A Mørck’s Story: The Feeling of Summer-Day 4
“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
Good morning world! Yesterday was the fourth day of the Arbonne Essentials 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit and it went a lot better than day three. : ) Probably because I woke up early, without my alarm, and got to practice yoga on my own before leaving for work. Best start to the day. Ever. You’ve probably guessed by now, but I am a total morning person. Sure it’s difficult sometimes to get out of bed but I’d way rather wake up early than sleep in too late. (Crazy, I know) So I did about an hour of yoga at home before making a Breakfast Shake. I tried something new, like I promised, but I’m still not sure if I liked it to be honest. The following recipe can be found in the Arbonne Essentials Guide.
Breakfast Shake: Orange Creamsicle
- 2 scoops Vanilla Protein Shake Mix
- ½ scoop Daily Fiber Boost
- 3 oz. almond milk
- 6 ice cubes
- 4 oz. fresh orange juice
Blend until smooth or desired consistency.
I didn’t dislike it, per say, it just had a strange aftertaste for my personal preference. I think it was because of the almond milk combined with the orange juice. Someone here at the office recommended substituting the almond milk for low-fat coconut milk to make it taste like an Orange Julius (genius). I will DEFINITELY be trying that soon.
Anyway, I had my shake and went to work. Got in at my normal time around 7:30 and made my cup of green tea with lemon. I had a long to-do list yesterday, as I have had all week, so surprisingly since I was so busy it was almost like I forgot to get hungry (if that’s even possible). I set an alarm to remind myself to have a snack a few hours after getting in to work, that way by the time I stopped working I wouldn’t be completely ravenous and have the crazy desire to pig out. So I had the little snack I prepared for myself, a few baby carrots with regular hummus, (Again with the hummus. It’s an addiction, I swear to you) and that filled me up fine until lunch when I had my normal Arbonne Essentials Vanilla Protein Shake Mix. (Two scoops Vanilla Protein Shake Mix & ½ scoop of the Daily Fiber Boost) along with a chocolate (gasp!) Arbonne Nutrition Bar.
It was strange but about two hours after my lunch shake, I started to get super anxious/overly focused and therefore easily irritated. It didn’t last that long, thankfully, but long enough for me to want to apologize sincerely to anyone who tried to have a conversation with me during that hour. I learned yesterday that the first week of the Arbonne Essentials 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit was going to be full of surprises, but as long as I follow the plan given to me by the Arbonne Essentials Guide, as well as the plan I gave myself, I’ll be able to ride them out until my body & mind fully realizes the change it’s going through.
After work, and after my weird anxious outburst settled, I walked out of the office into the first day all week without gloomy skies. Instead of going to the gym, I decided to jog one of my favorite paths in my hometown that runs about two miles along a golf course to the ocean. The view made it easier, but my energy level was down. It was strange considering the way my day started and the food I had eaten. Nonetheless, I was able to jog there and back and did a couple short sprints. (I say sprints but being a new runner, and therefore incredibly slow, I probably looked like a waddling penguin.)
For dinner, I made a delicious Summer Salad. Thankfully Andy read the recipe and wanted to eat it with me, so I was spared from another torturous meal-watching night at a local restaurant.
Dinner: Summer Salad
- 1 bowl of mixed leaves (size varies depending on portions needed)
I used a combination of spinach, romaine and cilantro
- ½ cucumber thinly sliced
- ½ cup of fresh strawberries, sliced
- ¼ red onion, chopped
- Steamed beets (amount optional)
- ½ avocado
- 4 slices organic chicken breast (optional)
- ¼ cup olive oil
- Garlic & salt
For the salad, first place the beets in a pot of water and boil on the stove. This usually takes about 40-50 minutes so it’s best to start that early. Once the beets are soft, place in a bowl of cold water and let it cool before peeling and chopping. While the beets are cooling, prepare all other chopped items and place everything except for the pine nuts and avocado into a mixing bowl. Mix dressing in a separate container. The measurements for the dressing are entirely based off preference, except for the olive oil (should be no more than stated amount). Combine dressing with mixed leaves, cucumber, strawberries, onion, beets and chicken breast (optional). Top it off with avocado and pine nuts and voilà! A Summer Salad.
To keep the mood of summer alive, I took Andy to the local Sawdust Art Festival. If any of you readers are in Southern California, I highly suggest a trip to Laguna Beach for a night at the Sawdust. It features over 200 local artists and artisans showcasing and selling their work. Some of the best jewelry I have ever seen can be found there, and I honestly think I could spend an entire month’s paycheck on one booth, and there are many booths. (Ladies, you’ve been warned.) Plus they have face painting, which is one of my favorite things. Some say it’s just for kids, but I never fail to get my face done.
We got home a little after 11 and again, I went right to sleep. Ever since I started the 30-Day Feeling Fit Kit I’ve been sleeping better than I did my entire year abroad in Argentina. Who knew? : )
4 down, 26 more to go.
Until next time!
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P.S.: I won’t be posting daily logs over the weekend, so check back next week for an overview of Day 5, 6 & 7! I’m off to San Francisco for my best friend’s Birthday. It will be the ultimate test of self-control being in a city with some the best restaurants in the world, while trying to stay true to the Fit Kit. I’ll let you know how it goes on Monday, wish me luck!
Have a fabulous weekend everyone!