I had an AWESOME workout today. It was sooooo kick-ass. I was in the groove the whole time. Does that make sense?
It's like, when you go for a run, and you have a whole pile of energy that allows you to push yourself through the burn. Or, when the sweat is pouring out of your body and into your eyes, and you feel your heart pounding. And the crazy thing is, you want more. I haven't felt like that in a very long time. Exercising has been something I've been doing like a robot - not something I've been doing to feel in my heart. Cheesy, I know - but it makes a huge difference.
It made me feel...I dunno. So alive.
I was starving this afternoon, rummaging through the (devoid of junk food) cupboards looking for something substantial to eat. You know, something a little more than hummus and crackers, or a piece of fruit that makes you want to devour your entire arm less than an hour later?
Well, there's a protein shake that I sometimes get at my favourite vegetarian restaurant that I've been wanting to mimic for awhile - and it was the perfect opportunity to try it. It consists of vanilla soy milk, peanut butter (natural), chocolate whey protein (or a little bit of cocoa powder and hemp protein for a non-dairy option), a banana, some cinnamon, and ice-cubes. Oh, and a bit of pure maple syrup to sweeten it up. Sure, it's got a bunch of calories - but it's all relatively healthy stuff. And I was full for a solid 3.5 hours. It would be an AWESOME pre-workout shake, too.
It felt good to not resort automatically to something empty that would only have me eating more empty stuff later!
And finally, I want to say thank you for those of you who have been leaving me wonderful and supportive comments on my journey lately. I know I haven't responded individually, but I just want to say that I read each and every one of your comments with great interest - and a big smile of gratitude on my face.
A new week ahead - I just can't wait to kick some more butt.