This is the second week of my return to a healthy routine. So far I am back to working out at the gym several times a week. I meditate and do 20 minute yoga sessions most mornings. I’m making more healthy choices with what I eat. I’ve added juicing to four days a week. This is the second week of me doing intermittent fasting. I’m basically skipping four meals a week.
My diet has been healthy for years. I cook with whole foods, always having copious amounts of vegetables and salads. I rarely eat fast food or processed food. My biggest problem was alcohol. Wine in particular.
I haven’t been drinking for three weeks. I feel much better. Although last night I had a porch party and drank lots of white wine. I don’t feel much better today. That’s it for me drinking for awhile. My body doesn’t metabolize alcohol like it used to. I think alcohol was the main contributor to my enlarged state. I love it so but it’s got to go.
On Monday I did a great 20 minute HIIT (high-intensity interval training) session. I also went for a walk on the beach with my girlfriend and Ramone. Tuesday was a Dance Fusion class at the gym. I did an upper body workout before the class. I was excited about Dance Fusion as the description of the class was:
A mix of world dance styles from tribal and african dance to new age hip hop and free form movements along with belly dancing and latin based principles. A journey across the continents in dance expression. Emphasis on full body movements with core strength and conditioning. Open to all levels of fitness and dance experience.
I attended said class. I did not like it one bit. Yet another fitness class where the movements are jerky and staccato. There is a frantic quality to these cardio classes. They make me anxious. It’s like being in a washing machine during the spin cycle. I just kind of feel beat up afterwards. I’m looking at dance classes in town. They might be better for me than gym classes. On Friday I did another HIIT session. I also went for several long walks this week with my step-mom Deirdre.
This week I started organizing my Diva Dieting journal notes and insights. Although I wasn’t engaged in any health routines for long periods of time, I did read and write about dieting and exercise and motivation. I’m also figuring out an editorial schedule for this blog. I have video footage of “Front, Side, Back” but I need to videotape my comeback review. I keep rewriting the script. I’m just not happy with what I’m saying. Maybe this week I’ll get it right. I’m not in a hurry at this point. Most of my efforts are focused on getting back in shape and creating new healthy habits.
Deirdre and I saw Woody Allen’s movie “Blue Jasmin” this week. Cate Blanchett was remarkable. I absolutely love Woody Allen movies. This was a departure for him in many ways. It was set in San Francisco and it was primarily about a woman. As a dieting diva I am thankful that our local indi theater serves healthy popcorn. I got a small one and put Brewer’s Yeast on it instead of butter. Applause! Thank you.
Something magical happened on Friday. A morning glory popped out of the ground in my yard. It was from the seeds my mom and I planted four years ago. My entire yard was demolished recently because my landlord removed all the bamboo from the property. Nothing was left except wood chips and a few weeds. Then this morning. Presto. My mom burst right up. I miss her very, very much but realized she is still with me. The morning glory being perfect evidence of her prescence our lives.
The last thing I’d like to mention is that I started doing art journaling again. It’s collage and painting but much looser and more about expressing feelings and random thoughts. This was an important element to add to my new healthy routine. I’ll get into art journaling’s importance in a separate blog post but for now I just want to pat myself on the back for getting back into it.