All things considered, the week went by quite fast! Thank goodness. Marc and I are on the final countdown! After today we have only two more days of work until we take off for two and a half weeks… I seriously cannot contain myself.
Sun, ocean, beach, RELAXATION!
It would be amazing to completely unplug while we’re away, but I also have the Fab Uplift Detox coming up next week! I am so excited to stay connected with all of the amazing ladies (maybe some gents??) that are along for the ride. We’ve already formed such an incredible community of encouragement and support; I know it’s going to be another life-changing experience. Many are already connecting in their own cities to gain more support in person with each other, it’s so fun! Relationships are being built, and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead for all of us! (pssst… registration ends this Sunday!)
Since Marc and I are finally winding down and getting into vacation mode (truth: my brain has already completely shut down!), I’ve been taking a bit of time to catch up with friends, especially new ones that are developing into deeper connections that I am extremely grateful for!
Last night I met up with Erin at The Coup… almost three hours of talking, laughing, sharing in struggles and exciting things happening in our lives. I left with a very full and grateful heart… and stomach
It all started with a shared pitcher of red sangria…
followed by a delicious ‘new to me’ entree, Dijon de Sean…
‘brown rice fettucini tossed in a white wine seeded mustard sauce with sautéed arugula, portabella mushroom, red onion & black garlic, topped with pine nuts’
Just recently The Coup started offering gluten free pasta, yay!! Usually I go for a steaming bowl of their Beachfront Hot Pot, but I needed something more substantial. My stomach has been off the last few days (stressed much?!), so I thought pasta would hit the spot… it did! Marc has had this a few times before, I’m happy to have finally broken out of my hot pot shell to try it.
Don’t worry, I certainly didn’t leave without dessert. Both Erin and I were stuffed from dinner, so we each took a chocolate torte home to share with our husbands.
I was intrigued by it because the crust is made out of chickpeas, and let’s be real, I was craving chocolate. Verdict? It was ‘ok’. I liked that it wasn’t too sweet, but it did leave a lot to be desired in the chocolate department. It could have had more depth in flavor. Next time, I’ll stick to the raw lemon cashew coconut square!
The last week or so has been a whirlwind, I really needed that night out. Through my conversation with Erin, and in a Gmail chat with another friend today, a few things have been confirmed for me and has given me a renewed perspective. They have both spoken words of encouragement and support in the same ways without even knowing each other; which yet again is no coincidence.
The main theme? Slowing down, and not putting so much pressure on myself. I have taken on a lot in the last few weeks. All of which will absolutely benefit in the long run, and some in the short term. After hurting my ankle and forcing myself to take it easy, I have finally decided that scaling down the intensity of my workouts is a good idea in the next few months. I have seen a number of articles now, including this one that Andrea tweeted yesterday via The Wellness Mama, that supports the idea especially when focusing on hormone balancing. I’m sure I will still run a little while we’re in Maui, I can’t help it! We’ll do a lot of hiking as well, but I am going to use this vacation to recharge and refocus… and paddleboard!
Well, this weekend will be full of laundry, packing and fitting in some studying, but I will most certainly sleep in and rest… maybe a few glasses of wine will be involved.
Question of the day: What are you doing this weekend to slow down? I may need a few suggestions… hehe