Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

I couldn’t sleep last night early this morning which means right now I’m doing a few things:

-Drinking a cup of coffee + finishing off my homemade banana blueberry bread (can we forget I made it on Thursday and have pretty much been the only one to eat it?)

-Packing up a few more things in my room but trying to stay quiet so as to not wake up my roommate

-Playing spider attack (aka – killing spiders, but only the ones that threaten me; I let the others stay to kill away the gross other bugs roaming around my apartment.

-Sitting in my workout gear waiting for the gym to open (7am seems SO late when I’ve been awake since 4:30am…)

-Waiting for 9am to pickup the new roommate’s old roommate so we can switch Time Warner Cable to my name.  It’s silly that we have to walk in to a store to do that, but whatever.

-Staring at my to-do list and thanking myself for choosing to switch the same account and not cancel / re-start service so that I’d be without internet for a week.

But it’s moving day and while I’m not moving everything today (mostly because I just couldn’t get it all packed without losing my mind in time), I’ll be moving the big stuff and start living at the new place.  Keep your fingers crossed we find someone for my place ASAP!

I just typed up this whole post and then I realized “Sitting, Waiting, Wishing” is a Jack Johnson song and then I couldn’t help myself. ;)

Happy Saturday!  Any big plans for your weekend?

P.S.  There was no exercise yesterday…which means no yoga.  I’m sorry… :(

Fitness Friday

While my ankle is on the mend, it was replaced with a cold that made exercise more difficult but that just means it’s another week where I listen to my body and it’s limits.  Doing that always makes me feel good so I can’t really complain.

I’m determined to do yoga this evening because I must stick with my commitment, otherwise it was a pretty simple week and I can’t wait to get back to the Live Fit program and conquer Phase 3.  I’m going to start it over since my ankle made it difficult, but I got enough of a taste of it’s challenge and can’t wait to figure out how to kick it’s butt while letting it kick mine.

How was your week?

TGIF! 

My Commitment

I want less of my evenings spent like this:

And more spent like this:

I’m making a commitment to you that I’m going to do more yoga.  I’ve said it before, but this time it’s different.  Stress and anxiety aren’t welcome and I’m working to rid it from my life with whatever simple measures I can make.  I know stress is just a part of life and growing up, but if I can take steps to lessen its impact, why wouldn’t I?

Asthma is one thing I can’t help having but it’s something I work to control through diet, consistent exercise and (unfortunately) with added medication (though only when needed).  Also unfortunately, asthma is worsened by stress and anxiety.  And you can’t blame anyone on having an anxiety attack while having an asthma attack; I mean if you can’t breathe that’s pretty darn scary!  But if we can take simple steps to reduce our stress, then maybe we can reduce the likelihood of stress-induced asthma (or chest pains).

After an evening in the Emergency Room and 2 asthma (and anxiety) attacks, I’m committing myself back to yoga; at least 3 times / week; at least 20 minute YogaDownload.com sessions.  It doesn’t have to be anything difficult; it can be as easy or challenging as I see fit that night, but it’s going to happen.  It has to happen.  For my sanity and yours.  For my health.

And since we store stress in our hips, maybe we should all do some runners lunges before bed.  Feels good to me.

Do you do yoga? What’s your favorite pose?

Foodie for a Day // #SingleGirlDinner

There’s clearly a reason why I’m not a food blogger: I can’t wait to take pictures of my food before eating; I just start eating.  Unfortunately, that means that when I decide my food post is going to be “What I Ate,” you’re lucky if you get to actually see what I ate before I started eating.

Or before I finished eating it.

Breakfast:

My usual toast with peanut butter + banana and a cup of coffee with warm almond milk.  I don’t think I could get sick of this breakfast.

Lunch:

The past two days I’ve been hosting an event for work that has had me outside the store and with lunch covered.  Monday’s salad was so good, I knew I was going to get it again on Tuesday.  It was a salmon salad with roasted asparagus in a balsamic vinaigrette.

We also decided to get the manager’s some cookies with their afternoon coffee but I ate that before a picture could be taken. ;)

Dinner:

I was hungry.  Clearly.  Before a picture could be taken, I ate a few handfuls of carrots with hummus + a salad with avocado and balsamic.  Meanwhile my frozen lasagna was defrosting in the microwave and was nearly gobbled up before I could snap a picture.

And because I was still feeling hungry, I followed up with a tiny bowl of cereal and an Adora chocolate disk dipped in peanut butter.

And if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this was named my #singlegirldinner …well, it’s no lie!

Don’t Look Back

“I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past.” - Thomas Jefferson

There’s something to be said for that.  Actually, there’s a lot to be said for that.

Like, why do we allow ourselves to dwell on what has been instead of pushing ourselves forward?  That forward momentum is needed to get us anywhere in life, whether it comes to work or our personal relationships.

Constantly looking back slows us down and drains us of energy.  I remember being told in gym class (back in the day!) to keep looking forward while racing because looking back will slow you down.  Why don’t we take this into account in our personal lives as well?

I don’t have the answer for that but I can tell you I’m going to start being more aware and pushing forward.  I’m planning to win this race and not let my past hold me back any longer.

So why not let go of a little something weighing on you from your past and put that added energy into where you want to go; those dreams for your future.

More MarchPhotoADays:

If You Don’t Love it…

I’ve had super productive, yet fairly relaxing days off the past two days. I did have to go into work yesterday but was able to get everything done in under 2 hours, beating the goal I made for myself. Success.

