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Mindful Monday

Posted May 30 2011 8:00pm

As this four-day weekend comes to a close, I’m enjoying some baseball and a little dark chocolate while treating the sunburn I got today (just a little — you know, the awkward places where you can’t reach when you put on sunscreen by yourself).

I started today off with a little reading. To help me tackle some of the unhealthy habits I have, I purchased this book from Amazon a few weeks ago.

So far I really like some of the exercises it recommends. They make sense and really seem to help me cue into my hunger signals and at least recognize that cravings aren’t the same thing as hunger. The journey to mindful eating is challenging, but I think it’s definitely worth it.

This morning the battery in my MP3 player died during mile three of my 6-mile run, so I was left with just me, myself and nature. It was kind of nice, especially since I ran a different route than usual today — literally over the river and through the woods, and through a prairie too. Running without music allowed me to notice new things and just be mindful of what was going on around me. I’m glad I did it, especially since this is my last week here, but let’s be honest, by the time I reached the uphill stretch of mile six, I was ready to hear My Drink and My Two Step blasting in my ears ;)

I had a dilemma this morning as I was craving both oatmeal and cereal. What’s a girl to do? I settled on a huge bowl of Mesa Sunrise cereal with strawberries, a banana and vanilla soymilk, plus heaps of honey and cinnamon on top.

Spring apparently skipped town and instead, summer has arrived in Ohio. It was 90 degrees today! I lay outside for a bit and did some homework, then went on a mission to find some empty boxes for the move.

Dinner today was beyond good. I might go out on a limb and say I cooked the most delicious fish I’ve ever made.

(Cod brushed with lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkled with salt, pepper and parsley, baked at 450 for 20 minutes; blanched green beans + thyme; buckwheat-millet bread with tomato and avocado slices x 3; and some unpictured applesauce with cinnamon)

The fish was seriously perfect. I used fresh-squeezed lemon juice and fresh parsley that my roommate grew; I think that’s what did it. The green beans were also outstanding. I ate the whole pot of them!

How did I survive without avocado before you all came along?

Does anyone want to write a seven-page history paper about American women during World War II? Please? This last week of school just might kill me.

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