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Day 298: spa rah rah! i miss the spa!

25 Oct

I miss the spa!
Maybe it’s because my head cold is getting the best of me today. Or maybe I miss the food.

Either way, sniffle, sniffle.

I just spent 15 minutes on SpaFinder dreaming about other spas to visit someday, when I found this: a free pamphlet on Ayurveda practices from The Raj Spa.

With each word I read, I am brought right back to the lavender and calmness of Lake Austin Spa Resort (which I visited just last week with Debbie while we were working for Women on Fire of course!).

I suppose the teachings of Ayurveda remind me of the spa because we were up early, fed well, out in nature, exercised on water, gave our bodies lots of nourishment and self-care and then, of course, slipped into bed at a reasonable hour.

It seems like our morning hike through the Texas Hill Country (pictured below) was just yesterday, so it’s hard for me to believe it was really a week ago.

And, I suppose that’s the hardest part of returning home — figuring out exactly how to incorporate the spa lifestyle that I love into my own lifestyle, and those pesky things called day-to-day habits.

I suppose it could be as easy as starting my day with a morning walk in nature?
Or getting to bed early?

Here’s a pretty good schedule if you ask me — a sample daily routine from the Ayurveda download explaining the impact of each dosha:

2:00 AM to 6:00 AM
Vata active
Awake before 6:00 AM
Good for meditation

6:00 AM to 10:AM
Kapha active
Good for exercise
Avoid sleeping into this period

10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Pitta active
Digestion is strongest
Largest meal at lunch (12:30)

2:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Vata active
Tendency for tiredness
Herbal tea & spices in water or milk
Rejuvenate with meditation

6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Kapha active
Evening walk
To bed before 10 PM

10:00 PM to 2:00 AM
Pitta active
Metabolic housecleaning strong
Sleep for best purification

Maybe, I’ll add some of this insight to my schedule.
Well, maybe, tomorrow. I think I have an appointment with Nyquil tonight.

If you’re looking for a spa in your area, here’s a fun place to start — check out SpaFinder’s deals site at Spa Rah Rah which gives discounts on spas and wellness centers across the country.

Plus, If you want to learn more about Ayurveda, the free download from The Raj Spa is here.

I’ll be over here sniffling and spa dreaming…

Day 47: blender bender

16 Feb

As promised, I am revealing my two quiz scores today:

1) Shoe Dazzle Style Profile
2) Ayurveda Body Type

But first, can you guess what I had for lunch?!

At approximately noon today, I decided to take my new best friend, Oster The Blender, for a green smoothie test drive.

What a great idea, I thought: I will just drink my lunch!
It saves time, there is no cooking, and definitely no extra calories or bread carbs …the ideal lunch.

So, I stuck my entire body from the waist up into the refrigerator, and searched for items that were green (note: green, but not molded).

I found some spinach leaves (green vegetable, check!) and then added coconut water, and fresh strawberries for color.

Threw in a little cocao powder and protein powder for good measure and began the ancient art of blending, by pushing the hard to decipher button marked “smoothie.”

BBBRRRRRR! (blenders are very loud)

I grabbed an apple to juice it up, and in the middle of removing the apple core, grazed the tip of the knife on the tip of my finger.  Yaaaa-ouch!

After a little kitchen bandaging, my creation was blend-tastic!

Here’s the finished product.
And, how sweet is this!
As the green gush poured into my cup, it left bubbles in a heart shape on the top.

Do you see the heart?

I was so excited to drink it.

Until I reluctantly realized, it tasted AWFUL.
I didn’t want to admit it was disgusting, so I kept sipping. After the fourth sip, and in between the first gag, I gave in.

Green Smoothie = 1
Jamie = 0

My adventures in green smoothies has so far been a complete failure.

As I was rethinking my terrible tasting concoction, I came to this conclusion: maybe I am chemistry deficient? Might explain all of my cooking disasters to date.

Speaking of identifying deficiencies, here’s my body type: Vatta.

It is described as (my highlights in red):

  • Small frame, light and thin / hard to gain.
  • Course, dry, kinky or curly hair.
  • Dry, rough, darker skin.
  • Small eyes, whites of eyes are blue or brown.
  • Very large / small teeth, crooked or shaded.
  • Performs activity quickly, can’t stay idle, quick walking pace.
  • Low strength and endurance.
  • Quick minded, restless, learns fast / forgets fast, high pitch / fast voice.
  • Moods change quickly, tendency to worry, easily excitable, easily stressed.
  • Irregular hunger / digestion, tendency towards constipation.
  • Aversion to cold weather.
  • Prefers warm food / drink and eats quickly.
  • Spends money quickly / doesn’t save.
  • Variable, irregular sex drive.
  • Light, interrupted sleep, dreams are fearful, flying, jumping and running.

Kind of explains my cooking adventures.
Irregular hunger makes me scour the refrigerator for snacks at completely unplanned times. Easily excitable makes me get very excited about the idea of cooking but really, very little patience for the process.

Wish I could be a classic cook, but I am slowing coming to the conclusion I am more of a culinary clash.

The irony is I spent years in food marketing!
I’m like one of those baseball coaches who never played the sport but is a complete genius at the strategy behind it.

And, so, this brings me to one place where I can call myself classic.

According to Ms. Kardashian, I fit the “Classic” fashion profile to a T (no pun intended).

It is here, that I am a perfect 10 — as in shoe size.
Hey, a girl’s gotta have something to hold on to!

I am also holding out hope for my blender.
Can someone please send me a real green smoothie recipe?

Day 46: would you let a Kardashian dress you?

15 Feb

Here’s a question:
Would you let Kim Kardashian dress you?

Even better question:
How did I end up asking myself this question?

Well, I’ll share with you…
Somehow I ended up on the Shoe Dazzle website this weekend. Possibly from a facebook link or advertisement, but really, who knows!?

I know this …they got me, hook, line and sinker.

Not only did I hop over to the Kardashian promoted website, I fully participated in their online quiz that promised to reveal my “personal” style.

First, I had to answer questions about what diva style I prefer, with the three choices below:

Then I had to choose between screens of shoes and bags.
It’s like a multpile choice test where none of the answers apply.

It’s also like waiting for your palm to be read.
Just what would be revealed about my personal style from the desk of K. Kardashian?

I’ll share with you tomorrow.

In the meantime, I have an even better quiz for you!
Instead of just thinking about how to adorn, dress and otherwise cover up my body, I also took this quiz from Dr. John Douilllard, which reveals deeper meaning about my body:

Determine your mind-body type by taking a Body Type Quiz

It’s a quick quiz that will reveal (if you don’t already know) your Ayurveda body type classification (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha). While there, you can also learn more about the body types and how to treat imbalances.

I’ll share my body type tomorrow too.
We’ll see if it matches Kim Kardashian’s style reco’s for me.

Now, there’s a thought!
A quiz that lines up your Ayurveda body type and fashion style persona for holistically healthy shoe choices!

Eh? Eh?
Think about it…
Now I would buy that… well, not this year.

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