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Anne Macaulay | First Thoughts
Greetings friends!

Here are my "First Thoughts"
 on mindset, real food and behavior change. 

Quote that I am pondering: "Don't believe everything you think." I've learned from meditation how much random CRAP my brain generates! Rather than believing these tangents my brain gets onto, I'm trying to stop, take a few mindful breaths, and ask whether I know that what I'm thinking is true. 

Here is a sweet, funny version in a song: Lee Brice "Don't Believe Everything You Think"

What I’m reading: Plantar Fasciitis Survival Guide. For years I was told I had PF, but I never did. When I recently started having heel pain in the morning, I was in luck to have this simple little book on hand!

I like how to books by patients with personal experience. In this case, you get a step by step program that starts with loosening all the knots (who knew you could use your kneecap to massage the back of the opposite calf?), loosening all the fascia with scraping, and only then moves on to stretching. Two weeks of this, and I was good to go!

What I’m learning about: Taming the inner critic. Are you curious what form your inner critic takes and how you get in your own way? This saboteur assessment is a quick and fun way to get a sense of your saboteur's MO. I'm halfway through their program for coaches. I'll let you know how it goes!
What I’m cooking right now:
Quinoa Salad with Tuna and Arugula
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa (cooks just like rice in the rice cooker)
  • 1 cup chopped arugula
  • 1 can chunk light tuna in water, drained
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, diced (or used jarred roasted red bell pepper)
  • 1 tsp capers
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Apple cider vinegar
Combine all of the salad ingredients and dress with oil and vinegar. Sometimes I remember to cool the quinoa to room temperature and sometimes it's a warm salad. Either way, it's good! 

What's in bloom: Tulip 'Avignon'.  I love tulips in the landscape, but that is not an option with browsing deer and groundhogs. What does work is growing them in a pot buried in the securely fenced vegetable garden and then moving that pot to the planter by the front door when they are ready to bloom. Makes me smile a dozen times a day :) They start off elegant but end up blowsy and even the dropped petals are lovely.

That's all for now.

Love, Anne
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