Monday, March 24, 2014

Simple Cure to Monday Blues.

On this Monday I am happy that:

  1. I woke up to my handsome boyfriend this morning. He makes me happy as a clam.
  2. I was not involved in the car accident I saw on my way to work today. Wasn't bad or anything, but what a way to start the week that would be! Not.
  3. My grandma has been in and out of the ER for the past week due to pneumonia. The meds she was put on were giving her hallucinations, she was getting cold sweats in the night and at one point, stopped breathing. She is now on different meds, she's stable and feeling much better!
  4. I am going to zumba tonight! I know it's only Monday, but I'm on point for my calories so far and I'm excited to burn some more and shake my booty.
  5.  It's the start of the new "month" at work, which means my shortcomings last week (while not forgotten about) have been dismissed and I can turn over a new leaf.
Mondays are really never my favorite, so I like to look at the positive things going on in my life to keep my spirits high! High-ish, anyway.


Thursday, March 20, 2014

Motivational note to myself.

Here's my thing: I have a tendency to take an idea, run with it as fast as I possibly can, and then dropping it like a bad habit anywhere from 24-48 hours after the obsession begins. Whether it's blogging, career possibilities, or working out, I go from 90 to nothin' pretty quickly.

I had determination to workout once. It began in early 2010 and lasted until about 2012. I'd go to the gym 5 times per week, count my calories. I got to my lowest weight and I still wanted to lose more. Looking back, I wish I could have just been happy at that weight instead of always striving to be thinner. This isn't going to turn into a story about an eating disorder; I just lost motivation and now I'm 15 pounds heavier than that lowest weight, and 5 pounds heavier than my usual fluctuation level.

This pisses me off to no end, and I'm done with it. Yeah, I have a full time job. Half of my job requires me to go to breakfasts and lunches and dinners where sometimes they have healthy options, and other times it's coconut shrimp galore. Because of all my before hours and after hours events, getting to the gym isn't nearly as easy as it used to be. In addition to which, I'm used to having a gym in my apartment complex or a 5 minute drive down the road. Now my gym is 5 miles away and takes about 15 minutes to get to on a good day. Motivation? I think not.

So what I'm saying is I'm hopping back on the fitness train. I'm not going to annoy the shit out of my Instagram followers with #fitlife posts or #progress. I'm just throwing away my excuses and taking it one step at a time. I'm giving myself one cheat day a week, and I will not go batshit crazy eating whatever I want on those days. I will plan my workouts ahead of time so I don't have an excuse for a half-ass workout. I'll force myself to go even when I don't want to, but I'll acknowledge my days that I really need rest. And for once, I'll feel 100% confident in a bikini. Summer 2014, I'm ready for ya (or I will be).

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Oh hey, it's been a minute

So big girl job life has been absolutely CRAZY lately...why didn't anyone tell me that was going to happen? ...oh wait, everyone told me that.

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't stressed out with work roughly 90% of the time. In sales, meeting your personal and company goals is crucial, and deadlines are nonnegotiable. It's not easy - if anyone ever tells you that sales is easy, kindly punch them in the face and let them know I told you to do so. Just kidding but really.

If I didn't make time for myself to relax and recuperate, I would go nucking futs. Here's a few things I like to do when I'm stressed out to help ease the pain (slightly):
  1. Cry and then take a nap - Yeah, I don't really care how pathetic I sound on this one. Sometimes I really just need to cry and sleep it off. I take a deep breath and just let myself feel everything all at once; I'll normally give myself about 5-15 minutes to have sob fest in the comfort of my bed...and then  I stop. I have allowed myself a few minutes to mope, so now it's time to pick myself up and move on. 
  2. Cuddle - While I'm a huge believer in personal space, I am also a giant believer in the power of the cuddle. Whether it's with my mom, my dog or my 6'8 boyfriend (long arms = great cuddle bug), it's crazy how much it comforts me to be in the arms of someone I love and I know loves me back.
  3. Pinterest - When the mood strikes, Pinterest is my favorite of all social medias. To me, it's like swallowing a large dose of inspiration. Whether I'm looking up new ab work outs, scoping outfits for work, or decorating my future home, looking at "pretty things" is an extreme mood lifter.
  4. Retail Therapy - There's something to be said about what one (or several) purchase(s) can do to your mood. When done in moderation, a Target spree does this girl so much good. Sometimes you just have to throw your hands in the air and buy a new statement necklace to calm your nerves, ya know?
  5. Drinking tea with my family - Maybe this is just me because I come from a British background, but one of my favorite things to do is sit down at the kitchen table with a cup of tea and chat/rant/bitch/whine/laugh with my mother about the woes of life. 
Life gets messy and scary and stressful and overall, just damn difficult. Sometimes you just need to take a couple of hours to yourself to just breeeaatheeeee and know that the bad stuff doesn't last forever.

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