Wellness Challenge Week 7
This week I traveled to New York City for New York Fashion Week. I went with Goldyn owner and buyer, Vanessa Barcus. We went to many runway shows, presentations, dinner and parties. Fashion Week goers tend to pride themselves on how busy and hectic the week experience is, as if wearing some sort of badge of honor for burning the candle at both ends. Well after my recent read of Arianna Huffington's book, Thrive, and being commited to this wellness challenge, I knew I wanted to make sure that in all the excitement and activity of Fashion Week, that I took time for myself and my own wellness.
I started off each day with a ten minute meditation. (I have worked my way up to 10 minutes from 5 minutes this week after about 2 weeks of meditating for 5 minutes a day. I am surprised how now the 10 minutes feels no longer than the 5 minutes.) Vanessa made for the coolest of roommates this week for so many reasons, but the fact that we both sit and meditate each morning was pretty rad. Then I would take my yorkie Jazzy for a walk down the street and to get my organic green tea. Depending on where I needed to be and when that day, I started my morning off with some sort of exercise. If my morning started too early to exercise and still get a decent night sleep, I would make up for it by walking around the city more than usual. Aside from hitting the treadmill at the hotel gym, I tried out a few yoga classes and new exercise classes around the city. I also made sure to stay true to my gluten free diet and not allow for any cheating, which can be tempting in such a culinary city, but I have found that there are so many amazing restuarants and cafe's that focus on gluten free and organic wellness. The first gem that is totally unique to New York City is Hu Kitchen. It is a cafeteria style restaurant on 5th avenue that is 100% Paleo. This means I can absolutely eat everything in the entire restaurant. It's pretty bananas. Not to mention they have a sundae bar with all gluten free sugar free toppings for their in house chia seed pudding. My other wellness hack for NYC is Juice Press. They have amazingly fresh grab and go vegan salads and delicious juices and smoothies. My favorite workout experience in the city was SLT. SLT is Lagree Method studio with locations around the city. I couldn't believe how sore I was after these classes. I could barely walk the next day, which in a way was a beautiful reminder that I took the time to take care of myself while I was visiting in the city. Working out when I travel is not something I have always done. I used to use my travel weeks or vacations as a time to not workout and just go with the wildness that is traveling or vacationing. About a year ago, my husband and I both decided it was time to start working out when we travel. We call it "neutralizing" all the eating and drinking we like to do when we travel and experience new restaurants and cultures. But now it has grown beyond that. I make the time to workout 5 times a week even when I am traveling, because it makes me feel good while I am traveling. As exciting as a vacation or working at Fashion Week is, and it is definitely always exciting, working out adds a groundedness to traveling that is so good for the soul. It also gives you the opportunity to experience a place a little more like a local, by trying a new yoga studio, going for a run along a beach or taking a new exercise class, it gives you a sense of groundedness when you are away from home. With my new added meditation practice, this combination served me very well with my New York trip. Just because you are in the city that doesn't sleep, doesn't mean you shouldn't sleep! Wellness and balance is something that we all have to learn to cultivate within, and then take that feeling with us, no matter where life takes us.
unday walked 5 miles.
Monday day of rest.
Tuesday travel day. day of rest.
Wednesday Strala yoga in New York City.
Thursday Walked 4 miles around the city.
Friday SLT in New York City.
Saturday Walked 3 miles around the city. (My wellness hack this day, bring birkenstocks to Fashion Week so we could walk around after the shows instead of uber or hail the subway.)
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