I have such a hard time exercising when the rest of my life is not in order (namely, my house isn't clean). I can't wrap my head around prioritizing exercise above my house/kid/friends/family/etc. I know I need to do it, just commit to going, but I struggle figuring out the whens and whats. Night time works well, sometimes, because I can just leave the sleeping babe, but that's only 3 nights a week--though I guess that's better than nothing. I know good weather will help, but I have to stop excusing myself because of weather when I have other options available.
Another area I struggle in is going out to eat. If I can look at the menu online before I go, I try to plan out my meal and track it before I even eat it, to keep myself honest. But, if I have to make choices on the fly I'm not quite skilled enough w/ the points system to make the best choices. For instance, today I went to lunch with some of my dearest friends, and thought I was making healthy choices--veggie omelet, english muffin, hash browns. I knew the hash browns weren't the best choice, but I thought I would just eat a few, I mostly wanted something to let the kid chomp on. What I should have ordered? Egg white omelet, no cheese, fruit instead of hash browns. I'm getting better, though. I didn't go for the french toast (which I really wanted) which was a big step for me.
Album of the Day
Fleet Foxes--Fleet Foxes
Beautiful songs. Beautiful harmonies. Amazing. I listened to this all the time when I was pregnant to keep my blood pressure under control. Their new album Helplessness Blues is amazing. They are playing at Red Butte Gardens this summer and that's the only concert I care to go to all year long.
and, as a bonus, here's First Aid Kit (another one of my favorites, I'll probably listen to their recent release as my album of the day very soon) covering Tiger Mountain Peasant Song. Oh. Delights.
A fictional book
Maps for Lost Lovers
This book is the most heartbreaking of love stories. You will cry and cry and cry. I loved this book enough to have a passage tattooed on my arm (yeah, I'm a lit nerd. Get over it). The passage reads (and it's kind of a throw-away line in the novel, which blows my mind...life-changing, people) "Language can provide some refuge from terror." I'll let you ponder on that for awhile. It means a lot to me, on multiple levels.