What I love about myself is the fact that I can laugh at myself and that I possess the ability to make others laugh as well.
It’s interesting to me that, as I type this, it feels almost as ‘prideful’/boastful/uncomfortable to me as saying I HAVE A ROCKIN BOD! or something along those lines as well. Yet it is my favorite thing about me.
I dont take myself overly seriously and, to that end, can quickly help others around me feel both at ease and—I hope—begin to take themselves & life a smidge less seriously as well. In a good way.
Once upon a time I lived in Guatemala for a while. One day I was ambling around with my daughter on my back in a sling when outofnowhere (as happened frequently there) a parade sprung up and someone (in excitement) tossed a firework our direction. I RAN, like the awkward gazelle that I am, quickly in the opposite direction and we were fine.
It was in that moment that I realized I may be ENTIRELY uncoordinated (I am. Hence the love of the weight training over, say, cardio hiphop class) but my body works pretty damn quickly & well when I ask it to. For that I am grateful & love it.
People often ask me how I can help other people in the realm of fitness when I don’t struggle with it myself to a great degree. To me the notion of struggle is universal and I can easily translate mine into a different realm. I’m working on loving myself where I am TODAY with regards to my career & *not* comparing to others and thinking I should/must/ought to be where they are already.
Ready from combat?
Today has been A LOT better than yesterday’s carb load. I actually woke up this morning and thought ‘I really don’t want cereal for brekky’. So I listened to my stomach, my body (WOOT!) and made this:
- 100g (3 oz) firm tofu
- 1 tsp EVOO
- 1 c. frozen veggies
- 1/4 c. Jasmine rice
- 1 TB crushed walnuts
- 1 TB almond butter
My almond butter supply is dwindling WAY too quickly. I entertained my taste buds with two cups of tea. One the candy cane and another green tea w/ jasmine.
Lunch: 1/2 c. of this amazing little salad I made
unpictured salad w/ a little avocaodo, sundried tomato and heaps of veggies. 1 c. grapes.
I was full, but old patterns die hard. I had 1 Carrot Cinnamon Muffin and 1 orange.
I was stuffed. I realised that I had over-eaten and said ‘that’s interesting…note to self. I then made a cranberry spritzer
- 1/4 c. pure cranberry juice
- 1 1/2-2 c. sparkling water
- 6-8 drops stevia
Then of course 3:30pm rolled around and I had two of the gluten free cookies w/ 1TB almond butter on 1/2 of a carrot and a handful of these fried snow pea things.
I went to the gym, snuck in a quick 15 minute arm and plank workout….. but I walked into the SPIN class and left instantly. Why the hell would you be teaching a SPIN class with an f-ing stop watch and say to the class ‘I am not going to SPIN, I am just going to stand here and count out your intervals.’ UMM no thank you. I wish Rachel was there to whip me into shape. So I walked upstairs and went to Body Combat.
It was AWESOME, but then again I LOVE boxing. When I was more cashed up I had a personal trainer and whenever we got to box, I felt like it was a treat. I was a SWEATY mess and it was great.
Dinner: 3 c. of cereal (I KNOW) and 1/2 c. canned pineapple, 1 orange, 1/4 c. of pumpkin
SNACK ATTACK: a little more of the rice salad, a handful more of the snow peas, 1 more cookie. Then I stepped back and thought of the comment that Jo-Lynne left ‘I don’t stand up or eat at my computer anymore’ on the How Do You Eat post.
I am currently tucked away in bed ready to crash. I would call today a success. I am learning to listen to my body. I realised that this arvo’s snacks and tonight’s snacks were caused by me avoiding dishes and laundry. Hey, I am just being honest.
Have you ever tried a work-out that you didn’t think you’d like and you did? Tried one you thought you’d like and didn’t?