Guilt.

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Okay….. before we dive in.. HOW FRICKEN CUTE is my little elephant baby!?! I had debated dressing up my little blondie as Cinderella–but once I saw this elephant costume it was game over. For anyone who knows me, and for those who don’t.. I am OBSESSEDDDD with elephants. Always have been. They’re the most amazing animals and I just fricken love everything about them. SO just picture me strolling the aisles at Target (duh.. where else would I  be) and literally squealing out loud.. Harper was embarrassed but I’m sure its not going to be the first time.

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I always want to be the family that dresses up together on Halloween (as long as Harper wants us to) so I made Stephen a lion, and I dressed up as the circus ring-leader (figured that was appropriate.. haha) We had so much fun trick or treating with great friends and Harper had a blast walking up and down the street with all of the kids!

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Now…with Halloween behind us, I’ve realized just how many conversations I’ve had with people (and myself) regarding guilt. Guilt is such a stupid emotion..  I learned through  majoring in psychology that guilt is an emotion attached to judgment. So basically, you feel guilty when you think you’re being judged in a negative way. Now, I’m not saying that I never feel guilty, or that people just should stop feeling guilty all together… I just think we need to do better at realizing where our guilt is coming from- and realizing that WE are the only ones who can change how we feel. No one else is responsible for how YOU feel…people are going to judge you no matter what- so why attach guilt?

Perfect example… Halloween Monday, I came in to work and there was a big Halloween potluck party.. people brought all sorts of delicious treats. I always preach balance when it comes to eating and working out so I knew that I would try some of the treats. Well.. I’m not really sure what happened other then the fact that I’m human, and the next thing I knew I had WAAAAAY too many treats (we’re talking brownies, sugar cookies, the works!) It didn’t even end there… I went home, got our costumes on and broke into the bag of candy for the trick or treaters. I even had a couple pieces before bed. Needless to say I didn’t sleep AT ALL, and was sweaty, hot and miserable the whole night from all of the sugar. I woke up feeling guilty (and extremely tired.) After allowing myself to wallow in guilt for a little while I realized that I was just wasting my time being guilty! I couldn’t take back what happened- all I could do was make better choices from that moment on. So for all of you who may have indulged in a little too many Halloween treats.. MOVE ON!! Don’t attach guilt to the choices you made on that ONE day.. when you can’t do anything to change them! Make healthy choices today.. get a great workout in and leave that guilt in the past!

Here’s a little workout help you sweat out some of the sugar!

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Dumbell squat and press

burpee’s with tuck jump

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Dumbell walking lunges

Suitcase Crunches

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