Friend Therapy

Yesterday was a really busy day but awesome! I started out pretty early for a Saturday with a bowl of oatmeal. I made it in the microwave with 1/2 rolled oats, 1 cup milk, a pinch of salt, flax seed, cinnamon, nutmeg and a banana. Once it was done, I topped it off with a big glob of almond butter. I made such a big bowl because I needed it to get me through a few hours. I wasn’t able to finish all of it as I guess my stomach has gotten used to smaller meals.

A couple of hours later, I went to my yoga class at Journey Home Yoga. The class was a hatha flow class taught by Laura. She focused on sun salutations and back bends, my favorite! We went through many many rounds of sun salutation and then did a number of back bends including cobra pose and sphinx. The end of the class was a little core work and twists followed by guided breath work. I think the breath work will come in handy when I need a few moments of calm in my work day as it was very soothing and relaxing.

After yoga, I met my friend Sarah at Starbucks for a light meal and a latte. I asked for the veggie piadini and a vanilla latte but once we got outside, I realized they gave me the one with sausage and cheese. I decided to eat it anyway because I was hungry and the line was all the way to the door. It was still delicious and I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a quick light meal on the go. Despite my order being wrong, it was a pleasant trip because the nice man behind the counter told me that I had “such a sweet face”. That really brightened my day!

After Starbucks we headed out to the west end to meet our friend Tanya at Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods. The first stop was TJ’s to stock up on cereal and yogurt among other delightful goodies like lacey cookies and cashew macadamia nut butter! Next up was Whole Foods for produce and hummus. I was looking for the lemon hummus I see all over blogland but they said they didn’t make it in that store. I settled on a small container of basil hummus instead, lets hope it is fabulous. On the way out, we all got a little of the homemade gelato. I got a small with butter pecan and chocolate. It was so delicious and I ate it with a baby spoon to make it last much longer!

Once back to my side of the world, Sarah and I parted ways and I headed home. The dear husband and I went to our favorite place, Target, to pick up a few facial products for my new out of control skin. I’m having such problems lately with oil and acne. My mom tells me that she had the same problem in her 30’s so I am looking for a way to get through it. After Target, we headed to the drug store to pick up my prescriptions only to find that one of them is no longer covered by my insurance. Well, it is covered but my co pay was $120! Are they kidding me? The pharmacist recommended something over the counter to tide me over until I can talk to my insurance/doctor. I think the state of health care in the country is awful!

Once we were home from our errands, I hit the treadmill for 35 minutes. I had planned to do an hour but my friends, Jamie and Courtney, were coming through Richmond with their friend Megan and we had plans for dinner. She was running a bit earlier than I expected so I hopped off the treadmill to be sure I made it with plenty of time. The funny thing about being on the treadmill is that I discovered that I like walking at a little higher speed than I have been. It seemed that I liked it to be more challenging and I really enjoyed it much more. Maybe over time, I can slowly increase my speed to the point of running again. That would be great!

I met Jamie and friends at the Cracker Barrel for dinner. We were all really hungry at this point as they had been at Busch Gardens all day and I hadn’t had anything since the gelato 5 hours before. I started with half a biscuit and half a corn bread. The biscuit was great and the corn bread was OK, I prefer sweeter corn bread. For dinner, I ordered chicken n dumplings with turnip green, green beans and stewed apples. I ate mainly the veggies because I hadn’t really had any veggies all day long. The dumplings were good but the chicken was insanely dry so I only had a few bites of that.

Once they headed back to NC, I headed home. I had barely seen the dear husband all day so it was nice to cozy up with him on the couch before finally heading to bed.

Though Provoker: Do you think that spending time with friends is an important part of keeping you happy? I love being social as long as I really know everyone around though being around a bunch of strangers makes me shy and withdrawn. I think that having friend time is really important to my overall well being.

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14 Responses

  1. Good morning! What a sweet thing for that man in line to say to you. )
    Yes, being with friends is huge for my mental well being.

  2. I spent time in the USA for a year. Although I have great memories I really missed my friends and now have an appreciation for how important they are in life. So yes definitely a yes on friend time. It takes effort but well worth it.

    As for the exercise it is amazing how motivated you can get when you don’t put pressure on yourself. I am finding it the same way this time. I just do what I feel like and find myself wanting to do more and more.

  3. Being with friends is a very important part of my well-being. Though, ultimately, I think I’m an introvert, because I definitely recharge while being alone or with just my husband and daughter.

    A thought about your acne. Since you’ve done a lot of work at therapy, this may be the toxins of your past finally coming out of your system…I know it’s a little out there, but I think that there’s so much more to the connection between the mind and the body than most people think.

  4. Hooray for a busy but SUPER awesome day 🙂

    I have a few, close friends whom I trust and confide in – they definitely contribute to my happiness.

  5. What a wonderful day!

    I definitely feel that friends are an overall part of my well being! I always feel so full of life when spending time with them!

  6. Sounds like you had a fantastic day…YEAH!
    I do think my friends are important to my well being…everybody needs a sounding board or shoulder to cry on every now and then!

  7. what a nice comment! i’m glad it made you smil!

    and i think friends are very important for my well being. I have a handful of friends that I confide in most of the time and very few acquaintances…i think i prefer it that way!

  8. I always eat ice cream with a baby spoon!! Its something i learned from my mom…

    I think friends are crucial… without them, I don’t think I could keep my sanity!!

  9. Or, rather, I should say, whats LEFT of my sanity!

  10. My girlfriends and I are way too co-dependent on each other. I love spending time with the hubby, but other human interaction is important too!

  11. oooh i love eating ice cream w a baby spoon! it helps me slow down a little
    i think friend time is SO important… during this deployment, i’m pretty sure i couldn’t survive without my wonderful friends
    hope you have a happy sunday!

  12. so lovely of that man to pay you such a sweet compliment 😀 😀 glad you liked your lunch even though it was “wrong” – maybe it was fate 🙂

    i have a few very close friends that i really trust and love spending time with – i’m not a big crowd person though and prefer to keep to smaller “circle”. too many people overwhelm me 🙂

  13. Aww what a nice compliment. You DO have such a sweet face.

    Yes, I definitely think that being with a friends is a very important part of being healthy. Ya gotta get out there and live and laugh.

  14. That’s such a lovely compliment!! I love unexpected surprises like that which completely boost one’s confidence 🙂 And that Starbucks piadini looks delicious!

    I agree with you — if I’m with people I know well and love, it’s wonderful for my well-being. But I definitely tend to shy away from large gatherings of people that I don’t know very well and it can actually stress me out.

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