Mind Over Body and Collards by Candlelight

Today was one of those perfect San Diego days...I come alive when the thermometer goes above 75 and the sun comes out and I can't remember the last time we've had a weekend here that had such amazing weather. It was uncharacteristically cool and gray last summer, so it was nice to be reacquainted with the warm and sunny San Diego I know and love.

Been on the fence about whether or not to run the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon because my legs haven't been cooperating (due to a lingering IT Band injury from 2008) and I haven't run more than 3 miles since last year's half, but this morning, I somehow rocked 7 miles and so I'm going to sign up! 

For the first 6 miles, I had The Secret coming in through my headphones and I honestly don't think I would've been able to have run that far without listening to such empowering words with each step. My legs didn't get into their groove until about mile 4.5 but til then, I just kept going...I didn't stop. It reminded me just how much power our minds have because there were so many times I wanted to stop, but I wouldn't let myself. I just kept thinking "Focus on the positive. Believe you can achieve your goal." So I did.

Later in the day, I walked up to this awesome park that's only a mile from my apartment. Despite its close proximity, it was only the 2nd time I'd ever been to just chill out. Must make up for lost time! I spread my towel out on the grass, happy to be away from the drunken craziness of the beach (I feel like such an old lady sometimes!) I was surprised at how quiet it was for such a beautiful day, but enjoyed the peaceful environment as I laid there for 3 hours, listening to lectures and taking notes.

Got home and was starving, so tried some of this Raw Mango Sorbet that I had made earlier in the day. YUM. Usually, my "ice creams" are banana based, but this was the first time I've eaten a fresh mango (instead of frozen) and it was so refreshing. Better to eat fruit before anything heavier since it goes through the body faster, so it was the perfect appetizer as I was preparing my collard wraps for dinner.

I have only recently gotten into collard wraps...I never liked collard greens before, thinking they were too bitter. But wanting to expand my greens selection to more than just kale, spinach, romaine, chard, and dandelion greens, I thought I'd give collards another try.

I started a few weeks ago by sauteeing them or putting them into my green smoothies. But a few days ago, I tried collard wraps and they were so good that I've decided to try them again.

Last night, I had a really mindful meal. I lit some candles, relaxed on the couch (I don't have a dining table, so when I'm not eating at the kitchen counter, I eat at the coffee table) and enjoyed every singe bite, chewing each bite of food until it was practically mush. As a result, I was completely satisfied and filled up after eating 4 wraps. What a great feeling!

It was pretty much one of those wonderful days where I felt completely nourished from the inside out. 

While I do enjoy spending time with friends on the weekends, I decided to really focus on myself today and get things done on my to-do list (training run, lectures, trying new recipes, laundry!) Spending the entire day by myself doing the activities I enjoy and feeling extremely productive was very fulfilling. I encourage you all to make self-care your number one priority.

If you don't take care of your health and do what makes you feel good, you won't be living to your fullest potential. You will be a better and more giving mother, daughter, girlfriend, wife, friend, leader, co-worker, etc. if you nourish your mind, body, and soul every single day. It doesn't have to be an entire day of activities like I did today (which is rare, that's why I took advantage of the opportunity!) but just taking an hour out of the day to do something for yourself will go a long way.