I celebrated my Sunday morning by indulging in a little extra sleep. When I woke up I noticed an unusual absence of hunger, I’m sure it had something to do with all of the pork that was consumed on Saturday evening!
Since I had plans to meet some friends at the Art Fair before I headed to my late lunch Blogger Meet up, I decided to have the second half of my Kind Bar from Saturday to tide me over for a few hours.
The city of Iowa City usually shuts down the streets for the River Run and also for the Art Fair, but due to less than stellar weather it was moved in doors. There was still a nice turn out, and I even managed to buy some art. I love art!
After the Art Fair I headed over to The Red Avocado for my first official Blogger Meet up.
The meet up had been in the works for a while and it was so fabulous to finally meet some of the ladies behind some of the Iowa blogs I’ve grown to love. Of course, we had plenty to talk about!
For brunch I ordered the Revolutionary Reuben which was made with tempeh, onions, cabbage, and a homemade 1000 Island Dressing. The flavor was amazing! I was a little bit turned off by how greasy the bread was since it was grilled, but otherwise it was a knock out knock off!
Of course we ordered dessert! I opted for the Mint Sundae, which did not disappoint. Christina commented on how it tasted like marijuana since it was made with fresh mint (and coconut milk!). It did have an intense herby flavor.
And I introduced them to one of my favorite yoga studios in town Tree House Yoga. Sadly my yoga partner for the day Alicia ended up sticking around Des Moines for another day after attending the Cochon 555, so I didn’t get to squeeze in any practice yesterday but I did smile!
Eat Pray Love
After I said goodbye to my new foodie friends I headed to grocery store #2 to pick up a few more weekly essentials and then I headed home to relax.
Sometimes its so nice to just VEG (as in relax not in Jamie Oliver’s endearing term for produce). Eventually I got a little hungry so I had the second half of my Reuben and some grapes on the side.
And since this was a weekend full of indulgences of every kind, I had a few of Trader Joe’s Mini Peanut Butter Cups of dessert.
The rest of my evening involved reading Eat Pray Love for the 4th time and munching on some popcorn topped with nutritional yeast. Sadly, I didn’t consider how hungry I was or the fact that I would not be sharing the bag with Matt. I ended up eating 1/3 of it before I had to quit! What a waste!
Eat Pray Love is my favorite book. I can relate to the author on so many levels and in many ways it has opened up the yogi, the traveler, and the eater in me. Each time I read it I discover more about the text, the author, and my self. It is definitely good for my mental health!
Do you have a must-read or a life altering book on your shelves?
This weekend has definitely been one for the books! I had a ton of fun, made new friends and celebrated food and blogging in the process. I also ate and drank more than normal and I haven’t exercised since Yoga in the Park on Earth Day.
Here’s how I get back on track:
Get Grocery Shopping
Is there a better way to get on track than by stocking your fridge & pantry full of healthy items? I don’t think so. It’s easy to keep your eating clean if you are aware of the things that are showing up in your cart!
The Most Important Meal of the Day
I try to kick start most days with breakfast, but I find its especially important to set the tone for the day with a healthy meal. This morning I made sure I had a square breakfast and snack to start my day on the right foot.
Make Time to Move
Monday nights are always reserved for yoga and I couldn’t be more excited for vinyasas! Sometimes its hard for me to get back into the swing of exercise after a long break or weekend, so I make sure I set some time aside for a walk, some yoga, or to hit the gym.
Move On, You’re Human
My biggest struggle is that I dwell on my short comings instead of thinking of tips that will pull me out of my funk or concentrating on changing my behavior. It’s a vicious cycle and why I ended up being so overweight for most of my life. I work hard now on trying to accept indulgences as part of a healthy lifestyle. Everything in moderation, right?
How do you get back to your healthy routine after a weekend or vacation full of indulgences?
Love Your Body
What is your reaction to this fact: “More money is spent in the pursuit of thinness and beauty than on education and social services combined”?
I’m excited to read the comments on LYB topic! Happy Monday!