Mind Over Matter

Me, tapping into my inner Zen master, in early 2014.
Me in my childhood bedroom, tapping into my inner Zen master, in early 2014.

In 2013, I became a serious gym rat. I was going every single day, without fail, for 75 minutes — 60 minutes on the elliptical, then 15 minutes of weight-training and stretching.

I didn’t particularly like those 75 minutes, but I recognized their importance.

But then, in early 2014, I stopped going after I pulled some muscles in my back. The time away threw me off my routine and became a classic case of mind ruling over matter — what was the point of going?

In my eyes, I didn’t feel much different nor did I think I looked much better either. I felt like I was faking it and that my hard work wasn’t extraordinary amazing results.

It’s taken me a long awhile to essentially get over my passivity and negative thoughts, and re-start my routine once again.

And I have!

I won’t lie: I’m not loving it, but at least it’s getting done. And that’s something I feel good about.

I’m sharing this with you not to brag, but to hold myself accountable.

This is the other side of mind over matter: sometimes you just have to get started. You may not love the steps, but in the long run, it’s so much better for you.

Don’t beat yourself up if you slip up; just do better tomorrow.

This week, I’m also lovin’:

Sharing my enthusiasm + #missadventure episode 2 + marathoning Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt while powering away on the elliptical (now what to watch?) + nighttime strolls + a beautiful view + a mid-week dinner date with my mom and brother + BluePrint lemonade with cayenne and agave + pretty packaging and refreshing fancy drinks by Belvoir Fruit Farms + [borrowed] vintage Chanel…and dreaming of treating myself to my own one day + UNICEF + vegetarian chili + moving storytelling by Russell Crowe and cast in The Water Diviner + new specs! + three musketeer nights with my brother and hubby + geeking out after each episode of Game of Thrones with my BFF on iMessage + thoughts of a family vacation + a bouquet of super pink roses + mini banana cupcakes with real cream cheese frosting + a whole-day date with my hubby


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