Monday, October 20, 2014

phone cleanse

ALERT: I cleaned out my phone!

This mainly just involved deleting old pictures, old text conversations and old voicemails. It involved a little nostalgia, a little 'wow I forgot about that' and mostly just a letting go of the past.

Honestly throughout my old pictures there were a TON of screenshots. Why do I screeshot so many things to text my friends? Screenshots of Facebook pictures, random text conversations, etc. Those got deleted. For the pictures I love but couldn't store on my phone, those have been loaded onto the computer. Nothing lost there.

My text messages started back in 2012. And wow. Basically the deleted conversations consisted of the below:
  • Random numbers 
  • Too many group chats
  • Old Friends
  • Old Boyfriends
And the voicemails. So many voicemails from my mom. So, so many. Mostly just a few seconds long. "Hi, it's me, call me back when you get this. Okay, love you. Bye." The generational misunderstanding of the use of a voicemail is too much. 

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I highly recommend doing this. Not only is it sort of fun to get a blast from the past but most importantly, it clears up storage space on your phone. I know I'm not the only one who gets those pesky alerts that your storage is almost full. And I know I'm not the only one who has been at a concert, or out with friends or had a perfect moment where you needed to snap a pic and couldn't.

A huge tip: deleting old text conversations frees up a lot of space. So you can leave those pics, for a little longer at least. :)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

work out less, eat more

I have a new philosophy. Hint: it's the title of this post.

It's backwards, right?

I know, it's reversed. Allow me to explain…with the help of Mindy Kaling's facial expressions.

So…work out…less?

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Let's start here: I am a workout nut. As in, I cancel plans because I "need" to go to the gym. I deprive myself of enough sleep because I "need" to wake up early and, you guessed it,  go to the gym.

I work out a lot during the week. Like, I 'go hard' Monday through Thursday. I do this because I have an idea in my head that it makes up for my lack of structured exercise on the weekends. Four days of working out in a row is usually just too much and then I take it one step further. Instead of 'going hard' one day (ex. HIIT) and focusing on strength or stretching the next, I go hard for all 4 of those a row.

Don't get me wrong, I enjoy working out. I enjoy the endorphins. I enjoy sweating. I enjoy feeling strong.

But I'm realizing, I'm not listening to my body.


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I am no waif. I'm certainly not a girl who needs to gain weight. So, again, allow me to explain.

I'm going to start by telling you a secret. I know that by the time you're reading this, this will be published, publicly and no longer a secret. But, let's call it a secret.

I am a relatively healthy eater, but I'm realizing, I've been depriving myself. This depravation causes, what I'll refer to as, binging.  And sometimes, sometimes I get so hungry that I sit down and will literally eat myself sick. I will eat until the point of physical pain. Writing that sentence was hard and, when put in writing, sounds incredibly unhealthy. If you have the power to stop eating when you're actually full, I commend you.

I need to listen to my body. If I'm hungry, eat. Make balanced, healthy choices but, eat. If I eat a well-balanced meal at each meal, I will have no reason to overeat.

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So here's what I'm doing now.

I'm exercising for 2 days in a row (ok - sometimes 3, depending on my schedule) and I'm going to 'go hard' (I suppose this is my way of saying, cardio) 1 day and then strength/stretch the next day. And the following day, I am going to REST. Maybe I'll take a long walk home from work, or maybe I'll grab a drink with a friend, but I'm going to

And about that eat more part? I'm eating more at each meal and including a protein, a fat and a carb.

I started this new exercise and meal regimen last week and here's what I've noticed:

Without giving myself strict exercise rules and depriving myself, I'm listening to my body more. By eating more at meals - I'm actually eating less throughout the day. And by working out less I'm also less hungry and I still feel great.

Let me end on this note: these are changes that work for me.

The common thread is this: listen to what your body is telling you.

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Good things happen when you're kind to yourself.