Monday, January 11, 2010

Some Quality “Me” time

Yeah it’s Monday, another week to get after it! Trust me I am not always like this about Mondays. I just thought since I am trying to change my mind set on a lot of things in my life, that should include Mondays too. I mean what’s not to love….. you get a fresh start, and you are one day closer to another weekend!

Speaking of the weekend. I had another successful weekend. I stayed under my calorie target and I got some really good exercise in. I did have a moment that I wanted to be weak. You see we have some family staying with us at the moment and my husband went and picked up two pizzas…(Now mind you I didn’t eat any the other night, I had other meal plans). …….. I can resist sweets all day, but bread, pizza, pasta, a full baked potato…… it can be hard. The other morning I got up and went for a 3 mile walk with the puppies and then got on my spinning bike for 45 minutes. When I came back into the house everyone else was still sleeping, but there it was 5 left over slices of pizza in the fridge. One of my favorite past breakfast choices. I swear your brain will convince you it’s okay. I mean I sat there looking at it saying well I hear it’s not good to deny yourself your craving, I just got done working out….. I deserve it. I slammed my fridge shut, you wanna know why? Because I did just work out and I know I deserve it and realizing that I’m not denying myself food……….. instead I’m gaining something better, I’m learning self control!!! I ended up having a bowl of Kashi Go lean (which is awesome, and I am not a cereal girl), and some fresh fruit. I felt so good that morning. Knowing that I made the right choice. As for the pizza I told my family to please eat it sometime today or it will be going out of the house through the trash can.

I don’t know about the rest of you guys but sometimes I really do not like rest day. I know why it’s important but for just starting to be really on the ball the past couple of months I dread the day I let my body rest. I guess somewhere in my mind it means be lazy and then undo all the positive that I been working towards. So for the days that I know I should take it easy I only do one little workout, something light. Like take a short walk with my friend at break, or do one of my 10 minute workout DVDs. This way I still feel accountable and I don’t risk injuring myself.

Another really positive thing I noticed this weekend was now that I am finding time to exercise daily, I have been so much happier. I have way more energy to keep up with my 17 month old, I am less moody, and NO headaches……….. it has been so sweet. I find myself during the day looking forward to my workout time, and last night it hit me….. while I’m really pushing myself in a workout I’m not thinking about the projects that I need to get done at work, not thinking about house chores, or having to keep a close eye on my son to make sure he isn’t trying to jam the DVD player with some sticky substance or thinking about what my husband may be up too, instead this is time just for me. I have learned that it’s okay to allow myself this time. It doesn’t make me a bad wife or a bad mother, if anything I think it has helped with my relationships because I feel so good, and I am not so stressed. I am able to give my attention in several areas and not feel so over whelmed. Ladies why do we do this? Why do we usually put ourselves on the back burner to make sure everyone else is taken care of? The only way that we are going to be able to keep up with our busy schedules is if we find that “me” time. It’s amazing to discover myself all over again, I’m not the child of James and Jeannette, or Bill’s wife or even Evan’s mother….. for these few hours a day I’m just me!


  1. good job on the pizza dodging! I caved and scarfed down half the lasagna. Rest days are hard for me cause then I want a couple more. So I extended my rest day to 2 days then tweaked the dates on the Wii and doubled up yesterday on my workouts. :P Maybe its cheating but stuff so is crazy these days. Keep up the good work!

  2. Carbs are my weakness as well. Great job showing that pizza who is boss!

  3. I have a healthy pizza recipe I hope to get posted soon, obviously not the same, but I like it.
    I heard someone say that your rest days are when change actually happens. They are when your muscles repair and build; when your body has time to make the changes in itself. Not sure, but I know my workouts somehow feel fresher after rest days.
    Sounds like you're all around kickin' butt!

  4. "Me" time is essential. We all have to get some time to just "be" so to speak. Great job on the exercise!

  5. You are singing my life! I am not a sweets girl, and I dont even like pizza...but if there are slices left in the morning, I am definitely having pizza for breakfast. Good self control Candy!!! I think we, as a gender, are training our whole lives to put others in front of us. I know for GD sure that I do that WAY for then I should. And oh man, do I feel you on the rest day query. I feel the exact same. I feel like even if I not doing my normal routine, I should be doing more than Im doing. Youre not alone my dear, you are not alone :)

  6. You did great! I think I would have caved... cold pizza for breakfast... mmmmm. But you did the right thing - good on you!

    Thanks for your comment on my blog! I've only been at this for about a month, so I don't know how it all works! :)

  7. That is some serious strength!! Good for you.

    As moms, we have to take time for ourselves. If we do that, we are better able to take care of our families.

    Great post :)

  8. You are exactly right about not defining our lives always in correlation to others. Often, we think that it is selfish to spend alone time with ourselves. However, what's selfish is that we often neglect are needs in order to pretend that we can be everything to everyone. You did a fantastic job with the pizza!!! I would have gotten that dang pizza out out of the is my weakness. Which is why I avoid it like the plague!!!!