2020 is an unprecedented year, to say the least. It seems like everyone can only focus on the negative events. But through all the hardships everyone has no doubt faced of different magnitudes, if you look hard enough, you can find at least one silver lining.
For me, quarantine has brought me much closer to my family. When Covid-19 first hit and lockdown began in March/April, we got creative with family game nights. I will never forget those. Quarantine has also been good to me personally. It’s helped me stick to a workout routine. Since working from home in March, I’ve been able to set aside time to exercise 4-5 days a week, and actually maintain it. It’s not like I haven’t been able to exercise before the pandemic. I have, but before when I was living in NYC, I was surrounded by restaurants and takeout, so while I was exercising, I wasn’t eating my best (i.e. lots of processed foods and things that felt good in the moment but would later feel regret because my stomach would act up). Now that I’ve moved back home, the prospect of takeout and trips to Duane Reade are eliminated, and that alone has really helped me eat better and listen to my body and what it really wants. I’ve been feeding it better than I have been before. This isn’t to say that I’m completely gluten free, vegan, or dairy free. I’m just in a much better place in regards to my eating habits and workout regimen. I’m working to be easier on myself when it comes to dumb food rules that the diet world created. All I’m really focused on is “Do I like the food?” “Would I feel good after eating it?” “What am I really in the mood for?” I’m constantly working on listening to my body and tuning out the noise (or forking the noise as Lisa Hayim would say), giving it love when I need it most, and not being too harsh on myself for things that are actually pretty normal but society has told women that even the slightest imperfections (fat rolls, stretch marks) are not okay and need fixing. Eff those standards.
A huge shoutout to Rachael Devaux, the woman behind @rachaelsgoodeats for all of her amazing, challenging, real sweaty workouts. Her recipes are also pretty good too! I’ve made her chai spiced chocolate cookies, healthy twix bars, and was inspired to try chia seed pudding (which I’ve adapted to create my own recipe). Throughout this year, following health and wellness influencers has really helped me not lose sight of my personal goals. And one thing that’s definitely helped is I’ve cleansed my feed a bit: unfollowing people or small businesses that associate with the word diet. If you haven’t taken time to review the people you follow, I highly recommend when you have the time (while you’re watching Netflix perhaps).
I’ve been lucky enough to not have been personally affected by Covid, so I feel an extra sense of gratitude writing this. But whatever your situation may be, I urge you to find at least one positive thing that has happened to you this year because of the circumstances. It may not be physical; it could be a feeling you’ve unlocked and weren’t able to really be in touch with previously.