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Hey friends, thanks so much for all the congrats and well wishes about the new house. I really appreciate it, you guys are just the best! I think we will be unpacking and decorating for a while, but we are very happy to be getting settled in.
How’s your week going? With everything going on, the days and weeks have been flying, I can’t believe there is only a week left in February. Where is 2018 going!?!
Today I thought I would do a little check in on the 40 Days to Personal Revolution program I am doing. If you missed my intro post, you can find it here.
We are now in week 5. The program has four components: yoga, meditation, diet, and journaling. I will address progress in each component.
Yoga: I was pretty spot on with my yoga practice weeks 1-3, and have found that I really love waking up with some yoga. In week 4 and going into this week, I have not been able to fully keep up with the practice. It is not a lack of desire, but rather a lack of time. With the move, my schedule was everywhere last week, and even though we are a bit more settled now, I would have to get up before 4 am to get in a 75-minute yoga practice in the morning. I just can’t bring myself to that. Instead, I have been focusing on spending 15-30 minutes practicing yoga each morning, and have been adding in another shorter session in the evenings as often as I can. I have also been taking more in studio classes or doing online videos instead of following the planned practice from the book. The first few weeks I did the exact recommended practice, but I have a hard time being on my own with a long practice. Even though I’m not getting all of the recommended yoga in, I do feel it makes a huge difference in my mood and I feel that I have gotten stronger and more flexible over the course of the program.
Meditation: Meditations are twice a day throughout the entire program. They started as 5-minute meditations and increase by five minutes in duration each week. This is another area that I have to be honest and admit that it has been difficult for me to fit in 20, and now 25 minute meditations last week and this week. I have meditated twice a day, every day since starting the program though. I consider this a huge win since I have never had a consistent meditation practice before. I have been doing my second meditation at lunch when I can and I feel like it has refreshed and energized me for the second half of my day.
Diet: The program focuses on eating healthy, nourishing food and paying attention to when your body needs more cleansing (fruits, less dense foods, smaller portions) and when it needs more building foods (larger portions, proteins, spicy foods). Week 4 also had a 3-day fruit fast. I ended up doing a 2.5-day fruit fast because I wanted to go take an OTF class and felt I needed more substance prior.
The fast included avocados, tomatoes, zucchini’s and other produce I don’t necessarily think of when I think of fruit. I included tomato soup and avocado in mine for meals with a little more substance and less sweet. I also had some plantain chips for a little texture variety. There is no coffee or alcohol during the fast, and I definitely missed my coffee, but otherwise, it went well. I wasn’t hungry during it. I wouldn’t say I felt much different following the fast. Though I do feel like I focused more on how what I ate made me feel both during the fast and the few days following.
Journaling: The journaling portion of the program has come least naturally to me. I did the journaling weeks 1-3 and did find it to be a good reflective exercise. However, I delayed it as much as I could. Our weekly meetings are Saturdays and I would journal Friday night or Saturday morning. I totally spaced doing week 4’s journaling with the move, but am planning to do it this week.
So far I am really enjoying my program. I wished I had been able to devote more time to it over the last couple of weeks, but I kind of think it helped to keep my stress in check during what has been a very stressful time. Even though I have been doing a somewhat abbreviated version.
I will do a full recap once I finish, if you have any specific questions, just let me know.
Question: What do you do to manage your stress?
Hope you have a great day!