There must have been something in the water or in the atmosphere this week....I have talked to more people that had one insanely busy and crazy week this week.
Talk about a "spiral downhill" for this girl! I got all caught up in the insanity of this week and really allowed it to foul me up good. Not on my nutrition intake although I had some major cravings that I had to kick to the curb but my exercise regimen was all messed up or shall I say I let it be messed up!
Monday...started out with a nutty drive to work on roads that disappeared because of blowing snow so you were blindly hoping you were staying on the highway.
And now your wondering if I have lost my mind...well pretty much!! LOL! We don't get paid for snow days, personal days or sick days so if we are a no show the money is a "NO GO". My finances have suffered this winter because of this horrible winter we are having. So I ventured out feeling the stress of financial strain and all I could do is pray hard that I would safely make it to work...and I did but only to leave early because conditions kept worsening! NO EXERCISE
Tuesay....late for work because snow plows were pulled off the highways and didn't come through until later in the morning so I could get down the highway. After work I went to a clients house to install the computer I had been working on that previous weekend and didn't get home until 8. Had just enough time to make supper, eat, do a little sparking and then off to bed. NO EXERCISE
Wednesday...we had a staff meeting after work that lasted until 7....drive 25 miles home, get supper, eat , spark a little, go to bed. I can feel that stress and exhaustion is setting in a big way at this point. My job is customer service/sales representative for our Company so I spend 5 days a week tied to a phone and trying to keep up a happy facade at the same time.
AGAIN....NO EXERCISE....see the pattern starting to develop here??
Thursday....finally a normal drive to work, busy day but nothing out of the norm. Errands to run after work but was able to get home by 6:30 so I jumped on my Noric track ski machine and my weight gym and went buck wild!! FELT GOOD! On both Wednesday and Thursday night while I was trying to spark and catch up with everything I actually fell asleep at my keyboard!! My head kept bobbing and finally I woke up with my head on my desk! I couldn't believe how exhausted I was!
I finally pulled myself together and as I was sparking later that night I joined some chat on my Shih Tzu Spark Team. I had been adding bits all week and had mentioned the crazy week I was having and how I didn't get exercise in and felt awful! Well thanks to my dear friend Amy and her wise words of wisdom I actually had a wake up call!
This is what she wrote to me:
"Ruth you know what they say all work and no work out means an upset Ruth..One of my friends will sit on an exercise ball and will bounce on it while she watches tv also sit ups on them are great.. Even if you can only get in 5 or 10 min it helps.."
Now for most people this only seems like logical common sense but for someone like me who thinks in terms of "ALL OR NOTHING" this was the right words that gave me that
" A HA" moment!! Just when I thought I was going to pull my hair out...
These words hit me like a bolt of lightning!!! Man it really hit home with me!
I have this crazy mind set that if I can't get a good 20 to 45 minutes of exercise in then I surrender to NO EXERCISE AT ALL!! WHOA BACK IT UP RUTH!!!! YOU ARE SO WAY WRONG!! This way of thinking is purely....
Isn't it funny how we get stuck in mud on single minded ways of thinking. Our mindset can be the downfall of even the best laid plans if not thought out and given serious consideration! So this whole week instead of missing exercise and beating myself to a pulp about it I could have been jumping on for a 10 minute run. Geez!
Ok that is over and I am back on the recovery wagon again... NO PITY POOLS...NO POOR RUTH...Hey this is life...get over and get on with the plan!! RIGHT??
THANK GOD I have good enough friends on here to keep me focused and help to stir a new wave of thinking within me.
Friday...Work, errands, home...Jumped on my Nordic track and had so much energy from this switch in my thinking that instead of doing my normal 20 minutes I pulled out 25 minutes on that baby, stretched and gave myself a huge pat on the back for my efforts. AGAIN I felt like I had won as I stumbled over another hurdle on my journey.
My weight stayed the same this week so it is time to get my booty back on track and get serious about this. I have been fighting being off track since Christmas on my exercising!
OK GUYS....THAT IS OFFICIALLY OVER! I AM HITTING THIS AND GET THESE SCALES MOVING IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION AGAIN. NO MORE OF THIS CRAP!
I want to dedicate this to my good friend Amy on my Shih Tzu Team! She always follows my blogs and she is ALWAYS there for me. God bless you girl and may everything good come your way!! I really want to spread the word on how you changed my way of thinking with just some simple words that impacted me in a huge way....I really want to crow about that one!
Here is a wonderful quote that I think applys in a big way here....
In everyone's life, at some time, our inner fire goes out. It is then burst into flame by an encounter with another human being. We should all be thankful for those people who rekindle the inner spirit.
Thank you Amy for helping me rekindle a new fire within!