Productivity abounds

The great thing about a rest day, is the next day you are more than ready to go, go, go!

After a lazy Sunday, Monday was a very productive day.

I got a great deal of work done, which is fabulous.  I’ve been getting my daily tasks completed but haven’t had any time to do any research of brainstorming to improve on my daily tasks.   I’m excited to come up with some new ideas that keeps my job fun and interesting, as well as helps to improve my workplace!

I did some housework, including laundry and cleaning the stove.  I hate cleaning the stove, but it’s a necessary evil.  You cook, you have to clean.  Bleck!  I love to cook, but cleaning, not my favorite thing!

And then I went to an indoor cycle class.  I’m becoming somewhat addicted to indoor cycling and I’m not sure why.  It’s not really “fun”.  In fact, it’s more on the boring side than any of my other workouts.  But it’s challenging, and I love a good challenge.  So I guess that’s why I keep going.  One day I want to be like my favorite instructor, who powers through a very tough 1 hour workout without huffing and puffing.  She sweats, but you never hear her breathing into the mic.  It’s quite impressive!

Today has been a day off so I’m trying not to lose my productivity mojo and get things done, with some time for relaxing of course.

I did some strength training at home with the Nike Training App.  I’m starting a new program and I think I’m going to like it – I’ll give you more updates once I do a few more workouts.

I ran to Target and spent a whole lot of money.  I mean, really, do you ever not spend a lot of money at Target?

And I baked some banana avocado muffins.  Yum!  Look for that recipe coming up soon too.

So all in all, productivity abounds.  While it’s not the most exciting two days in the world, most of the time life isn’t overly exciting.  So there’s a little glimpse into my daily life.

Hope you have a great Tuesday!

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Lazy Sunday

Yesterday I had a total lazy day.  I did not work out, I did not clean anything, I did not even leave the house.  My husband and I are both planners, and we had our day all planned out.  It wasn’t overly full, but there was enough on our schedule to make a decent and productive day.

But neither of us were motivated to do anything.  It was pouring rain, again, and the desire to go outside had left us both.

So we spent a quality day together.  And to be honest, it was great.  We rarely have days where we spend the entire day together.  I work on Saturdays and he usually plays soccer on Sundays, so we always have to work around our schedules to be together.  But yesterday, he had no soccer, we had nothing we had to do, so we just chilled.

And it was fabulous!  I did feel a bit guilty at times, but looking back on it just a day afterwards, I can’t think of a better way to spend my time than with my husband.  Especially since we both have very busy weeks ahead and there will be days where we barely see each other.

Sometimes you have to listen to your body, your mind, your spirit.  The world tells you to go, go, go.  To accomplish, to check things off your to-do list.  Every day is a sprint.  But every now and then you need to slow down, and maybe achieve nothing but relaxation for the day.  It’s a rare luxury in today’s world to be able to do this.  But if you can, and your body is asking you to do it, do it.  Guilt free.  Because frankly, down the line, what are you going to be more happy that you did?  Go get an errand done that could have waited a few days longer, or spend some quality time with your favorite person in the world, resting your body and your soul.

For me, the answer is easy.

No guilt on rest days!

Confessions of a goal junkie

Hi!  I’m Ashley.  And I’m a goal junkie.  I love making goals.  The problem is, the majority of the goals I set, I do not achieve.

This happens for a variety of reasons.  Sometimes I’m just not ready to make the commitment to the process, I just want the results.  Sometimes I overload myself with too many things to do and can not dedicate the time to achieving a goal.  Sometimes I talk myself out of trying (the fear factor).  But most of the time, I just have a hard time taking that first step to getting started.  For some reason, it can be the simplest thing I want to do, and I can not get motivated to get off the couch.

I’m not lazy.  Well, most of the time I’m not lazy.

I do have some health conditions which cause low energy and fatigue.  But honestly, I don’t like using that as an “excuse”.  I’m still in the process of learning that my body can only do what it can do.  I have trouble accepting that it can’t always do what I want it to do.  But I digress.

Most of the time, I just have so many ideas flying around in my mind, so many dreams, wishes, and goals, that I don’t know where to start.  And oftentimes these goals are conflicting.

For instance, I want to tone up for summer but I also want to make gourmet meals and tasty desserts every night (because I enjoy cooking – and yes, eating).

So what do I focus on?  Do I try my hand at a fancy soufflé or go to the gym to do some extra ab work?  I don’t have an answer for that question, so right now I do neither.  And that’s frustrating.  I want to do something, but I’m deadlocked at what to do because I can’t figure out what I want more.

Well, let’s face it.  What I really want is that rippin’ rockin’ bod and to be able to eat high fat, caloric and homemade masterpiece dinners and desserts.  But that’s not reality.

So I guess my goal is to slow down and figure out what is best for me.  Because really, it’s all about balance.  You can make a fancy not-so-healthy meal every now and then.  And you can eat healthful and tasty meals most of the time, while working towards that rockin’ bod.

Balance has never been my forte.  I’ve always juggled too much at once.  But as I age (I’m now the big 3-5, which is not old, but for women somehow it always seems to be a fairly big year), I find that balance is really what I want.  A little bit of this, a little bit of that.

So this is my journey that I will be sharing with you.  My journey to find balance in this ever-changing, chaotic and beautiful world!