Yesterday we went sightseeing in Boston so we walked a tiny bit, but mostly were on our butts. After hard workouts on Sat & Sun, I decided it would be good to have a day of rest, but by the end of the day I felt “antsy”, do yall get that feeling where you feel like you WANT to run/workout? It was too late by the time we got home so I got a great night’s sleep.

I found yesterday that I was kind of angry at feeling somewhat hungry/deprived alot of the time lately. True I haven’t eaten 100% clean, but who does? I’ve eaten better and more consistently the last two weeks than I have in who knows how long. But yesterday I WANTED to feel full and satiated. I wanted french fries and pizza, chicken parmesean and mashed potatoes. I didn’t go that far, but I did have some wings, 1/4 of a cannoli (sp?), and gasp…fried calamari! But, I also had tuna salad sandwhich and two huge salads. (oh! i just remembered my other salad is here for lunch today and it was yummy! yay! something to look forward to!).

So, I’m trying to find anything I can to keep me motivated and in high spirits….

Here’s a GREAT article by Michael Pollan on why we’re going to hell in a handbasket and how to stop eating Unhappy Meals.

For all yall working on fitness goals here’s a great post from Gretchen over at The Happiness Project:

Exercise helps make you happy. People who exercise are healthier, more energetic, think more clearly, sleep better, and have delayed onset of dementia. They also get relief from anxiety and mild depression, comparable to medication and therapy.
But even when you acknowledge the tremendous benefits, if you’re not already exercising regularly, it can be hard to adopt the habit. I managed to change myself from a natural sloth to an enthusiastic exerciser by using all these tricks:

Always exercise on Monday. This sets the psychological pattern for the week.Never skip exercising for two days in a row. You can skip a day, but the next day, you must exercise no matter how inconvenient.

DON’T link exercise to weight loss as a way to motivate yourself. Although it’s quite true that people who exercise regularly are far more likely to keep weight off, you’ll find yourself justifying missing your run by turning down two Saltines. And if you don’t lose weight easily (who does?), you’re likely to give up exercise as futile.

Give yourself credit for the smallest effort. My father always said that all he had to do was put on his running shoes and close the door behind him.

Think about context. I thought I hated weight-training, but in fact, I hated the weight-training area of my gym. Do you try to run in the mornings, but recoil from going out in the cold? Do you hate the loud music in your gym? Is your work-out so exhausting that you can’t face the rest of your day? Re-think your choices.

You must exercise frequently. If you think you’re staying in shape by joining games of pick-up basketball, you should be playing four or five times a week. Twice a month isn’t enough.

If you don’t have time both to exercise and take a shower, find exercise (weight-training, yoga, walking) where in many cases you don’t need to shower afterward.

Look for affordable ways to make exercising more pleasant or satisfying. Could you upgrade to a nicer gym? Buy yourself a new iPod? Work with a trainer? Get a pedometer? (they’re only $25). Exercise is a high life priority, so this is the place to spend some money if that helps.

Think of exercise as part of your essential preparation for times you want to be in especially fine form—whether in performance (to be sharp for an important presentation) or appearance (to look good for a wedding) or mood (to deal with a stressful situation). Studies show that exercise does help.

Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good, i.e., don’t decide it’s only worth exercising if you can run five miles or bike for an hour. I have a friend who never exercises unless she’s training for a marathon.

Beware of magical thinking:
 Having a gym membership doesn’t mean that you go to the gym, and owning a yoga mat doesn’t mean you practice yoga.
 Just because you were in shape in high school or college doesn’t mean you’re in shape now.
 Saying that you don’t have time to exercise doesn’t make it true.

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