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Mood Regulator

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

May 3 I ran the half marathon I had been training for since the beginning of Feb. I won't lie it got tough at the end. At the beginning of the race my the voice in my head was pumped up and full of positive things to say. By the 12th mile I was pleading with myself not to walk. When I finished at first I was really disappointed at how much I struggled at the end of the race, but then I realized I had beaten last year's time by 10 minutes!! The struggle made sense then. Needless to say the race kicked my butt. I was sore, drained of energy, tired and really looking forward to my recovery week.

Recovery week happened, and yesterday was my first day of the 21 Day Fix. I was soooooooo glad to exercise again. Last week I felt off, moody and irritable. I couldn't understand why. Then it dawned on me. It's because I haven't been working out. How's that for motivation? I can't fall off track. If I do, I'll probably murder someone. Exercise is my mood regulator. I don't always feel like working out from the get go, but I'm always in a good mood when I'm done. How could it not. You sweat out toxins, it creates endorphins, it fills you up with pride and confidence. It is the most rewarding drug.

I also took advantage of recover week and kind of ate what I wanted to. I didn't eat a bucket of fried chicken with gravy every evening, but I wasn't exactly counting calories either. This recovery week was good in two ways. For one, I feel refreshed and ready to get back to it mentally and physically. It was also a reminder of how I feel when I'm not taking care of myself. I could feel that negative cloud forming over my head, I started to feel blah and gross from the inside out. If you feel like that, there is no way you're truly enjoying life. It was a nice reminder of why I started this journey. So I can enjoy my life.
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JES_VARNER 5/14/2014 9:48AM

    Great job & very good point on the mental effects of exercise!

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BRADMILL2922 5/14/2014 12:10AM

    Well, not wanting to murder is definitely good motivation ;) Congrats on the race! Isn't it great how the healthy lifestyle changes change your life and change the way you feel when you stray away, even for a short time?

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POSITIVE41 5/13/2014 7:48PM

    Good points and so true. Great job on the HM. Not only did you motivate yourself but you motivated others too. You are eating healthy and working out for all of the right reasons! You are the best! 😘

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