Getting High

I can barely describe how happy it makes me to walk out into my yard with this…

…walking back in the house a few minutes later with this…

…and sitting down, a few minutes later, to this.

Now that’s a garden salad!

Remember the thumb pepper?  It’s got tons of friends now!

And check out these twisted sisters.

Salads have been a lunch staple for the last few weeks.  Garden veg topped with kitchen-grown sprouts, a bit of grains, and tempeh/tofu/eggs/nuts make an amazingly fast, delicous, and nutritious meal.

The theme of my week is “movement is my medicine”.  Take this morning for example; I was feeling groggy, grumpy, and unmotivated.  5 (slow!) miles later and I am a happy camper!

I certainly appreciate and acknowledge the aesthetic and physical benefits of exercise but my biggest motivational factor to getting moving is the mental and emotional ones.  I’m here for the runners high, burning calories is a bonus.

What motivates you to get moving?


  1. Sandy

    Definitely the mood boost. My kids will always tell me to take my walk if I haven’t done it first thing, they can sense my mood. Also the feeling of satisfaction in accomplishment. My yoga, pilates, bar workouts, jazzercise and walking every day are part of my identity and I cling to that.

    • I love that your kids know what’s good for you, even if it doesn’t involve them! I used to skip workouts when I was home visiting family because I felt like I needed to spend every spare moment with them. By the end of the trip I would be cranky and so ready to get home and back to my routine. Then I realized that I taking the time to exercise actually made our time together better quality. I was pleasantly surprised at how supportive my family was. I’ve never once felt guilted into skipping a run to spend time together and now my little brother and little sister often run with me! If you know what’s good for you than do it! Turns out what benefits you usually benefits those around you as well. 🙂

  2. “I certainly appreciate and acknowledge the aesthetic and physical benefits of exercise but my biggest motivational factor to getting moving is the mental and emotional ones.” Perfect timing. Dave & I were just talking about why pushing ourselves physically spills over into other aspects of our lives.
    Empowerment. That might be my biggest motivation. I love realizing I am capable of so much more than I usually give myself credit. We are our worst own critics, but it’s difficult to argue the measurable facts that are there when we physically challenge ourselves. Yes, I like the way I look, but it’s a byproduct of the real “why” I move.
    Once again, I love the subtle messages you share here — & your garden is beautiful.

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