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!