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Trying to overcome June "Gloom"

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Staying on track with my eating habits and my workout routine has proven to be a major challenge this month. First of all my workload has increased which means that I spend more time on travel which has throw me off. Moreover, I was involved in a car accident and injured my back. Therefore, I have been on bed rest and on strong medication. I plan to start physical therapy next week in hopes to get back in the swing of things. I did manage to go to the gym on my own two days this week; however that did prove to be quite challenging. Regardless, I took my time to push through it because nothing venture, nothing gained.
So, June has been a gloomy month for me because I was totally thrown off my routine which is quite depressing. Therefore, I have to focus diligently to shake off the gloom and try to get myself mentally prepared to get back on track. Normally, around this time of year, I am logging approximately 20 miles a week outside and 2 hours in the gym 5 days a week. I am not even close to where I had anticipated I would be during this time frame. To compound matters, the disappointment and depression motivates me to eat for comfort. So, I gravitate to such things as Ice-cream, French fries and chips—all my vices.
So, starting today, I’ve decided to accept that I need to stop making excuses. Yes, my work load has doubled, but I still need to find time for fitness (even 10 minutes) and be more accountable and aware of the food that I consume. Secondly, even though, my injury has curtailed my work out, I will work within the parameters outlined by the physical therapist to ensure that I heal correctly so that I can do that things that I want to do and get back on track.
Wish me luck!!

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    I hope you will be okay from your car accident!
Focus on the positives: you're employed! You're alive! You look fantastic!

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Motivated in May!!

Monday, May 02, 2011

April proved to be a very challenging month for me. I was plagued with dealing with allergies, the demands of work, personal issues and just being plain exhausted!! I think it is important to listen to ones body and make the required adjustments t to overcome. I think last month, my body was signaling me to get more rest. So, that is what I tried to do. However, for May, my objective is to try to focus more and re-energizing. To help jump start my routine in May, I have signed up for “Spring into Boot camp challenge!!” Moreover, I increased the resistance of my weight training starting today to make my workout more challenging. Wish me luck!!!


Getting Back on Track

Thursday, March 24, 2011

It has been a challenging week with the demands of work. As such, I have been struggling to stay disciplined. My eating habits have been off because I have been bombarded with countless meetings and I have been getting home late. As a result, I have not been tracking my eating habits as I have should —which means I have been making quick choices which have not been the best choices. Furthermore, my workout has suffered because I had to rush to get my workout done in the mornings, in order to get to work for these long, all-day meetings. So, even though I have been able to work out it has not been the quality workout that I’ve gotten accustomed to. Even though it has been a challenging week, I do try to discover some positive aspect of the situation. Even though the demands of the job have increased and impacted how I had to juggle my personal life, I am delighted to have a job that I enjoy even with the cyclical demands especially in this economy.

I'm sure we have that conflict from time to time but I have resolved to start over and get back on track as soon as possible!!

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HOOKCHICK 3/24/2011 2:29PM

  Remember, every day can be a fresh start; every MINUTE can be a fresh start!

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CHARMIN608 3/24/2011 1:53PM

    Glad to see you're staying positive in light of all of the demands in life. I wish you continued success!

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Tackling Allergies

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

I love the fact that we are beginning to get decent weather but the impact to my allergies is overwhelming. I did a lot of yard work over the weekend and as such been struggling with my allergies since then. Therefore, I took the day off from my workout yesterday. However, when I tried commence with my workout today, it was a major struggle. I managed to get through my 65 minute cardio work out but I could not proceed with my strength training scheduled for today. Hopefully, I will manage to get some strength training done later today. However, I have a low tolerance for medication of any kind and taking it just wipes me out!! Hopefully, I will bounce back soon because I don't like feeling all loopy and drained!!!


Mental Health Weekend!!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

I have been really pushing myself the past few weeks with work, adhering to a stringent fitness plan, and monitoring my nutrition. However, this weekend, I have decided to give myself a “mental health” break. My day typically begins at 4:30 AM each day. I am at the gym faithfully at minimum 5 days a week for approximately 1.5 to 2 hours daily (which I really enjoy). After which I work from 8-9 hours a day for my job. Usually, my evenings are encompassed with more work involving my nonprofit organization as well as other personal engagements.

Given all this demand, sometimes there comes point, when you have to take a time out. My time out is normally referred to as my “mental health” break. A mental health break will encompass a weekend where I give myself permission to just slow down, relax and give my body a break physically and emotionally. The weekend will encompass doing things for myself that I haven’t allowed myself to do for a long time which will include:
• Sleeping in on Saturday
• Renting/watching movies
• Reading
• Meditating
• Turing my phone off
• Taking a nap
• Taking a long, relaxing bubble bath
• Staying away from the computer (so, I will not be logging into spark people on Saturday/Sunday).

My mental health weekend is all about relaxing and nurturing myself. Sometimes, I get so caught up into just going like the energizer bunny. With the hectic pace of my lifestyle, I have resolved to take a random “mental health” weekend at least once a month and just exhale and unwind a bit!!!

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SAMDJS 2/18/2011 8:52AM

    You go, girl! Enjoy and relax. It's good to do that once in a while. You'll come back refreshed and ready to face the world again.


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TOSHIKO120 2/18/2011 6:52AM

    Yes!! Enjoy it! I kinda did that for the last couple of days too! I'm ready to get out there and enjoy the weather this weekend. I will be able to push myself during workouts, but the rest was SO needed and worth it! Have a great weekend!

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