Are you as addicted to Pinterest as I am?! I absolutely love going on there to dream, to be inspired, to learn, and to grow. And, okay, to waste a ton of time. I find so many interesting ideas from Pinterest everyday, and I just wanted to share some of it with you guys on a weekly basis. Hence Pinterest Perspectives.
Instead of giving allowing myself to skip workouts because I had a million other things to do, because I got home late, or because I was tired from a poor night’s sleep, I didn’t give in. I pushed myself to workout anyway. I told myself that all of that would be waiting for me in 30 or 45 minutes. And you know what? It was true.
For example, yesterday I had an awfully stressful day at work, then spent over an hour waiting at the pharmacy (when it should’ve taken 20 minutes, got home much later than I expected, and missed a phone call with my friend who lives Back East. I felt like I was going to suffocate under the pressure.
But I stopped, took a breath, and then decided that I was going to change the day by changing my outlook. I went outside to my backyard and played with Sofi. I stayed outside and caught up with my mom and another friend on the phone. And by the time I was done with that, I felt refreshed. All it took was a change of attitude to completely change my feelings about how the day was going.
I felt so good that I went inside and found a killer OnDemand cardio kickboxing video that had my heart pounding and left my breathing shallow. I felt invigorated by the time I was done. The endorphins kicked in, and so did my pride in myself. When I posted a third sweatyface photo in as many days on FB, I was motivated, and heard from my friends who said I was motivating them too. Who doesn’t like hearing that they’re a source of motivation for others?
It’s an important lesson for me. I could have wallowed in the excuses and sought comfort in overindulging in food the way I have so many times in the past. But that would have just left me feeling terrible about myself, physically and mentally. Instead, I reframed my perspective, which completely transformed my feeling of the way the day was going. By taking time to stop and just enjoy life a bit, I gave myself the chance to change the pace of the day.
I allowed myself to breathe.