Treating Myself Well

For the past few months I’ve been joining Becky from Olives ‘n Wine for her Treat Yourself Tuesday link up. When Becky first started TYT this is what she said:

Do whatever feels best for you. Do something that will make you feel relaxed and loved and happy. Remember this is about treating YOURSELF – not your friends, not your family, not your spouse, not your dog – so make sure you really focus on you. Treat yourself well and treat yourself often so that you will become the best you possible and in turn be your best for others in your life!

Now, I think we can all agree that I’ve been pretty awesome (maybe a bit too awesome) at treating myself, but for the past week or so, I don’t feel like I’ve been doing things that make me the best possible me.

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As awesome as Peeps and Reese’s and PB2 is, I’ve been using TYT as an excuse to indulge and, in turn, I haven’t truly been the best me.

Instead of treating (or honouring myself) by eating well, I filled my body full of beer and sausages and KD and (OMG) butter poached lobster (okay, I don’t feel sorry about that one) and Easter candy this weekend. I mentioned yesterday I woke up with a migraine. I used to get food-induced migraines constantly, and I have a feeling my lack of care of my body over the weekend contributed.

So, why am I writing such a downer of a post when I’m supposed to talk about treating myself?

Because I think I lost sight of Becky’s ultimate goal: to be the best me I can be and instead I was just doing whatever.

Sometimes in life that’s okay. It’s okay to not over think things. That said, I’m 9 weeks (cue terrified screaming) out from a 50km road race and I’ve yet to successfully complete a full week of training. Halfway through my training program I’m still making excuses and skipping runs. I’ve run races that I haven’t fully prepared for, they suck. I also know I can’t fake a 50k race – not without doing irreparable damage to my body.

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I’m definitely still going to treat myself by painting my nails (my toes especially) and going to movies (I’m already pumped for Noah and have plans to see it with a friend either this weekend or next) and going to Costco (mmmm, Medjool dates) and the like, but I also need to treat myself by feeding it well (sorry frozen pizza), hydrating it (sorry wine and beer) and training (sorry tired muscles).

I’m quite good at going to bed on time (yay!) but I would like to be better at waking up early. I was great when I got back from Orlando, but then I kept on hitting snooze and was losing time in the mornings.

I also want to have better self talk. Somewhere along the line I got it in my head that I had gained weight. Well, over the weekend I took a peek at My Fitness Pal and realized I’ve pretty much been at the same weight since July of last year. March 2013 saw me at my lowest weight in 6 years and right now I’m maintaining well, so no more negative self talk about my weight.

For the next few weeks, I hope to centre my posts on treating myself by loving myself better. Sometimes when things are stressful it’s easy for me to fall into the habit of not actively loving myself, but I know I’m worth it, so that’s what I commit to.

Tell me: How was your week last week? Did you do anything fun to treat yourself?

Lest y’all think I did nothing fun this week: I met a friend for dinner on Friday, saw Need for Speed on Saturday, met girlfriends for brunch on Sunday and went to see Divergent with a friend on Sunday. So I had fun and did treat myself, I just had an overall feeling of ickiness this past week and wanted to address it.

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13 thoughts on “Treating Myself Well

  1. Last week, I treated myself with a day by myself, as I get older I realise that I’m an introvert and I really need people free days or I just can’t cope with life! I also went to the theatre and for cocktails afterwards which was great! Good luck with your training this week!

  2. I treat myself too often. I like to indulge in a glass or three of wine! Ha ha. Good luck with your training this week! Time sure is flying by! Before we know it, it will be June 1. (Hope the snow is gone by then!)

  3. I absolutely LOVE this twist on TYT, Ange! I am also guilty of “treating myself” while not really treating myself… as I sit here with a stomach ache :/ Everything in moderation, of course, but it’s important to know when to draw the line and make sure you’re making yourself the best YOU, you can be. Thanks the reminder and the great message today!

  4. So glad to hear you are working on the negative self talk. It is something I need to pull myself up on too sometimes.

    I was treating myself a lot last week with wine almost every night but this week decided I need to reign it in and treat myself in other ways.

    • I really want to blame the never ending winter on the negativity, but I’m not sure if that’s a cop-out or not. But, the winter has been never ending…

  5. Improving our self-talk is something we can all work on from time to time. Thanks for the reminder and good luck! Mmmmm… Medjool dates! 🙂

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  7. The hardest part is getting back on the wagon. It’s so easy to think “I can skip one run”… but if you think that once or twice a week, it starts to add up. Don’t push your body so hard you injure yourself, but often the hardest part of a run is just getting started!

    • That’s so true! When one run becomes two and three and four, it become a big issue.
      My rule is two miles. I must run two miles before I decide since I’m never fully warmed up until then.

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