The sun is shining and it is the end of the work day which always means that it is a good day! This winter has felt soooooo long. Not that daylight savings time is doing me any courtesies. Waking up is a drag and going to bed at a reasonable hour is difficult. For someone who loves their sleep and for honestly the past two-three months has been sleeping probably, too much – I am functioning pretty damn well on 5-6 hours a night. Maybe that 9 hours a night was too much!! Does anyone else feel groggy when they sleep too much? I know I do! That is also why I don’t like naps. Naps are stressful AF. You wake up groggy, you want to sleep more, but its 7pm on Tuesday and it is an unacceptable time to go to bed and you have to cook dinner, walk the dog, do the dishes, and of course watch MTV’s The Challenge.
Okay that was long intro that has nothing to do with what I wanted to write about today. I know I wrote about my New Year’s goals a few posts ago and wanted to share things I am super into lately, but today I woke up and was like “I am going to blog today”. That is super rare these days!! But whenever I do, I feel great! It is a type of release that is hard to find – but what I have found over the past few weeks/month is that expressing yourself is sooo important.
I am not talking about dying your hair purple, getting a nose ring, and wearing some punk rock band tee with an excessive amount of eye-liner on (no hate to the high school punk-emo kids). But it is about sharing your feelings and really having deep dive conversations. What I have realized over the past few weeks is that the thing I think I am stressed about, is not even what I am stressed about. That my stress and anxiety from other areas or things in my life are projecting into these other areas of my life. I have had so many conversations in the past few weeks where I think the problem is about XYZ and it really turns out to be about ABC. Even though sometimes it feels like you have opened a huge can of worms, it can be soooo helpful.
So that is what my post is about. Figuring out what you need and then make an action plan. This isn’t just about fitness, but personal wellness which includes relationships, emotional support, mental support, knowledge, fulfillment, financial wellness, physical health, and so much more. I am someone who always wants to do something really cool or try new things and I have a lot of ideas, but sometimes I suck at the follow-thru and that is hard to admit but it is true. Throwback to the time I wanted to run the Twin Cities 10 miler. I mean I ran 3 times in 3 months and then woke up and said let’s do the damn thing. I finished, I didn’t stop, my time was not even terrible, but boy was my body shot afterwards.
After thinking about my goals for 2018 and how I want to kind of shape my future in the next coming months, I started to realize that there are few things to making a goal a reality.
- Make it something you truly care about and want to work towards, if not you won’t do it. AKA how I am right now in my “reading 6 books a year goal” – Audiobooks count right?
- There will be a starting point, which is not nearly as close to your end goal as you want it.
Side note: I went for a run outside this week and granted I have never been a runner who runs like 10 miles at a 7 minute mile pace, but I used to run at an average pace. My run was SOOOO humbling. I was slow, my legs were heavy, it was hard, and I had to keep reminding myself. I had to work my way to that pace before, I didn’t just wake up and run a 6:45 mile one day. I worked and I trained *and I about died*, but that is how I did it.
- Action is what counts. If you talk about your goals all day long, you won’t see any change. I will butcher another one of those old, to live by quotes, but to see a change – you have to make a change.
So that is where I am at today. I am not going to discuss my goals, I am not going to focus on what outcomes I am hoping for, I am going to work on my action plans, and focus on the change I want to see. You are probably thinking “how did you get from expressing yourself” to “make an action plan”… Well, it is because you have to express yourself and talk about what you really want and what makes you happy and sad and anxious and what you want to improve on and what you are good at (don’t forget to focus on what you are good at!!! I often forget that) to figure out where your first step needs to be. So take the first step and don’t forget there will be a lot of steps, but there will be a lot of people there to help, but you have to keep on moving and not stop or else you won’t get anywhere. The only way you can make your life better, is if YOU start making your life better.
I ended with a sappy quote per usual so I will include a quick workout you can do to sweat out the stress a bit, a throwback song, and some pics of things that make me happy.
Quick HIIT Workout
21-15-9: Burpees, snatches, deadlifts
Followed by 4 rounds of: 10 pushups, 20 squats, 30 russian twits
And cap it off with 15 minutes on the tread. 3 minute warm up, 10 – 30 seconds on, 30 seconds off sprints – 2 minute cool down.
Rusty Taco Queso & Chorizo Nachos, Homemade Mini-Waffles, and Ginger Teriyaki Chicken Stir-fry with Garlic Noodles and Roasted Veggies (lowkey AMAZING – modified this recipe here)
Ryder (of course), my mother dog sledding, me skiing, hockey games, dodgeball and broken glasses, Laura and a limo ride, and more #tbt baby Ryder pics