I want to start today talking about confidence. That word, many of us know is very important to have within us. Confidence can be seen in our gait, how we carry ourselves, how we interact with others and most importantly how we feel about ourselves. I was watching a commercial for the Bachelor (which I am SUPER excited about!!) it starts January 4th, for anyone wondering. I was watching as this very good looking man walked into a room of about 30 women. Now this is an example of how one can feel confident. The fact that all these women are waiting to fall in love with this man or even for the mere chance to interact with him, he must feel amazingly good about himself. How could he not? These women are here for HIM. Then I got thinking about the other women on the show and how they all must just be thinking in their heads how to beat that bit*h next to them. These women also must have a huge amount of confidence to think that they can woo over this strapping young man and make him 'the one'
As I walked out of my spin class this morning I got thinking about confidence yet again. I just worked my butt off (literally!!) pushed my heart rate to the max, sweat, breathed heavy and gave that class my all. I walked out of that class with a feeling of accomplishment, like I was ready to conquer anything. I looked up a a few women walking slowly next to their friends on the treadmills, with their perfect makeup'ed faces and blow dried hair, chatting about the newest restaurant or what they are cooking for dinner this evening and I couldn't help but think to myself "Yeah, I just worked harder than you, feel amazing and most of all, I feel CONFIDENT, keep walking along on your dreadmill, ladies"
For me, exercise makes me feel great about myself. I love the rush of endorphins that take over my entire body, and I love lifting heavy weights in the middle of a sea of men. I do not care one bit that 80% of the time I am the only woman there. I put on my headphones and get on those weights like its no one's business. It makes me feel confident and thats what matters. We often can be too hard on ourselves, looking in the mirror thinking "I want thinner thighs, flatter stomach, different hair style" or we often think "I am not doing enough, I need to push myself harder and work harder" When is the last time you thanked your body and mind for being amazing? What makes you feel confident?
I want you all to think about confidence and what makes you feel your best? Is it your amazing work ethic? A fabulous workout session? The fact that you have a talent that many people don't or don't know about? Is it when you are with your family? There is SOMETHING that makes you feel great, so take the time to thank your body and mind today.
Last night Jason and I finally exchanged Hanukkah gifts. For mine, we took a little trip to some places and I was going to pick out what I wanted. Jason is very practical and would much rather get me something that he KNOWS I will love and that I need, so we went to City Sports where I was going to look at some winter boots. I ended up getting Uggs!
I love them! They are practical, cozy and yet very fashionable. I love how they have a masculine feel but the fur still makes me feel like a girly girl!
Jason has a Harley and obsessed with it, so I got him this HD dart board for his newly finished basement! (matching darts too)
We set it up right away and took a few shots!
Dinner was some pizza. Mine was on Josephs Pita and his was on Whole Wheat Boboli. Delicious! it was topped with tomato sauce, peppers, onions, grilled chicken and low fat mozz. Mmmm
This morning I have the day off work! I love relaxing days like this. I woke up around 7:50 and came right downstairs for some protein oat bran. This was going to fuel me for my 9:30 spin class at the gym.
I magic Bullet'ed up 2 eggwhites till they were light and fluffy
poured in on my 1/3 C oats with chia and 1/2 banana
Mixed all together and nuked again for about 45 seconds
Voluminous oat bran with egg whites and frozen berries. Have you Protein'ed up your oat bran yet??
Holy calorie burn!! I had NO idea how many calories I really burn in spin class until I started using my new toy. WOW thats a whole lotta cal's! Good news because I like to eat...a lot :)
I came home and made a yog mess with greek yogurt, the other 1/2 banana and 3/4 of a Bosc pear
I got this apple slicer yesterday (SO excited!) and used it for my pear, this was an experiment...
Kind of awkward but it worked!
Topped with some Natures Path Optimum Slim Cereal.
I did some errands (had to return something at The GAP. I browsed through Borders and spotted this fun game!
I was so tempted to get it, but I didn't know if I would actually play it, I just liked the idea of it!
Lunch featured this Applegate Farms Roasted Turkey Breast
And homemade mustard from my mom's friend. IT IS AMAZING...I am going to ask her for the recipe because I have never in my life had mustard this good before!
Creamy, tangy, honey, flavor, drool. Thats all I have to say about THIS!
Turkey wrap with hummus, mustard, tomatoes, arugula and sprouts (hiding under the turkey!)
Salad with mustard dressing (dollop of mustard, rice wine vinegar, EVOO)
Now, I am just digesting then heading back to the gym for my personal training appt. It is all weights and mostly upper body today! I am going to wear my HR monitor because I have never worn it during weight training. Should be interesting!
- What is or was your favorite board game as a kid (or now!) I loved CLUE and SORRY. Classics!
- What makes you feel confident? For me, its exercise
- Favorite Cereal right now? Natures Path Optimum Slim
TIP OF THE DAY: When you are on your cardio machine of choice, instead of going steady state, change up the speed or resistance for a minute to really get your heart rate up, this will speed up your metabolism, blast more calories and also make your workout less monotonous. After a minute, return back to your recovery speed and keep alternating: 1 minute hard, 1 minute recovery. Do this for 20 or 25 minute and your workout will be done before you can say "PEANUT BUTTER"