Wednesday Things

Friends! I just haven’t had time to snap photos of all my food, so no official “WIAW” today. And I haven’t had time to create new recipes….I haven’t had time for much of anything other than revising my dissertation and figuring out job stuff.  April is proving to be a bit of a tough month. So this post is going to be kind of random. Bear with me.

I guess I should clarify that when I say I’m spending all my time working, that’s a bit of an exaggeration. I feel so lucky to have created healthy habits years ago that enable me to find ways to fit in healthy eating, exercise, and yoga to my daily life, even when I am insanely busy. Although there are times that I’ve noticed myself falling into stress-eating patterns, I’m always able to bounce back with my next food choice. One thing that is really helping is the Return of Green Juice:

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For whatever reason, I hadn’t been feeling the green juice for the past few months. I was doing more smoothies. But this past week, juicing has felt really energizing and restorative, and I’m grateful for sucking in so many nutrients in one meal!

Yoga has also been a life-saver. Both the classes I take and the classes I teach. One night after a particularly grueling day of writing, I decided to work on a new playlist for the classes I teach. I’ve always been a very “seasonal” person, and that’s always meant that I had to start listening to different music at the start of a new season. There’s something very fall about this band, and something very winter about him, and something very summer about them. So of course I had to change up my winter tunes for spring tunes in the yoga studio too (even though it’s still snowing here, I’m doing everything to pretend it’s actually spring). Here is the mix I used from January-March:

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And here’s what I just created this week:

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You may notice a random “fast song” in the middle of these (the Mirah/Tender Forever and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs). Those are there for the ab-portion of class. Corepower requires all teachers to do ab work in classes, and most teachers like to pump up the volume a bit to motivate students to push.

That’s really all I have for you today!

What healthy habits do you have during stressful times? Do you change what you listen to based on the seasons?

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8 thoughts on “Wednesday Things

  1. Peaches and Greens says:

    Totally agree with you that the National are a fall band but I’m still super excited to see them play next month! They’re starting their tour in Ithaca (weirdly enough) and I’m looking forward to hearing more of their new stuff. I really like your spring playlist and might try and follow it on Spotify (if I can find you)!

    Glad that you’re keeping healthy through the dissertation craziness! When do you defend??

    • raechel says:

      I should clarify. Boxer and Alligator are fall albums for me, but I actually think Bloodbuzz Ohio is kind of spring! So it’s really album more than artist. ; )

      Defense date is waiting to be set based on my advisor’s response to my revisions. We’re tentatively saying late May or mid June. Ugh, I just want it to be over!

      I can email you my last name so you can find me on Spotify. I try to keep my last name off the blog though!

  2. Jess says:

    Thanks for sharing these! I just started a new playlist yesterday. I definitely hear you on being thankful for having good habits to fall back on during busy times! Yoga is a huge help.

  3. Natalia says:

    That’s so good that you can hold on to those habits when life gets a bit hectic – trying to live a healthier, balanced lifestyle is still something thats relatively new to me, so I find it much harder to hold on to healthy habits when I’m stressed!

    Love the look of your spring play list : ) My running playlist is in need of a revamp – but if I go seasonal, it’ll be autumn songs I’ll look to! x

    • raechel says:

      I’m definitely not perfect (see above note about occasional stress eating), but I feel really lucky that missing a workout is never even an option. It’s just part of my routine, like brushing my teeth, and it truly keeps me sane!

      Running mixes are fun to make too. I’ll get on that when we’re closer to running weather (we’re getting 6-8 inches of snow tonight. Ughhhh!).

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