Today’s Happy Note: I’m in tune with my body! I noticed a lot of other women in yoga class really struggling to connect with their bodies and realized how close I am to my own body. I wasn’t judging them or anything, just noticing. I know where my joints are, the way things move. I have years of gymnastics, running, swimming, and now yoga to thank for this.
Workout: Thought about kick-boxing, but my heart wasn’t in it, so I skipped it and did 30 minutes of seriously heavy arm weights and an hour yoga class at the gym. I really enjoyed the yoga class at the gym, actually. Sometimes the studio feels a little pretentious and tiresome and elitist. Also walked a mile or two. I have a hard speed workout for tomorrow so I’m conserving some energy. 🙂
Workouts are not always going to be joyfully fun, but you shouldn’t ever force yourself to do something that you just don’t want to do. I have so many friends who ask me things like, “how are you so healthy when you’re so busy?” or “how do you make yourself workout all the time?”
Well, first of all, I think we need to change the way we look at “working out” or “exercising.” For me, it is not an hour of my day where I drag myself to the gym, force myself to get through a boring routine, and then come home and watch TV. Working out is a part of my life. It’s as integrated into the way I live as eating or writing or going to class or work. Further, I would get pretty tired of working out too if I spent an hour on the elliptical at the gym everyday. I think it’s actually pretty easy to work some movement into your day: it might be an hour and a half walk in the evening or an early yoga class or half an hour of dancing in your room.
It takes anywhere from a few weeks to a few months to form a habit. I am lucky in that I was very active in high school and carried that pattern relatively easily into college,so I didn’t have to start from scratch (like I have had to with my emotional eating patterns). Many people struggle to workout in college — but I think of it as a little escape from the schoolwork. When you look at it as an important part of your day that will help you focus better and think more clearly, you’re less likely to skip out.
Look! My lentils are crawling on my tofu like ants. I couldn’t help but share my adorable lunch find with my coworkers.
Probably didn’t need the small bowl of granola pictured above right but whatever. I have found that eating 4-6 (depending on my activity level) meals of about 400 calories each. A 100-200 calorie snack is always too small for me, while a 600-700 calorie lunch or dinner feels too big. I am really enjoying this way of eating — I don’t follow any rules or plans and don’t deny myself if I’m hungry. This just seems to work, for now. And when it doesn’t work, I’ll change things up.
Goodnight goodnight goodnight! Time for me to sleep. Even though I took a nap like five hours ago. Don’t judge.