Encouraging Words

Thank you all for your kind words yesterday. Some days, I feel so strong and confident and others, not so much. When I woke up yesterday, I didn’t realize I was so emotional about the day before until I started writing. Once I started to write, it all just came tumbling out. It was so good for me to release it and it felt even better to read your comments. Some of you brought me to tearsย with your compassion and understanding.ย I always feel so misunderstood and it is so comforting to know that there are people in the world that get it.

My writing put me in a big rush to get to yoga on time. Instead of eating an early breakfast, I ate a quick banana and an almond coconut KIND bar. I was in such a hurry that I didn’t take a picture. Luckily, I still got to yoga in time to set up my mat and visit the ladies room ๐Ÿ™‚ When I got there, I was very happy to see Linda, probably my favorite yoga teacher thus far. Linda teaches vinyasa and she really knows how to build internal heat and get out all of the kinks. Linda’s class is the kind of class where you just hate her for it but once it is all over, the love starts pouring out.ย  When the class ended, she told us that she will not be teaching the Saturday AM class again until January and for this, I am very upset. We talked to her about the sub from last week and she thinks that we should tell her that we prefer the vinyasa style so hopefully it will all work out.

I came home after yoga and made the dear husband and I a nice breakfast. For some reason, I was really in the mood to cook. So, instead of worrying about the things we wanted to get done, I cooked. I made spinach polenta topped with egg, salsa and goat cheese. First I sauteed onions and garlic in a little ghee (clarified butter) and then added in diced ham. Once the ham was nicely browned, I added milk and then the corn meal. Once the polenta was thick and creamy, I added in frozen chopped spinach and a dash of nutmeg. This breakfast was rich, hearty and satisfying!

After our late breakfast, we headed out for a day of shopping. The cold snuck up on us here in VA and my sweater and long sleeve inventory was really lacking. While we were out, I grabbed a chai green tea latte from Starbucks. With a Starbucks in tow, we hit up the Halloween section at Target and then headed out for a bite to eat. We went to Noodles & Company which I am guessing is a chain but the one we went to is the only one in the Metro Richmond area. It was our first time there and we both really liked it. It seemed to be the perfect place for when you want to go out but everyone isn’t in the mood for the same things. I got pad thai with tofu and added a little rooster sauce to it. I ate about 1/3 of the noodles and didn’t eat the tofu, it was soft and mushy, not my kind of tofu.

After eating, we headed to the grocery store to stock up for the week and then headed home. Once home, I made us a big pot of popcorn because we were both mildly hungry.

About halfway through, I realized that I was really hungry and went for a piece of fried chicken we had picked up from the grocery store. I didn’t eat the skin but the chicken was still good. Just the piece of chicken did the trick so I didn’t eat anything with it.

We watched a couple episodes of the Suze Orman show and then hit the hay. I was really looking forward to the extra hour of sleep!

Thought Provoker: Is there a form of exercise that you have a love hate relationship with?


15 Responses

  1. I’m so glad writing is so therapeutic for you, and how awesome is it to have such a supportive audience?!
    Well, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, but I feel very lucky to have YOU in my life. ๐Ÿ™‚
    I have a total love hate with lifting weights for my legs. It’s really hard and takes all my energy to do what I set out to do, and I usually dread it until I go to the gym. But when it’s over and I can barely walk, I feel really good. ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Writing is definitely a great way to express one’s self – never feel ashamed to do so on your blog!! Hope you’re feeling MUCH better now – we’re here for you in the blogging world ๐Ÿ™‚

    Form of exercise I have a love-hate relationship with = squats.

  3. I have a love hate relationship with any kind of weight lifting! I feel so good when it’s done, but I hate every minute of the heavy lifting!

    I’m glad to hear you had a better day! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. You’re welcome. It seems like writing really helps you get a deeper understanding for why you’re feeling the way you are and that’s great. We all support you!

