I woke up this morning with the intention of working out, which usually means running. I just wasn’t feeling it. I woke up feeling sad and depressed. Not really a good way to start the day.
I know I need to get back to working out on a regular basis, so I thought Yoga or Pilates would be the perfect workout for this morning. It would help me relax and calm down.
So I went onto Netflix to quickly find a workout and none were to be found! I Googled it and it appears that they removed all of their streaming workouts late last year. What a bummer! I really enjoyed their Pilates and Yoga workouts. So searching Netflix trying to figure out where the workouts went wasn’t exactly a stress reliever.
Instead, I found my Biggest Loser Weight Loss Yoga DVD. I completed the 20 minute level 1 workout and a 5 minute cool down.
I couldn’t believe how tight and inflexible my body felt this morning. I need to do more Yoga, Pilates or other workouts that require full body motion. I used to do workout DVDs all the time. Somewhere along the line I got it into my head that the only “real” workout is running and if I do anything else, I’m slacking off. That’s just not the truth.
So typically, when I don’t feel like running, I have an all or nothing mentality. If I don’t run, I might as well not do anything. But that’s just not the case. Also, if I do a different workout, like this DVD, walking, or biking, I feel like I’ve failed.
What I need to remember is that EVERY workout is beneficial. I need to get that “running is the only real workout” mentality OUT of my head. It’s a terrible way to think and leads to feelings of self-hatred, even when I’m doing an alternative that is good for my body too. I said I was going to talk about my mental battle a bit—this is one of the battles. Anyone else experience anything similar?
I always enjoy Yoga or Pilates in the morning. The stretching feels good.
For breakfast, I ate oatmeal with a sliced banana, an egg, and skim milk.
While working, I sipped on my coffee with natural creamer.
Today was a snowy day. I was glad to stay home!
On my break, I ate a KIND bar.
These bars are good but they are so chewy they make my jaw hurt! I have TMJ, so that’s probably part of it. Sometimes they give me a headache when I eat them!
For lunch, I ate a baked potato topped with cheese and turkey. I wanted to have a veggie on top, but I ended up having to throw out all of the veggies I had in the fridge because they were going bad. Ick.
I also had a side salad with lettuce, strawberries, sliced almonds, and lite poppy seed dressing.
I finished it up with a box of raisins.
After lunch, I drank some homemade hot cocoa. I used unsweetened almond milk, cocoa powder, and stevia. It’s so good! I put a dab of Cool Whip Free on top.
On my break, I ate an apple with peanut butter.
I really needed some energy to get through the rest of the day, so I had some coffee.
I was happy to find out that an appointment I had for job #2 was canceled due to the weather. I didn’t really feel much like going out in public tonight. Ever feel like that?
After work, I headed outside to clean up the snow. It only took about 30 minutes. There was significantly less snow than last time!
I wore my Garmin this time and it shows that I burned 199 calories. Not so bad! I’d almost count that as a workout. It’s certainly a good strength workout. My muscles are always sore after lugging that snow blower around and doing a little shoveling.
I came inside, did a few chores, talked to hubby, and ate my supper. I had an egg white omelet with asparagus and mozzarella cheese.
I also had 2 waffles with maple syrup and a sliced banana. Typically, I only eat one banana per day—but I like sliced bananas on my waffles!
I am loving pure maple syrup. It costs more, but you use SO much less!
These are the waffles I picked up at the grocery store.
They’re 3 points plus each, but I think they’re a lot healthier—although I’m not sure if they’re clean? I know I can make waffles from scratch, but sometimes I want something quick.
It was a fabulous supper and a great way to use up leftover asparagus.
I am feeling a lot better now that I’m off of work and done for the day. Sometimes I wonder if I deal with depression or if it’s just normal to feel this way this time of year. I broke down in tears twice today—hormones? At least I can do that at home and no one sees me!! haha It’s a lot better than eating cookies because I feel like crying.
But maybe my cheering up was due to a reference my coworker made to this song:
I got the song in my head and it kind of cheered me up.
It made me feel hopeful for the future. There is a tomorrow that will be filled with sunshine, even though my days right now are dreary. Things will get better. I hope this song will cheer you up too!