Some days (weeks?) I just need that extra “oomph.” Something that pushes me from a blah day to a successful day. So I got to thinking…
What makes me feel powerful?
I’m looking for tangible things. Things I underestimate, but that make a big difference. And I settled on a few that automatically take my day up a notch.
The power of sexy shoes.
I’m talking a good pair of sexy heels, not the kind that make you wan to cut your toes off. The kind that make my legs look so good I want to show off all day. Never underestimate the power of some good heels.
Screeeeech, stop, back up.
Am I talking about heels? Me?? The woman who for a long time has said I don’t like them and wear them never–only–on–blue–moons? Yup. Because somewhere in my adult life I’ve learned the power of good shoes. For so long I collected hand–me–downs from friends. Now I have 4 pairs of comfortable memory–foam heels in good colors – black of course, nude, red and silver – and man, do I feel good with a cute dress or sexy skinny jeans and those heels.
But honestly… some days my comfortable sparkly flats are just what I need.
The power of a green smoothie.
Nothing makes me feel better than a fresh green smoothie. It’s magic to my insides. It settles my stomach, replenishes protein and energy, keeps me hydrated and gives me just enough sweetness to take the edge off those give–me–chocolate–before–I–poke–someone’s–eye–out moments. (We generally keep a bag of chocolate chips in the fridge as Jon preferes to keep his eyes).
I generally make a pretty big smoothie batch and put some in the fridge for the next day. I also cut and freeze all my ingredients so I don’t have to mess with that every time. Keeps me from being too lazy to make a smoothie.
The power of a good workout.
This is an obvious one. Whether its a run, an interval workout, a yoga practice or a hike, moving makes our bodies happy.
A workout is just as much a mental things as physical. Once I get those endorphin’s flowing, the muscles burning and some “me” time, I feel great. Lately I’m into 30 minute HIIT workouts before work.
The power of REST.
Ahem. Let me climb onto my soap box and put on a mom hat. Go to bed! Set a bed time and stick to it. Preaching to the choir here, but I’ve kept a consistent bed time for over a month now and feel much better.
Another part to this: rest days. Use those days and take care of your body. Plus, think of all the reading/TV watching/shopping/general interneting/sleeping you can do?
The power of living without guilt.
I have little tolerance for guilt. Some days off, an extra cookie, two many glasses of wine… I want to be aware of my choices and adjust some not-so-good habits. But when that awareness turns into guilt and little mental voice telling me I’m too heavy and a failure, there’s a problem.
Instead, I need to take a moment to thank my body for being healthy and strong enough to bounce back. Maybe I even need to apologize to my intestines for the extra work I’m asking of them. And then move on sans guilt. That’s powerful right there.