90 Day Self Transformation Project – Day 19 – Fun Saturday

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I really wanted to have afternoon tea but everything was booked. Who knew afternoon tea was such a popular Christmas activity? My friend and I met for brunch at the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse and I still wore my afternoon tea outfit. It was so yummy. I had the Persian omelette with baba ganoush. 

We walked around Boulder and got oat milk chocolate. Oat milk chocolate is decent but not my favorite. 

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It is a bit struggle to eat healthy while eating out so much. I am doing my best to sub out foods. Instead of pancakes, I got a fruit cup. 

Today I really felt some holiday joy. It was the first day in a while where I really felt in the moment and I wasn’t thinking about work. 

I am so grateful for my friends, being able to walk long distance again and Christmas lights.

 

 

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90 Day Self Transformation Project – Days 16-18 – Busy Days

0bb2375a-d942-4ca6-81c9-15140e5e97c6I spent the last 3 days at work stuck in conference rooms and never even leaving for a lunch break. I was able to workout in the mornings but it couldn’t make it to the gym in the afternoon. At least one of the conferences rooms had an amazing view. I keep reminding myself that it is only a few more days then I finally get a break. Boy, I am ready for that break. 

Barre classes are seriously my favorite thing right now. Still sore in the most random places. I look forward to the classes and I am surprisingly okay waking up 30 minutes earlier to do the workouts.

Thankfully, I was able to get healthy food during all of these busy meetings and didn’t eat any of the many sugary treats. I did have some pieces of dark chocolate in one meeting. 

I spent most of this week thinking about my family. This is the first Christmas without our grandfather and it will be a hard one. 

I am grateful for my family, the last moments I spent with my grandfather, and the holiday season.

90 Day Transformation – Day 6 – A Set Back

 

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So my morning (and day) plans were halted. I had to relax today which was not something I planned or wanted to do. I wanted to start this 90 day transformation at full steam and it felt like a set back. However, after some reflection, I realized to get through this 90 days, I have to be flexible and some days will be more productive than others and that’s okay.

I did get to do a slower walk around the beautiful Sloans Lake which brightened my day. Sloans Lake is my favorite park in Denver, it is less crowded, has beautiful views of the city and the mountains, and still has plenty of puppies for me to see. 

I spent most of the day watching Youtube and researching meal plans. I got an information overload, there are so many different types of meal plans. I scheduled an appointment with my primary care doc because I have no idea what is best for my body and want to make the most informed choice.  

Today I am grateful for beautiful views, slow days, and holiday music. 

90 Day Self Transformation Project – Pre-intentions

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This is year has been a whirlwind. I lost my grandfather, met my husband, had several big changes at work and generally felt like I lost control of my life. Not all was bad, despite some hardships I definitely had an amazing year. I want to challenge myself, to be a stronger person and most importantly to prioritize my health. 

I have been reading so many “90 day transformation” stories and found them so inspiring. It took me hours to read through Blogilates 90 day transformation but it was so fun and EMPOWERING. If you can find the time, it’s a must read. 

I started setting these pre-intention on Monday, December 2 after work. I went to the store to get healthier food, ordered a 12 week journal on Amazon and got to setting my intentions. They maybe lofty but I wanted to aim higher and really challenge myself. I need to reprioritize my life.  This will be a block and tackle effort but I see these intentions as all interconnected .

  1. Creativity. I have been so stagnant at home. Usually I love creating new recipes, coloring, or journaling. Maybe it is the stress of work or the time change, but I just have no energy. I can barely throw a meal together. In the next 90 days, I want to 
  • Blog more 
  • Find a new hobby
  • Create new recipes 
  1. Wellness. This one is such a loaded item and will take a herculean effort.  Being healthy has been life lifelong struggle. I binge eat when stressed and have never been great about prioritizing fitness. 
  • Work out at least 5 times a week
  • Lose weight (I am not setting a goal because I tend to fixate on my weight)
  • Eat more veggies and eat no processed food
  • Monitor my food intake for IBS control
  • One self care activity a week
  • Practice gratitude everyday 
  1. Effort into my marriage. A co-worker recently told me that a marriage is what you put into it. And that really stuck with me. Our marriage is so new and I was single for most of my adult life. I want us to be set up for success and do my part. 
  • Weekly date nights
  • Take some education courses
  • Be present and listen
  1. Connection. In the past couple of years, some of my friends moved away and I drifted from others. I’d like to reconnect and would also like to connect to Colorado. I moved here nine years ago, bought a house, but never really feel like I have roots or give back. Most importantly, I want to connect on a higher spiritual basis. I attended a Unitarian service last year and I really loved it. 
  • Be an active member of a church
  • See friends more
  • Volunteer

Kind of a long list and these next 90 days will be fun and challenging and I am sure my intentions will evolve over time. Memorializing my intentions will definitely help keep me accountable. 

