Don’t Think, Just Do

July 27, 2012 · 6 comments


That’s what I said to Luke the other night when I got home from work, just minutes after he had changed out of his suit and comfortably settled on the couch. “C’mon, we’re going running. Don’t think, just do.” A minute passed and he hadn’t yet moved from the couch, but I could tell he was considering it. So I said it again, “Don’t think, just do.” And before I knew it, he was off the couch and lacing up his sneakers!

It was starting to get dark out, so we just ran a couple of fast miles. I didn’t have my watch on, and although it felt like we were sprinting, we were probably doing about 8:30-minute miles. That’s fast for us!

In the bowl: 2% Fage yogurt + apple + nut mix + a mini cinnamon roll. (They were in the office and I just couldn’t resist!) I usually always wake up early to workout because finding the time (and motivation!) to do it after work can be difficult. But since I had eaten this snack at the office at 5pm and didn’t need to eat right when I got home, it was easier to follow my Don’t think, just do policy.

And actually, by the time I got back from the run and showered off, it was time to start winding down for bed (I’m usually asleep by 10:30), so I made myself a cup of tea and didn’t eat anything else for dinner. Eating a non-traditional “meal” like this for dinner is new for me. I have reached a point (finally!) where I don’t eat just to eat—or because the clock says it’s time. I let my body decide. Being able to do this has been quite a revelation. I went through a huge, frustrating phase not that long ago where I’d really freak out and stress about what to have for dinner. What do I feeeeel like? What will satisfy me? What will make me happy? are questions I always asked myself.

Slowly I figured out that dinner was such a confusing ordeal for me because I was making it one. Who needs pressure at the end of the day to have the perfect meal? Not me. So now, when I feel myself starting to get bajiggity about what the heck to eat in the evening, I slow down my thoughts and wait until I start feeling hungry and ready to eat to make a calm, mindful  decision. Keeping simple foods in my kitchen that I always enjoy—sweet potatoes, whole grains, various beans, eggs, yogurt, veggies, good bread and salad ingredients—tend to make this process a whole lot easier.

When I have a small p.m. meal like this, I’m hungry right when I wake up, but that works for me because breakfast is usually always my biggest meal of the day—around 600 calories—and it’s by far my favorite!

I’m curious: What keeps you motivated to workout and make healthy decisions? Has anyone else struggled with figuring out what to eat for dinner? Tell me in the comments!

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JessieBearWhat August 5, 2012 at 3:20 pm

I know I feel like crap if I don’t work out, so usually that’s my motivation. Just do it or you’ll regret it later. Determination now or regret later.


Wannabe Health Nut August 6, 2012 at 6:12 pm

 @JessieBearWhat I’m with ya, Jessie! Skipping a workout is rarely worth the guilt that comes with it. Unless of course, I need to catch up on work or sleep—then I can justify it. ;)


ShannonSHinson September 7, 2012 at 2:35 pm

I wanted you to know that I thought about this very post last night after I got home from work and was in a crummy mood. I had “So You Think You Can Dance” on the DVR and I really wanted to just cool my jets while I was marinating dinner.  But I said to myself, “Don’t think, just do” and crammed in a 30min workout. I wasn’t all unicorns and kittens after that, but I felt good knowing I had acted and used my time wisely. So thanks, WANNABEHEALTHNUT!!!


Wannabe Health Nut September 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm

 @ShannonSHinson Awessssome, Shannon! Glad WHN could inspire you. :) Usually the back and forth of trying to decide if I should workout or not gets so annoying that I just DO IT! You can easily waste 30 minutes thinking about it. Curious: What did you have for dinner??


ShannonSHinson September 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm

 @Wannabe Health Nut  I made a dish from a Cooking Light Lazy Gourmet cookbook that involved marinating chicken breasts in lime juice before seasoning them with cumin, chilli powder, and garlic salt and popping them in the broiler. This goes with a side of corn, peppers, onions, lime juice, and cilantro.  I am a sucker for corn.


Wannabe Health Nut September 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

 @ShannonSHinson Lazy Gourmet? I NEED that cookbook! Sums me up perfectly in the kitchen. :) Recipe sounds tasty + easy, my favorite combo!


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