All too often I feel as if time is slipping by and I’m not doing enough to live my life to the fullest. I don’t know why I didn’t realize this earlier, but I sort of have a written record of everything that goes on in my life (well, the highlights at least) that I can read and remember all the things I’ve done- YOU’VE been reading it all along. If I were to take the time to go back into my blog archives and read about everything I’ve experienced, perhaps I would realize that I actually am doing a lot of things I love on a regular basis. I’m so quick to discount the neat things I do in my life.
Thus, this Thursday Treasures will not be an outlook into the weekend or an overview of the things I loved about this week, but it will reflect on this past month. February is a short one with it’s 28 day shenanigans BUT I actually managed to do a lot of cool things and have gone through a lot. I may have entered February with a gross head cold and not feeling like myself, but I’m definitely leaving February a much healthier, happier, fuller, and all around stronger, girl. And that notion I certainly do treasure.
- The Pleasant Pops Farmhouse Market and Cafe kept me full and happy when I was sick with it’s amazing soups, salads, and sandwiches.
- And thanks to their store, I finally got my hands on some GrohNola! (locally made gronola, yum!)
- Will surprised me and took me out for my first ever French restaurant in D.C. meal at Bistrot de Coin.
- I got back to cooking as I recovered from the head cold that plagued me and crock pot was taken out to make slow roasted pork chops.
- Will had his first Restaurant Week experience with me when we had lunch at the Hamilton… and Rudy Guiliani was there… and I got to try olive oil cake (bucket list item crossed off!)
- Grapefruit became a common occurence in my breakfasts and a fruit in my regular rotation.
- I had my first ever “Meatless Monday” experience… on accident but I digress.
- I loved on Sweetgreen’s February salad– mainly because of the portobello mushrooms (they’re just so damn good)
- As part of Restaurant Week, I went to Jaleo in Bethesda with an old boss and friend of mind.
- And then later that week I went to Oyamel with my friend Sarah where I got to try cactus and sweet potato flan.
- But one of the biggest things to happen in terms of food this month was in how I started changing the looks of my breakfast, lunch, and dinner per recommendations by my RD.
- Well- a lot changed thanks to my second appointment with my RD…
- But, equally important to my RD changes (not really but go with it)- I found Trader Joes!
- Being told that I need to eat 200 calories of “dessert” every single day by my R.D. hit me surprisingly hard but it has allowed me to FINALLY try a sticky fingers cupcake and pitango gelato!
- February was also a month of me eating a lot of seafood, and while I didn’t give it a review on my blog, the restaurant Grillfish really impressed me with their fish and spaghetti squash.
- I was able to get nostalgic for Easter chocolate oranges and excited to go home Easter weekend with a dark chocolate dipped clementine recipe.
- Last night I had Chipotle for the first time in over a year– TRUE story.
- I got real experimental with my overnight oats and added avocado to my oatmeal bowl… and it was delicious!
- And no worries- I didn’t forget about Sriracha.
- I stepped way outside my comfort zone and survived the heat of Bikram yoga with my friend Nick and had an amazing experience.
- I went to a Zumba dance party at the U Street Music Hall with my friend Sarah and laughed for 80% of the event.
- Taking my new found love of spin to different part of town, I went to ZenGo in Bethesda and got yelled at by a Ke$ha impersonator.
- And then I had a more authentic cycling experience over at Peloton on 14th Street
- In an attempt to get to yoga more often, I experimented further with different studios and tried Yoga at Unity Woods in Woodley Park. A little too yogi-y for me.
- But the more things change, the more they stay the same and I continued to I loved on spin at my gym.
Assorted Other Happenings:
- I embraced a lot of new mantras, but one of the most important ones that set the tone for the month was: I consume food; food does not consume me.
- Thanks to a change in my eating and the love and support of my RD, counselor, friends, and family, I have felt free-er than I have in a long time. Thank you.
- The book My Life Without Ed has also played a big role in my feelings of freedom and has inspired me to keep on keepin’ on with recovering from disordered eating issues.
- On a less serious but equally significant note, I got pumped for spring training and baseball coming back- hooray for truck day!
- Will and I also decided to go to Miami and booked our weekend getaway!
- I got to see Nick Offerman try his hand at standup and he reminded me that I’m beautiful (and also to eat more meat).
- I was invited to be a healthy lifetyle advocate at the NBC Health and Fitness Expo next month by Diet-to-Go.
- And I celebrated the birthdays of my sister Rachel, my Mom, and my Grandmother
See, Allison- you do a lot. This is why reflection is such a valuable tool. Can you tell I went to Yoga last night? February was a month of love and I definitely did a great job at lovin’ on myself and focusing on my needs. It has been a time of immense change and growth which will only continue- God and myself willing. If I could handle all this in 28 days (whenever I type “28 days” I can’t stop picturing Sandra Bullock… anyone else know that movie?), I know I can handle whatever the future brings to me.
A short post to end the shortest month of the year.
Keep it wicked healthy xoxo