Be Receptive

Webster’s Dictionary defines “receptive” as the following:

re•cep•tive: adj able or inclined to receive, especially: open and responsive to ideas, impressions, or suggestions

Last night in a particularly chaotic Bikram Yoga class, I was struggling to block out my surroundings and focus on my practice.  Often, it helps me to find one thought to meditate on throughout the class and about halfway through, the teacher gave an instruction to “be receptive”.  I liked it.  It stuck with me.

Lately I have been struggling to be consistent with my diet and fitness.  I have been living and dying by the scale, day after day, allowing my mood and confidence to be determied by a number, allowing myself to be discouraged when I don’t see immediate progress.  While half of my brain is logical and knows that consistency will pay off in the long run, seeing the scale move up a pound or two kind of makes me want to eat pizza.

But if I were being receptive I would know that on days that I workout in the morning I am happier.  That running makes me more flexible for Bikram and that doing Bikram gives me more balance for running.  That when I sleep less I need less sleep.   That my skin is clearer and my mind is clearer.  That my sleep is deeper.  If I were being receptive, I would allow myself to feel strong, to appreciate my body, to find peace in my mind. 

I think that to me, being receptive means being “open and responsive” to the positive during my journey.  I am going to focus on being receptive.  Looking forward to the positive…

Thursday Things

1.  I was dragging again this morning.  I stopped at Starbucks on my way into the office to get a coffee.  Lately I have been enjoying the blonde roast and while I should have ordered a larger size, a “grande blonde” did not sound as appealing as a “tall blonde”.  I didn’t have nearly enough coffee to start my day.

2. Speaking of coffee, there is a cart on my corner where I have been purchasing my morning joe on the way to workout in the morning.  I don’t know if there is some magical cart coffee recipe or it is just so early in the morning, but it tastes spectacular.  And it is only $1!

3. My new favorite breakfast food is Brown Rice Farina.  It is cereal made from milled brown rice and takes only 5 minutes to cook.  It is creamy and delicious and extremely filling.  I have been eating it with sunflower seed butter and cinnamon.

Creamy Brown Rice Farina 

4. Remember when I was looking for ways to get my week off to a better start?  Well maybe I should consider a new soundtrack.  I love 80’s music and just reading this list of songs makes me happy.  I am adding this to my list of things to do for the weekend. 

5. The NYC marathon lottery drawing yesterday got me thinking about racing again.  Now I need to find some good races in the city.

6. And since I am going to be doing all of these races… I am going to need some new running shoes 🙂  I am considering trying out Mizunos:

Mizuno Women's Wave Musha 4 picture Aren’t they pretty?

7. Also… I’ll probably need to start training.  That is likely going to be important.  While I do think that lifting, spinning, Bikram, and other forms of cardio are important in developing speed, strength and endurance, nothing can really replace outdoor running.

8. I really want to make it to Brooklyn to get a coffee at Red Lantern.  Unfortunately, I might have missed the boat since the Times just did a piece on them which means it will be packed this weekend.  But how can I not try the multiple homemade nut milks that are served at the coffee bar?

9. I might think about coffee too much (see #1, #2, and #8)

10. Happy almost Friday!

Motivation for Monday

Sometimes, no matter how I spent my weekend or how prepared I am for the week, Mondays are just… difficult.  This morning I was slow to get out of bed and to the gym and I have been feeling quite sluggish all day.  Sometimes even coffee can’t give me quite the motivation that I need so here are some things that I am using for inspiration today:

I regularly get the emails from the Clean Eating Diet distribution and I rarely read them but today I happened to notice this Success Story and the headline caught my attention.  I have struggled with the same thing that Lesley describes in her story and continue to try to recover from a “rebound”.  I can certainly relate as I have found getting back in shape much harder this time around and it is comforting to know that I am not the only one. 

If the pictures of Monica are not impressive enough, her words really struck a chord with me.  It is incredibly inspirational to see that a plant based diet can be implemented in building and maintaining muscle.  Additionally, in the interview she suggest that readers focus on the “why” of going vegan.  I think that this is an important reminder for all people who limit or restrict their diets in one way or another.  With constant information overload on what we should and should not be eating, it is easy to lose sight of the basics.  I am going to spend some time this week thinking about why I am chosing to eat the way that I am.

It is impossible to not be energized and motivated reading about Liz‘s races.  She is even upbeat when her plans change and she can run only a half marathon.   We should all be In it to Win It 🙂

Movement today:

a.m. 30 minutes of intervals on stair climber

p.m. Bikram Yoga