Hello FFABulous ladies! Last week I talked about the importance of pushing forward when life gets rough, and for me, that lesson was even more appropriate this past week.
As you guys know, I recently went through a divorce. Monday would have been our 2-year wedding anniversary and Saturday would have been our 9-year dating anniversary. I tend to dread this time of year and I started to get a little emotional at the end of March. As it got closer to what would have been our wedding anniversary, I felt my mood get worse and worse as my emotions got stronger and stronger. Monday was kind of rough; I'm pretty sure tears were shed.
Finally, I decided I was not going to let these dates steal my happiness and trigger out-of-control emotional eating. Instead, I pushed forward, kept my mind positive, and focused on moving on. Depression? Ain't nobody got time fo' that!
To help keep my mind positive, I made it my goal to move more throughout the week and keep myself busy during the weekend. In my opinion, exercise is thee best antidepressant! Work has been super busy lately, so I didn't get a chance to hit up my work gym during lunch. But, it finally started to feel like spring in the DC area, so Dev and I headed over to a nearby park on a few days and I walked while he played. This worked out great because he got some extra fresh air and exercise too! On other days, I picked up my weights and got some exercise in at home.
Keeping myself busy during the weekend was an easy task! On Friday, Dev and I attended a family movie night at his school where we watched Monsters University. I packed some healthy snacks and we had a blast. Saturday morning, I went to the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. Once again, my awesome sister, Lauren, snabbed some VIP tickets and invited me to be her plus one. Before the parade, there were donuts (eek!) and coffee available for breakfast. There were also bottles of water and Kind granola bars (yum!) that I stuffed in my purse for snacking on during the parade. I was super excited that there was a gluten free, somewhat healthy option! Hahaha.
This year the parade was taped to be broadcasted across the country, and our seats were right behind the main performance area. We got to be a part of the tv magic!! Lol. Justin Guarini from American Idol was the street correspondent and shot a few clips near us. One of the camera men also shot our section when he needed clips of the audience cheering. It was pretty fun. If you watch it, keep an eye out for the girl in pink with big hair. Check out the National Cherry Blossom Website to see when the parade will air in your area.
After the parade, we enjoyed a lunch on the National Mall with beautiful views of the Capitol and cherry blossom trees at peak bloom. In case you haven't figured it out yet, this was the second cheat I had planned for April. Along with an Italian-style lunch, there were cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake and ice cream and frozen yogurt from Gifford's (I'm still working on my ice cream addiction)!!
All the "talent" from the parade also stopped by the tent during lunch. I snapped a pic with Justin Guarini (why not?) and Branden James from America's Got Talent. Branden was adorable and he's super talented!
Right after the lunch, I needed to head to a kid's birthday party where I resisted eating more cake and ice cream. Lol. After the party, Dev was supposed to go to soccer, but we didn't make it in time; we were beat! I was so busy on Saturday, I really didn't have much time to be sad and depressed. Mission accomplished!!
Moving on feels good and moving more feels even better!
Do you turn to exercise when you start to feel sad or stressed?
Does it improve your mood?
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