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How to find balance?

March 9, 2013

IMG_1441Super thrilled to be at the gym before 6am on a Saturday — or any day for that matter!

(p.s. I swear I am not wearing lipstick in this picture, the coloring is all weird)

(p.p.s. Wow!  What an unattractive picture….I can’t stop looking at it….it keeps getting worse and worse)

Ok, moving on.  So yeah, I was at the gym at the a**crack of dawn this morning and I was the only one there.  The gym is open 24 hours so the doors are locked from the outside and you need a special swiper majiggy thing to get the door to unlock.  The lights are always on and the music and TV’s are always playing.  It was a little creepy in the sense that everything was up and running and I was the only soul in there — like something that you would see in a zombie apocalypse movie!

Good news, though, about 15 minutes into my workout a few more people showed up which de-creepified the situation!

Workout — 3.9.2013

I warmed up on the treadmill this morning with 10 minutes of incline walking.  I then grabbed a 50 pound barbell, a 30 pound kettle bell, a Bosu, and a set of 20 pound dumbbells and worked my way through this circuit:

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This was a great circuit that really had me working (and sweating) hard.  It took me about 40 minutes to make my way through the whole thing  and by the time I was done I was literally dripping sweat.  Yup, gross.

The rest of the day was spent in my second favorite type of gym — I had an all day (as in 12+hours) gymnastics competition.  Even though it sucked to workout that early in the morning, I am so glad that I did!  When I coach, most of the time is spent standing so by the end of the day today, my legs and feet were throbbing and achy (still are as a matter a fact).  There isn’t enough money in this world that would have gotten me workout after that.  No sir!

Bad

Confession:  I ate really bad today.  For the most part, the food choices weren’t too bad, but it was the mindless and unending snacking that ultimately did me in.  I grazed my way through the day and I am really regretting it now.  I know they say that one bad day shouldn’t be enough to derail you but that doesn’t keep the feelings of guilt and negativity at bay.

Ugh!  This really shouldn’t be that hard, should it?  It really is quite simple when you break it down; eat wisely and don’t over do it.  Why then, with this simple “formula” do I struggle every day?  And the worst part is, I have beat it before. I have managed to find control in all things food related and have maintained, if for just a little while, balance.

These last few months have been a series of ups and downs, good days and bad days, feelings of pride and feelings of self loathing.  So many extremes and no middle ground.  It is the middle ground that I need to get back to to find that balance that has been lacking.

Typically when things “go off the rails” I am able to hash out a plan to get back on track but I am really at a loss on this one.

Tomorrow is another day and another chance to get it right.  I just have to keep telling myself that, right?

 

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