Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Spinning, Overthinking and Eating Leftovers

Spinning & Overthinking 
Today was a pretty typical Wednesday. Jason got up at 5am for swim, I did not. Instead, I hit up spin at lunch. Jason actually went with me today too! I really do look forward to my noon workouts. Even if I'm feeling sluggish, I know that going will really help boost my energy and mood.

Sometimes I think the key to getting workouts done and maintaining routine is just getting yourself going. Don't think about it too much, just get in there and get started. Overthinking causes us to question ourselves too much sometimes.

I know that when I get too much inside my head, that's when my runs tend to falter. I start to question my ability to make it a certain distance or speed. I start to notice those little aches or pains and they suddenly seem way out of proportion. So then I'm so focussed on discomfort, that I stop myself short. And I don't mean pain as in an injury, I just mean being out of a comfort zone kind of thing. Working out shouldn't feel easy peasy. You should feel like you're doing something right?

Sometimes I even question my weight selection or strength and don't give myself enough credit. In other words, I undermine my own efforts. I opt for fewer reps or lighter weights rather than just going for it. So what if I only get 6 out of 8 reps, at least that's trying.

What do you think? Do you notice a difference when you start to overthink something, get too inside your own head?

Oh, back to workout...I did a quick chest workout before spin class:
Chest flye into chest press - 3x8
Incline chest press - 3x10
Pushups with toes on bench - TF

Leftovers?
Speaking of overthinking, I tend to also overthink dinners way too often. I will literally start thinking about dinner first thing in the morning. I go over what I have in the fridge or freezer. I think about what sounds best, what new creation I might come up with.

Why can't I just go with something nice and simple? That can be just as tasty right? So, tonight, I'm going the easy route. I know what you're thinking, "riiiiggghhhttt...."

But I did it. I didn't cook. I made SOOOO much Balsamic Dijon Veggie Pasta Salad yesterday, that I made the executive decision to finish that off before making more leftovers. I can't seem to grasp the concept of cooking for two. When one squash would work, I use two.
It definitely didn't look as pretty the 2nd time around though

Do you over do it in the kitchen making enough to feed an army when it's only a few people? This is great if you are a leftover person. I, however, am not a big fan. But, tonight, I'm making an exception to my crazy crazy rule. 

Daily To-Enjoy List:
  • Spin class
  • No cooking
  • Reading before bed