While I have always believed Sunday to be the “day of rest” I do think that it is much more than that. I used to work every Sunday, in fact in the café it was one of the busiest days of the week. Since being blessed with having Sundays off I have found it to be one of the most important days of my week.
I typically will allow myself to sleep in on Sundays. It is so lovely to wake up naturally without the blaring sound of an alarm. Going to the gym is never on the agenda on a Sunday, it is purely a walking day. I feel that in order to get the most out of my training sessions during the week I do need a day to reset my body.
Generally, I will go for my walk with someone in my family or with my boyfriend to just leisurely chat, drink coffee and engage in some quality conversation. I also find it to be beneficial for conflict resolution. Talking through issues that arose in the previous week with others helps me gain some perspective on the situation and develop ways to deal with the issues in the coming week.
There are two other major parts of my Sunday that I really want to discuss, organisation and relaxation. I understand that the two juxtapose each other but trust me on this one.
I do our family supermarket shopping on a Monday. This means that on a Sunday the fridge is usually loaded with bits and pieces that need to be used up before they go off. What is usually left over are vegetables. I don’t mean that there is a bag of sweet potatoes, I am talking one potato, one quarter of a pumpkin, one beetroot, two carrots and half a head of cauliflower. These odds and ends, if not used, will end up in the bin. As I have discussed in a previous post, food wastage is such a massive issue across the world and every person has to do their best to reduce the amount of food they’re throwing away. Sunday is my day to do that.
I take all the odds and ends and chop them up into large chunks. I place all the vegetables in the tray and pour over some olive oil and a good sprinkle of salt. Some weeks I will add some paprika, oregano or parsley to mix it up. I then roast these in the oven until they are cooked through. These will be the vegetables that will be used for my lunches throughout the week. I place them all in an airtight container when they have cooled down and keep them in the fridge. Each night when I go to prepare my lunch for the following day, I will make a salad with some spinach and other raw vegetables, sometimes some rice, a few of the roasted vegetables and a protein source of my choice.
If I don’t do this kind of preparation on my Sunday’s I will be stressing out on Monday after a long day at work trying to get myself organised. I do this for my own piece of mind and to make life easier during the week. That hour and a half on a Sunday saves me so much time during the week. I understand that for some people it is not something to stress about, however, I speak to so many people that ask me how I maintain my healthy lifestyle with limited time during the week and this is one of the key ways I am able to do this. Organisation is the key.
In addition to preparing things for during the week it is also important that I allow myself to wind down. Here are three of my favourite things I do to relax:
Watch a movie: I have recently fallen in love with watching movies again. I never used to have the “time” to watch them but have now seen just how much my mind benefits from turning off for a couple of hours.
Going out for coffee: I don’t think it is any secret that I am a bit of a coffee addict. I am nowhere near as bad as I was a few months ago but I still find at least one coffee necessary for my optimal function. It isn’t just about downing an espresso (a habit I am so proud of kicking), it is about the people I talk to when I have my coffee and being able to leisurely sip it when there is nowhere else to go.
Prepare a meal: I understand that this one isn’t going to be for everyone but it definitely works for me. I love my quick go to meals for during the week but on the weekends, when I have the time, I love to take my time in the kitchen and prepare something a little more special. My mum has inspired this one. On a Sunday she loves preparing something for dinner that is slow cooked. The beauty of staying home all day is that you can potter around the house and have some lamb shanks cooking on low for hours. What you’re left with at dinner is a comforting meal that everyone will enjoy.
I feel the need to mention that this is not me every single Sunday. Coming from a large Italian family, which I love, Sundays will often be the day for christenings, anniversaries and family catch ups. On the weeks when I know I won’t be getting my typical Sunday I prepare for that. I will often get up earlier so I can still be kind to myself and get my walk in and will write down a list of the things I need to do on Monday to get organised. For someone who is always in their head, like myself, writing it down puts into context what matters need to be done and when they will be completed so I can enjoy the event without stressing.
The last think I want to quickly touch on is on being grateful. Sundays can be a great day to reflect and be thankful for all the beautiful things in the previous week. Being gracious shifts the mind to a place of love and appreciation. If we treasure the gifts that we have, we will be even more appreciative of the little surprises that arise in our day to day lives.
“Gratitude is the healthiest of all human emotions. The more you express gratitude for what you have, the more likely you will have even more to express gratitude for.” —Zig Ziglar
Sunday the 20th of January 2019: I started the day with prepping all my vegetables followed by a solid 7km walk. I am so into podcasts at the moment and just wanted to keep walking to learn more. On my way home I got myself a coffee that I leisurely sipped on the walk home. Bruno came to pick me up just before 2 o'clock to spend the afternoon at the South Melbourne Markets (easily one of my favourite places in Melbourne). We got smoothies and walked around getting inspired by all the beautiful market stalls. Safe to say our favourite part of the market is the food hall. As we were walking we brainstormed what we were going to make for dinner and decides to go for a Mexican tapas vibe. When we returned home we spent a couple of hours in the kitchen preparing dinner for my family (I will share the recipes soon) and then sat down to enjoy it all together. It really was the perfect way to end the week for me and I was so ready for the week ahead!