Day 11 of 21 Day Challenge!

We are at the halfway mark!  There’s no turning back now!  Granpa came to town and decided to take us to an “All you can Eat” pizza/pasta restaurant.  Seriously!?  Luckily, they had an all you can eat salad bar and I stuffed myself with spinach, mushrooms, olives, onions, and had oil and vinegar dressing.  Emergency averted!  Whew!!!

Today’s focus is on VULNERABILITY.  We love this word don’t we!?  Doesn’t it just give you the warm fuzzies? Or does it make you run for the hills???  Well, during this cleanse, you are stripping and shedding the normal comfort of food.  Sometimes, food can mask our true feelings.  How many times have you reached for that gallon of ice cream after a break up? Or pig out on hot wings after a bad fight?  Whatever your vice is, food is an easy numbing agent.  When we take away those external comforts, you have to start dealing with what you’re really feeling.  Even our smart phones can give us that quick comfort and escape.  When we feel like being selfish and not engage, we just get on our phones, watch TV, or computer screens.  Take today to really be mindful of what you’re feeling.  Maybe carry a journal around and really allow yourself to feel.  Don’t talk yourself out of feeling angry by justifying or rationalizing a situation.  It’s OK and perfectly human to say, “You hurt my feelings.”  or “Please don’t do that, that really bothers me.” Connect to your true emotion and express it in a mature, loving way.  Vulnerability is sharing your WHOLE heart and not expecting anything in return.  It’s about being honest and real about where you are at that moment.  Don’t rehearse it and make it pretty with bows and ribbons.  Just be completely honest.  I love yoga because I feel vulnerable when I practice.  I can’t fake it, I can’t just check out.  I can either do the pose of not.  There’s no apology.  I have to accept my limitations and be OK with where I’m at.  That is how we should live.  Stop living for other people’s expectations.  Stop trying to please everyone.  Stop trying to prove your worth.  You are already accepted and loved just the way you are.  Part of being vulnerable is accepting that you are loved even as imperfect as you are.  Take a deep breath….step into today, willing to see yourself as you are.  A created being, fearfully and wonderfully made.

 

Try these YOGA poses and practice being in tune to your feelings.  What does it bring up for you?  How does it make you feel?  I took an awesome Yoga class a couple of weeks ago and I totally broke down in tears.  I was so raw and full of emotion.  I had to stay after and talk it through with my amazing, compassionate teacher.  It totally took me by surprise!  I had no idea I had all this stuff inside of me.  For some reason, it decided to come out in Yoga class!  Vulnerability for me meant to let it go and trust the process.  Normally, I would have just sucked it up, told myself to stop crying, and left as early as possible so I didn’t have to deal.  I stayed and I worked it out.  It was awesome!!!

 

Recipe of the Day:  Southwest Vegan Salad

Southwest vegan salad recipe from She Knows

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups corn kernels
  • 1 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2-3 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • 2 teaspoons canned chipotle in adobo sauce, drained and minced
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 avocado, halved, seeded, peeled and chopped
  • 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, combine corn, onion, black beans, tomatoes, olive oil, lime zest and juice and chipotle, tossing to coat.
  2. Divide the salad into bowls and top with avocado. Garnish with cilantro to serve.

 

 

Enjoy!  Much Love,

Judy