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Exercise for your mind and body
I’ve been a little quiet this week. Between the death of my computer earlier in the week and the fact that I’m stepping up my job search mode and that’s adding some stress to my day, this hasn’t been a great week.
Yesterday, my kids started school. You would have thought it would have been a great day. But, I made the mistake of not scheduling in some activity for myself for the day. I spent the day sitting in front of the computer – updating my resume, reading job search related articles, reaching out for some networking, all of that. The anxiety over putting myself out there is starting to creep in.
By the end of the day I had a huge headache. I haven’t been turning to food to cope, but I’ve been ignoring my exercise. Let’s look at the week:
Monday: Conquer the Bridge Race
Tuesday: nothing (computer death day)
Wednesday: 3 mile run
Thursday: nothing (lots of butt sitting)
Friday: today – time to change things
I haven’t even been doing strength training at home on my non-running days as I usually do.
So, I woke up today with a new plan. I needed to exercise. I’m going to do my long run for the week tomorrow, so I thought a walk with a friend would be perfect. While getting the kids ready for school, I texted at least 4 different friends and NO ONE was available for a walk. I even cornered another friend at school drop off who had the day off from work – no go on that, too.
So, I grabbed my two friends that are always up for a walk.
We drove to the beach and went for the best 30 minute walk ever. OK, so I totally pooped my two lazy dogs out, it’s been far too long since I took them with me.
The water this morning was like a lake. Beautiful.
The firefighters were out for their workouts.
There was a woman who looked like she was meditating by the water.
Those two white dots in the water were people getting in an open water swim. And the guy on the sand was doing jumping jacks.
Then there were stand up paddle boarders and more people running on the sand.
Don’t let their huge tongues fool you – they were equally happy.
Now I’m ready to tackle the day. Although I still have the headache, the rest of me feels so much more empowered to cope.
Do you find yourself starting to feel crummy when you ignore your exercise routine?
It’s Fitness Friday too – go visit Jill’s blog for the blog hop. And for some tips for making Salad in a Jar!