Sunday, March 18, 2012

beginning of spring break thoughts and realizations


Being on spring break for two days so far has been so lovely. I've got a long list of stuff to accomplish, but for the last two days I've just taken "me" time. It has been delightful. 

On Saturday I did my standard BodyPump then BodyCombat duo, and I came home and accomplished really not a whole lot. I did dishes and started laundry and got some little things taken care of that have been impatiently waiting to be done.

And today I got up intending to run somewhere between 6 and 10 miles, and I ran 6.01. It just wasn't a good morning; something was off. I don't have any races anytime soon (they're expensive), so I don't have something to train for. It's hard to mentally get out there and pound the pavement hard when you're not working for something.
Today my goal was to menu plan for a whole week of going vegetarian while eating a lot of superfoods. I accomplished it in great form, and it also gave me some time to play around on pinterest.

I'm planning on posting tomorrow about my menu plan with pictures, because I think some of them would be meals you'd enjoy. (Sneak peek: sweet potato black bean quinoa burgers).
But for now I just really wanted to share two pinterest pictures. First...
This is completely and utterly nothing but the truth. Looking back on the last year and the complete shift in my outlook on my lifestyle (going from someone who never worked out to someone who works  out 5-6 times per week), it is very clear to me that I can achieve what I set my mind to as long as I work for it. Not by waiting around for it.

Nothing will come easy, and nothing will happen without putting in every effort first. Another pin that I found reminded me that I need to look back and think about the long way that I have come instead of thinking how far I have to go. I read blogs daily where people run a lot faster than me or a lot further or they're more fit or something, and while I want to be there, I realize that I'll just keep going, and I'll just keep working, and those good things will come. Because looking back? It helps me keep perspective that I couldn't even run a year ago. (But I still can't wait to see where I'll be a year from now).

The second pin helped me realize why I do it.
It's taken me a while to realize why I do it. And today this pin helped me. I do it for me. I love the medals and the nice comments and the support from my family, but in the long run (and on the long runs) when it's just me and my decision to go to the gym or hit the road running, it's just about me. I love knowing that every second that I put into this sometimes hard and sometimes painful and sometimes incredibly rewarding commitment makes me that much stronger and that much prouder of myself. 

And in the end, isn't that the best feeling in the world?

So what are you doing for yourself? What are you proud of yourself for? Please share. I really would like to hear what you're proud of, because it excites me to hear when people enjoy something that they do.

5 comments:

Torrie said...

that first pin is so very true.

i am working out 5 days a week... more often than i have ever worked out... plus eating super healthy... healthier than i've ever eaten.

and it's paying off... making a visible difference and while it seems so obvious to some, for me it feels like i'm cracking some magic code (wow... if i eat healthy/work out... consistently- it WILL MAKE A DIFFERENCE!).

and you are so right. i am not nearly where i want to be in terms of stamina/strength/form... but i try not to focus on that- and just keep moving forward :).

Meghan @ Shine On said...

I love Body Pump/Combat! I'm getting back into both this week...finally!!

Happy Monday!

Keep Shining,
Meghan

Emily w/Amazing Grapes said...

These pins are GREAT!! and so so true.

Before I forget, you'll HAVE to tell me about those burgers. I'm really curious if they're actually good or not.

I think what you said is a great point, rather than looking ahead at what you still need to do, look back to see how far you've come. I think that's great motivation to continue on.

I've been working out again. I took a few weeks off, but have slowly gotten back into it, and I don't do it for the compliments, but seriously so I can feel good about myself. its such a comfort to me when I know I've done my workout for the day.
Emily at Amazing Grapes

Sneakers2Sandals said...

I can't wait for the black bean recipe!!

L.A. in the bay said...

what a wonderful quote. I so often try to seek approval from others, so thank you for the reminder.
xox