Fall Bucket List – Corn Maze

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First, Happy Halloween!

Second, last weekend, I finally went to a corn maze. And I am glad I went, Colorado became so frigid and cold on Sunday and we are finally just getting a break today.

Out of all my fall bucket list items, the corn maze was my absolute favorite and is a definite repeat. We visited the Denver Botanic Gardens Chatfield Farms one and it was so nice. We went about an hour before sunset and it was perfect. It wasn’t too crowded, there were still lots of food options.

The corn maze was clean and they had lots of options. We took the long route and deliberately tried to get lost. Someone gave me the tip that if you get lost in a corn maze to go left when you can and it did work. I am not sure I understand the logic behind but seemed like a solid tip. The photos don’t really do the maze justice. There was a great view of the mountains in the background. It was a pretty fun couple of hours and I am glad I got a bunch of sun before these two snow storms.

 

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Fall Bucket List – Visit a Cemetery

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When I was kid, after mass, my grandmother and I used would walk through the mausoleums. Many of the sites had photos of the stonework, some had a wedding photos. We would spend hours creating stories about how those people met and fun stories about their lives. It’s one of my favorite memories with my grandmother that doesn’t involve cooking.

I never really saw cemeteries as a scary place. I liked the history of visiting. It felt like a museum, peaceful and serene.

After moving to Colorado, I would learn that not a lot of people felt the same way so getting friends to join on a walk through the cemetery to visit would be really hard.

I was able to get my husband to join and we visited a couple of older cemeteries in the mountains that were used in the 18th century. So many museums are dedicated to big names throughout history so there’s something special about seeing the average person’s life through their gravestone.

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Fall Bucket List

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Like most people, I LOVE fall! It’s my favorite season. In September, I started a fall bucket list. I am saving for a new car so I didn’t want the list to super expensive but did put one extravagant item.

  1. Hiking in the Aspen leaves. When I first moved to Colorado, experiencing my first drive through the fall foliage seemed so life changing. Side note, this one is a time sensitive so I have already completed. See photo above. – COMPLETED
  2. Visit a cemetery. It’s spooky and free and can always get beautiful photos. – COMPLETED
  3. Complete corn maze. I have never been and to me corn mazes always scream peak fall. COMPLETED.
  4. Apple picking and then making a pie with the apples.  I expect I will have some kind of spooky experience like Sabrina on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
  5. Pumpkin carving. The last time I carved a pumpkin was nine years ago. – COMPLETED
  6. Horror Movie Night. Staple for Halloween.
  7. Haunted house. This one might be difficult because I am not a fan of random strangers touching me and it seems like a lot haunted houses in Denver do grab stares.
  8. Costumes. I didn’t dress up last year as I was a little too depressed. I want to do a couple this year to make up for the loss.
  9. Pumpkin Spice Lattes. A very basic one but I have never had a PSL and feel like I am missing out.
  10. Broncos Game. Again something kind of basic but I have never been to a NFL game. It never seems worth the money. I am not a fan of seeing people hit each other. This was my husband’s suggestion and he agreed to apple picking and PSLs so compromise.
  11. Escape Room. I did an escape room as a corporate team building once. I would like to do it with people I like.
  12. Volunteer for something. I used to volunteer in the kitchen at a homeless shelter. It felt very rewarding.
  13. Attend a church service. I have been interested in attending a Unitarian church service for almost a year. Something about the cold air makes me want to attend a service.

My biggest reason for creating the list was mental health. I have been feeling so burned out with and just life that I wanted to find a couple of things a week to enjoy and spend time with my family and friends. How do you destress in the fall?

Happy Fall!