You know those days when you look in the mirror and think… “Am I really just crazy?!” … Yep, that’s how every single day has been going for me this week. Last week on the blog I talked about why I had my Mirena IUD removed. Since then I’ve read a LOT of blogs, done a LOT of research, and driven myself absolutely looney tunes. Am I struggling with balancing hormones or am I just crazy?
My head & body are completely out of tune. I feel super sluggish and tired and I’m walking around in a brain fog most of the days. Yesterday I cried listening to Lady Gaga sing Million Reasons on Carpool Karaoke & the Gilmore Girls trailer. So…. Maybe I’m not crazy.
Whether I’m hormonal or crazy, what is keeping me partly sane this week is to just roll with it. There’s not much that I can really do to “fix” this right now other than keep following my path. On any normal “I hate the world” day I journal, read, nap, and do whatever I can to turn my day into my own personal paradise. It is indeed frustrating to feel helpless on “fixing” me right now, but there are some things that I’ve committed to that are helping me to pave a path through this transitional time.
Paving a Path through Transition
Daily Exercise ~ Even if I’m feeling tired or having a less than favorable day, I still lace up my Reebok Pumps and head to my home gym to get my lifts in.
Eating Right ~ I’ve been consistently tracking my macros without driving myself crazy, for a month now. I give myself the proper foods that I need to feel better physically and I’m not restricting from things that I love here and there. It fits & it works.
Journaling Before Bed ~ Nighttime is the hardest for me (even though I’m exhausted) because my brain just won’t shut off. I keep my journal in my nightstand, flip on a lamp, and write out whatever is flying around in there. The next morning it may not make a lick of sense, but getting the thoughts out clears me up for sleep.
Yoga 2-3 Times Per Week ~ I love my PiYo workouts because I’m still moving, building muscle, and burning calories, but sometimes I just need that “off” switch and really slide into my practice. It’s hard for me to shut off and get into the mentality of yoga, but it does wonders for stretching & lengthening my body while I’m in a muscle building season.
Going to Bed Earlier ~ I’m a night owl. If I could do everything at night I would, but this week I’ve been in my bed (even if it means watching tv, reading or journaling) as soon as the kids hit theirs. I’m getting to sleep earlier and getting more sleep because I’m already snuggled in and comfy (other than the nights I’m wide awake following American Horror Story – Roanoke, I know you feel me AHS peeps).
Reminding Myself – This too shall pass. ~ Reminding myself over and over again that this isn’t forever, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel and I am going through this now to feel better overall, keeps me going. It seems cliché, but use that reminder when you’re going through something that is creating trials in your life.
These things are super simple to do and they’re also simple to forget to do. When you’re going through something in your life that tests your mental or physical strength, it’s easy to get swept up and let it take you down a dark path (I know this first hand all too well). Write these things down to remind yourself. Everywhere that you may need to be triggered to say, yes I can check that off my list and I’m going to feel _______ when it’s over. You’ll feel renewed and empowered to keep pushing through.
I’m excited to team up with Pavepara Clothing & Fit Approach for this post. Pavepara is derived from the Joni Mitchell song “Big Yellow Taxi” (you know … “paved paradise & put up a parking lot…”). It’s all about reversing negative energy and creating beauty & elegance. Just like those few things I talked about can reverse your negative energy and bring you back to your inner peace. Pavepara wants you to feel beautiful, inspired, and empowered when wearing their versatile clothing line.
The products from the Pavepara line are all made in the USA with the highest quality materials with consideration for the environment. The merino wool is moisture wicking, antimicrobial, and durable. I’m moving into the season when I’m working out in long sleeves and long leggings because it takes a little longer for me to work up a sweat when it’s cold. The bushtit hoodie is lightweight enough that I don’t get hot too quickly, yet keeps me warm. The silk cuffs create an elegant style for an every day wear as well. The talon leg warmers are perfect for my yoga days keeping my legs toasty (because no lady enjoys how quickly hair grows back with goose bumps, am I right? #Wink). I’ll be honest and admit that I tend to spend most of the day in my athletic wear, and Pavepara has created a line that is comfy for working out and lounging, while also being acceptable to go into public wearing!!
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What tips or practices do you use to keep yourself moving forward when you’re in a struggle?