Morning! How was your weekend? How’s your Monday starting off so far?
Let’s go ahead and chat about what we were up to over the weekend!
There is something so great about mornings where we have nowhere to be, there is fresh snow outside and the kids aren’t fighting;)
I was going to go on a walk outside but then I remembered I’m a wuss with temperatures lately so I walked on my treadmill instead.
On Saturday night Andrew and I (and Beck) were able to go on a dinner date to get sushi. It tasted SO good and I missed it so much during pregnancy.
Just a normal Sunday at our house…
We also made graham cracker gingerbread houses.
At night we celebrated Skye’s birthday with some family. She was very excited for another event to have all of the attention on her. We made THIS lasagna soup and you add the cheese to your bowl when you dish it up (sorry the picture isn’t super pretty but it tastes so so good).
I wonder if my kids will ever choose anything other than funfetti cake for their birthdays?!
Last week Kristin recommended the Real Pod podcast to me and I’ve been listening to it non-stop. My favorite episode so far has been the one with Dr. Daniel Amen: Change Your Brain, Change Your Life & The 7 Habits of Happiness. He said a lot of really amazing things throughout the episode but one that really stuck with me was, “you don’t have to believe your thoughts.” So many times I think that avoiding negative thoughts is the answer but no matter what they will end up popping into our heads throughout life. It’s not possible to only think positively so I love the idea that when the negative thoughts do come, we just do not have to believe something that comes into our head. We get the CHOICE to seek for the truth and not believe thoughts that are not correct about ourselves or the people/world around us.
Think of all of the work we put into our training. We get up out of our warm beds and run in the snow or we run through the humid summers when it would be so much easier to stay inside. We push through crazy workouts or run up hills that most people would only drive. We sweat a lot, we are sore often, our muscles are constantly burning and we check off the miles as we reach towards our goals. We do SO much work and put in so much effort to get to race day so why would we ever let our negative thoughts about ourselves/training/potential take away from all of the hard work we put in each day?! I have done this during quite a few races in the past. It really doesn’t make sense why I would work so hard for months and then on race day, let the negative thoughts in and take away from my performance.
My physical training changed over the years but I think that my mental training made quite the difference in my race times. The races where I didn’t believe any negative thoughts and fully embraced positive thoughts/truthful thoughts have been when the breakthroughs have happened.
So, on your next run where negative thoughts pop into your head, you don’t have to believe them. We all have thoughts that are completely and 100% incorrect and we get the choice whether or not to think they are true or false. Don’t believe them and find some thoughts that you can believe like—> “I can do hard things. I belong. I am strong. I’ve done this before, I can do this again. I’ve done the training, I deserve this. I’ve got this.”
You deserve to only believe the thoughts that are going to improve your life, not take away from your life!
PS my brother sent me this quote the other day… Don’t give up on any mental changes you are working on, it takes us doing it over and over again before the path is made!
What are your feelings about sushi? What is your favorite roll?
What are your feelings about running on the snow? Do you enjoy it or would you rather run indoors when there is snow?
Which race were you the absolute MOST positive with yourself? Did it help you to run faster or hit a goal?
What was the best part of your weekend?