Monday & Tuesday ~
The only good thing that came from my Monday was a 5 mile treadmill run I completed before starting work in order to clear my head. ~ To lose someone you have a strong connection with, be it past or present, is a tough thing to deal with. It is what I have been struggling with since Saturday. SO many emotions. Running is the one thing that has felt good. On Monday morning, I had the gym all to myself and pounded out the miles as I wiped away tear after tear with my sweat towel. I felt like I could run all day, as it was helping me deal with my many thoughts and emotions — that is the good thing about running. It can always help you with problems because it gives you ample thinking time.
Today was not much easier for me, emotionally. I had to put in a full day at the Y regardless of if I felt like it or not, so I started my day with a THRIVE Shake to help get me going.
THRIVE SHAKE with Strawberries + Unsweetened Almond Milk
I worked for a bit this morning before taking a break for Yoga. I thought it may help me feel better. It did help me some, but during times in the practice I would find my eyes swelling up with tears. I just could not stop them.
Lunch at the Y was:
A Honeycrisp Apple
thinkThin Brownie Crunch Protein Bar
I left the Y this afternoon to attend the showing for my friend. It was tough. I keep reminding myself that God has a plan for each of us, and that everything happens on his time.
Once I returned to the Y, I had to put my ‘strong’ face back on and act as though all was great in my life. I am at the Y to help others feel good about themselves and encourage them. When I walk in the door, I leave my struggles outside to pick up when I leave. I am focused on the needs of others during my time at the Y ~ I am there to provide them with a positive attitude and encouraging words. Tonight, I tried to do my best given my current circumstances.
What I strive to do each day at the Y:
My CX class was full of new participants, which I am always excited about. Right after CX, I jumped into my New Year, New You program. Tonight the group discussed Simple vs. Complex Carbs, then got in a great circuit workout. All of them have lost weight since the program started two weeks ago. One participant has lost almost 10 pounds. I am beyond excited & proud of her. She is committed to succeed and achieve her weight-loss goals while changing her old habits into healthy, new ones. I told her tonight: “You have to remember…it is NOT a diet, it is a LIFESTYLE. It’s not 8 weeks and go back to old habits. It is 8 weeks of creating a new healthy lifestyle that you will maintain from here on out.”
Dinner this evening happened after coming home from the Y. It was a late one…around 8:30 by the time I got home and quickly prepared it.
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Salad with Romaine Lettuce, Asian Slaw, Green Onion, Pepper, Cheese (Reserve Blend) and Craisens
Since I had snacked on Pistachios during my short break between CX and New Year, New You class this evening, I opted to leave the nuts of off my salad.
Tomorrow is a new day, and will be another challenging one. At times like this, I sometimes feel like using ‘food’ as my out. The term would be ‘emotional eating.’ This time, I am not going to let my struggles derail me. I am strong enough to battle my emotions without having to turn to food. I will instead turn to running, or yoga, or my friends.
Have a wonderful Wednesday, everyone & try to keep it HEALTHY. Think about incorporating things that are FRESH, GREEN, and RAW into your eating plans tomorrow. And, do NOT forget to get sweaty by getting in a great mid-week workout session.
Until next time ~