I could list a million reasons why I love exercise and still have more to say. Some days I need exercise more than others… not physically, but mentally. Working out is a major source of confidence for me. I’m not talking about body weight or BMI or how I look… I’m talking about how I feel when I exercise. Whether it’s running, spinning, or lifting weights, exercise is pretty empowering and not only gives me outer strength, but inner strength too. I was having a pretty low self-esteem day today. I mean, it was the kind of day where I showed up to the gym like this. For a type-A girl, that is just ridiculous.
I had no reason to be down on myself. I kicked butt on my fourteen mile run yesterday, I have been building some serious base mileage for when I start training for my marathon, I had an entire day off to relax and study yesterday, and I was working with some great people today… nevertheless, I was unconfident and depleted of any self esteem.
Enter… a short but solid workout at the gym…
As evident in the above picture, my bruises are healing nicely 🙂
I don’t know how it happens, but working out is a pretty great boost of confidence. If I’m ever stressed, frustrated, or just simply having an off day (umm, today!), all it takes is one workout and I feel back to myself!
Parents normally worry about their kids getting enough vegetables when they go away… my parents worry that I will eat only vegetables when they are away. Instead of pasta tonight I had “vegetable noodles” and sliced up onion, zucchini, and carrots.
I topped my “pasta” with tomato sauce, meatballs, and mozzarella cheese. It was so good. I am not a huge pasta person because it is so dense and heavy but I am a huge fan of vegetable pasta. This meal was perfect post-workout recovery food and was chalk-full of nutrients and protein!
Sometimes I don’t know why I am having an “off day” where I just don’t feel like myself, but I sure know how to fix it. One simple workout can take me from being sad, tired, or stressed to being confident, happy, and full of energy. I upped some of my weights today and it made me feel great knowing I could lift 1.5 lbs instead of 1 lb… or something like that 😉 I don’t know the exact chemical reactions that happen in our brains when we exercise, but I know I needed them today and I am sure thankful we have them 🙂