Finding Inspiration

Greetings! I’ve got three days to fill you in on!  What a whirlwind this week has been.

Yesterday, I managed to wrangle the day off which was lovely, but I have come to realize that recently, my days off are filled with overly practical things: tons of errand-running, appointments, planning etc. Sometimes I crave a good, old-fashioned day off. Maybe one day! (Today, however, I did have a delightful coffee date with an old work friend and her three-year-old daughter. Definite highlight of my day.)

Last night, I DID manage to find myself at the gym (much later than I had originally planned!) and had a semi-spastic, but wonderful workout that incorporated a 20-minute treadmill run, dumbbell arm workout and an ab circuit. I really did forget how great it feels to be at the gym! (ALTHOUGH, finding floorspace, even at night is absolutely impossible. Tonight was no exception! I swear that the dude with the vacuum cleaner was chasing us from mat to mat. I didn’t appreciate it.)

Anyway, let’s talk about inspiration.

In recent months, I have come to the realization that inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places. We all need a nudge/boost/reminder that we aren’t alone sometimes and it has seemed to me that that inspiration can come from the strangest of places. Not long ago, I watched a recent Jenna Marbles video (I’m not proud, but I LOVE her videos. She’s hilarious. No, they’re not clean, and no, they’re not appropriate, but they are wonderful— for those of you who don’t know, Jenna Marbles is a youtube comedian. Due to the nature of her videos, I won’t tell you to watch them, but watch them…WHO SAID THAT?!) where she “drew her life” and talked about being confused and not necessarily knowing what she was looking for and that struck so many chords with me. At one point, she mentioned that “I think that if I had everything figured out, that I would be doing something wrong because it makes it so that you can’t grow.” I have been playing that phrase on LOOP in my mind and I really and truly believe it. I do think that sometimes, if everything seems comfortable, something isn’t right. Such a major revelation, and talk about unlikely sources!

I guess it doesn’t matter where you find the inspiration, all that matters is that you find it, right??

Well, I am off to bed as I have a busy, busy weekend of work ahead. I will try my best to check in!

Have a great night!!

 

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If All You Can Do is Crawl…

Hello! I hope you had a great weekend!

Let’s talk about giving Les a second chance. Les Mills, that is.

I just discovered something that has made me unbelievably excited: I can take a BodyPump class this week! Now I know what you’re thinking. Yes, it’s true, I have had a ridiculously tumultuous relationship with BodyPump. It was a classic love-hate situation. If you’ve been following right along, you may remember that just before I pretty much gave up on the ‘pump, I felt like it was bulking me up in all of the wrong ways. (Yes, every professional in the fitness field will tell you that women “can’t bulk up,” but none of those people have talked to me!)

I was noticing my body changing in ways that I didn’t necessarily love and so I ended up pretty much phasing the class out of my routine.

Eventually, however, I realized that perhaps my BodyPump habits weren’t the greatest– especially considering my goals. Previously, I would take the class just about every time it was offered throughout the week. I pushed myself just a little too far on the weights and I think now, in retrospect, I can see where I got myself into bulkyland. And now, I have decided to give it a go again. I am going to try to incorporate the class into my schedule at least once a week now. (Which sometimes, won’t even be possible given my crazy work schedule!) Hopefully, that will be just the right “dose” to help me whip those muscles back into shape and to get me hurting again in the fantastic way that actually makes you SERIOUSLY think twice before you pick up that peanut butter cup. 😉

And now, for the main event.

Pinterest is a goldmine. Where else can you find recipes, workouts, outfits, DIY crafts, and life tips all in the same spot??

I have recently grown pretty fond of the “inspiration” boards. As cliche as it may sound, motivational quotes and witty quips can really do wonders for getting you through some bumpy patches. (I have previously shared a list of some of my favorite quotes with you and I plan to do that again. I do love sharing motivation!)

Recently, I have been thinking a lot about making changes. And I have been making a lot of changes. Sometimes, I get a little frustrated with myself when I’m starting to feel like I’m moving a little too slowly. Sometimes, I want to change a million and one things at the same time, I want everything to be better— different when I say go. But in time, I have come to realize something: the slow, steady, thoughtful changes that I make tend to be the best ones. And so, today, I leave you with this Rumi gem that I discovered just the other night: “If all you can do is crawl, start crawling.”

Start Crawling

 

 

That’s where I’m at. At a time when sometimes I want to fly and change everything at once, I also often find myself wondering where the days go. I wonder how I got to where I am now and what I’ve missed along the way. 

Strange little Catch-22s like that make me think that maybe sometimes, crawling isn’t such a bad thing…

Some Starbucks Inspiration

Happy Friday, friends!

A 7:45 meeting this morning had me stumbling out of the door brrriiiiight and early. (Who am I kidding? It was black as night.)

Fortunately for me, I managed to carve out enough time for a Starbucks pit stop. Such a lovely treat. As a way to cage the spending rage, and to also cap the coffee cals., I have made a little deal with myself. I have decided to allow myself Starbucks stops en route to work twice a month: the two mornings monthly that I have those early meetings! Not only will it serve as EXTRA incentive to get my keister out of the door early, but it will also tackle the cost/calorie issue! Now. Let’s see how long that lasts. 😉

Today, I managed to incorporate TWO pieces of fruit into my lunch. I had an orange AND a banana and was just a little too proud of myself.

