Mind over matter!

So as I told you in my last blog I was injured in a car accident.  I hadn’t trained or even been running in weeks and weeks!  I ran the Spring Lake 5 on May 23rd and beat my time from last year!!!  That was a goal of mine before the accident!  I committed to the race so I planned to go but really the only goal was to finish.  I am so proud of myself for my commitment to fitness and for reaching any and all goals I set for myself.  It is the most amazing high to complete fitness and healthy eating goals.  It always amazes me still that MY BODY is capable of so much!  My determination and constant competition with myself keeps me moving forward!

Show yourself what your capable of!  Push yourself!  Be determined!  Compete with yourself!  Push a little harder than the person on the machine next to you!  Let others inspire you!  Want it!  Feel the high!  Bask in the pure joy of killing your workout!  Eat healthy.  Eat what you love in moderation.  Surround yourself with people who believe in you and see you in a positive light!  NO HATERS!  If I have learned anything in my life it is that I don’t need a zillion friends I only need a couple really great ones!

Tomorrow is a new day!  Start new every day!  Eat, train and smile because this is your journey and you’re doing it!

Besides ice cream my favorite splurge is Burrata!!   Treat yourself to something wonderful!  My favorite thing anytime but especially in the summer is arugula salad with tomato’s and burrata.  Try it you will love me for it:)

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Continuing the journey with an Injury!

I have worked through pain before!  When this journey began and I would run on the treadmill my lungs would burn.  That is the pain you fight through.  An injury is different.  We have to respect our body and the consultation of a doctor, chiropractor or therapist.  I recently was involved in a car accident in which a car struck my vehicle from behind causing issues with my back, neck and shoulder.  These injuries were not serious but still had to be respected.

It was so difficult for me to go to the gym everyday like my normal routine and not be able to do what I would normally do!  I had to lower the weight during strength training.  I had to give up most of my cardio workout too because my back and tailbone were in such pain.  I had to really think about what exercises I did to not cause more pain.  Sometimes I would do an exercise and realize…um that was not a good idea!  I ran on the treadmill and had tears in my eyes because my back hurt so bad but my head said push through because I am so used to pushing myself hard.  After 5 minutes I realized I was being stupid!  This has been the hardest 6 weeks to find my way though.  I am a creature of habit and the gym is my sanctuary.  I know I am not the only one that has been through this!  Keeping positive, seeing my chiropractor, eating well and respecting what my body was telling me has allowed me to remain on my journey and not feel like I fell off track!

I signed up for the Spring Lake 5 mile run a long time ago.  It is this coming weekend and running has been out of my life for about 6 weeks or more so my plan is to go and do the best I can and listen to my body.  I just want to finish!

Have a wonderful Memorial Day weekend all!  Here is a great recipe for a healthier version of ice cream I made!

1 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk, 2 ripe bananas, 1 scoop of chocolate protein powder, 1 Tbsp. cocoa powder and 2 Tbsp. sugar.

  1. In a microwaveable bowl or cup whisk 1/2 cup almond milk with the chocolate cocoa,  protein powder and sugar until fully incorporated. Microwave for 40 seconds and then stir.
  2. Place bananas plus the remainder of the almond milk into a blender along with the cocoa mixture and puree for about 10 seconds.
  3. Place mixture in the ice cream maker and process for 20 minutes or until thick.
  4. Serve right away or store in the freezer for later use.  I take mine out for a few minutes before serving so it’s not so hard:)  Hope you love it as much as I do!

My Journey

So this journey of mine began a couple of years ago.  It was long and hard-worked for!  Still till this day is something I consistently work for!  Everything I put in my mouth is a decision!  Every morning I get dressed for the gym and when I walk in I have to motivate myself to push hard and have the workout that will allow that high I spoke about.  I crave that high!  I also crave the reward of seeing the scale go down.  That reward is no more though.  I am at a point in my weight loss that I really have to stop trying to lose and accept that this is my goal weight that I had originally set for myself.  We always want more but sometimes wanting more isn’t always healthy.  So having always been over weight and struggling with my weight the idea of not continuing to lose weight is difficult.  Sounds crazy maybe to come but you tend to revert or still sometimes see yourself as the overweight person.  I finally go over buying clothes for the old me but I have so many other demons that I struggle with.  I will always be afraid of gaining weight or going back to the “old me”.  I have to remind myself that I can’t go back to that girl in one day.  We all have those bad days where we can’t control ourselves with our food:(

Our journey changes.  Change is scary.  I think I am scared and have to embrace that my journey has changed from weight loss to maintaining and toning.  I always wanted to tone my body but in the back of my mind always wanted a little more wight loss.  I knew I was in the maintenance phase but for sure didn’t accept it!  Now for acceptance of this leg of my journey.  Loving ourselves throughout this journey and how our body changes.  I am going to continue to learn to accept and change my mind frame to crush this leg of my journey for the rest of my life.  I have to maintain this weight and continue to tone my body:)

I wish you nothing but the best on your journey and hope you strive to crush all of your goals!