Whole 30: Days 13, 14 & 15 – Running with Intent

Day 13:

Breakfast: glowing green smoothie
Lunch: avocado, tomato, red onion salad
Snack: grilled chicken, dijon mustard
Dinner: salmon, roasted brussels sprouts

Day 14:

Breakfast: roasted sweet potato, pumpkin pie spice, coconut oil
Lunch: grilled chicken, steamed broccoli
Dinner: halibut, peppers, onions, salad

Day 15:

Breakfast: glowing green smoothie
Lunch: grilled chicken, kale, mandarin salad
Dinner: salmon, steamed broccoli
Dessert: coconut oil, honey, cocoa powder

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I’ve been feeling shy and a little intimidated at the gym. So I ran today! As you know, running has always been daunting for me (see: How to Hate Running a Little Less); it symbolizes the fit girl I was two years ago and my current “inadequacy.”

However, through yoga, loving and finding myself I’m learning to forgive. Forgiving gaining weight, forgiving the yo-yo dieting, forgiving how hard I am on myself. With this forgiveness and kindness to myself and my body I want to do things that nourish, fuel and better myself physically and emotionally.

Now with that forgiveness and understanding, I’ve decided to focus on conscious intent. We do everything with intent, whether we know it or not. We send that passive aggressive text with the intent of eliciting a reaction from someone, we skip meals with the intent of “punishing our bodies,” we apply to jobs with the intent of gaining recognition and success.

Today I set my intention before my run: completion. With this idea of completing the 2 mile trail, I forgave myself. I understood that my time and speed were irrelevant. I also understood that it’s OKAY to start SOMEWHERE.

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In the past I would’ve beaten myself up for running so slowly. But because I shifted my perspective and intention I felt accomplished and so proud of myself.

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