Dealing With Those Darn Emotions

My Happy Place in Ogunquit Maine

Hey guys,

I know it’s been awhile since I’ve written a post…um, besides my teensy weensy outburst of computer rage yesterday. Don’t worry though, I took many Pinterest breaks to soothe my soul and calm my nerves 😛

So I have to be honest with you. A part of me is upset that another week went by and I didn’t stick to my Live Fit plan, but this is life, and my goal is to understand my patterns and what I can do better next time and maybe my issues will resonate with you too?

I think I’ve been on a depressive decline since March, and well, the last 2 weeks were the worst. Now I don’t want to make this into a depressing blog post because I want to motivate you guys, but I feel its important to share how easily we can sabotage ourselves and revert back to old patterns and behaviour.

In holistic nutrition, we learned how important it is to look at the big picture and examine all the factors that contribute to true health and well-being. Equally as important as the type and quality of food you eat, is the health of your mind and spirit. You could be eating the cleanest organic food, but if you are a highly stressed individual, then that stress is going to negate all that healthy food you are eating and you are going to create digestive problems. Never mind that stress affects every cell in your body and will lead to other health issues. We call stress the #1 killer.

So for the last while I’ve been unhappy/confused/stressed with some aspects of my life. I try to avoid these unpleasant thoughts and suppress them into the furthest recesses of my mind. Or I’ll drive myself crazy arguing back and forth with myself and trying to fight with my gut instinct. So naturally the more I ignored these issues, the more stressed and depressed I became. I basically tend to isolate myself and wallow in my misery, and eat crap food to “soothe” myself. Fun times.

At this point in my life, I should know better than to ignore my gut feeling because doing so ALWAYS leads to more problems and stress in my life. So why do I fight it? Fear? Not wanting to hurt someone’s feelings? Self doubt? The list goes on and on. Sometimes I wish the universe would just hit me over the head. Maybe it has already and I just have a really hard head. Ok universe I will listen to my gut from now on, I swear! Really though, think about when you have been stressed about a decision in your life….and when you finally make that decision, and it just feels so right, and its like a weight being lifted off your shoulders? Isn’t that a great feeling! Think about moving through life, and it being that easy…just listening to that inner voice. It wants to help you it really does, yet we ignore it time and time again.

So what can I do now and next time to have a better outcome?

1. Listen to my gut and trust my instincts
2. Be true to myself in everything I do
3. Don’t ignore the issue; face your fears, it’s often not as bad as it seems
4. Deal with emotional stress by talking with friends/family or doing something physically active (help clear my head and body of toxic energy and improve my mood)

So how do you guys deal with stress or depression?
BB

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Easter Weekend

To sum it all up-this week went to shit. Lol.  Yes I know. Please bear with me, I’m still 100% motivated to do this!

So I started the week off great and I did 2 weight days back to back. I was eating clean throughout the week (even on a night out with some girlfriends), and then came work stress….and then some personal issues/stress popped up….and then I missed and rescheduled some doctors appointments so didn’t go to gym, coupled with  gym closures due to Easter, and well by Saturday I decided to throw in the towel for this week. This week could have turned out differently if I had just organized myself better.

And although I was happy that I kept to a clean diet while dealing with my work stress and emotional issues this week, I was upset that once I decided to start fresh on Monday, I overindulged in some treats at the movies as well as Easter brunch. Its not that I’m never going to treat myself as that is just unrealistic (and not an enjoyable life), but I knew I was being excessive-and I didn’t care.  I’m not going to beat myself over this. I know I can do better and I just have to keep taking that step forward.

Even though this week went downhill, I did have some good moments. I am proud that I packed most of my meals for the week. This saved my ass many times my friends- especially on the day that I woke up (feeling very refreshed!) when I should have already been in my car driving to work!

Some lessons I learned this past week and goals for improvement:

  • Taking one day a week to prepare snacks, and meals to freeze for the coming week(s)
  • Packing my meals for the next day in a cooler bag every night.  I won’t tell myself to just pack it in the morning because I simply don’t have time.
  • Plan my workout schedule in advance and fully COMMIT to working out on those days.
  • Double check that my alarm clock is set!

In other news, I was very happy to receive my workout gloves from Femme Fitale Fitness in the mail this week-yeah!  I already have 2 missing fingernails (they are now starting to wonkily grow back thank god) without having to deal with rough calluses on my hands.

 

Hope you guys have a good Monday. Lucky ducks, I bet most of you are off work! Not me, boo!

BB