When you are stuck in a rut…

When I was planning my blog post for the week, I had in my head that I was going to do a Dietetic Internship update and talk about all of my exciting National Nutrition Month activities from this month. I’ll definitely do a post on this but it is going to sit on the back burner until next week.

As I have shared here on my blog several times, I have a lot on my plate working as a Dietetic Intern and going to graduate school. Between work, school, assignments, papers, and everything in between, it feels like this semester has sucked the lift out of me. I felt like my mantra was “work, sleep, homework, repeat”. I wasn’t feeling like myself and I even skipped out on going to the gym for two full weeks (which is 100% not like me- exercise is my stress reliever and boost of energy)

This lack of motivation and “blah” feeling really hit me a few weeks ago. I had to get back to my workouts to relieve some stress and give me a jolt of energy. Clearly my typical routine of going to the same gym everyday after work and doing my Kayla Itsines BBG circuit training wasn’t working so I decided to try something new.

In the past, I have found group fitness classes are much more motivating than working out alone. The energy of all the people around me always motivates me so I thought this would be a good place to start. I frequent yoga and spinning classes, but in order to pull me out of my rut I had to jump outside my comfort zone. The solution: find every fitness studio in Cleveland that offers a free first time class and give it a shot.

…And that is exactly what I have been doing. In the last week I went boxing for the first time (something I never thought I would do) and tried out a climbing class on a versa-climber (which, holy s***, was the hardest 30 minutes ever!). Since the weather has been a little bit nicer this week (ie. The sun made a few appearances), I have also been able to go for a few runs outside. Boy, does fresh air do wonders for your mood and energy.

To be completely honest, the last week has been amazing. I feel like a new person, I have so much more energy, my friends can’t get me to shut up about my new favorite workout classes, and I also happened to get some exciting news this week (tune in to next week’s post to find out!).

What is the point of all this and why should you care about my rut?

Well, because I think I can confidently say that everyone falls into a rut at some point. We are all busy with dozens of responsibilities being pulled in dozens of directions that sometimes cause us to get burnt out and lose motivation. Maybe you lose motivation to workout (like me), but maybe it is your schoolwork, job, or something else.

If you get stuck in a rut, don’t just sit down there. Figure out how to pull yourself out. There is no way that we can all be motivated all the time. Einstein famously said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results”. If what you are doing now isn’t working then try something new…something that excites you or makes you feel good. Even just stepping outside for 30 minutes a day to get some fresh air can completely change your mood. It might not be easy to step outside your “normal” but it can definitely be worth it!

‘Tis the Apple Picking Season

It can’t be fall without going apple picking. So with October right around the corner, some friends and I set out to pick some juicy apples this morning.

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This is the third year in a row that we have had an apple picking adventure, but this year was definitely the best. It wasn’t muddy, I didn’t need a coat or gloves, and it wasn’t too hot: it was the perfect fall day with bright blue skies (and I got to break in my new boots 🙂 ). Best of all, the apples were delicious!

I’ve spent a few too many hours on Pinterest this week researching what new apple recipes I could try. After much scrolling and pinning, I decided to attempt making cinnamon sugar apple chips, and they were AMAZING! If you are looking for a sweet fall snack, I highly recommend trying these!

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Besides trying new recipes, here are some of my favorite reasons to go apple picking:

  • The apples are fresh! The apples you pick go straight from the tree to your kitchen. They haven’t sat on a truck or grocery store shelf for several days. This means they probably taste better, too!
  • You get to talk to the farmers that grow the apples. Learn about the pesticides they use to keep the apples healthy and which varieties are best for eating, baking, sauces, and pies.
  • Apples are a great source of fiber and phytochemicals. Remember, an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
  • You save money. Most of the time, it is cheaper to pick your own apples. At the farm I went to today, it was $1 per pound!
  • Enjoy the great outdoors. Too often I find myself staying in all day studying so apple picking is a great excuse to spend some time outside. Not to mention, there have been some studies that show fresh air improves brain function and strengthens the immune system!

What are you waiting for? Go out and pick some apples! Happy Fall!