Today was one of those crazy busy days we all face. I had overcommitted myself and didn’t know where I could possibly fit my work out in. I was feeling overwhelmed and like my life was running me instead of the other way around. I feel that way often and I’d like to get to the bottom of what that’s all about and change it.
Tonight I had a retirement party. I said yes when I got the invitation for all sorts of reasons, but now as I was looking at my calendar I wondered what I was thinking when I said that. Parties are hard in general right now. There’s the whole food thing but also the fact that trying to fit in working out into an already crazy schedule usually maxes it out just at that.
I was lucky enough to have talked with Steph today. Just that short amount of time I spent on the phone with her did me a WORLD of good. She helped get my head in the right place. I decided that I would go to the retirement party dressed in my workout clothes, not stay too long and then head to the gym to get my workout in. Seems simple enough….
I am so glad I went. The woman who was retiring, Beth is an absolutely amazing woman. I enjoyed visiting with some great people. I drank ice water with lemon and ate some fresh cut veggies. That was a BONUS. I wasn’t expecting to find anything that I could eat. I observed people mindlessly eating and drinking. All I kept thinking to myself was “Empty Calories”. I’ve become very aware of how much we as a society mindlessly snack. Handfuls of M&M’s here, chips & dip, wine…more wine… I don’t think I’ve spent much time thinking about it BEFORE this journey….but now I can see how much mindless snacking I used to partake in. I’ve noticed that now when I attend events I feel more present, more in the moment…not distracted by appetizers but really engaging in meaningful conversation with people. I can tell you one thing…I have absolutely no idea what food was served. If I go back before this event in my mind I could have told you every food item there and offered a critique on each. Interesting…
I excused myself at just the right time. All of the speeches had been made; folks were enjoying their coffee & desserts. The hostess sent me home with a bag of cookies for the kids. I joked that she better seal the package securely, but the truth is that I wasn’t feeling tempted by them. My big struggle is the work out piece. So as I’m driving to XSport I’m having this conversation in my head. Do I really want to go work out now? It’s been a long day, haven’t I done enough today? Would anybody know if I just went home? What about these workout clothes that I took the time to change into? Then I remembered my conversation with Steph earlier. The promise that I needed to keep today was the one I made to myself. Just go there Julie…you can do this.
Sunday we did a really cool interval workout. It was 20 minutes but the equivalent of 40 because of the intensity. I told myself to go to XSport and do that workout. On the way in I saw Mel. I had a really productive conversation with he took the time to print out some great recipe ideas for me…like Cauliflower steak! I can’t wait to try that one!! I then headed over to the treadmill, then to the Elliptical and got ‘er done! When I finished I was red faced and sweaty. I saw Bob on the way out. He said “it looks like you were working hard”…and I was!! 🙂
I felt great at the end of the day today. Gold Star day!! I think I should work with Steph and get rid of some of these road blocks that are in the way of my progress.