So, the inspiration behind today’s post comes from last Friday’s post of one of my favorite bloggers- Sam @ Better with Sprinkles.

Her post included this image of a “Bison burger topped with melty goat cheese, honey mustard and pickles.”

better with sprinkles burger

This, you see, is essentially heaven on a bun for me because I am certifiably addicted to honey mustard.

To affectionately misquote Dr Seuss and take his words slightly out of context on the subject of a certain Sam and his coming around toward a certain dish of Green Eggs & Ham:

And I would eat honey mustard in a boat!
And I would eat it with a goat.
And I would eat it in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
It is so good so good you see!

And I would eat it in a box.
And I would eat it with a fox.
And I would eat it in a house.
And I would eat it with a mouse.
And I would eat it here and there.
Say! I will eat it ANYWHERE!

sam i am

You name it, I probably add honey mustard to it.

I mean, is it any coincidence you can spell all of the following with the letters in “honey mustard”:

“Her ATM-y sound” – As in, ‘cha-ching!’ Aka the sound honey mustard companies hear when I walk in the store.

“Mouth? Darn yes” -As in, do I want honey mustard in my mouth? Darn straight I do.

“Doh! Must yearn” – As in, what I say when I realize I have run out of honey mustard.

Coincidence? I think not.

Do you like honey mustard?

What’s your favorite thing to put it on?

What’s your favorite condiment?

 

Warning: This post is heavy on opinions, light on actual facts. Proceed.

So, while reading my favorite online news source yesterday, The Daily Mail, there was an article on how one woman beat her long-term depression with Zumba.

I. Love. This. Article.

We health and wellness bloggers talk a lot about intuitive eating and the like, but what about ‘intuitive being’? (I made that up, don’t google it, it’s not a thing. I’ll explain.)

I speak from experience when I say we all go through our ups and downs. Sometimes for longer periods of time than normal and sometimes those lows are lower than they should be. But why? Are our bodies and brains trying to tell us that something is inherently wrong with our lives, and that we need to take action, similar to how we get light-headed, cranky and stomach aches when we’re really hungry and need to eat?

Personally, I think so.

But the answer most doctors will give you is a pill. And if that pill doesn’t work, hey here’s another pill that will help that pill, however now you’re going to need another pill to combat some of the side effects of that pill, including but not limited to, depression. Sooo, here are 2 more pills, 1 pill to take care of the side affects of the 3rd pill and one to take care of the other side effects that result from combining those 4 pills. And wait before you go, here, take one more pill for good luck.

thats enough big pharma

Now, for the record I am NOT anti-pharmaceuticals in any way. In many cases, chemical imbalances should be treated chemically. BUT exercise is a great way to combat that sinking feeling for 2 big reasons:

1. Exercise builds strength and confidence. When you accomplish physical goals, it gives you a sense of control over your life. That new found control gives you the confidence you need to fix all the other parts of your life that need fixing.

And 2. Exercise releases endorphins and pumps the brain full of those feel good chemicals pills try to synthetically recreate.

Unfortunately, when we start to feel down in the dumps what’s the first thing that we tend to drop from our schedules? Yep, our workouts. Let’s try not to do that.

The moral of the story: Find an exercise you love to do and do it often. If you’re struggling with depression, it’s going to be a battle, uncomfortable and not all pleasant no matter what you do. But I think working to overcome it is better in the long run than numbing it. As they say in The Princess Bride: “Life is pain. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

Have you ever been through an especially low period? (Several)

How do you feel about anti-depressants?

How do you pull yourself up when you’re down?

So, in my family people are classified into two groups: “Sports-girls” and “Louisa’s”. A sports-girl is she who is good at sports, and a Louisa is she who is less athletically inclined than others. Most notably, myself.

The origins of the name is a very long story. One for another day.

To completely misquote Gretchen Wieners: “you may think you’re a sports-girl, but, you could be wrong.” You’ll have to ask your family or consult this list.

Top 8 Signs You’re a Louisa

8. Your family’s motto is “we may be crazy, but we’re not lazy” while your personal motto is “I don’t mean to be a grouch, but I’m all set here on the couch”

7. After a 4-hour hike up and down a Colorado mountain with your mom and sister, they suggest it’s time for sit ups and arm work and you suggest they have lost their minds

6. You believe there is a time and a place for squats. Everybody else in your family begs to differ.

squats

 

squats 2

5. At any given moment, if your face is beet red, it is much more likely that you have done or said something to humiliate yourself, rather than due to aerobic activity.

4. You dance around on the tennis court instead of paying attention to the ball. And everyone is always reminding you to bend your knees.

3. When given the opportunity to participate in “double sessions,” you hope at least one involves a therapist

2. While you consider it “double sessions” your family doesn’t even count that run they did earlier as a real workout

1. If, while on the phone with your mom at the end of the day,  you mention you’re going to walk a mile to pick up dinner and she tells you that if she lived in Boston, she’d put on her sneakers and RUN to pick up dinner, then you are the Louisa of the family.

I hope this was helpful.

Do you come from an athletic family?

Does your family exercise together?

Are there more Louisa’s or sports-girls in your fam?

 

So, I’ve been slowly getting back into running lately. And on my run the other day, I went 3 whole miles without stopping once.

What’s that? Applause? For me? Oh I really don’t think that’s necess- ok.

truman show bow

Anyways I listen to Pandora’s “today’s hits” station while I run, which is cool for the most part but sometimes it pauses for a few minutes for no reason at all. During these moments, it’s just me and my thoughts.

Most runners will tell you that is a very intimate moment- just you and your thoughts, listening to your feet against pavement, your breathing, feeling your body moving through time and space, telling yourself motivational things to dig deeper, etc.

So, what are my motivational things? Well, remember SNL’s Spartan Cheerleaders?

spartancheerleaders

I cheer myself on to the beat of their cheers.

Like this:

Mile 2, my music stops. My thoughts:

“Roll call!

cha cha boochie cha cha cha boochie

roll call!

my name is charlotte

(clap clap)

I’m breathing heavy

(clap clap)

but I’m still running

(clap clap)

so check me out!

…still no music…

cha cha boochie cha cha cha boochie

roll call!

my name is charlotte

(clap clap)

am I still moving?

(clap clap)

that walker passed me

(clap clap)

I might pass out”

Music comes back for a couple minutes. Then stops again. My thoughts:

“Who’s that girl who will not quit?

Its me! Its me!

Who’s that girl who wants to sit?

Its me! Its me!

Woohoo! Side cramps!”

Music comes back on for like, half a song then stops again. My thoughts:

“So you want to finish strong?

then run right through the pain,

although i think its safe to say,

you ain’t no Prefontaine

Prefontaine! Where is he?

I dunno, I dunno!

Prefontaine! Where is he?

I dunno, I dunno!”

And then the music came back on in time for the hill that I encounter at the end of my route, which isn’t fun, but the downhill part on the other side IS fun so it’s good motivation to get to the top. I purposely save that hill for the end (rather than running the loop in the opposite direction) because I heart running downhill that much. It makes me feel like I’m fast :)

spartan cheerleaders

What’s your favorite SNL skit?

Do you like running downhill?

Do you prefer hills in the beginning or end of your route? Or not at all?

ON A SCALE OF 1 to 10 HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT THE NEW ROYAL BABY?? (personally, I haven’t been this excited about a birth since that of Suri Cruise, which is to say, very.)