Good morning! Thanks for understanding my much needed hiatus from blogging as I spent time this weekend with family celebrating Tristan’s life. We had a beautiful memorial service at my sister’s church in Philly where close to 200 people showed up. It was amazing to see so much support from family, friends from Philly, coworkers of both Wendy and Justin, and the nurses from the NICU. There were also several of Wendy’s friends from high school in Connecticut who came to the service, so I was really blown away and happy for all the support for her and my family.
Wendy asked me to do a reading at the service, so I read Psalm 139, which was read by the pastor at the hospital right before Tristan passed. I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t be able to hold it together to do the reading, but it ended up going really well and I was so happy to be able to be a part of the service. Justin’s brother Chris also did a reading, and his other brother Will played guitar and sang a song called “Fly.” The burial was a private ceremony with immediate family only, and it was so sad but so special. My sister Heather wrote and read a poem at the burial called “26 Days” that was beautiful. Overall the service was obviously profoundly sad, but it really was a celebration of Tristan and all of the lives he touched in his short 26 days on earth. It left me with a lot of closure.
So, I have alluded to this a bit on the blog, but I’ve been feeling pretty off track lately with eating and exercising, largely because I lost my nephew a little over a week ago. Last week, I worked out twice. I went on two 11 mile bike rides, one on Tuesday and one on Saturday. I haven’t run at all since my last training run before I was supposed to run a sub 1hour 10k on 10-10-10. I also haven’t been back to Bikram, gone to the gym, or done any strength training. On the eating front, I haven’t been paying much attention to being healthy or portion sizes, and overall have just felt pretty sluggish from the combination of the eating and lack of exercise.
So with the weekend behind me, I have decided to make today a fresh start.
I am recommitting to a healthy lifestyle with these goals for this week:
- Workout at least 4 times (including at least 1 run)
- Drink more water (at least two 32 oz bottles at work per day)
- Start each day with a healthy breakfast
- Plan one treat at least per day (to keep me on track – hello vitatops!)
- Cook healthy meals at home
- Friday night will be my splurge night for dinner for a friend’s birthday, but other than that no drinking this week.
I always feel better with a plan in place and will check back in on these goals next Tuesday. To start things off right, I had a fall favorite for breakfast:
Pumpkin Yogurt Bowl! I love making yogurt bowls because they’re filling, healthy, and delicious. Plus, you can use whatever you have around the house to customize it.
This bowl had:
- Nonfat Fage Greek Yogurt
- 1 small sliced banana
- Canned Pumpkin (Libby’s!)
- Homemade Granola
My sister sent me home with this AMAZING homemade granola. I will be experimenting with the recipe and will share it soon, but its the best granola I’ve ever tasted in my life – and that is saying a lot. This bowl was packed with protein, fiber, whole grains, fruits and veggies! The textures also went together so well with the creamy, thick yogurt, the cool pumpkin, crunchy granola, and soft, sweet banana. YUM.
What is ONE goal for this week that you’d like to set for yourself today and will check back in on next Tuesday?