Mockingjay: Week One

Week one was a rousing success! My goals for the week were:

  • Yoga (4 times)
  • Walk for at least 10 minutes (4 times)
  • Strength workouts (3 times)
  • Find a place to hike
  • Clean my closet
  • Read for at least 30 minutes (4 times)

I found an excellent YouTube channel called Yoga with Adriene that I’ve been using. I don’t know if she’s like, a super awesome yoga instructor or anything, but I really like her. She has a pleasant voice, she explains things thoroughly, and it’s really just been a great way to start my mornings! I’m currently trying to get through her “30 Days of Yoga” series, but some of it is proving a little too difficult for me right now. When I find that that’s the case, I just go back and do an easier routine (typically one of her morning yoga videos, those are usually pretty simple and relaxing). I like how in her morning videos, she emphasizes finding your intention for the day. It forces me to take a moment to not be such a bitch about waking up early, or having a lot of responsibilities, or whatever. I just close my eyes and tell myself that I am calm, I am beautiful, I am connected, and I can do whatever the day has in store for me.

The walking thing is really easy for me. I have these beautiful trails near my apartment, and given how much I love nature and animals, it doesn’t take too much to get me out the door to go see the turtles, squirrels, ducks, and other birds that hang around there. A lot of people walk their dogs there – last Saturday, O and I were out and met a couple with three adorable little dogs. One was deaf, another was blind, and they had treats to help keep them walking along. We chatted for a bit, and they were just the nicest people. I know Texas can be a national embarrassment at times, but individuals are super nice here!

For strength workouts, I use either Darebee or my Nerd Fitness workout plan. Muscles hurt that I didn’t even know I had! My dad warned me about strength training, that the number on the scale may not go down quickly even though I feel like I’m doing a lot of work, but that’s fine with me. I’m focused less on that number, and more on the measurements that I’ll be taking every month or two, not to mention how my clothes fit!

O and I both committed to finding a place to hike. As the weather inevitably starts to warm up soon, going on a hike will be amazing. Maybe we’ll invite some friends that don’t mind going slow for us! I know we’ve got a few friends that are into nature and hiking and stuff. It’ll be nice to put away our phones (except for pictures, maybe), and just get away from things for a little while. There are some great state parks that aren’t too far from here, too!

Cleaning my closet was inspired a little by my friend Charity and her posts on minimalism, and also by my mom’s friend who is in town. She requested that I give her any of the clothes that I don’t wear or don’t fit anymore so she can make a quilt, or a mat, or something, I don’t know. She’s into all that craft stuff – she’s making me three pairs of shoes for my wedding! I only ended up with one bag full of clothes, but it’s really nice to be able to step into my closet now. Next up will be organizing it eventually!

I’ve been reading The Handmaiden’s Tale, because of the feminist society O and I are starting on campus, the upcoming Hulu series, and the state of the country right now. I’ve always been a feminist (I can recall making believe I was Xena when I was a little girl – I even did her whooping call!), yet somehow this book has always escaped me! It’s really hard to put it down, and I carry it everywhere I go now. I went to get my hair done the other day (a treatment, to make my hair nice and strong so I can color it fun soon!), and I read it while I was under the heat dryer. I read it between classes, or on the train. I’ll be done with it soonish, I hope.

This week’s goals were made on a Google Hangout call with O, since we couldn’t meet up this Saturday (although we did go mini-golfing with RTDFW today!). My fitness ones are mostly the same as last week:

  • Yoga (5 times)
  • Walk for at least 10 minutes (4 times)
  • Strength workouts (3 times)
  • Pick a feminist book to read together
  • Clean the refrigerator out
  • Play the piano for at least 30 minutes (3 times)
  • Write a blog entry (2 times)

Hey, I can make a check mark next to one of those already!

3 thoughts on “Mockingjay: Week One

  1. Great job! I’m so glad you’re on track with your journey. The yoga tip is good. I’ve been thinking to get myself into that too once I actually can move into the house as a way to start my day and be centered from the start (or at least, for a few minutes before I start losing my mind over whatever). Glad you’ve been inspired to cull your closet. Have you ever heard of a capsule closet? I’m really interested in trying it, but I’m concerned about lacking the fashion sense to do it and about actually determining if it works for me. (I’m sure it will, I just need to do it).

    Also, Handmaid’s Tale is AMAZING. One of my favourites, ever. ❤

    1. “Favourites”, you’re so British now. =P

      I haven’t heard of a capsule closet, but a quick Google tells me that I am not ready for that level of commitment. Actually, struggling with what I’m going to wear for the day kind of makes me happy? It’s weird. I wake up early enough now to where I have time to ponder a little. It’s annoying when all the clean clothes are piled up in the laundry room, but assuming I can look through my closet and dresser, I’m fine with it. Also, I DEFINITELY don’t have the fashion sense to do it, lol.

      1. lol I definitely don’t have fashion sense myself. I keep thinking a capsule closet will help me with it as theoretically the pieces should all work together! 🙂 Also there’s a handy app that you can use to digitise your wardrobe and record what you wore when lol. (and the British spellings are now default as it’s hard to stare at the angry red line screaming YOU’RE WRONGGGGG, hahaha… plus, at work, I had to adjust to British spellings so that helped too!)

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