The alternative name for this post was: “Nix the Negative Talk.”
First, I want to say THANK YOU for sticking with me! I’ve been a bad blogger the past couple of weeks! I’m still reading your blogs, I just haven’t had time to comment individually. So I want you to know I’m still in the loop – just bear with me while my days are flying by at warp speed with no end in sight!
So everyone knows last week I was in Montreal for work. Well, I came back and basically dove head first into this week – which also extended into evenings (every.single.night) and the weekend, leaving me with almost NO time to myself.
In fact, I received a couple comments asking me how I could force myself to wake up so early for a workout when I’d only slept for about 5 or 6 hours. The answer is that for the past week, my workouts have been my ONLY “me-time” at all. I cherish that time dearly. I need that time to maintain my sanity.
And because I’ve been training for a triathlon I’ve found that lots of my exercise time has been spent at the gym where I can do “brick” workouts – doing some spinning, then straight to the treadmill. Or swimming, then straight to spinning. Although I think my body craves that movement (the rest of the day I’m sitting at a desk), I have definitely discovered that I don’t really care for cycling all that much, and running on the
treaddreadmill (Caitlin’s term) is just about the WORST THING EVER.
And unfortunately, it has been a time where I sit there and ruminate about all the crazy/stressful things going on in my life. There has been a lot of cursing in my head over what’s happening at the office. And a LOT of “I hate my life” conversations with myself.
NIX THE NEGATIVE TALK!
What does it accomplish? Nothing!
So what’s the point?
I love the saying from the move Van Wilder: “Worrying is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere”
Instead of continuing in the painful rumination about every little thing that has been bothering me or wearing me down, I’ve tried to use my workouts to listen to music and zone out. I forcefully make myself smile as I’m increasing the resistance on the bike or upping my speed on the treadmill. I’m pretty sure I’ve read a research study before that said something along the lines of “If you make yourself smile [even if you are faking it] you will be happier” – it has to do with the fact that the muscle movement sends messages to the brain that you really are happy (even if you aren’t), and then you end up really feeling happier.
At any rate, today my workout consists of a long jog OUTSIDE, rather than on the dreadmill! I don’t know about you guys, but for me Running = Therapy! I always just feel so much better when it’s done (same with yoga too, actually). I don’t know what it is about being outside pounding the pavement, but it releases the most incredible rush of endorphins that provides me with an energy boost and a mood lift simultaneously!
So today is going to be another crazy day. As will this entire week to come (and the week afterwards, too). I apologize if I’m spotty with replies or comments on your blogs. Just know that I’m still here – trying to keep it all together. There are only so many hours in the day, ya know?
I’ll leave you with a quote I found inspiring.
Sometimes its good to remind ourselves of what we LOVE about life and to know that for those not-so-good times….well, they’ll pass eventually.
And for right now – I’m plowing ahead full force. It’s the only way I know how : )
Have a Happy Sunday!!!
What’s your version of “therapy”?