A friend of mine is struggling. She told me she is in a funk, causing her to just keep eating.
To help, I gave her a list of non-food related things that I do when I'm in a funk and thinking about straying to the dark side:
1. Go for a walk
2. Talk to a friend
3. Spend some cuddle time with a cat or a dog
4. Read a fitness related magazine (always picks me up and relights my fire)
5. Go shopping for exercise related clothes or accessories (shoes, mat, bag, weights). The brighter the color the better.
6. Listen to happy music-the more uplifting the better.
7. Cheer up someone else--visit a friend, send a happy/funny card to someone in need
Does anyone else have ideas that I can share with her? She is one of the reasons I got my butt back on track last year. She was doing WW, and started Zumba and was doing awesome. Then she lost her way, for various reasons. I'd really like her to know that she is not alone in this battle.
On an unrelated note, Jasper and I ran outside after work yesterday--unplanned but necessary based on the work day I had. Running is such a great stress reliever for me. During the winter months, I had stuck to running only on the treadmill, which really doesn't bother me-I actually like it. But with the half marathon looming in the distance, and the weather finally improving, it's time to start to tackle running outside.
Last night the wind was not my friend, and the terrain was difficult. I live on a foothill of the Adirondack Mountains, so the roads are very hilly, and the pavement is cracked/broken on the shoulders, so it's difficult to run on. It was tough, and I was a bit discouraged that I didn't do as well as I'd hoped. But I am happy that I got out there and fought the elements. I had good music, great company, so I'm pleased. And I know my next run outside will be a little better and I will be a little stronger.
My next 5K is this Saturday. Hopefully my outdoor training will help to improve my time just a bit.