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Some words about SUMMER'S BLOG

I love peanut butter, avocado and oatmeal. Not together of course, but nearly any recipe that calls for these ingredients I'll probably enjoy. I have the misfortune of living with some food sensitivities but the extreme fortune of knowing what those sensitivities are - gluten (only mild, thank goodness), nightshades, lactose, and refined sugar. I'm not a formally trained chef, but I love cooking (and eating!) delicious, guilt-free food. I'm a fitness model, certified nutrition coach, trainer and an IFBB pro bikini athlete... and I eat 6 times a day. When I'm not in the kitchen preparing something extraordinary, I'm - in the gym, rushing off to an audition, at a photo shoot, studying nutrition, or planning a vacation. Hope you enjoy my site! For nutrition consultations or more information on training, contact me at summerwhitefitness@gmail.com

One Thing Wednesdays

Agami Superfoods Raw Chocolate
I rarely do nice things for myself anymore. Long gone are the days of massages, mani/pedis, watching tv, bubble baths, shopping for clothes, and the list of luxuries goes on.  I feel guilty spending free time doing personal things, because there is always contracts to make, emails to respond to, marketing to be done, social media posts to stay relevant with, or new clients to meet.

Before I became an entrepreneur it seemed I had all the time (and money!) in the world. Or at least more compartmentalized time.  I knew I had work from a to b, I slept from c to d, and that left e free to fill with things I enjoyed doing. Oh.. and I used to do it all! Hence the name Fun Fit Travel Girl! So where has that fun girl gone?

From the suggestion of a friend, who has owned her own business for over 20 years, I have given myself a day off. That day happens to be Wednesday.  I am sure you are wondering, why Wednesday? That’s in the middle of the week! It’s a work day! Well, as a trainer my busiest time is before 9am, after 5 pm, and on weekends – when most people have time for fitness. So Wednesdays are perfectly fitting for my days off.

Another girlfriend (who knows about my day off) text me a few Tuesdays ago saying, “tomorrow, what will you do that makes Summer happy for her day off?” It totally caught me off guard. I said, “well, it would be nice to cook a recipe for my blog. I’ve been neglecting it. I also want to work on this business proposal I have.” She responded saying, “ok that’s good, but promise me tomorrow you will rest and take it slow? No over booking. Just a slow day.” From the sound of my planned activities, I guess it didn’t come off as too day-offy!

She then asked if she could gift me a gel mani. I got nervous just thinking about it. Not only did it remind me of all the things I had to do, but I then thought about how the commitment to the upkeep would mean several hours in the next few months would be lost! On a completely pointless activity! AAAKKK!! I kindly declined the gift but mentioned I’d perhaps go for a massage the following week to relieve some stress.

When that next day rolled around, I took myself to the Erewhon tonic bar.  One of my favorite places in LA. I am on another strict competition prep so I kept it simple and got the vital greens juice with added stevia, spirulina, and chlorella.  I sat at the bar and chatted with the staff.  Time stopped, and I wasn’t thinking about work or any other responsibilities. Boy, i’m telling you that green juice was everything that day!

The following Wednesday I had a casting in Alhambra. Afterwards, I ran a few errands.  The massage I had scheduled the week before fell on that Tuesday night, but as I’m healing from a fractured foot, it wasn’t the best. The masseuse left my entire left leg alone and cut me short of time, but I’ll admit that I was probably a few degrees more relaxed than when I first walked in. So after the errands, I was driving home, feeling a little down that I had deprived myself of a little relaxation and personal bliss, when a sign caught my eye. $12 pedicure special!  Oh what did I have to lose? After all, I could return emails why I sat! I popped in, and within 20 minutes was back in my car with a fresh set of neon pink toes.  Sure, this lady, too, skipped massaging my left foot, but the finished product made me smile.

I immediately wrote my girlfriend. “So I LOVE how you asked me what I will do that makes Summer happy! It made me think. I stopped doing little things that made me smile. I may have to sacrifice some time or work harder but I should try and do one thing either once a week or every other week.” She responded, “Yes honey! Once a week, do something that makes your soul sing!”

Well pedis may not make my soul sing, but they sure bring a little calm amidst the storm.  So that is how my One Thing Wednesdays came about. Yesterday was my third week and I had to take a client and go to another casting. Once I returned home I thought about my One Thing. What should I do? I didn’t feel like spending money.

I opened my fridge, as I always do, and noticed the bar of chocolate that has been laying there since February. I had picked it up at Expo West. It’s from Agami Superfoods and has the ohm printed dead-center on the package (I have the ohm tattooed on the back of my neck so I felt it was a sign). I checked the nutrition facts and calculated that a small square, roughly 6 grams, would cost me around 26 calories, 2 g of fat, 2 g of carbs, and 1 g of sugar from raw coconut nectar.  It was already afternoon, and I usually have 2 tbsp of chia seed in my protein shake that is about 60 calories, so I knew what would happen next. I opened my cupboard and grabbed my fresh ground sugar-free, no oil added peanut butter and dipped that little sucker in. What I experienced next was pure heaven. It was better than I could’ve imagined.  Sure, I went to cardio immediately after, but I was completely content, and worked harder than ever. Oh how I love my One Thing Wednesdays!Agami Chocolate and fresh ground peanut butter

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One Response to One Thing Wednesdays

  1. Tamara says:

    I like the idea of “One Thing Wednesdays.” It is so important to create balance in our lives and let ourselves enjoy!

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