My spirits were high. On Friday we had our first official day on the slopes (about time right?). We had carefully picked up new skis and boots for both our little girls and were heading to the chalet early to get their bindings adjusted – it was going to be a great day.
As we drove, I could feel the heat rising…not sure why all of us chose to put on 20 layers of gear before we actually got outside, but at the time, it seemed like a good idea. I can feel a tinge of angst from the heat, but try to ignore that and keep my spirits up. When we arrive, all goes well, we schlep 7 bags (yes 7) and the skis & poles into the chalet and get in line for adjusting. The heat seems to be creeping ever higher, but I breathe and think of my powerful meditative ways to trigger my inner zen. It’s our turn to get the skis adjusted (finally), and then we get a little lecture that they don’t usually do the adjustments so quickly (I grit my teeth a little…I had called ahead to be sure it would be ok). Another deep breath, heat rising…
So we move into a different sitting area to wait. We have a snack (a healthy snack – patting myself on the back), we all chat and wait…one hour. Meanwhile my girls decide the helmets they decorated last year with duct tape are no longer quite right and they want it all removed. So we start ripping and tearing the tape off. It’s a little stubborn and the heat is really rising now. I am pulling, grunting, and scratching at the damn tape and then boom, it happened. I wrenched at a piece of tape and it let loose and so did the helmet – BOOM, right into my face. My lip to be exact. It stings. I’m now sweaty hot with a bloody fat lip – and still an hour out from hitting the slopes. Dear God help me! Breathe, just breathe.
Layers of tape…
We all have layers of tape – sometimes we put them on to feel better or look better. They aren’t necessary, and often bog us down. Some layers have been on for years and years, making them especially difficult to consider pealing off. Then, there’s that moment where we decide we don’t need them anymore and we want the original. As we strip away the layers, residue is left behind and maybe even some scratches and dings, and damn the process can really hurt. BUT the original…it’s so original. It’s 100% the true us – with all the bumps, scratches, and bruises…if you take it all in, it’s breathtaking. We don’t necessarily see the original reflection of beauty, somehow it’s better now, with more depth, more meaning, more experience.
Do you have tape wrapped around you? Is it really helping? Is it something superficial that once removed would reveal something, perhaps not as shiny, but more authentic? I challenge you to pull it off – get the fat lip, embrace the residue and feel ever more yourself. Need some help with the process? We’d like to volunteer. The trumi health coaching program is well equipped to give you the tools you need and support you want to take those layers off and find your true self.
In honor of my skiing adventure, and my interesting “meal” while skiing – I give you a healthy snack idea: peanut butter balls – pack them up for your next Après time:
CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER PROTEIN BALLS (what’s not to love about chocolate and peanut butter?)
2 cups crunchy peanut butter
2 scoops chocolate whey protein (I love warrior whey)
2 ripe bananas mashed
2 T flaxseeds (ground of roasted depending on your texture preference)
Mix together, form into small teaspoon sized balls, freeze on parchment paper for 2 hrs! Voila, a yummy snack ready when you are!