Work Hard, Eat Right, Feel Good
Tuesday, July 16, 2019
I had a conversation over text this morning with a friend's mom. She wished me a happy birthday and said she'd eat some cake for me. My immediate reply was, "I think eating some chicken and broccoli in honor of me would be more appropriate." Her response was along the lines of "I wish I were young and focused like that."
My thoughts were "Why? Why does age matter?" I know a lot of folks older than me who are more focused, driven, and in better shape than I. And, to me, every meal is an opportunity to make a little progress on a goal. Not to mention, eating this food makes me feel good. Good, clean fiber, protein, good fat, vitamins, minerals, and water genuinely makes me feel good. In the same way, junk food, or even too much good food or too little water, makes me feel sluggish, draggy, etc.
Feeling good, in turn, makes working out funner because I can work harder. Even when I'm not hitting PRs (I'll be honest; I don't keep a super accurate record of my records), a good workout that puts a decent strain on my muscles is a workout that I enjoy. Good workouts lead to positive mood which, in turn, leads to more positive choices like eating well, which fuels my good workouts and lets me continue this cycle. It all comes together to help me build a cycle.
So what happened to made me in a good mood today?
I got encouragement from the people around me (mostly in the form of happy birthday messages, but also from just the sheer knowledge that I'm dating a wonderful woman). I ate good yesterday and I'm eating well today. Even if it's not 100% clean, it's well within my definition of on track. I recognized that 5lb weight loss in a month isn't too shabby and being at 255 is better than 283 (where my boxing coach is). I'm energized because I went to be early. Overall, I am looking forward to positive movement and doing my best to negate negative influences.
As usual, Sleep Long, Stay Strong, and Keep On Keepin' On!