend remaining mixture with hot sauce
pour on top of mango mixture SLOWLY
sprinkle tops with taijin seasoning
add sticks of any variety
freeze 3 hours or overnight