Today is Monday! Duh, right? But this is the first Monday in a really long time that I wanted to end that statement with a “!” instead of a “.” This is also the first Monday in quite a few months that I did not feel myself becoming ridiculously crabby and snarling at everyone I walked by in the halls at work! It is amazing what I can do if I put my mind to it. I was actually pleasantly surprised by how quickly the day went and how painless it really was when I didn’t have myself psyched up to hate today!!! Positive thinking is really more powerful than I was giving it credit
I started out the morning with a short 2 mile run, per my half marathon training schedule, that I finished in about 18 minutes despite the crazy humidity today, and then came home and did a short Carrots N’ Weights weight session in the basement. I have been doing Body Pump at my gym for the past year or so but I forgot how much I missed using actual real heavy dumbbells!! But the push up/plank combos in this were killer! I only made it through about 16 of them total – weak!! LOL!!
After work Sister and I took our little pup, Croz for a barefoot walk around the block and then dropped him at home and did another 1/2 mile barefoot run around the block. After my barefoot run on Saturday, I felt absolutley ZERO pain so I think it is finally save to move up to try .75 or 1 mile soon!! So excited to be barefoot! My sis and I were also talking on our walk about how we can really tell the difference in how sensitive our feet are on the our walks. It used to be quite painful almost for them to hit the ground but now it just feels so free and good!! (I am very easily entertained today, if you couldn’t tell )
After our little barefoot excursion, we came back and I made a super tasty dinner. Probably one of the best in quite some time and that is saying something because I can’t remember the last meal I didn’t love!! (I really love food )
And now, I sit here, mourning the completion of this meal and doing by blogging therapy for the day I am officially excited once again for something kind of lame and boring but, oh well! I am not trying to impress anyone with my exciting life – So anyways, today’s topic of the self-acceptance series I started the other day from Faith, Fitness, Fun, is Intrinsic Beauty. I was not really sure what to do for this one but then I realized that my ability to shift towards positive thinking and actually not dreading showing up for work today is probably my most powerful inner beauty. I am betting it is probably related to how stubborn I am but even stubbornness can be a beautiful internal quality when used for good! I could have woken up this morning crabby and snappy and grumbled my way to work but instead I took a few minutes and put my mind to being thankful it is another Monday I have a job, a Monday I could take a run with shorts and a tank top on (instead of three thermal pants, four shirts, two pairs of sock, gloves, and a headband!), a Monday where the sun was shining, a Monday a cute little pup was so cozy and comfy in bed that he didn’t want to get up and a Monday where I had a really tasty breakfast in my tummy before leaving for work! By taking a few minutes to switch my focus for the day from dreading what the day held for me, I was able to be happy and thankful for the things that were good today! I am sure if I think about this topic a bit longer, I will come up with even more things about myself that are intrinsically beautiful but I feel like this is an important one for me. I know if I put my mind to something, I can make it happen!
So, now I switch from talking and thinking about deep, inner beauty to getting back to watching Pride and Prejudice to get a dose of Mr. Darcy – an excellent example of a physical manifestation of outward beauty – bahaha!!!
Is there anything you can think of that you put your mind to that you achieved just because you were too stubborn to give up?