Overcoming Fears

This morning when I turned the light on in my bedroom I found a bloody tissue chilling on the floor. I never have bloody noses so I was a little worried, especially because the tissue appeared to be soaked in blood. My pillow cases or clothing weren’t stained either and there were no blood stains on my face.

Turns out, every damn time I blow my nose, blood comes out. Seriously. Every. Damn. Time. Rumor has it, it’s due to the dry air, but it’s getting old, especially since yesterday I woke up with an awful headache from blowing my nose.

All I know is that this cold better find the exit door as soon as possible. This sucker has drained me for the past week!

I managed to squeak out a 3.5 mile run, in between having to stop and blow my bloody nose roughly every half mile. Talk about annoying! I wasn’t feeling an extreme core workout either. I more so did what I felt like doing and what I had time to do. I blame it on Jake and Kip for distracting me. Sometimes you just want to smoosh your dog’s face in and shower your kitty with kisses. I’m not sorry.

Morning Workout

• 3.5 bloody miles
• 2 sets of 15 stair push-ups
• 50 heel touchers
• 30 toe touches
• 50 side crunches, each side
• 1 minute plank hold
• 2 sets of 20 plank knee tucks
• Stretching

In my quest to consume more calories (the horror!), I found it to be a good sign that I was hungry an hour earlier than usual, and I went for my Raspberry Mango Overnight Oats. To be honest, late last night I was contemplating not bring my oats in for breakfast today because of the high calorie content that I shockingly became aware of on Friday.

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Needless to say, I ate it anyways, mainly because since I have my first session with my personal trainer tonight, I wanted to make sure I was properly fueled. What better way than to enjoy a big breakfast. As I’m typing this at 3 pm, I’m already at 1,127, with my goal being between 1,200 and 1,550. I’m nervous and truly hoping I don’t go over that. Honestly, how the hell have I consumed that much already?!

Before hitting the gym, I snacked on a Fuji apple and trail mix that I made with almonds and raisins.

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Raisins, yum! I’m that weirdo who picks all the raisins out of trail mix to eat first because they are so damn addicting. If someone bought me a big tub of raisins for Christmas I’d probably give it the best present award. All seriousness. They’re that good. In fact, give me YOUR raisins.

My main goal for my lunch time workout was to get a sweat without getting intense. With my uptake in calories, I wanted to make sure I got a chunk of cardio in while not overdoing it for training tonight.

Mission accomplished. I warmed up for a quarter of a mile, ran a mile and a half, and walked at an increased speed at my fat burning heart rate for another quarter of a mile. I attempted the elliptical, but my burning legs told me I was harming them, so I jumped back on the treadmill to finish my workout with a quarter of a mile walk.

Felt amazing and I worked up an appetite. AGAIN. This time, I went for leftover grilled chicken from Saturday; sugar snap peas that I forget I picked up at Trader Joe’s 2 weekends ago, and roasted sweet potato chunks that I prepared last night.

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So good! I saved about half of the chicken and one sweet potato chunk (yes 1) to eat before training tonight.

In regards to my first session of personal training tonight, I’m nervous! My appointment is at 5:30, which is one of THE busiest times at my gym. I’m more nervous to do exercises that I’m not used to in front of everyone. Now, I know that most people are zeroed in on their workout and won’t be watching me, but come on; we all know the gym is a great spot for people watching. I’ve been that girl who watches people workout while running or as a means to pass time on the elliptical.

What I’m telling myself to build my confidence is that months ago I was terrified of joining this gym because everyone is so intensely dedicated to being fit there, but I sucked it up and fell in love. The 2nd and 3rd thing is, I only have to do this with a trainer once a week, AND I’m bound to get in the best shape of my life.

Sometimes, you just have to suck it up, put on your big girl sports bra, and get out of your comfort zone to earn the results you crave.

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