As I was heading to the gym this morning, I noticed on a local convenience store sign in big letters, "20 Different Microwavable Sandwiches!" I had to laugh out loud because I was thinking, how many ways can crap be made and then microwaved? Well, I guess at least 20, right? Are you kidding me? What are we doing to our bodies?
It's a good thing this sign was up because before that, I wasn't in the best mood. Not a morning person, my desire to get up on a not-as-cold-as-it-could-be-in-January-in-Iowa morning is generally very low. Getting up and going to the gym usually ranks somewhere around cleaning the bathroom and balancing my checkbook - a necessary evil. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy moving my body and I think sweat is very cleansing. It's the getting up part that irks me. Especially on Monday. In January. Add to that the fact that my spouse backed into the front of my car in the early morning rush to get out of the driveway, and my morning was off to the stellar start that it was.
I was dreading the gym because I know that it's post-holiday resolution time. Fighting for a treadmill, bumping butts in the locker room, waiting for a shower - ugh. Not my idea of fun. Give me a 3:00 in the afternoon on a sunny day in May walk outside anytime; gym - not so much.
But I went, and I felt better on the elliptical. Felt even better on the treadmill. And then I got to the point that I love - the reward, so to speak - Steam Room. Sitting in all that eucalyptus-y moisture while deep conditioning my hair... ahhh... heaven. Suddenly, the stress of the morning didn't seem to exist. Maybe it was the heat combined with the endorphins, but all I could think about was that silly sign, and I had to laugh again. No more anger about the car or hating Monday morning. My good mood continued even when I dropped my jar of moisturizer in the locker room and it broke all over everything.
As the lady in the swimming cap next to me so eloquently put it, "Well, some days just don't start out right." I agreed with her and laughed. I replied, "It can only get better from here." And it has. As I drove home past the sign promising microwaved delights, I reveled in the shining sun of the morning. I knew that what awaited me at home was a hearty, healthy breakfast that had nothing to do with processed food. I also knew that I got my workout in and over with and would have a healthy glow for the rest of the day. Not too bad, for not being my day. :)
This is what I like to do to start my morning off with a cleanse. Take 2 Tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar, add to 1 tsp of honey and 1 slice of lemon in 4-6 ounces of warm water. It starts the day off with a kick and is good for many things, from cholesterol to acne. The vinegar is hard on teeth, so I like to brush my teeth after I drink my tonic. Then I enjoy my breakfast and brush again.
Speaking of honey - which is a wonderful thing, I heard about using honey as a natural face mask. I am off to give it a try to add to my steam and exercise glowing skin. 1 Tbsp of honey with 1 egg yolk and 1tsp of olive oil. Mix together and add to the skin for a moisturizing mask. Leave on for 20 minutes and remove with a warm, moist washcloth.
Off to further enjoy this day ...