I have had a fantastic couple of weeks.
I went to Disneyland, I got engaged, I got home, I returned to work with a job that I love, I wrote, I swam, I lifted, I ate food that was fucking awesome. This time last year I was working a job that was slowly killing me, and I was sick- physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I had IBS that made me feel somewhere on the scale of uncomfortable to terrible all the time. I grinded my teeth at night and rarely slept well. I was well on the road to loving my body and treating myself right, but it wasn’t consistently clicking.
When I work, I try to keep these facts in mind. I often get overwhelmed with the sheer volume of effort that I put into Super Strength Health, not because I don’t want to do the work or find it to be a chore, but because most tasks simply take me about three times the amount of time than I think they well, and thus my to-do list is perpetually long.
But the truth is, this work has both changed and saved my life in a number of ways. It gave me something to look forward to waking up to- day in and day out. It gave me huge amounts of self-esteem and a ton of incentive to KEEP doing my best, KEEP talking to myself kindly, KEEP loving the shit out of myself no matter what. Super Strength Health for me is freedom. The freedom to love my body. The freedom to be publicly open and imperfect and raw. The freedom to offer my listening ear most hours of the day, the freedom to let myself be supported financially by something I am extremely passionate about. It helps me as much as anyone else, and to keep it going I have to remember where I came from, and where I am now.
Basically, this “day in the life” is brought to you by a feeling of gratitude. My life is fun and cool and I love it, despite the kinks. (Also, as I’ve said before: I think we need as many feminist, body positive, health at every size advocating, health and wellness practitioners as possible. If you want to talk further about starting a business in this realm, email me! Let’s build an alliance.)
6:30AM Wake up.
When I first started my journey to self-employment, I felt scarred from 5am wakeups and 3 hour a day commutes. I relished in never EVER using an alarm to wake up. I am naturally an early riser, so most of the time I wake up with the sun anyway. It seemed reasonable to allow myself time to get into my natural rhythm. That was awesome for about a year, but these days I find myself using my alarm again, because there is a 7:30AM class at my gym that I genuinely enjoy taking. Although rising to do something I love is much much different than rising to sit in traffic, it is still not exactly easy to wake up to darkness. I never regret it once I am at the barbell, though, so I keep that in mind as I stumble around in the dark.
For those curious: my breakfast is consistently oats with almond milk, banana, raisins, and peanut butter and I always eat before I lift. I know some folks are all about fasted AM cardio, but that feels like shit to me, so I don’t do it. Huzzah for bio-individuality and meeting my own needs.
7:30 AM Barbell WOD
Today’s workout was a warm up, a complex of squat cleans, front squats, thrusters, and push presses, some backsquat sets, some deadlift sets, a superset of push ups and pull ups, and a 7 minute AMRAP of overhead squats and toes to bars. I was thoroughly worked when I was finished and straight chugged my recovery smoothie of Vega Sport, maca, chlorella, pineapple, banana and almond milk as soon as I was done. It tasted heavenly.
For those curious: I consider my workouts and my food to be a serious part of my business. It is my job to practice what I preach and my workouts are scheduled into my life like work hours (barring illness or exhaustion or injury)
9:00AM Prep for my meal prep-clients.
A new (and fun!) part of Super Strength Health is vegan, gluten-free, refined sugar free meal delivery.
It is important for me to offer my clients the freshest local and organic ingredients possible, so first I hit up the farmer’s market. I get the things I can’t get there (beans, coconut milk, etc.) from my local whole foods.
Today’s clients got vegan taco salad (romaine, lettuce, tomato, grilled scallions and green peppers, salsa, homemade bell pepper cilantro vinaigrette, black beans, and walnut taco “meat”) and coconut, kale, kidney bean and chickpea chana saag with wild rice. It took me about three hours to shop, prep, make, and package up enough for everyone and they picked up the goods from my house later that day. (I do delivery too, its just much cheaper for folks to come to me if they can!)
I ate some of the food I made for others for lunch, and it ruled.
12:00 Computer time
This is the moment of reckoning for me, because my email inbox is kiiiiinda cray. I tried to approach it calmly with intermittent deep breaths. I don’t know what it is about the time I have to spend on logistics that tends to give me anxiety, but it’s definitely a thing that I have to be gentle with myself about. I spent three hours computer-ing and it was totally fine. A lesson to Lacy of the future: do not fear the inbox!
3:00 Cofee with this babe.
This is my friend Jaiye. She is most often seen biking anywhere and everywhere, but sometimes we both slow down and get to have coffee with one another, which always feels much needed. I stole this picture from her social media, as it was taken mid-bike tour, which is when I am pretty sure Jaiye is the most stoked.
I caught up with Jaiye at Timeless Coffee while the sun peeked through for the first time in days. Life was good. Oh yeah! I also ate some collard green chips with my Americano ’cause I was feelin’ snacky.
