Get Better Every DayPosted: January 23, 2013
Lately I’ve found myself doing a lot of reflecting. I’m not really sure why, since this week has pretty much been just a week like any other week, but I’ve found myself spending a lot of time thinking about my life as it currently is, where I’ve come from, and where I want to go. In a short time, I feel like I’ve come a long way in discovering who I really am, what my passions, interests, and outlooks are, and what I really want out of life. I’ve been trying to break bad habits, facilitate good ones, and adjust my views on life and love, and I feel like I’ve been succeeding.
I was looking through my Facebook page the other day at all the old pictures from college and high school, and I sort of had some mixed reactions. I feel so detached from the person I was just six months or a year ago, and in a way it makes me sad, but in another way, it makes me feel so happy and proud. I’ve learned a lot about relationships, health, and career pursuits over the past few months – and I’ve started to realize what I want from all of those things. I feel like I’ve turned a corner in that I’ve started to figure out that you need to let your life be guided by you, and nothing else, and that’s a great feeling.
I still have a long way to go to achieve all that I want out of life, but I feel like everyday I am better equipped to handle it. I’m learning what to look for, what’s really important, and the best ways to pursue things, and I feel really good about that. Every day I get up and try to do the things I love, worrying less and less about what other people think and more about what is truly important to me, and I feel like it’s making me a better, happier person as a result.
One of the things seriously making me happy lately are my morning workouts. I look forward to them every day, and sometimes I find myself so excited before bed that I can’t even sleep just thinking about it. I know what you’re thinking: what is wrong with this crazy girl?! But seriously, the way I feel after a good workout always leaves me longing for the next one. I feel happy, at peace, and have my clearest head when I’m being active, and it really is just a source of joy for me.
Yesterday morning, I started with 10 minutes on the treadmill to warm up, and then did this shoulder + triceps workout plus a little bit of core work. My routine is actually starting to get a little stale this week, but I’m hoping to keep it fresh by doing some outdoor running, skiing, and/or maybe even a little bit of gymnastics this weekend. I’m also really looking forward to doing my CrossFit-inspired workout again on Friday. Sounds like fun, no?!
For breakfast yesterday, I decided to switch things up a bit and go with regular eggs and bacon. I guess my eyes were bigger than my stomach, because I didn’t end up finishing the whole plate, but it was still tasty. The only downside was that my clothes smelled like bacon all day long – gross.
For lunch yesterday, I had another helping of chicken with zucchini, summer squash, and tomatoes.
Plus a big, delicious Fuji apple!
For dinner, I went with good old steak (cooked under the broiler and sprinkled with a little Montreal steak seasoning) with oven roasted asparagus and green beans in olive oil and black pepper.
I can’t even believe I’m going to say this, but if there’s anything that might have the chance to compete with green beans for my undivided love and attention, it could potentially be asparagus. That stuff is just so good.
A couple hours later, I had another helping of my chocolate avocado mousse with strawberries, pineapple, and a medjool date. Fresh, sweet, chocolatey, and delicious!
What have you been learning about yourself lately?
What makes you happiest in life?
What are your favorite foods right now?