Gossip Girl, anyone?! I won’t spoil it for those who haven’t seen it – but omg, what a finale!! All I’ll say is – CHUUUUCK!!!!
In other news, I’m sore. I guess that’s what happens when you go from consistently running 3 miles several times a week, to taking a random and sporadic break, then running 4+ miles! It’s a happy sore though – I feel like I got a really good workout. My abs, calves and thighs hurt, which means they got worked! Does anyone else like being sore?!
They say that protein is a good way to help rebuild worked-over muscles, so I made a protein powder-packed Green Monster Smoothie for breakfast!
In the mix:
- 1 scoop vanilla whey protein powder
- 1/2 scoop chia seeds
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond breeze
- 1 Tablespoon peanut butter (ingredient list: peanuts, salt)
- 2 handfuls baby spinach
I friggin’ love that protein powder! It doesn’t taste “protein-y”, chalky or weird at all. I’ve even got my Dad hooked on it – he adds it to his Green Monsters too!
Kermit got it wrong – it IS easy being green!
Lunch is certainly not winning any beauty pageants, but it’s delish, nonetheless!
I topped a leftover bean burger with a slice of sharp cheddar cheese made with 2% milk,
and brought an unpictured Thin Bun & tons of ketchup to make this into a ”real” burger. I had a second burger this way last night, and it was divine. You could totally bring or make this at a grill out and feel completely satisfied!
I found a secret stash of yogurt in my fridge last night (where did they come from, I ask you?!) so I packed one for lunch today.
A Fat-Free French Vanilla Bean yogurt!
In other news, I was thinking about my 4 mile run last night. In addition to the food blogs and websites I visit, I also read a handful of fitness and running blogs. A lot of these sites chronicle men & women around my age who can run 4 miles in their sleep or on their “rest” days. It’s easy to read things like that and feel discouraged.
But I don’t let myself.
I do not compare my physical ability to anyone else, and I don’t think you should either. My story, and your story, is completely different than anyone else’s. Being proud of what you CAN do, and what you’re WORKING on doing is what you should be focusing on.
That’s not to say that I don’t use other people’s stories, successes and fitness regimens as motivation. Take The Fitnessista, for example. This girl is currently on a Caribbean vacation, yet still finds time to pop in her Insanity Workout DVD everyday. On vacation. IN THE CARIBBEAN. If she can do that, then I can certainly get my booty off the couch and run a couple miles.
I think my point is that comparing often times has negative and limiting connotations, while being motivated by something, or someone, is very progressive. The next time you feel yourself feeling down about what you can’t do, or what someone else can do, ask yourself how you can turn those feelings into positive, forward moving action. It’ll change your life!
Do you ever find yourself comparing your phycial ability, life, job, money, etc. with other people? Are you a competitive person?
While I challenge you to not compare yourself to others, it’s only natural, and of course I still DO do it some days.
I think part of the reason why I’m able to separate myself though, is because I’m not a competitive person – at all. I honestly couldn’t care less whether my peers have bigger houses, higher paying jobs, are running farther distances than me, etc. It makes it easier to celebrate those things for those people, rather than try and one up them. Do you know what I mean?