It’s amazing, because my title is health and wellness coach, but much of what I do in a day is not actual session time. Tonight I met with a client that manages to seriously move me every single time we speak. I am amazed at the people that I get to work with! It is humbling to spend time with those who are demanding self-love in a world that doesn’t necessarily promote it, and I am honored to bare witness.
7:00PM Dinner and band practice
After my session, I dove into some food (wild rice, tempeh, romanesco, kale, tahini and nutritional yeast in case you couldn’t tell!), and hopped in my car. Due to some flooding issues of our practice space, we didn’t have a full practice, so one of my greatest homies (oh, and our bassist) and I went over some lyric placement so that I am extra prepared to shred when the space dries out.
9:00PM Shower, dudefriend snuggle, 1 episode of Gilmore Girls, and sleep.
In roughly that order, I relaxed into my off time, mentally high fived myself for a very fulfilling day, and got some shut eye. I am an eight-hours-of-sleep-or-bust type of babe, so I have a strict 10:00PM lights out policy if I plan on having another early morning the next day (which I do!)
See you guys tomorrow with a brand new recipe!
Today I interrupt my regularly scheduled blog programming to make a very exciting announcement.
One very special nerd has asked to be my own personal underwear model for life. I am very into the idea!
Next week I will return to blogging, but in the meantime, please enjoy this photo of the big question, at just the scariest moment of space mountain:
See you next week!
And the new year is off with a bang!
The past few weeks have been extremely fun and also extremely busy. I am getting to know my new clients, writing new meal plans, and trying to take some hours of not-work (I’m not really in the days of not-work section of life yet) to take some deep breaths and remember that it is important for me to have time to unwind, too. I have found it difficult to pause, which is probably a perfect sign that that’s exactly what I need to do.
Here are some things I have going on:
I am catering this event on Friday, January 23rd in San Francisco and I couldn’t be more excited. Please expect your daily dose of probiotics, fresh coffee, perfectly creamy and fluffy vegan gluten-free quiche, and cinnamon zucchini bread muffins. I have been testing my recipes for weeks and I am very excited to share them with all 200 people who show up. (gulp.)
My band (Strays!) is happening, after a bunch of years of trying to make music with people. I havn’t ever been in a band, or really even collaborated artistically before and it has been liberating and vulnerable to try. Every time we practice my voice surprises me. Who knew I could be so loud!
And, perhaps most exciting of all, Super Strength Health is getting an office space, which is a perfect segue to our weekend reading links.
You know what gives me a giant emotional boner? Watching new vegan businesses pop up all the time. You know what else? When my friends are at the helm.
This Saturday, January 17th, my friends Holly Noll and Ed Bauer are finally opening up their all-vegan gym and café. The grand opening will feature a workout (that is optional if that’s not your thing!) Timeless Coffee, Samplings of Protein Donuts from FitQuick Cafe, a Presentation from Keegan Kuhn, director of the documentary Cowspiracy, and a fundraiser raffle with all the proceeds going to Animal Place, a sanctuary for farm animals in Grass Valley, California.
I am incredibly stoked to go to this event, but the cherry on the (coconut) whipped cream for me is that I have agreed to have an office space within PlantFit’s walls. Super Strength Health has grown exponentially since I opened my non-existent doors in June, and an office space is a little nerve wracking to procure, but also totally necessary. I couldn’t ask to be connected to better people and business, too, so hey. THE TIME IS NOW. It feels very cool to have such opportunity.
I FUCKING LOVE SARA SEINBERG. Let me just say that first.
Second: This article struck a real chord with me. Generally, I am a happy, supportive (and supported!) partner, friend, sister, and daughter. But I am not perfect. I am (perhaps overly?) sensitive and I have definitely known myself to let things grow and flourish inside before I speak up about issues that bother me.
Resentment is something that I have intermittently struggled with and I am definitely acutely aware that it effects me far more than it actually effects the person I’m pissed off at. I have used a few of the tools Sara discusses to get over my bullshit, but this article was a great physical reminder that when I am feeling interpersonally out of whack, I have much more control over my emotions than I might guess. A very worthwhile read.
“Saying “lifting weights will make a woman bulky” is downplaying the hard work and dedication it takes to be strong. It’s downplaying all those who aspire to build “bulk” (muscle) and strive for their own personal perception of being fit” –Sheri Stiles
There is so much misinformation, stereotype, and downright patriarchal attitude about women and weight lifting, and I’m not into it. I’m not into the idea that women shouldn’t bother putting on muscle because it isn’t “ladylike” to be “bulky.” I know not everyone wants to put hours of focus in the gym to get a ripped physique, and that’s TOTALLY COOL, but for the wild asses who DO (ahem, me.) we should not have to contend with archaic ideas about what’s correct for our bodies. Muscle is what people want when they say they want to look “toned” and MUSCLE IS BULK. This article gave me some great food for thought.
Have a great weekend!