Taking Care of Number One

Yesterday was a much better day at work. I’m one month in and even though Saturday was a rough one, I feel like I’ve already made progress in handling my station and organizing the prep schedule my way. When I was on Charcuterie at the old restaurant, I never ran out of anything and was always days ahead of my work, so it was just a shock to feel so under-prepared here. (To be fair, I was also working solo and had to compensate for that; it’s been a long time since I’ve had to coordinate the work load with a partner!)

But today I wanted to talk about something other than prep or service. I know it can get repetitive and some days I feel like I only write these entries in case I end up writing a memoir someday. What I needed to write down as a reminder (and I’m putting it here so you can help hold me accountable!) is to take care of myself – mind and body. I’ve lost a lot of weight during this journey, and any time I see someone for the first time in a while, they look a bit concerned. I started taking yoga classes! I got a great deal on Groupon for a month of unlimited classes and took a couple of beginner classes this week. It’ll be good for stretching, strengthening, and perhaps most importantly, meditating. It’s a great way to start a morning and it encourages me to eat healthier. Your body is a temple and I’d been treating mine like a mountain of Taco Bell’s Doritos Locos tacos. Okay so I did go out for fatty pork ramen last night after work, but it’s still better than sketchy preservative-filled fast food junk, right? … Right?

Baby steps.

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