    The noodles look good! Yeah, I guess I have a love/hate relationship with the eliptical. On the one hand it’s so boring, but on the other it’s fun if you have good entertainment!

    Enjoy your Sunday.

  5. Hey Christie! I didn’t have a chance to comment yesterday, but wanted to say that I appreciate your honesty and willingness to be so open with all of us. Glad to see you’re feeling better today ๐Ÿ™‚

    As for exercise…Well exercise is something that I generally don’t look forward to – I usually have to force myself to do it! But you know, when I actually start to exercise, I feel very alive and I feel great for keeping my body healthy. And afterwards, I always feel really good about myself and tend to eat better because I am more in tune and aware of my body’s needs.

  6. Yum…spinach polenta! I love exercise, but somedays when I am running on “low” I have a love/hate relationship with any kind of exercise!

  7. I’m so glad you had a good experience at yoga yesterday! After last week, I’ll bet you needed it! Noodles and Company is indeed a chain, and we have a few of them. The pad thai with chicken is way better than the tofu…and the macaroni and cheese is downright dangerous.

    I have a love-hate relationship with exercise, period. I LOVE the way I feel after I do anything physical, the soreness, etc…I just hate hate hate actually DOING it!

  8. i’m so glad that writing makes you feel so much better and helps you let out the anxiety and stress. it’s a wonderful thing.

    and i have a love hate relationship with any team sport and pilates/yoga…team sports because i have no coordination and pilates/yoga because i have absolutely no flexibility! haha!

  9. it makes me happy that writing it all out helps you – i’ve always kept a diary, since i was 14, and it’s always been the thing that keeps me sane ๐Ÿ˜€

    your breakfast looks fantastic! and i’m glad you ate things that cured cravings – it’s always so satisfying when that happens.

    i would have to say running – i love running SO MUCH when it feels good and i’m in the rhythm, but if my heart isn’t into it it feels like the biggest chore of my life.

  10. i definitely have a love hate relationship with pilates. it makes my body feel great and strong, but it is a really tough workout. if i don’t feel like doing that, i’ll just dance. dancing is ALWAYS fun.

  11. Glad you are feeling better. You post yesterday seemed familiar to me…I have felt the same way before. You are not alone!

    Love-hate….RUNNING. I hate it while I am running, I hate it because it is hard for me and I am so slow…but I love how I feel when I am done. I love how I feel when I see that I went from one mile to 3 and it is getting easier…and I LOVE how it slims down my hips and thighs like no other cardio….but I still hate it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. i think my love-hate is with running – when I’m in the mood, I LOVE it and there’s nothing like that high. But if I feel like I’m dragging and not in the mood, it’s better to just do something else rather than try and slog thru it. I can’t run at all right now b/c of a bulging disk, so of course I’m DYING to go!

  13. spinach polenta!!!!! so delicious!!!
    And I totally agree about the writing…it makes me think deeply and reorganize my thoughts and of course healing my soul as well. That’s why I find blogging so useful, because it makes me do some writing and some thinking at least once a day ^_^

  14. Hey Christie,
    I didn’t get a chance to comment yesterday but I hope you know that you really have ALL of our support. Each and everyone of us has our ups and downs, accomplishments and setbacks…. not only can I relate to your own but I’m also honored at how willing you are to share that difficult part of your life with us. It takes a lot to be so honest with your feelings in the first place but on top of that you describe it in such an eloquent way that I’m always blown away by how “real” you are. A real imperfect human being who has a presence in the blog world that I’ve really grown to love. I’m glad you’re feeling better today and I wish you all the best!

  15. Glad to hear you had a better day. You are amazing, and the fact that you can communicate and acknowledge your struggles just shows how strong and thoughtful you are. Your readers are here for you.

    Your breakfast looks amazing, and pad thai sounds fab. Sorry the tofu wasn’t your style though- I love tofu ALL WAYS.

    Hope you have a wonderful week and a relaxing rest of your Sunday!

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