My friend Yos dropped off these highly effective post-its yesterday.
I decided to use them for a little booty-toning motivation.

I have to say, I didn’t exactly rock my workout today, but I’m going to go with the “fake it till you make it” approach.  I’m still feeling a little exhausted, but I’ll go through the motions until the motions become more natural.

I spent a fair amount of time today working on a five-year plan.  Back in the day, when I graduated college I created a five year plan, and being the anal retentive that I am, I finished it in about four years.  There were some pretty big goals on there, and while I may not have achieved them in the grandios ways I had imagined in my mind, I did achieve them on my own slightly smaller scale.  I felt really good about that. Then, I felt completely lost.  It is very hard for me to achieve, or at least have the will to achieve without having an idea of what I’m working toward.  I’ve been puttering around for the last year with no solid goal about what it is I really want next in my life.  So, I decided it was time to put pen to paper, or in this case fingers to keyboard and come up with a new plan.

What I realized in going through this process is:

  1. It can be really hard to acknowledge what you really want in life.  There are some things in life that are very easy for me to want: a great career, a plush retirement plan, a healthy body.  Then, there are things that I want, but I never really admit out loud to wanting, I don’t even ever really admit to myself that I want them, things like the simple things in life…things I can’t work for so to speak, things I can’t send a few networking emails, make a few calls and put some elbow grease into.  Those things are kind of scary.
  2. Life seems a little more manageable when you break it down.  I like to think that things are just going to explode into awesome; that at some point I will have worked hard enough for long enough and that it will all just become smooth sailing.  I’m pretty sure that’s not how it works, and breaking down some of my grandiose goals into yearly milestones almost felt like I was giving myself permission to get to where I want to be in a time frame that is not tomorrow.
  3. While sometimes it can feel like I want more than I can ever achieve in one lifetime, when it comes to writing it all down and coming up with a plan of action the cream rises.  The thing that are the most important are the things that are worth all the planning–the stuff that you can’t think of committing a whole five years of your life to probably aren’t high on your priority list.

I still have a little tweaking to go, but it feels like a step in the right direction to have a plan of action to work with from now on.  I’ll let you know how it goes, but of course, it could mean sticking around for another five years 🙂

Breakfast

2 eggs, kiwi fruit, whole grain bread

Lunch

I had originally intended on grabbing a salad for lunch, but a coworker and I decided on hitting up a diner for lunch.  I opted for the bison burger (it was good!), and fries.

Post-Workout

Day one of my coconut water trials.  I tried the pineapple flavored water and well, it was good, it tasted like pineapple juice.  No dirty sock taste.

Dinner

1. I’ve been craving a chocolate milkshake like whoa!
2. Sometimes at night I’m too lazy to chew, so smoothies come in real handy.

Smoothie with almond milk, frozen banana, peanut butter, and chocolate protein powder.