My Week In Review (otherwise known as WIR) posts are just that: a review of my past week. I post an update here every Monday sharing some tidbits of my previous week as well as an accompanying photo recap with selections from my Instagram. Here’s the buzz from my week:
Despite a very strange couple of winter-like days early last week, spring continues to persevere with blooms coming in left and right. The trees are budding, the birds are nesting, and my yard is flush with bright yellow daffodils. I love their cheery heads that gracefully nod in the breeze! While spring is the season of renewal, I like to think specifically of Easter week as a time of rebirth. It is an opportunity to shake off deadweight and push through to new beginnings with gusto. While this can be a literal experience, depending on the current situation in my life, I find more often than not that a rebirth of positive attitudes and outlooks is the major shift I feel every spring. Whether it’s picking a book off my bookshelf that stands apart from my recent reads or committing myself to investing in a new vlogging camera and the implications of such a purchase, these small actions reflect a much larger shift inside. I feel like I look to spring and specifically Easter each year to give me that special boost I need to break free of old ruts and ways of thinking that no longer benefit me but have somehow managed to stick thanks to the comfort of familiarity. I am turning a new leaf this spring in my attitude and outlook on life. I love that we can never possibly have all of the answers in this lifetime, because the journey of learning to me is the best part. Every year I can have a new lease on life without discrediting my previous experiences. It is a privilege to live and to learn.
Speaking of turning over a new leaf, Don and I have been amping up our fitness and tweaking our nutrition lately with the spring season to try to be healthier. We tend to let ourselves slip a bit into winter hibernation mode in the cooler months between heavier food from all of the holidays and celebrations and less activity with shorter days and icy sidewalks. Don’s been cooking really well-balanced meals for us most days a week featuring lean proteins and lots of veggies. He’s working through a longtime back injury with physical therapy and low intensity cardio. I am upping my mileage a bit on my weekday morning runs and adding in a few more full-body workouts each week as I feel stronger. I am super excited for Tone It Up‘s annual Bikini Series which is launching in just one week now You can sign up for free here. It’s basically an 8-week healthy tune-up guide to get yourself ready for summer. I love how Tone It Up provides recipe ideas and workout routines to keep you motivated. I plan on following it in my own way, as I have done since its inception a few years ago. It is great motivation to turn it up a notch (or 10!). That’s not to say I am going on a super strict diet from now on, as I do believe that you can and should enjoy the things you love. Good food is an essential happy-maker for me, but there definitely can be too much of a good thing. For me moderation is key, and I am focusing on paying more attention to my portions and not eating too quickly during my spring tune-up. A little chocolate every day makes my heart happy. Too much chocolate every day makes my stomach hurt and my skin break out, which in turn does not make me very happy. Balance in everything, right? We live, we learn.
This past weekend was all about Easter. I just love how holidays bring people together! Don and I kicked off the weekend on Friday by sharing a lovely date nite out at a local French restaurant called Michael with absolutely exquisite food. I spent all of Saturday baking up a storm (post on this coming on Wednesday), including my family ‘s Easter favorites. We headed downtown for a night out with friends, stopping at different spots for snacks, dinner, and dessert! On Sunday we went to church with the family and then shared a wonderful afternoon and evening together at Don’s sister’s house eating good food and laughing together. I love putting together little baskets of goodies for my nieces both near and far! In fact, I used to put together little Easter baskets that I would leave in my friends’ lockers in high school. Some things never change, I guess! Holidays are great excuses for me to give little tokens of affection to my loved ones.
I am so blessed by the love of family and friends in my life. I hope that you enjoyed a wonderful weekend with your loved ones, whether you celebrate the holiday or not, and that the sun is shining (literally or just metaphorically as is the case here in cloudy Chicago today) as you embark on a new week. Here’s to new beginnings!
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