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Spa Week: Day 1 Recap

Posted Jul 23 2012 8:39am
Jul 23, 2012 Posted by on Jul 23, 2012 in Blog | 4 comments

From July 22 through July 28, I’m going to make it my  job to be as fit, healthy, and well-rested as I can be. Because I’m curious… How much time does it really take to make health and well being our number one priority? And how much awesomer will I feel if I do it?

Read all about my Spa Week 2012 plans here.

Sigh. The first day of Spa Week wasn’t the wonderful, relaxing day I imagined. First, I woke up 90 minutes earlier than I wanted to, then about 90 minutes after that, I was tackled my monthly cramps so strong they kinda made my eyes cross. They lasted all day. All day. Despite Pamprin, blankie, Smudge, herbal tea, etc.

Movement 1. Walk 4 miles
Mostly achieved with a slight change of plans. I scaled back to a shorter walk because my cramps were so bad, I was uncomfortable merely standing in my kitchen. I did about 30 minutes on the lake trail and returned as quickly as I could to the air conditioning and the company of Smudge on the couch.

2. Meditation
Achieved. I spent 15 minutes practicing “Humee Hum Brahm Hum” from . This meditation is for effective communication and the elimination of inner conflict. According to Yogi Bhajan, “You must hear and understand what you speak… once you speak, hear, and understand humee hum braham hum (We are we, we are god), all conflict in your personality will disappear.”

Groovy! I like it because it’s very soothing. This link shows the posture I used for the meditation. I alternated between chanting along with the recording and practicing slow breathing. I’ve been working on lengthening my breath, so I practiced inhaling for a slow count of 7, retaining the breath for a slow count of 7, then exhaling for a slow count of 7. It’s extremely relaxing and transports the mind to another place that’s nowhere in particular. A noggin vacation!


Breakfast: eggs scrambled with a little sweet potato, scallion, ground beef, and Lebanese 7-Spice seasoning, plus cherries on the side.

Lunch: grilled chicken sautéed with shredded red cabbage, carrots, onion, red pepper, and broccoli, with red curry sauce and just a little coconut milk. Cherries!

Dinner: a giant salad with two kinds of lettuce, cucumber, red pepper, carrots, grass-fed ground beef, and homemade mayo.

General Well-Being & Random Thoughts

I spent a big chunk of the day reading , and it was extremely helpful. I’ll be sharing a full review soon, but if you have a thyroid challenge, or think you might have a thyroid that needs attention, I 100% recommend this book.

On deck for Day 2 today:

Strength training
Walk 4 miles

plus… a meeting with our PR company, some writing, grocery shopping, and tonight: a Star Trek special event!

  1. Cate B says:

    Sad face for the cramps. No me gusta. Have you tried evening primrose before? Back in the day I had some serious cramping business and it came in mighty handy for me, and I still have friends that swear by it.

    And, that is a lovely mantra chant! I’ve been struggling with my meditation as of late. I think I’ll give this one a whirl =)

  2. Kate May says:

    Wow – what a great idea for a summer week! Kudos on the meditation; focusing on my breathing is the most difficult thing for me.

  3. Ms Jane says:

    Crapola about the cramps. Yay about your meditation! Hope you’re feeling better for spa day take 2 xxx

  4. Kim Dowse says:

    Where do get the Lebanese 7-Spice seasoning? Thanks!

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