When I got home yesterday I absolutely DID NOT want to walk. I was super tired from staying up late standing in our hole last night (lol) and the subsequent campfire that followed. This body of mine has grown accustomed to 7-8 hours of sleep and I really felt it yesterday. I was dragging all day!
But....I've realized it's mind over matter here and I had a little conversation with myself on the drive home from work that went something like this:
"I'm soooooo tired. I should probably skip walking today."
"No! You know how you are. If you skip today , you'll skip tomorrow."
"Why would I skip tomorrow?"
"Because that's how you are. You're an "all or nothing".
"But I need a nap. Maybe just a little nap and then I'll walk."
"You know you'll feel LESS like walking after a nap. Who are you kidding."
"But it probably wouldn't be good for me to overexert myself and walk when I'm this tired."
"Oh, pleeeeeas! Like carrying around 40 pounds of excess weight is good for you? Just put your sneakers on the minute you get home and do it."
"Okay, okay. I'll do it"
And that last line is where the mind played over the will. When I decided to just do it. And guess what? I did it! And I actually felt good while I was doing it. After about 15 minutes the endorphins kick in and everything starts to feel good. (Even my little broken toe felt good!)
And because I walked, I had the reserve to eat well yet once again. For dinner I covered a skinless chicken thigh with some diced fresh tomatoes, onions, a few calamata olives and some fresh basil - wrapped it in foil and baked it. It was so good! I had a side of some fresh asparagus that I rolled around in 1 teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, some course salt , basil, oregano, thyme and pepper that I baked in the oven along with the chicken. It was filling and satisfying!
I've discovered the key to eating fewer portions (is to make what you've got more interesting.) Add more color, more texture and of course - taste!) The calalmata olives did the trick!
I've been running circles around the fruits and veggies too. Including some with every meal. And this morning - I actually had some color in my cheeks BEFORE I put my blush on. As in...I think I'm getting healthier!