In my 2016 reader survey, I had several requests for a post on how on manage my stress. The answer? I’ve learned to take care of myself….
I hope you’re enjoying reading about my Intuitive Eating. It has been very rewarding to share my journey and look back on what I have learned. I still have a long way to go, but seeing how far I’ve come is motivating me to keep doing what I’m doing.
So far, I’ve covered how I gave up the diet mentality, honoring my hunger cues, how I made peace with food, respecting my fullness and discovering the satisfaction factor. Today, I’m sharing one of the most eye opening principles, Honor Your Feelings.
Yesterday, my train ran about 30 minutes late due to switch problems. Ironically, the graffiti on the wall of the building we were stuck at described my frustrations perfectly.
Happy Thursday! I’m loving this week so far-it’s flying by! Here are a few random things worth sharing this week.
Last night, I had my first Physical Therapy appointment for my protruding disc. It was a little painful but in a good way and I’m hopeful that it will help take my pain and numbness away for good. I have four exercises that I will do daily and plan on doing them diligently. I get to use my foam roller! 🙂
Tuesday, I found out that I’ve been named a Sweat Pink Ambassador! I’m very honored and excited to be a part of the SPA community!
Yesterday morning, I also had a stress breakthrough! Remember the coffee incident? (here you go if you forgot) Well, it happened again yesterday but I stayed calm, did not drop any f-bombs and did not wake my husband up. Instead, I took a breath, took a step back, cleaned up my mess and moved on with my morning. It’s amazing how letting go of the things you cannot control helps. Who would’ve thought!?
1. So far, my Lenten promise has been very interesting. I started a “stress journal” to track during the 40 days of Lent as a way to hold myself to my promise. I’ve been tracking my sleep, my eating habits, my workload, my commute, my stress level, my energy level and special notes on things that stressed me out and/or made me happy that day. I’m hoping this will help me find stress triggers and ways to deal with them.
2. One thing that made me over the moon happy this week was being named a Race Ambassador for the Lifetime Fitness Espirit de She 5k/10k in Chicago on Thursday July 18th! I’ve always wanted to do a night race and this one looks like it’s going to be a blast. Plus the swag looks AMAZING!
Happy Fat Tuesday! I started off my day with a 45 minute spin class at the gym followed by a pazcki. It’s all about balance, isn’t it!?
Every year since I was a kid, I’ve given something up for Lent. In recent memory, I’ve given up alcohol, chocolate and tabloids. This year I’ve decided not to give up anything traditional. Instead, I’m giving up stress.
Stress? Is that even possible?
For me, I think it is. After a full week spent at home recuperating, I felt better than I have in a long time on Monday morning. Physically, I was still in a bit of pain but mentally I was calmer and clearer than I’ve been in years. I decided that I want to stay this way.
So what changed in a week?…
This week I have one main focus: slow down and smile more. Last week my stress got the best of me, so this week I’m trying to be more aware of it. I’m not superwoman and I definitely don’t have to be! As I mentioned yesterday, I’m trying a more relaxed meal planning strategy. For workouts, I have a few workout dates planned with friends which will help keep things fun. I’ve found a great balance in my life, now I just have to slow down enjoy to enjoy it!
How’s your Monday going? What’s your motivation for this week!?