bad mood? try this 1 simple thing! [+ giveaway]

katy here! fitlosophy's resident foodie + sassy boy mom of three, here to share my secret to snapping out of any funk! i popped right up out of bed this morning with a smile on my face and a skip in my step, ready to jumpstart this glorious day with a quick 10-mile run! no biggie. just an average tuesday. totally kidding. running isn’t my jam (i prefer yoga), there isn’t a lot of skip in this step (after battling a cold all week), and instead of waking up with a smile, i awoke with the anxious scowl of a mom-of-three who has no clue how she’s going to get any work done while the kids are on summer break. already, my outlook on the day seemed bleak.

on days like this, what i need is a biiiiig ol’ dose of gratitude to counteract the attitude, so it’s pretty much a given that my fitspiration journal will be tagging along with me to keep my perspective (and my ‘tude) in check throughout the day. because you see, what fitbook is to the body, the fitspiration journal is to the soul. it’s not all about the food, or even the workouts (although there is a spot reserved just for both, so you can still keep track!). the fitspiration journal is about your mindset, your mental well-being, which is just as big a piece of the puzzle as any. it’s about utilizing the countless benefits of gratitude to be the best you that you can be. here’s how a day in the life of the fitspiration journal turned my frown upside-down.

[check on the veggie garden]
i go out and check on my raised beds every single afternoon, talk to the plants, give ‘em a little TLC, but this morning, i felt like witnessing the miracle that is nature first-thing would probably lift my spirits significantly. what else can put things in perspective and give you a sense of gratitude like the ability to grow your own free, nourishing food right in your own backyard?? gratitude #1: check! 

[most important meal of the day]

breakfast is my absolute favorite meal of the day - and it’s always my biggest. i always make sure to #eat5 by loading up my plate with alllllll the colors of the rainbow, so i typically consume tons of fresh fruits and veggies first-thing to get a headstart. i attribute the fact that i quickly knocked out this little cold bug i caught from my kids this week to this healthy habit. annnnnnnd i think i just discovered gratitude #2!


[pool party]

can we talk about how extreeeeeemely grateful i am right now that we have a pool in our backyard?? hours of outdoor fun for the kids, and a little much-needed downtime for mama. they can swim, expend a little of their tireless energy, and i can sit and watch while getting a little work done on the laptop, poolside. win-win. most definitely my gratitude #3!

[work it out]
in retrospect, it probably wasn’t my best idea ever to start a hardcore new exercise program on the first day back after my virus-induced exercise respite. i definitely wasn’t the most energetic version of myself. but one of my little exercise tricks is to try to stick with 30-minute workouts, especially when they’re more vigorous routines. when i know i’ll be done within a half-hour, it’s sooo much easier to motivate myself to do it. so i got my #move30 in, i gave it my all and i felt INCREDIBLE afterward!! you know that buzz you get after a realllly good sweat sesh?? yeah, i was totally buzzin’ earlier. today’s goal to live life fit: nailed it!

[in vino there is gratitude]
what better way to end a great day and reflect back on how i shifted my outlook than with my fitspiration journal + a little vino?? not only is red wine packed with heart-healthy antioxidants like resveratrol, it also helps me relax and ready myself for a little shut-eye.

 

wanna win your very own fitspiration journal?? 
ok, all this talk about gratitude has us feelin' generous.
do us TWO favors to enter + we'll pick TWO of you to win:

1. VOTE on which cover you want to see on our next fitspiration journal, hitting the shelves at Walgreens stores nationwide this holiday season by casting your vote HERE!  

2. COMMENT below + tell us your foolproof trick for bustin' out of a bad mood.
bonus points: head to instagram and tag a friend to WEIGH IN as well...we are so excited to see which one our fitbookers choose!


14 Responses

Ashley
Ashley

June 20, 2016

A good minute or two of deep breathing and just letting go! I know I can’t change everything, so having a little patience goes a long way!

fitbook.nicole
fitbook.nicole

June 10, 2016

thank you ALL so much for participating in our giveaway! i am very excited to announce that the two winners of our fitspiration journals are Gracie M. and Michelle. :)

Rana Durham
Rana Durham

June 09, 2016

my tip is to bake a delish dessert. that makes anyone happy .

Michelle
Michelle

June 09, 2016

One of the best ways I break out of a bad mood is to do something for someone else. Seeing someone else happy or smiling usually does the trick and it is an instant mood lifter! :-)

Journeytohappyhealthyfit
Journeytohappyhealthyfit

June 09, 2016

A few things to snap me out of a bad mood….snuggling with my puppies, organize/clean something while listening to music I love and finally workout or go for a walk!

Jamie
Jamie

June 09, 2016

Looking on Instagram for inspiration and encouragement always puts me in a better mood.

Bree
Bree

June 08, 2016

Coffee always makes my mood better – it’s like a big caffeinated hug!

Babs
Babs

June 07, 2016

Prayer changes everything. That along with a good run.

Diane Z.
Diane Z.

June 07, 2016

Sadly I spend a lot of time in my car so I turn to music to try and keep my ,old up. Nothing beats a good old fashion walk though…

amber
amber

June 07, 2016

Music for sure! I also find that yoga and reading help, too :)

Gracie Camacho
Gracie Camacho

June 07, 2016

I look at old pictures to see how far I’ve come.

Kelly McDonald
Kelly McDonald

June 07, 2016

I listen to my favorite music, write and/or play with the dogs. Dancing also helps!

Arlene
Arlene

June 07, 2016

I hit the outdoors with my walking buddy. Sometimes I just need to walk and talk it out. I always finish feeling happy refreshed & renewed with an “attitude of gratitude” for having such a great friend!

Sonja
Sonja

June 07, 2016

Smile, smile and smile. It works like a charm. Maybe I don’t feel the smile initially but give it a few minutes and it already starts to lighten my mood! If I can, I listen to an uplifting song & shake my booty (these change frequently, “Happy” is one, “Toothbrush” another… Always looking for new ones!)

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