So much for working out on a consistent basis during the break.
My intentions are always good. I had made a list of things-to-do over the course of the winter break and most of them have been completed; however, when it came to working out or running, I just couldn’t get motivated. There were places to go, people to visit, friends to have over…all of these events involved food. Food is my downfall. I love food. Some people eat to live; I live to eat. And my weakness is not chocolate or sweets; it’s savory anything. Cheese-filled fatayers, warm puffs of pita bread, hot buttered toast…you see where I’m going with this, right? At night (oh, at night), it’s popcorn, chips, or Cheetos. Seriously?? Cheetos?? Even typing that is embarrassing…
Lately, I’ve had an epiphany of sorts. I’ve noticed that my daughter always asks for healthy food as a snack: an apple, blueberries, strawberries, red and orange pepper strips, leaves of lettuce (no, I am not making this up). What kind of example am I setting for her as I sit and munch on my salty selections? I realized that she is, in fact, setting an example for me! With this in mind, I’ve been a bit more conscious of what I’ve been eating. Google has been my close friend; I’ve been scouring the Internet, looking for ideas to help satiate my desire for something to eat. I’m getting close to creating a plan for myself; once I do, I will share it with you. 2012 has to be the year that I take my forays into healthy living up a notch. I told my husband today that I don’t want him to even ask me if we need to buy chips when we’re grocery shopping. I also told him that I would no longer share a beer with him at night (gasp!) Instead, I will be replacing my pint of pilsner with a cup of green tea with lemon. This starts tonight.
As far as my workouts go…well, today I had every intention of going for a run in the afternoon. We had been out all day exploring Dubai; by the time we got home, it was 4:30. Adam said he was going to get his haircut, so I thought, “Well, there goes my run. After all, someone has to stay home with Ella.” However, at the last minute, Adam decided he would get his hair cut on the weekend. “But,” I started, “I already had it in my head that I wouldn’t be running today because you wouldn’t be home. Now you’re going to be home. What should I do??”
So I ran. And boy, I’m so glad I did. Ladies and gentlemen, if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes, I wouldn’t have believed it. I actually achieved a new (and improved!) PR today. I ran at an average pace of 7:13. 🙂
7:13!! (Did I already say that? Sorry…7:13!!) Oops! I did it again!
I think the Workout Gods are trying to motivate me in my new endeavors. Maybe this is the year that I actually meet my health goals. Maybe this is the year I actually get my “zen on,” as my BFF has encouraged me to do. If anyone out there has any dietary suggestions for me, I am all ears. Any advice is much appreciated.
Here’s to a new me (and you, and you, and you…) for 2012!! 🙂