A July Recap of Sorts

by Valerie on July 30, 2012 · 6 comments

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So I know July has two more days to go, but it went by so fast, I figured I might as well give you a little recap now rather than look up and it be August 10th.  Right now, July 4 feels a lot longer ago than just earlier in the month.  I am really glad this was the month of the 2012 Self-Care Retreat – led by Cheryl of Gluten Free Goodness – as I had an intense work schedule, a nagging sinus infection, and travel towards the end of the month.

Therefore, it was really nice to reflect on food, support and connection, movement, creativity, and inward reflection – be sure to check out this post from Cheryl that includes all the links related to the retreat. Self-care came in particularly handy when dealing with my sinus issues this month (while my chronic sinus are miles better than life pre-gluten-free, they are by no means perfect) and needing to remember to sleep enough.  Also, I am also so glad sweetpress opened up in the neighborhood. When my sinuses are hurting (with the attendant upper gum pain – gah) I also end up dehydrated, no matter how much water I drink, and I find that things like pressed juice or coconut water really help.

Early in the month, I also tried out barre classes a couple of times.

Later in the month, I also travelled to Boston for work, staying in a new-to-me part of the city, at the northernmost tip of the North End:

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The above picture sort of looks like it was taken from a boat, but it was actually dry land, near the hotel:

Boston Minute, Part 1: Trying Out Exhale CoreFusion, New Snacks & Travel Eats
Boston Minute, Part 2: Eating Gluten-Free and Vegan at Wagamama

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Rereading the above, no wonder July seems like such a whirlwind. I did get some art journaling in early in the month, which was nice, and was fortunate to see many of my friends earlier in the month too.  Despite the travel, I was also able to keep up with more yoga in my schedule, which was a nice addition.  As I wrote about a month ago, I was starting to feel like my yoga practice was more of a maintenance rather than a dynamic one, and this month has felt like an improvement.  I have made it to 14 classes this month so far, and if I go to sleep very soon, can make it to a 15th one tomorrow. The majority have been  my usual early morning ones, but I have also made it to a few evening classes, including some yin yoga, so it has been a nice change of pace.

How was your month of July? Any wishes for August?

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1 Shirley @ gluten free easily July 30, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Wow, you have been busy! How cool that your Boston trip went so well though! :-)

As I type I have a nagging sinus headache. Sometimes I think mine might be brought on by accidental gluten, in a small amount. I used to suffer with them all the time before going gf, and I have them rarely now, but twice of late I’ve had one after eating out and eating a mainstream product. So I wonder …

I agree that July 4th seems like eons ago! August is almost here. The summer has truly flown by.

Shirley

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2 cheryl July 30, 2012 at 9:27 pm

So glad to hear you’re feeling better and having less sinus trouble. Glad to hear that yoga is feeling more dynamic.

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