2014/01/09 by nikkiledford
Day 2 was a recovery day. I started out the day with some breakfast and a walk around Dana Point Harbor, followed by Yoga in the Park. It was a beautiful sunny day so I was happy to spend some time outdoors.
The rest of the day was a smörgåsboard of errands, always SUPER FUN!
I kept my food pretty simple throughout the day. I didn’t spend too much time in the kitchen besides some egg scrambling for breakfast, salad chopping for lunch, and veggie juicing for dinner. Prep time and cleaning for each meal didn’t exceed 20 minutes. Any healthy eating plan doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of time. Especially if you spend a couple of hours over the weekend grilling some meat, making some soup, and prepping snacks like hard-boiled eggs and chopped veggies.
Breakfast: 2 eggs scrambled with chopped peppers, mushrooms, and onion. Topped with 1/2 a medium avocado
Lunch: Farmer’s Garden Smoothie from Whole Foods (kale, berries, almond milk, banana, and maca powder) and a Cracked Pepper Real Sticks Jerky Stick.
Dinner: Romaine Salad with 2 chopped chicken thighs, tomatoes, cucumber, red pepper, and (accidentally) lots of red pepper flakes, evoo, and balsamic vinegar. Also a handful of macadamia nuts
Snack: homemade veggie juice and a hardboiled egg
other beverages: water and yerba mate with almond milk
I’m really enjoying the meditation in the morning. I find that getting my mind right is so important for executing tasks throughout the day. My guided meditation asks me to imagine my day and everything I have to do, and then imagine getting it all done and really FEELING that sense of accomplishment. It seems silly cause really, if I didn’t get it all done, it’s no big deal. In reality, I can go to the bank tomorrow or work on that project over the weekend. However, I am noticing that by imagining the success of the day, it produces more intention throughout my day. Almost like I’ve already succeeded, so I might as well just do everything I had on my list.
One of my favorite productivity hacks is something I read in Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project. In one of her chapters, she tackles this idea of productivity and efficiency. One of her rules is that if a task takes less than a minute or two to accomplish, do it right away. For example, that piece of recycling to take out to bin on the patio, that check which needs to be written and stamped, the juice jar that needs to be rinsed and put in the dishwasher, the folded towels that need to go in the linen closet. It’s a pretty great rule. I like the proactivity of taking charge of these little tasks that often get put off or passed off to the next person (spouse, kids, parents, etc.)