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I can’t believe how wonky my eating habits have become in the past couple of weeks! It is actually ridiculously scary when I actually think about how my lack of free time has quickly become my worst enemy. Not only does it affect my meal-planning, but moreover, it seriously gets in the way of my gym time. I know that there is an adjustment period whenever you start something new, but I really need to find a way to make this schedule work for my healthy living goals. Yikes!

So, let’s cut to the title chase here.

Today, I bumped into a rather stressful situation that (very long story short) revolved around getting stuck smack dab in the middle of a pretty sticky mess. Throughout recent months, I have made it my personal goal to STOP caring about the way that others act. It is my daily mission to live my life for me, and to act ONLY in ways that I legitimately endorse 100%. Everyone makes mistakes, everyone has missteps and sometimes those missteps may affect your life, but when it all comes down to it, YOU are really the only person who is in control of YOU, right? So what does that mean? It means that even though I may not always like what is happening around me, or the ways that things are handled or the things that people think, that is entirely out of my control. But the way that I act and react and think are all things that I have at least some degree of control over. But, in the thick of frustration and disbelief, it can get a little challenging to remember that. Which is exactly what happened today. Until I looked at my water bottle that I picked up from Starbs.:

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Ethos.

I know it sounds weird, but that one little word popped out at just the right moment. Ethos are guiding beliefs or ideals. The word itself goes hand-in-hand with character.

Sometimes, one simple word is all it takes to remind me of what is important. Character. You control what you can control, and take responsibility for yourself and your actions. In my mind, leading your life with good character and good intentions is most important. I am a firm believer that when you take those two goals to heart, things will be just fine. I can only take control of me and what I do, right? 

Who woulda thunk that a BRAND NAME (that evidently, is helping children to get clean water!) would snap me out of highly flustered mode and back to reality? Thanks for the life reminder, Starbucks!!

My day came to a close with a mug of Keurig hot chocolate. Yes, I STILL hate the k-cup deal. I will never understand.

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After work, my night was filled with some tutoring and also some old-fashioned catch-up time with friends/ former co-workers which was quite lovely.

And now it is time for bed because I am so tired that I am 99% positive that a feather could knock me down.

Have a fantastic night and I will be back tomorrow! TGIF!!

Runner’s High –> Runner’s OW.

Howdy y’all! Not much to report today so I’ll keep it short.

(Also, in case you missed it, here’s yesterday’s post all about my big 5k day. Lots of pictures!)

I am not entirely sure why, but I am so, SO sore today! My legs feel like they weigh about 400 pounds and my arms feel like lead! It makes absolutely no logical sense since yesterday’s run was only 3.1 miles (and definitely didn’t involve my arms), but oh my goodness! I feel like I’ve been trampled by a stampede of elephants!

Although a workout today probably would have ended with me dazed and confused in a heap on the floor, tomorrow I plan to jump right back on the horse. After yesterday’s festivities, this weekend’s eating and gym habits have gotten quite ugly! After a visit to the state fair (Holy food! I managed to avoid the funnel cakes, but that’s not saying much…), dinner out with the family tonight and fro-yo for dessert, I’m rearing and ready to get back on track tomorrow! I found a new workout in Fitness magazine that I’m excited to try tomorrow.

Evidently, I only have a few days left on my gym pass and I just can’t figure out what to do next. I think it’s time for a confession: I am a shameless club-hopper. Not that kind of club-hopper! The kind that jumps from gym to gym!

This all started a few years ago when I realized that many gyms offer summer/ vacation memberships to college-aged kids. This proved to be a great, inexpensive way to get into a gym when I was away from the one at my school. It was also nice because I was able to scope out different clubs near my house and figure out which ones I liked best. The one that I am currently at is probably one of my favorites so far since it is VERY close to home and also very welcoming. The only snafus are that it’s quite small and the group exercise classes aren’t included in the membership fee so it can get to be kind of pricey! I’m back in the market. I’m wondering if I might be able to get a couple of day passes to test out different facilities again since it’s been a couple years! (Interestingly, one of the things that I’ve had the MOST trouble finding in a gym is open space! I hate feeling like I’m in the middle of everything when I want to bust out a mat for some circuits or ab workouts! I definitely don’t think that’s too extreme of a request :-P)

So here’s a question for you, what’s your favorite exercise location? Is it the home gym you set up in your garage? A community recreation center? Or maybe just the streets of your neighborhood for all of you runners out there.

So to end today, a note of inspiration. I must say, in the old days this is when I’d regress. It’s when I’d start eating donuts again and convince myself that now that I’m perfectly happy with myself that I could “afford to stop trying for a little while” which in very little time at all would turn into me buying donuts and cookies for breakfast and lunch and “not needing to workout anymore.” NO MORE! Not THIS guy!!!   🙂

That’s right. No more giving up. No one likes a quitter.