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numbers

yesterday i woke up early to quickly warm up my legs on the elliptical at the gym. it was a mild workout.

i had grabbed some magazines for my flight back to the city on monday, but since i wound up talking to the man sitting next to me, i never got to read them. my usual go-to magazines for a flight are cosmopolitan and self magazine. since i had bought those two for my flight home, i picked up a women’s health magazine at the airport.

shakira was on the cover and there was a very insightful interview with her. i recently read this blog post from Mary Beth Larue, a yoga teacher based in Venice, CA who writes beautiful words and found it to be filtering the way i was reading women’s health. all i kept seeing was burn this many calories, each this many calories, stay under 1,600, she now weighs 118 how amazing. and then i looked on my elliptical and saw that apparently i had burned 700 calories (in 40 mins?). i became so aware of how caught up in numbers this magazine was (at least this particular issue…i also read Larue’s blog post after reading cosmopolitan and self, maybe a second read through of those magazines with this mindset would be equally insightful).

and i get so caught up too. calorie counting, calories burned, scales—they can completely take over. when they interviewed shakira about her workouts and gym regiments, she said she hadn’t been working out lately, but the article seemed to slide write into a new paragraph devoted to what shakira’s workouts have been in the past, or what they will be in the future. obviously i am aware that women’s health is a health magazine, but healthy also means enjoying every moment of life. i wanted to know more about shakira’s passions, her new children, what hobbies she has, what keeps her at peace–not just what she eats and what her workouts are. although workouts and eats are important for health and can be something that makes you happy, there is more to life that calories burned and calories eaten.

i even began to think of how often i think of numbers in terms of time…just got to get to this date, or this time, or go to bed at this time, wake up at this time, one more day, hour, week, etc. numbers have the capability of stripping away any sense of living for the now. they can easily become obsessions and bog me down.

 

feed your soul, not your calorie counter.

move and sweat for your soul, not to reach a number that a machine gives you.

hug your body-limbs, curves, and all because it’s a gift, not because you got to a number a machine shows you.

screw the numbers.

stop counting.

live now.

xo, juls

 

bringing people together with home-cooking

there is something about being from the midwest that will always linger inside of me. i get so much joy out of inviting my friends over, making them feel comfortable, and treating them to a home cooked meal. and i mean i love every step of it–from venturing out to bed, bath, and beyond to get that food processor to make fresh hummus, to slicing and dicing loads of veggies so that prep is easier when my friends arrive (thank you mom for teaching me this one), to lighting candles and pouring wine, to plating the food, and of course chatting, laughing, and obviously dancing by the end of it all. i love when my friends leave with a full belly and heavy heart. i’m bursting with bliss.

thankfully that happened last night. as i had mentioned before i have been feeling really down with this winter, but yesterday the sun was up briefly, i got to cook and bring my friends together, and i ended up in someone special’s arms cuddling in bed. it was a perfect day and left me completely satisfied. i found myself only focusing on the day at hand and really working on living in the moment. my yoga practice has really been pushing me lately to think in this way, and it leads to such pleasure. it’s amazing. enjoying the now is what it’s all about.

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sipping third-eye chai kombucha and it felt like spring by the window.

 

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homemade hummus, bell peppers, crackers, bread, and gouda to start with a bottle of TJ’s finest.

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quinoa stuffed zucchini that i mocked up from another recipe, and sweet potato and carrot baked fries.

i am hoping to get in a run and yoga this morning to end the week with a bang! sweat=sweet=bliss

xo juls