Today was cardio day, I woke up not really knowing what I wanted to do for that. Do I run outside? treadmill, bike, treadmill and bike? And did I feel like a walk, walk run, hills or intervals.... Ah too much to think about....
"I wonder if I need to bake more cookies?" I open the cupboard and yes, cookies were gone. There's almost always fresh baked cookies in my house, and these aren't for the kids because I have none. As I realized that in fact, if there's no cookies in the cupboard I instantly make more, I wondered about myself for a moment, do I bake too much?
Lot's of things go through my mind, is it healthy to bake this much? Is it unhealthy to bake this much? Do I even need to be thinking about this?
I need to lose weight for another fitness competition in May; do I bake too much for someone who's trying to lose weight?
Sigh...my inner voice says "just bake, and figure this out later"
As I bake I think about what's going on for me. I bake because "man" as I commonly refer to my husband, loves cookies, but more importantly he loves my cookies. It's something I can do for him that will make him smile. Baking makes me feel like I've accomplished something, there's a product at the end, which I can enjoy. The smell, ah, there's a comfort there that makes me feel safe and secure.
I really do love baking, it's relaxing, it's fun and when I'm having a really bad day, it's one thing that gets me moving, and makes me feel better, and when I have days I feel like I suck at it everything else, it's one of two things I know I do well (working out being the other).
It's comforting to know there's fresh chocolate chip cookies in the cupboard too, that comfort can have a positive impact on my mood and my atmosphere. Let's be clear these aren't show cookies, I do eat them and I thoroughly enjoy every bite!
Interestingly, after I finished baking my cookies, it was a simple decision to go down to the treadmill and run hills while watching a show.
Baking just cleared my mind and allowed me to make a decision on my workout.
While on the treadmill I reflected on baking and how often I do it, yes I probably bake more than most, although I'm not entirely sure about that. Does it matter? Does it matter how much bake, if over all I'm healthy, and it brings a smile to my face, and those faces around me?
No, what matters is what's important to me.
So do your workouts, do your baking, enjoy your baking, and be happier and healthier for it!
Have fun my fabulous friends, because you should!
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