Aside from finding some new clothes to donate, I went through a pile of magazines on my desk pulling out recipes and workouts I want to try. Then I filed them where I’ll forget about them for another 6 months. ;)

With the potential for a move coming soon, I need to go through some of my stuff and figure out how to lessen the load of the move. In fact, I’m going to put some furniture on Craigslist this week. Nothing major (though I am debating selling my dresser…) but there are pieces that I could use to sell. And then I can put that money to new clothes! Or one of my trips coming up this summer!

But moving onto other things…

If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.

I loved it; I succeeded. I need to remind myself of this more often.

As part of my journey in becoming the best person I can be and loving my life, sometimes it’s easy to get down about the loss of my band last year. They have a lot going for them right now and seeing the success often feels like salt on a fresh wound, even though this wound is a year old. But honestly, it’s proof. Proof that I succeeded during my time. Without the work that I put in, they may not be where they are today. If I hadn’t busted my butt and built that momentum, other management companies still wouldn’t know who they are. I built that; I made that happen, even if it back-fired on me in the end. It’s proof that I succeeded. I loved what I did.

I love writing. I found the release that writing can bring and want to pursue it to the fullest extent. Because I love it and can persevere, I know I will succeed. I just have to remember it will take time.

And because I love the company I work for and work hard to plan great events, I know tonight’s event will be a success. I’m looking forward to it.

If you don’t love it, you’re going to fail.

Thanks, boss.

Do Something Good

I have this rule for myself:  Every time I buy new clothes, I need to find something to donate. 

Seems simple enough, right?  Well it is but for whatever reason, I haven’t been doing it much lately and it took opening my trunk and seeing a bag of clothes waiting to be donated to remember it’s been awhile.

There’s always clothes lying around that I don’t want, don’t wear, don’t feel confident in but there’s nothing wrong with these clothes!  They’re in great condition and perfect for someone else.

And since I’ve been buying more clothes lately (from my new favorite store Crossroads!), it was definitely time to find some clothes to donate to those in need.  It not only makes more room in my closet, it makes me feel good about giving to those less fortunate than myself.

It’s so easy to get caught up in what’s going on in my life and the struggles that I’m facing (money, health, carving out my life path) that sometimes I forget that there are others in a worse state than myself.  I have a full-time job that I enjoy that pays the bills and parents who are willing to help me if I asked.  I have health insurance to help cover my doctor’s appointments, ER visits (more on that another day), and last year’s week in the hospital and surgery.  And because of this health insurance, I’m able to go to the doctors that I need to see to get these issues taken care of before they get worse and to confirm they aren’t the worse-case-scenario.  I have this blog to help me say what’s on my mind, to help document my journey and relieve any stress or anxiety building up inside me; I have my release.

Sometimes I need to remember to stop and smell the roses.  And give to those who may need a little assistance.

Do something good.  I promise you’ll feel better after.

Fitness Friday // Just Keep Listening

What I wanted to name this post: Getting Back in the Game

The reality of this week: Just Keep Listening 

I was really hoping this was going to be my week to return to the Live Fit Program because I am just entering Phase 3, but my body proved it was not yet time.  I’ve been doing about 1/2 of each workout the past two weeks, but the more “bootcamp” style of Phase 3 was still a bit too much for my ankle this week.  So I did what I could, skipped what I couldn’t and supplemented with cardio that’s a bit easier on the joints: elliptical.  I plan to start Phase 3 over in a week or so, once I’m sure my ankle is better.  (FYI – It’s definitely feeling better but since I know it’s not 100%, I’m not going to over-exert it and re-injure it.)

I want to be clear I’m not beating myself up over this.  Listening to your body, especially when facing a potential injury is extremely important and something that I stand by.  And honestly, I’m really happy with how I’ve listened to what my body needs and haven’t beat myself up over the additional rest days or lighter workouts.  I’m proud of this mindset.

This up-coming week is going to be a busy one for me with work and might make workouts a little harder to schedule, but that will give my ankle additional time to heal, so I think that’s okay.  I will fit them in where and when I can and try to do more yoga while I’m at it.

How was your week?  Did you meet your fitness goals?

I’m Gonna Own Today

I woke up yesterday morning already running late.  I rushed my shower, getting ready and ate half my breakfast while running out the door.  Then I felt better as I pulled into the parking structure 10 minutes before needing to be at work.

I got to work and got rolled over with frustration almost at the get-go.  Darn callouts.  Darn people not dealing with it that should.  Then I took a deep breath, put on my smiling face, and made things happen.

While this may seem like the ebb and flow of a normal day (and pretty much is), I felt it bringing me down more than it should and I decided that I was going to stop it.  As I was walking to Starbucks to get my coffee, I made the best decision I could have made for my day:

I’m gonna own today and not let it own me.

I came back from grabbing coffee for myself and breakfast for my manager, geared up and went out to run the floor so she could take a break.  I felt amazing!  I felt like I could take on the world in that moment!

She tried to come back early; I sent her away.  I was in my zone; I was feeling good; I had this.

As the day progressed and I felt other things poking at me, I reminded myself of this and turned it around.  It was amazing and quite the breakthrough.

The next time you’re having a rough day, tell yourself I’m gonna own today and not let it own me.  I bet you’ll instantly start to feel better.

More MarchPhotoADay pictures for you…and I couldn’t help myself, I shared two corners of my home! :)