Take Control | Don't Give up

So, who signs up for a half marathon and celebrates by eating a donut?!? This girl, that's who!  I just had to get that off my chest, it's not really what this blog post is about.  Ok, so moving on... 

It's been a stressful week at home, mostly just stressing over work stuff.  Lame, I know, but hey, I've got kids to feed! Maybe I'm being a bit dramatic but the point is I've been stressed out.  I skipped my training session on Tuesday and I almost skipped going today too.  Why? Because yesterday was a bad day and I woke up still feeling in a funk.  I just wanted to stay in my PJs all day and do nothing.  But, I started to feel bad, remember I missed Tuesday, so I put on my workout gear, tied my sneakers and I made it to the gym.  

I started out feeling sluggish, but then somewhere in between my 2 minute interval on the Stairmaster (level 10!) and bicep curl lunges, I remembered what someone once told me.  I was told that you may not be able to control everything that happens in your life, but you can control what you put in your mouth and how your body looks.  Aren't those words of wisdom?  At that point, I was like, forget feeling sorry for myself and worrying about things that are out of my control.  My problems and anxieties will still be there when I'm done with this workout but right now is "Me" time.  It was time to push my body to the limits, it was my time to sweat, to get out of my comfort zone and work it.  If only for the next 45 mins of my workout, I felt powerful.  I felt in control and it was awesome.  

Am I jumping for joy and feeling euphoric right now? No, I'm not.  Let's keep it real! I'm back to reality, but I do feel a little bit better.  I feel focused and ready to tackle whatever life throws my way! I feel empowered because I didn't let life's annoying problems get in the way of my goals.  So, I've said it before (specifically in this blog post ---> HERE) but I'll say it again: Don't give up on yourself and your goals!!  Making exercise a part of my regular routine really helps me deal with the stresses of life and I'm confident it will help you too.  So, go on a walk today around your neighborhood, pop in that workout DVD, or go to the gym, whatever it is, make some time to take care of you.  Your body will thank you.  xoxo

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