In a few short hours, the month of October will be no more. Instead of catching-up on my school work like the good student I am not, I am going to spend the next little while reflecting on the past month…
October 2010 was all I could have hoped for and more. No exaggerating here! I can remember the first day of the month as if it were just yesterday. It was then my crush on October was kindled, and it continued to bloom throughout the month ;) My mom and I spent the first weekend of October welcoming Fall with autumn activities and good eats; the good days started on a roll right away… and they kept rolling.
Just as I said so long to September by highlighting my favorites, I’d like to continue the tradition by doing the same for October.
A few of my favorite things…
Food: granny smiths.
I’ve always been a dedicated Fuji fan, but ever since I bought a few old grannies to make [my flop] of a baked food, that was Autumn Apple Flax Bread, I haven’t wanted to eat any other variety of apple. They’re delicious with sharp white cheddar!
Fact: I always slice my apples, always.
Beverage: hot chai lattes.
Unfortunately, my chai lattes haven’t resembled anything else close to this. Though, I have indulged in a couple Tazo chai lattes topped with cinnamon on rainy days, and enjoyed every sugary sip. I used to make chai lattes after school all.the.time, but seeing as most chai concentrates are loaded with sugar, they are not something I consume on a regular basis anymore. I’d much rather eat an entire bar of sea salt + almond dark chocolate ;)
Exercise Move: push-ups.
As an adolescent gymnast, push-ups were second nature to me. I could pump out 40+ no problem. Well, that changed when I traded gymnastics and swimming for running. I’m now working on getting my upper body as toned as my lower body, and regaining my inner push-up strength.
What are the benefits of push-ups anyway?
Music: speak now.
I’ve been listening – on my computer, on my iPod, in my car – to the Speak Now CD on repeat since its release Monday. I’ll admit it, T.Swizzle rocks my socks!
PR, baby! 1:43:21
Fast forward 48 hours… I ate sh*t on a running treadmill and was “scared for life”.
My accident inspired me to spread body positivity, and a few days later I finally posted my first Operation Beautiful note. I immediately caught the “beautiful bug”, and haven’t been able to stop posting pink Post-Its since. There is always a positive with a negative.
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During the month of October I have accomplished goals, and made others; I have made new friends and embraced the old; I have run [many miles], and I have fallen [in front of a gym full of cute guys], but most importantly, I jumped up and keep moving along mile after mile. I have stepped out of my box and been more spontaneous. Basically, I have learned to live and, as a result, there have been many more smiles.