Just a Relaxing Rainy Sunday of Reflection in April

More Tea, More Calm

I’m finally feeling better. I can breathe again (always a plus) and my head doesn’t feel like a wad of cotton is being crammed into it. My energy is coming back as well and I find myself amped to start working out – I mean really working out – again.  I can’t wait to work up a good sweat and push myself hard.

This weekend we went off the Warrior Diet a little and had some “naughty” foods just for a change.  We went to Kroll’s in Green Bay – which is where you go in Green Bay for awesome hamburgers and a taste of local history. It’s not healthy food by any means but it is fun and something you have to do every once in a while. The funny thing about eating that type of food nowadays is that I realize just how GREAT I feel when I am eating healthy and following the Warrior Diet. When I veer off it for even a day, I don’t feel nearly as clean, good, healthy or energetic. It’s a great test to see how far we’ve come and why we do NOT eat that food very often. (Not that we did before this but we’ve really ramped up our organic/healthy eating to the point where we really try to avoid all food that is processed.)

Most of our food is all fruit and vegetables – fresh as we can get it. Another reason I am overly anxious for summer – because we’ll have all the fresh vegetables we want from the Uncles’ garden. I can’t wait to help them this year. Last year was sort of a bust due to all the rain we got last summer.

Remember that plateau I hit – weight and measurement-wise? I think I broke through it. I am down another two pounds in two weeks (not a lot I know) but I haven’t been able to workout. I HAVE been eating healthy though.  And my clothes are getting much looser. I am seeing more definition which is really exciting for me and really making me even more eager to dive back into my workouts.

Vibrant Vegetables

We did our weekly grocery shopping this morning and now the fridge is full of all the fun things I plan to cook up this week. Fresh salad each night loaded full of flavor (cilantro, pepperoncini, black olives, carrots, sun-dried tomatoes, green peppers and radishes)

The Beauty of Fresh Greens

I’m thinking this week of making perhaps another Polenta Pie, Quinoa Pilaf, Vegetable Pasties, Samosas and a Stir Fry. I also bought a squash to bake with brown sugar, cinnamon and butter.

Stocked Up

There are some things I do need to modify though – drink more tea and less coffee.

I noticed last week that my coffee intake is making me more irritable during the day and I do not like that at all.  I bought some Kombucha tea from Festival Foods today. I really like the flavor of it. I like teas that I do NOT feel the need to add anything to.  It’s a hard habit to break – drinking coffee. I have been drinking it since age three (not joking) and I love it. I love the smell, the earthy aroma and flavor of it. I cannot imagine giving it up completely but I do know I need to cut back. I seriously thought I would drink LESS with the Keurig coffeemaker we got for Christmas but instead, I have been drinking MORE. I have been enjoying all the different roasts Keurig has to offer and on the days we get our shipment of K-Cups – if it contains different blends from our usual order – I go crazy trying them all out. I know. I know. NOT healthy. So that is why I must cut back.

I will post my weekly kettlebell update at the end of this week. Being sick and being up north a couple weeks ago has kept me from really focusing on my workouts. I did get a good one in on Friday. I’ll get back to my progress updates and continue on as I had been doing. I haven’t quit or given up or anything like that. I’ve just been sick.

Other than that, it’s been a nice, quiet weekend. And although we are supposed to have rain all week, I am optimistic about it. This is true April weather. April showers bring May flowers, so they say. The snow has already gone down quite a bit in our yard and once again, I can see the grass again which is very nice!  I’m looking forward to watching “Black Swan” tonight after our pumpkin goes to sleep and then, there is the new week. Hoping that I will FINALLY get some writing done – with limited interruptions – unless it means playing some Mario Brothers with my daughter – which I am always game for!

Happy April! Happy week! 😀

0 thoughts on “Just a Relaxing Rainy Sunday of Reflection in April

  1. Hooray! Congrats on busting that plateau…although, I’m sorry you had to be sick. I’ve got to say…your fridge looks a lot better than mine, although we’re working on it. We’re doing more cooking at home, vs. eating out, and that makes a huge difference. I wish it would rain here. We’re going to get a little respite from the heat, but it’s going to be dry.
    Have a fabulous week!

  2. I love love love that coffee cup! Where did you ever find such a wonderful and fantastic cup!? 🙂
    Very nice post! Keep it up!!!

  3. Healthy food makes SUCH a difference, doesn’t it? I am trying (and failing miserably at present) to cut sugar from my diet. When I am OFF of it, I feel so good, so energized; the body has this incredible ability to rebound and maximize its potential when all the crap is cut out (as you’re found out). I’m still running 4 miles at least 4-5 times a week, but DIET is key. I’ll get there again! And I’ll be a WRITING MACHINE :-). What you plan to make this week sounds delightful! Keep up the good work, Tracy. Looking forward to your kettlebell update; something I think I might want to try at some point.

    • Let me know if you do try it (kettlebells). We have cut out sugar but once in a while we have some and feel like crap. LOL. But we’re human. We have to enjoy life and food from time to time. 🙂

  4. I draw so much strength from your determination to bust the plateau. The photos are incredibly appetizing: vibrant, lively and beautiful. I am sorry you got sick; perhaps your body needed a short pause in this incredible spree of self-improvement. I am delighted you are feeling better and continue cheering on your efforts from afar. They – and you – are truly inspiring.

    • I feel the same about you – you inspire me and force me to be so grateful for the little things. Thank you for your words of encouragement, Roxanne! They are always appreciated.

  5. I could not agree with you more about going “off” your regular diet. I have a splurge meal or two every weekend, and if I do it, I feel like total crap the next day. I think it’s as though, after lots of exercise and healthy food, your body becomes like a very high-performance engine that can’t tolerate dirt fuel anymore.

    • It’s awful, isn’t it? But at the time you’re doing it, it is soooo good! It’s the aftermath that stinks!

  6. Yay for fridge photos! Your house salad blend sounds amazing! Adding herbs to salad makes it taste so good. Last year I bought a prepared salad on a rush day and it blew my mind–it had Italian parsley and dill in it–and I didn’t notice until I sat down to eat what an amazing meal it was. When it starts getting too hot to cook, we eat like that all week long. (And you guys have such a nice FULL fridge. I’m envious.)

    I have had some good Kombucha blends and some that taste like compost, so I’m glad you got a good one. Here is my favorite tea for when I have a sweet craving: http://www.harney.com/Herbal-Hot-Cinnamon-Spice/products/285/ It’s really hot, too–I mean spicy cinnamon, like a stick of Big Red gum, and there’s no sugar in it, but it’s sweet and is such an upper in the morning. It’s going to be some serious work to kick your caffeine habit after all those years, and I know it’s going to take patience. Good luck!

  7. Yum – parsley and dill would be good.
    The Kombucha tea is Yogi I believe. It’s not bad. I sometimes put a little agave nectar in it for sweetness but not all the time. I’ll have to check your tea out! It sounds interesting! I like a little kick from time to time! Thanks for the link!
    I’ll keep you posted!

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