Those Sunday Blahs

I have had one of those weekends where everything around me feels Blah.

I’m on my new fitness program, and adjusting my carb intake along with I’m sure other monthly stressors preparing to rear their ugly head….So my physical and emotional state these last two days have been horrendous!

My poor husband came home from overtime on Saturday excited to have date night, only to be greeted by Hyde, Mrs. Vanderkooy’s evil twin.

Today, I awoke in worse spirits, with a neck so sore I could barely turn my head! I decided rather than fight through these feelings… I would try to embrace them. So, after church, I went to my favorite place: CHAPTERS. I bought a new book, and a magazine with new yoga poses.

Last year I began to do yoga on a daily basis, in my living room with a DVD that I had bought from chapters. It was only 27 minutes long and I found it fabulous. I have been struggling to get back into routine of having that daily practice so I decided to try it tonight in the hopes it may clear my mind. I followed the series of stretches through about 20 minutes, and lead myself through a meditation afterwards.

For the first time in what feels like AGES, I let myself slip into a deep meditation where nothing entered my mind. It was just myself in this moment with my breath. It’s not easy to let external factors and thoughts escape and leave you with inner peace, so today felt triumphant. It really felt refreshing to take that time alone and center myself.

I’m glad that I took the time to listen to my body and my mind today. I feel as though I avoided what may have felt like an up hill battle with myself, which I think is why my mind allowed me peace when I reached for it.

I feel ready to start a fresh week, complete with: Gym, boot camp, kickboxing, and running.

Enjoy the rest of your evening.

just be

A low-energy Kind of day…

I’m tired.
I’m tired, and my body is exhausted.
Today at the gym was tough. The weights I normally use were felt SO much heavier, the reps that I’ve been doing were never ending, and I was continually winded through each set! Today at the gym, was TOUGH.

Okay, so now that I’ve expressed myself, got it out of my system and took a moment to highlight all the negative words–it’s time to let it go

This is something I’ve been working on lately. I’ve been practicing recognizing emotion- anger, happiness, sadness… or in this case: fatigue. I’ve been training myself to take a moment to experience the emotions that I’m feeling once I recognize them. I think this is a really positive and healthy way to move through experiences that may occur throughout the day.

Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? Well… actually, it’s not. Allowing ourselves to verbalize & actually feel certain emotions (especially the negative ones) can be extremely difficult for some people!

Today I had to apply this to my workout, and believe me– it happens to the best of us!

Here’s the thing:

You’re going to have days where you are tried.
You’re going to have days where you just don’t feel like going for that run, hitting the gym, pushing for the full reps.
You’re going to have days where you just want to quit.

Don’t do it. Don’t let your mind win, and don’t loose your focus.

You can feel all of these things, but still push forward with your workout and get it done.
That is why acknowledging that you feel this way is extremely important!

If you ignore that you’re tired, and you try to go hard through your workout, you could injure yourself. BUT– acknowledging the fatigue, taking a moment to reset will help you push through the workout with proper form & help possibly prevent injury!

So today I pushed it at the gym… and told myself to reset, find a nice strong breath… and push through with a strong finisher for my ladies at boot camp!

And now, as I lay in bed ready to turn in for the night… I can go to sleep feeling satisfied that while I recognized that today was a low-energy day… I didn’t loose focus of my goals. I let go of the feelings, and finished the day in my favorite way: STRONG & DETERMINED.

Good night my readers!!