Free your mind :: and the rest will follow πŸ˜‰

Today was a pretty good day. I woke up for cardio, and I have to say – that part of the day wasn’t as great but somewhere after that it really all turned around.
If you’ve been following my blog you know it’s kind of been more about the “push-ups” portion rather than the “pugs” and I assure you I’ll start blogging more about all things dog/pet as well! Actually, my husband and I are currently going through a trial period with dog food and diet changes because our pug, Charlie, has gained some unwanted weight this winter. More on that in a later blog though.

For now, I’d like to keep it short but give an update about what’s been going on.
For some reason this week I’ve really grabbed a hold of my training. It’s been a little weird – sort of like no rhyme or reason – but it’s been more than usual and it feels great! Here’s how the week had played out:

Sunday: taught body pump, trained back in the AM and chest in the PM
Monday: legs
Tuesday: off
Wednesday: fasted cardio in the AM (stairmaster 40 min), shoulders PM
Thursday: bodypump
Friday: fasted cardio in the AM (stairmaster 45 min), back and biceps in PM
Tomorrow I’ll have off unless I decide I have energy after work and I’ll do an at home circuit, and then Sunday I teach and go to the gym with hubby later in the day.

I just feel like something has shifted in my thinking. I feel like I’ve begun to learn to free my mind

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Like my motivation is intrinsic, and I really think I have intuitive eating to thank, at least in part. For the first time in a long time I’m feeling fed. After cardio this morning I was craving a pumpernickel bagel – weird because growing up I thought they were gross. I got it with veggie cream cheese and also got a chocolate milk and a blueberry crumb muffin. The muffin wasn’t that good – but I ate it all because I was starving (not the best moment but took it as a learning experience and not harping on it — learned not to go to the gym without my post workout shake in tow or I’ll eat an entire muffin before even able to get home and have the bagel which is what I actually wanted).
Hubby came home and we went to the supermarket where I got some yogurts and picked up chips that I ultimately put back because I didn’t really want them at the moment – but I know they are there and I can go back to get them if I do want them later – and a got a chocolate bar. I told my husband that the coolest thing about intuitive eating is that I can buy that chocolate bar knowing I will want chocolate eventually but that I don’t need to eat it as soon as I get home. I did have some of it, but as I sit here at a quarter after 11pm, there’s still 3/4 of a chocolate bar in my cupboard – this is quite unusual but I feel good about it.
This freeing feeling with my nutrition has allowed me to open up my mind for other things – including training. I really enjoyed my workout tonight – it’s been a long time since I’ve been able to truly enjoy a solo workout session and that makes me overwhelmed with joy!
Before I sign out, I’d also like to point out that my amazing husband bought me a box of quest bars, and I chose to keep them in my car because I know that if I get bored I may wind up in the quest bars – small action step to force myself to utilize my intuitive eating steps that I’m learning. The quest bars aren’t punishment, they aren’t bad, and I can have them if I want them… Truly want them…. And for now, I’ll keep them far away so I have to work for them lol.

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