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Slumps.

They are a real thing. And they suck. They happen to nearly everyone. And sometimes they’re really hard to overcome. My attitude has been poo-poo over the past few months, and I think that with my sleep issues and my last killer semester of school has made motivation is hard to come by.

But things are getting better and I’m feeling better. I’m even sleeping better! I think what it takes to get you out of a slump, is to remember what you were doing before you fell into it. I love routine and thrive on it, but I think that’s one thing I’ve lost. I miss traveling! I miss going out on the weekends! I miss *shudder* blogging! 

What am I doing to un-slump myself?

  • Issue #1: Routine. Wake up early enough to take my time in the morning. Coffee + reading time. Don’t be rushed. Go to work. Run + CrossFit. Shower. Dinner. Prep for the next day. Relax and read before bed. 
  • Issue #2: Weight/ED issues. Eat in a way that will fuel your body and mind. Don’t fall into food traps/pay attention to feelings of guilt/shame. Pay attention to when you are hungry, rather than what time it is. Prepare meals ahead of time.
  • Issue #3: Body image. Spend time on yourself in the mornings. You feel better when you look better. Give yourself daily affirmation. Appreciate what your body can do. 
  • Issue #4: Productivity. Don’t waste time doing meaningless tasks. Limit TV time. Date!
  • Issue #5: Sleep. Don’t get stressed over it. Do things to set you up for optimal sleep - exercise, no electronics before bed, no eating a few hours before bed. 

On traveling, I’M SO EXCITED to get out of TN again! I’m heading to the beach (Charleston!) for the first time in years. Only for a long weekend next month, but I’m so excited just for a change in scenery. And also, it’s way too damn hot outside to NOT be on a beach right now. I think our string of abnormally cool summer temps are over…every day this week is flirting with 100 degrees this week. Vom. 

Heading to the beach in a few weeks is also initiating some motivation to be more mindful and more RESPECTFUL of my body and what I’m putting into it and demanding of it. Better eating + more quality exercise = more energy + better body image. Ain’t that something.

Alright, that’s enough brain vomit for now. :)

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I didn’t feel fantastic when I woke up this morning, so I opted to take a sick day from work. I guess I should call it more of a mental health day. I’m feeling weird lately. Old eating disorder/body image mentalities have been creeping back in. I need to put an end to that. 

I honestly think a lot of it began to happen when I stopped running. Not only did I feel better in my skin when I was logging the miles, but I had more confidence and it enabled me to KNOW that I could achieve things, even if they were hard. I have more of that ‘giving up too easily’ kind of mindset now, and I don’t like it.

Back to running we go, slowly but steadily. 3 treadmill miles today. My legs hurt (yesterday was squat max out day, oops), and my lungs hurt, but my brain feels A++.

At the end of my second mile, I actually felt like I was climbing a mountain. I keep the screen turned on TV so that I don’t pay attention to my time or pace, but it turns out my chunky fat wrist had knocked the incline up to 3.0. So good job Anna, no wonder you thought you were dying.

Am I in marathon shape yet?

I didn’t feel fantastic when I woke up this morning, so I opted to take a sick day from work. I guess I should call it more of a mental health day. I’m feeling weird lately. Old eating disorder/body image mentalities have been creeping back in. I need to put an end to that.

I honestly think a lot of it began to happen when I stopped running. Not only did I feel better in my skin when I was logging the miles, but I had more confidence and it enabled me to KNOW that I could achieve things, even if they were hard. I have more of that ‘giving up too easily’ kind of mindset now, and I don’t like it.

Back to running we go, slowly but steadily. 3 treadmill miles today. My legs hurt (yesterday was squat max out day, oops), and my lungs hurt, but my brain feels A++.

At the end of my second mile, I actually felt like I was climbing a mountain. I keep the screen turned on TV so that I don’t pay attention to my time or pace, but it turns out my chunky fat wrist had knocked the incline up to 3.0. So good job Anna, no wonder you thought you were dying.

Am I in marathon shape yet?

Filed under running determined to keep up with Betsy

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Last week in CrossFit

Logging to look back on…

Monday, August 11

  • Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3; establish 3 rep max = #165
  • WOD: 7 Rounds for time of 7 Front Squats (#70), 7 Box Jumps (20”),
    7 Toes to Bar = 10:55, RX

Tuesday, August 12

  • 2 mile run

Wednesday, August 13

  • 20 minutes of muscle up progressions
  • WOD: 8 x 20 seconds of each

    Tabata Row for Calories
    Rest 60 seconds
    Tabata Air Squats
    Rest 60 seconds
    Tabata Burpees
    Rest 60 seconds
    Tabata Abmat Butterfly Sit-Ups = 289 reps, RX

Thursday, August 14

  • Clean: Every 2 minutes, for 18 minutes, complete 1 clean, building heavier each set = I reached #125
  • WOD: “Fran” 21-15-9 thrusters (#65), pull-ups = 7:58, RX

Friday, August 15

  • Take 15 minutes to build to a heavy power snatch = I reached #85
  • WOD: 3 rounds for time of 15 Power Snatches (#55), 25 Wall-Balls (#14) = 7:54, RX

Not my best week fitness-wise. I’ve been going back and forth living in different places this week (staying with my parents for a few days and renting out my place for some $$$) and I always lose my mind food wise when I go home. There are lots of temptations there that I don’t keep in my apartment and I lose control easily. That needs to stop. Back on track this week!

Also, first RX FRAN! She sucked. I don’t her. But I can’t wait to do her again and get my time down. WOOT!

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Hey there, Friday. Welcome back.

  • First things first, it’s true – I am NO LONGER A PROFESSIONAL STUDENT!imageThank God, because instead of actually expanding my knowledge, I think I was beginning to become dumber and permanently sleep deprived. Glad I could pay thousands of dollars for that. I did not go to my graduation out of childish spite from the hell that my University put me through in order to even make it to this day, and quickly opted for them to stick that $60k piece of paper with my name on it in the mail. Meanwhile, I have been celebrating every night this past week with catching up on 6 years of Netflix and renewing a social life. I’m so incredibly thankful to have had the opportunity to gain an education, but those six years went nearly the opposite of planned. I wish I could go back, but it is what it is. WE DONE.
  • I applied for the interdepartmental job, and because everything around here moves at a glacial pace, I haven’t heard back yet ‘but should soon.’ Cool.
  • Speaking of social life, my good friends and I decided it’s about time we stop acting like geriatric prudes and get out on the town again. Fall is when all the parties happen, and we tend to wear ourselves out and be sick of booze and food (jk) and each other by New Years, and then it apparently takes us 8 months to recover and feel human again. But fear not, because I have a bachelorette party tonight, a friend’s birthday party tomorrow night, and then two more outings next weekend. Yes to more free time and potentially poor decision making! Also, Halloween is coming. Halloween in Nashville is amazing and yes, I still wear a costume.
  • Is anyone interested in participating in another DietBet if I host a game?? Hmm???
  • OHOHOH – I’ve officially come out of travel hiatus and booked my first trip since April. PARTY! And fingers crossed will be booking another one very soon to see one of my very favorite person’s.
  • I will run today. I will run today. I will run today. 

That is all. Happy Friday!