Is it just me, or did today feel extra Monday?
Usually, I don’t mind Mondays, but today Monday was all up in my grill being rather unfriendly. Not cool, Monday. Not cool.
The workday seemed to drag more than usual today, so I was more than ready to blow out of there this afternoon! I hit the trail for a hot but leisurely run. After 5 weeks of intense training, it was really nice to run just for fun. I didn’t keep track of my pace, time, or distance; I just ran. It felt great to just enjoy the trail and let my mind wander. I had lots to think about!
Today, on Kelly’s blog, she wrote a great post called, “Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life.” This is just what I’ve been working on for myself in the last several months. To be honest, I’ve had a pretty tough go of it up until this point. I try to be positive, and I really do try to believe that things will get better, but it’s not easy. When things are perpetually going poorly, it becomes harder and harder to find the good, or even to believe that good is possible.
All the disappointment and frustration I’ve been feeling about my life is contained in this quote. I haven’t believed in myself enough. It’s like that scene in Pretty Woman where he tells her, “I think you are a very bright, very special woman,” and she responds, “The bad stuff is easier to believe.”
I’m not a hooker, but I feel you, Vivian.
I’ve had countless people in my life tell me how wonderful I am, but I never really take it to heart. Instead, I get bogged down in all the “bad stuff.” But deep down, I know it’s true. There is something special inside of me, and I’m going to grab that feeling and hold on for dear life until I am living it. You don’t get to be the person you want to be without effort. I’m just glad I know now who that person is.
Isn’t that a much nicer takeaway from a run than how fast I ran or how far I went?
I wasn’t feeling anything fancy for dinner tonight. My blender looked lonely, so I gave it a good workout!
Served up in my favorite smoothie glass to match my positive mood!
Into the blender went:
1/2 scoop vanilla protein powder
1/3 cup vanilla coconut milk
1 heaping spoonful of almond butter
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 frozen banana
handful of spinach
handful of ice cubes
Blend, baby, blend! And because I am a lunatic, I slurped down my cool, creamy smoothie in my air-conditioned apartment while decked out in sweats. Because that makes sense, right?
Hey, look what else happened when I made my Green Monster tonight!
That, my friends, is the beginning of some delicious almond butter oats in a jar! Now I can’t wait for tomorrow!
I also snacked on some Flatout EdgeOn Crisps on the side.
These are the Sea Salt flavor. Have you tried them??? They are insanely good! I swear, these taste just like buttered popcorn! I had to portion them out into a bowl because they are highly addictive.
Guess where I got ‘em? In a care package from my mama, that’s where!
Mom was at Printer’s Row in Chicago over the weekend, so she couldn’t come to watch me race, but it was for good reason. Her book is now in e-format and print! So cool to actually hold her book in my hands!
She also sent along goodies for me, including coffee from our favorite local coffee shop, cute earrings, an inhaler (because I am a space cadet and lost mine!), and Flatout crisps! Flatout’s original bakery is actually in my hometown—how cool is that??? Even though you can get them pretty much everywhere now, I still think it’s pretty cool! Thanks, Mom, for the great package! I love it!
Time to get ready for The Bachelorette! How much do we hate Bentley?! That guy is the worst. I swear, this show makes it nearly impossible to have faith that there are any good guys left out there! But that’s not the way I’m thinking any more, so forget I said that! Instead I’ll say, I’m sure the guy I end up with is going to be completely wonderful and amazing and will let me do ridiculous things like wear sweats when the A/C makes me too cold and wipe out the sink after every use because I can’t handle it having water in it and eat 3 bowls of cereal at 11 PM when I can’t sleep (not that that ever happens . . . ) We’re shooting for the stars here, people!
If you have the life you want, what helped you to get it?
If you don’t, what are you doing to get there?