On Tuesdays and Thursdays I wake on depressingly early to run to the gym and take BodyPump. I say depressingly because, well, it is. When my alarm goes off at 5:25 AM (the last possible minute) while both kid are STILL SLEEPING it is depressing!
BUT it’s the only time that really fits in my schedule to go and that’s how much I like how it feels. <--I sound like a broken record, I know! But I really do like it enough to wake up at 5:25 AM. I wasn't always like this. I used to be an after work exerciser but now with 2 kids, and dinner to make and a husband with a new tennis obsession (YAY! He's exercising!) that only meets in the evenings, I have to get my 'me' time in first thing. I sleep in my workout clothes because 5:30 is way to early to battle with a sports bra. This morning I stumbled downstairs to throw on my sneaks and grab my ipod only to discover the battery completely dead.
I rarely run without my iPod. First of all, I need it to track my runs with the Nike+ which I’m slightly obsessed with, and secondly, I need my music or a podcast or SOMETHING!
SO I sat there. Staring at the the connect to power screen wondering if I should use it as an excuse to crawl back into bed. Then I thought, Hey! I can drive. Screw the 2 miles I’ll just do BodyPump, that’s good enough. Right?
And, sure, it would have been, but I decided instead to overcome the challenge. I embarked on my mile ipod-less.
Guess what.. I was FINE!
I listened to the crickets and the birds, got lost in my thoughts. It was actually kind of nice. I don’t think I’ll run without it all the the time. I enjoy my music, podcasts and books (more on this in a future post, I promise!) but it’s good to know I don’t NEED it.
Why does The Husband ALWAYS want to take me out to lunch when I’m trying to return to *cleaner* eating? I simultaneous love and HATE him.
Yet another excuse vs. challenge moment. I did end up going and went with brown rice sushi, soup and salad. No fried egg noodles OR the darn spring roll staring at me from his plate which he doesn’t eat. Nope, I overcame the challenge and ate out smartly and consciously.
As if those two easy out excuse makers weren’t enough, later in the afternoon I was working away on FitBloggin‘ stuff when the doorbell rang. @PopChipsBALT unexpectly sent me 2 bags of the new PopChips Tortillas. (side note: they are FitBloggin sponsor.)
Don’t get me wrong. I was excited (as you can see in the picture,) but dooood. I can go a little overboard in the chip department. Thankfully they were only snack size bags so I made a deal with myself: Once I got a little hungry, as in stomach growling NOT just boredom) I would try a bag. So that’s what I did.
Another excuse gone challenge!
When something unexpected presents itself to you frame it as a challenges instead of using it as an excuse. Tomorrow the husband and I are going to dinner with friends. There’s going to be wine and really good food. I could use it as an excuse to blow off the weekend or I can look at it as a challenge. My plan… eat smart throughout the day and enjoy myself sensibly at dinner.
Wish me luck! :)
|egg white spinach roll up with bacon bits (similar to this)||I normally go with at least 1 egg but I bought a carton of egg whites on sale to save a few bucks. This came out great and super light!|
|Sushi Lunch Combo (green salad, miso soup, 2 rolls with brown rice – shrimp and tuna/avocado)||This is my favorite lunch and I’m excited the husband finally hopped on the sushi bandwagon.|
|1 snack size bag of PopChips Tortilla Chips||Afternoon snack – I had to go with the sample!|
|BBQ Marinated Grilled Chicken with roasted fresh cauliflower, a little baked potato and some super quick cabbage salad (recipe coming soon.)||Great dinner! Click here to see the details!|
|Banana Soft Serve with strawberries and blueberries||Made in the new Yonanas machine. Still planning on a review video!|
|2 mile run + BodyPump class|
|I was on it today! Feel great!|