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A Case of the Mondays

I had a case of the Mondays today. First, I had to sub out my BodyPump class due to some shoulder issues I’m struggling with. Second, I planned on running this morning but it was pouring down rain so I couldn’t get my workout in. And third, it was just one of those days at work where I spent all day dealing with little fires. I just had that blah feeling and a ball of anxiety in my belly.

My co-worker commented on how funny the difference in my attitude was from last Monday when I was feeling on top of the world, energized and full of love. I dealt with my funk by recognizing that I was in it and then making a conscious effort to turn it around and be positive about everything that was going on.

I had lunch at my desk.

I’ve been all about the peanut butter, honey and banana sandwiches since all of my recent blogging about peanut butter and bananas.

Knowing that I needed a little cheering, Brandon offered to bring me Starbucks or kombucha this afternoon. I opted for an Awake Tea Latte since it was another cold and rainy day here in Charlotte.

Don’t judge my messy desk! I warned you that it was a crazy day. 😉

The rain finally cleared up so I decided to take Sullie for a run after work. It was overcast and a chilly 45 degrees on our run. I couldn’t get over the difference in conditions from my five miler just a few days ago.

Although my cold run was enjoyable and invigorating, I am ready to pack away the running tights and gloves!

Brandon and I went to visit his grandmother this evening and stopped to pick up a taco kit from Salsarita’s on our way home. Brandon had some crazy coupon where we got all of this food for $10.

It was quite the fiesta! This was meant to serve four (although I think it could easily serve six) and we have TONS of leftovers!

Two chicken tacos with all the fixins.

How do you deal when you’re in a funk? My commitment to an attitude adjustment + my run helped me immensely!

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  • Alaina March 28, 2011, 11:22 pm

    Usually just a moment to myself, a good workout, or even a good drink from Starbucks or Dunks can help me out. I think being myself helps the most. Doesn’t matter what I’m doing, just as long as I can be alone with my thoughts and get myself out of the funk. I’ll talk to David if being alone doesn’t help.

    I don’t know what is up with this weather but I have never wanted summer so bad! I can’t wait to be in Texas at the end of the week where it’s 80*. 🙂

    • Jen March 30, 2011, 9:08 am

      80 degrees is going to feel so good to you after the blast of snow you just had! Can’t wait to read about your Texas adventures! 🙂

  • S @ extremebalance.net/blog March 29, 2011, 12:16 am

    Cheap answer: sugar. Desired answer: distraction—good conversation, a good deed, checking something off a to-do list that’s been dragging too long, or… a good workout. Iron is good for the blood *and* good for the mood! 🙂

    May tomorrow bloom brighter, eh?

  • natalie March 29, 2011, 12:44 am

    Definitely a run. If I can’t manage that for any reason, then reading blogs/mindless tv help, and reading about the demise of Charlie Sheen. 😉 If all else fails, I wallow in self pity until I wake up the next morning, and usually the funk has fallen by the wayside.

    Hope you have a better day tomorrow lady!!

  • Emily March 29, 2011, 12:49 am

    When I am in a funk, I remind myself that 1) I am only a 30 minute work-out away from a good mood and 2) I can either choose to have a great day or a horrible day and that being joyful is a choice 🙂

    That sandwich looks amazing, as always. There is just nothing like a good ‘ole PBHB. Looking forward to your Snickers pie recipe on Bakin & Eggs also! YUM!!

  • erin March 29, 2011, 7:52 am

    Sometimes it’s hard to shake a funk, but I just try to focus on the positive and remind myself not to let little things ruin a perfectly good day.

    I was in shorts and a t-shirt last Wednesday, and then we had snow on the ground Saturday night. I’m so over winter!

  • Meghan @ StruggleMuffins March 29, 2011, 8:45 am

    Hi Jen! I absolutely love your blog, and see a lot of similarities between myself and you. I’m a longtime runner and exercise enthusiast who got completely hooked on yoga, and am now finishing up yoga teacher training and getting used to teaching my first classes. Love the recipes, love the vibe of your blog – great stuff 🙂

  • LEL March 29, 2011, 8:48 am

    your arms are looking awesome! is it from more yoga? are you still teaching bodypump?

    • Jen March 29, 2011, 3:24 pm

      Although the millions of chaturangas I do in yoga certainly help with arm tone, I totally attribute it to strength training. I am still teaching BodyPump!

      Maybe I’ll do an “arm toning 101” post!

  • LEL March 29, 2011, 8:49 am

    I have such a hard time getting my arms toned.

  • Lori March 29, 2011, 9:49 am

    The change of weather is killing me! I love to be outside but the cold makes me want to be home in bed under the covers!

  • Brooke March 29, 2011, 4:16 pm

    i am in chapel hill and the weather change absolutely STINKS! i feel your pain!

  • kat March 29, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Hmm…retail therapy goes a long way in fixin’ the funk. 😉 If that’s not an option (which is usually the case!), a small piece of chocolate makes me happy. And, always, a workout cures the blues. 🙂

  • Becky March 29, 2011, 8:55 pm

    I felt the same way yesterday. After a whirlwind weekend, I only wanted two things: coffee and a nap (although that seems an odd combo)! My workday felt hectic, so I spent some extra time with the pup when I got home. Dogs are such a calming force 🙂 I’m glad you had an enjoyable run. I am also ready to pack away the cold weather gear!

    • Jen March 30, 2011, 9:06 am

      I totally agree about the dog thing. It is amazing to me how seeing Sullie can calm me down and bring a smile to my face. She is just so sweet and full of pure goodness!

      After the marathon weekend, I bet you were ready for a nap and coffee!!!

  • Brittaney @ Fit Chick Britt March 29, 2011, 10:52 pm

    I had a case of the Tuesday. My day started by stepping in dog poop. And for some strange reason today was the day I decided to take the dog out barefooted and I never do that 🙁 I’m glad you got a good run in. I’m missing cold weather running. In Houston we already have mid 80 degree and humid temps.

    • Jen March 30, 2011, 9:07 am

      Wow, you did have a case of the Tuesdays. Boo 🙁

      My parents lived in Houston for a couple of years so I can commiserate with you on the humidity!

  • Jo @ livingmintgreen March 30, 2011, 2:21 pm

    Running usually helps boost my mood during an off day, but if that doesn’t work, I pour myself a big glass of red wine, run a bath, and lock myself in the bathroom with a good book or magazine.
    Ps. I’m a new reader and I’m really enjoying your posts! 🙂

    • Jen March 30, 2011, 3:21 pm

      The wine + bath sounds amazing. I was just telling my husband last night that I wish we had a big bathtub in our house! 🙂

      Thank you SO much for reading and the kind words about my blog!

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