Clean Your Mirror

Workout Jam of the Day

“Power” By: We Are Messengers

What Did I Eat Today

Breakfast L’Oven Fresh Apple Cinnamon Breakfast Round w/ Berryhill Apple Butter

Lunch – Mandarin “Chicken” Salad (Lettuce Off Head Topped w/ Lindsay Naturals Black Olives, Sunflower Seed Kernels, Honey Roasted Almond Slivers, Dried Cranberries, & Gardein Vegan Mandarin Orange Crispy Chick’n)

Snack Baby Ruth candy bar (There is no shame in my game.)

Dinner – 2 Quorn Meatless Fillets, Green Giant Riced Cauliflower & Sweet Potato

Gym Journal

Today was much better than yesterday, though not completely better. Today was the second time in my life I ever ran 10 minutes without stopping! Once I can do it a third time, I will increase the speed. I’m super close to a 13 minute mile right now (the last 3 minutes is a cooldown period and is not all running) which is over 2 minutes faster than I started the month doing.

As I walked toward the machines to start arm day, I noticed one of the employees cleaning the wall of mirror, and it got me thinking. When is the last time you cleaned your mirrors? No, I’m not talking about the one in your bathroom. I’m talking about your circle – tribe, friends, whatever you want to call it. When is the last time you stopped to take stock of the people social environment you put yourself in? They say you are your five closest friends, so what you see in them is often a mirror for you to evaluate your own emotional/spiritual reflection in.

I wanted to encourage you to take stock of the influences in your life. Right now every close friend I have is one that supports overall wellness and encourages my goals for better health, often to the point where they will work out with me. For example, Carl came with me again today and intends to join me regularly. I am happy with my circle. I’m not looking for perfect people, just authentic and healthy relationships.

Arm day went well. I was able to increase to the next level of weights for the majority of the machines I used. When I approached the vicious Shoulder Press, it was already set to 40 (I’ve been doing it on 25 in agonizing struggle), so I took that as my sign to give it a go. I’m pleased to report that although the last set was pretty rough, I made it through all 3 sets on the new setting! Hallelujah!

I did my planking and wrapped up using the Hydro massage beds this time. It was nice and relaxing. I almost fell asleep. I think I’m actually looking forward to coming back to the gym on Thursday! I’m so close to finishing my 21 days of forming a habit, and I feel it in everything I do every day. It feels so much better to be active – bonus – all the snow melted from my sidewalk! Spring is close! My energy level creeps up a little higher each day in anticipation of flowers and outdoor playtime. #kidatheart

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