I'm grateful that I've been off sugar and wine since the 1st, and following my nutrition strategy of eating healthy and not too much. Even if I go over 800 kcals by 600 kcals, that only amounts to 1400 kcals for the day, which is still very low! I've also been exercising so much more the past few weeks, even with a bum back. I can't believe my Strava stats! Like today, I took 3 movement breaks, which means I did strength work twice and yoga once throughout the day! Very grateful for that! Took the dog on a 6km bike ride too! Fun!
Speaking of back pain: I feel so much better today, after my therapeutic massage and acupuncture yesterday. The session was really, really, really intense: releasing a lot of heat from my liver and overall stagnation and blocks around my psoas and hip flexors. I can hardly describe what I was feeling during the session because it was so stratified across energy, physical, mental, and emotional feelings. I felt an energetic agitation and it was hard to relax. My breath was also altered. When my massage therapist, Dan, who is a true master of his art, was working on my psoas, I was almost writhing in discomfort. Not pain, just an intensity of having all the areas around my disc worked on to release and loosen. Afterward, I was completely wiped out; all I wanted to do was lie down and sleep, but of course, I had a 2-hour ride home ahead of me on the train. Ugh! But today, I am super-grateful because my back hasn't hurt all day; there is only the slightest feeling of discomfort or a sensation of something not-quite-right in my lumbar vertebrae, but not an active sensation of acute pain, which is what I have lived with since Dec. 31! Yay! Gratitude!
I also had an initial interview with an online teaching platform, although I am ambivalent about the opportunity. I also received a writing job referral and other job connections from a friend in Chengdu--very, very grateful, L!!! I am extremely excited about the writing opportunity because it is guaranteed work and pay if I can submit 4 articles each month. Totally doable! WhooHoo!
It's not on my timeline, but life is unfolding nicely anyway. I will let it, and remain grateful!
Tomorrow I am going on a 16km hike with a new friend and a new hiking group! I'm a bit nervous because I haven't done that distance in a long time and I'm wearing my Keen hiking sandals since I haven't found new boots yet. So I intend to do my best to finish the hike! I also intend to continue eating healthy and stay off sugar and wine! I can do it! I will follow up on job info and look into the writing job tomorrow. I feel so much anticipation about potential there; I hope the money is good!
I am grateful for new friends and new opportunities!!