Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Slowing Down & Speeding Up

Good Morning Friends!

I hope you all had a great Monday full of happy little things!

I took the Zen Habits advice yesterday and ate my oatmeal sans TV, magazine, internet browsing, or blogging! It definitely made me mindful of what I was eating (my favorite oats + fresh mango from the eastern market!), when I was full (uhh...after the whole bowl?), and I just plain enjoyed it more.

This is not the first time I have received this distraction-free eating advice. Bethenny Frankel also preaches *paying attention* to your food in her famous book Naturally Thin, which I highly recommend to anyone who is looking for a good (un)diet book.

This is going to be a tough cookie for me to crack on a regular basis.  Who really has time to only do one thing at a time?? My life IS multi-tasking.  I've got a lot on my plate, besides food ;)

I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I usually eat my breakfast while catching up on bloggies (or sprinting for the train), my lunch while working, and my dinner in front of one of my favorite tv shows.  Whoops.

Bethenny makes a good point in her book. She calls my bluff, urging that no matter how busy you are, you can take a FEW minutes to stop and give some thought and attention to what you are eating to nourish yourself. It is the food that gives you the energy you need to balance the bagillion balls in the air that you are juggling simultaneously each day. When you think about it like that, it does seem like it deserves a little more "respect."

So anyway, I'm gonna work on this commitment slowly, starting with breakfast, and see how it goes.

I'll keep ya posted.

Speeding things up a little...

As promised, I have a come up with a great running playlist for all you joggies out there!

This one is good for a 3-miler, which is what we have to do twice during this week (6 miles on Saturday, yikes!). I put a "power song" near the end to give you that last little push in the tukhaus, and a cool down song for stretching.

1. Georgia Clay, Josh Kelley (one of my current favorite country songs).
2. Stay Here, Lee DeWyze
3. Not Your Birthday, Allstar Weekend
4. Female Intuition, Jordyn Taylor
5. Top of the World (feat. Dev), The Cataracs
6. I Wanna Go, Britney Spears
7. Heartbeat (feat Nicole Scherzinger), Enrique Iglesias
8. On the Floor (feat. Pitbull), Jennifer Lopez
9. Landslide (The Sheryl Crow Remix), Dixie Chicks

As always, they're all available on iTunes right now. These songs could be great for any form of exercise, or just to get you pumped up for a full day of multi-tasking!

Hope you all have a fantastic Tuesday! Mine is school, work, run, cook up a delicious din din, you know the drill!

**Lets give em something to talk about: What do you typically do while you're eating? Or have you already mastered the art of distraction-free grubbing?

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  1. I'll have to try eating in silence....I don't know if I can do it! I listen to NPR during breakfast and almost always during dinner, and for lunch I am usually with classmates. I need that breakfast NPR time though...if it weren't for that I would have NO idea what is going on in the real world!

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  3. I will need to change where my "dinner table" is located! We eat at the couch on the coffee table! I think tonight I will make an effort to start using the real table in the dinning room!

  4. BrighteyesandbushytalesMarch 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM

    Kammeron! So good to hear from you! Glad you stumbled upon the blog! :) I think listening to the radio while you eat is definitely better than watching TV or working on your computer, at least!

  5. BrighteyesandbushytalesMarch 29, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    Ash, I know! That is what we do. At least you have a dining room table! That's why I'm starting with breakfast :) haha

  6. Love Bethanny! That book kept me on track for a while... now I have a different motivation (I'll tell you about it later).

  7. OH - I need to email you. I'm ready for my debut!!! :) After I close on the house, it's on!!

  8. I love to watch TV while I eat because my brain cannot seem to handle doing just one thing at a time and my husband catches up on the news from cnn.com during his breakfast. However, we do try to remember "family dinner" (or lunch) several times a week.