What I Ate Wednesday: Accepting Your Bad Days

April 13, 2016

Hi friends, welcome to the middle of the week! I’m embracing the Hump Day mentality in full force this morning. Friday is officially on the horizon and I can’t wait.

But first, let me back up a bit.

The earlier half of the week was an uphill battle for me emotionally. I was in a funk that I just couldn’t seem to pull myself out of, no matter how hard I tried to keep my chin up. I felt extra in tune with the fact that life just keeps going on, fast-paced business as usual, yet I still feel anything but normal. And that’s a tough pill to swallow.

I called one of my best friends yesterday in the midst of my fog, and she said something that really resonated with me. She told me that some days are not going to be good, and that you have to accept that fact and allow yourself to feel the way that you do.

As someone who tries to be positive all of the time, and especially throughout these last few months, this really struck me. And it totally makes sense. Some days are not going to be yours… And that’s ok. It felt like a huge weight off my shoulders to accept that it’s ok to have a bad day. That it’s ok to feel what you’re feeling. And most importantly, that it’s ok to let that show.

And you know what? Once I accepted that I was having a bad day and gave myself some space and privacy to feel that way, I felt so much better. After work, I treated myself to a hot vinyasa class, a walk outside, and some TV time with The Voice. It was a breath of mental fresh air.

While I still have a long way to go, it’s little aha-moments like these that make the healing process a tiny bit easier. I guess the moral of this story is that sometimes its ok to be down, and sometimes you need to embrace it in order to feel better.

Clearly little me had no problem feeling all the bad day feels. Check out that face.

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Chin up, buttercup. Life is good. 😉

If you’re still reading this – you made it! Time to move on to your regularly scheduled Wednesday programming. Here is the breakdown of Monday’s eats.

I woke up for breakfast starving, per always, and made myself a big bowl of oats.

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Into the mix went Salba ground chia seeds, maca powder, half a packet of Nuzest creamy cappuccino protein, and a splash of cashew milk. I topped the bowl with strawberries, raspberries, and a big spoonful of Earth Balance creamy peanut butter.

This breakfast kept me FULL. Perhaps my scoop of peanut butter was bigger than normal? I’m not quite sure, but this bowl kept me satisfied through a morning of work and a dentist appointment, all the way up until lunch.

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I packed a big ole salad with organic spring mix, roasted broccoli, chickpeas, a hardboiled egg, avocado, and tahini turmeric dressing for my mid day meal. Plus a pink lady apple with cinnamon on the side. No new news here.

I also enjoyed a “lunch dessert” via vegan chocolate banana muffin. Check out Monday’s post to get this recipe, and nine other of my favorites!

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The rest of the afternoon was spent working away, breaking only once for an afternoon lap around the office. Around 3:00 I snacked on a Mint Chocolate RXBAR which totally hit the spot. I think this might be my favorite flavor!

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I also had a few almonds and walnuts for extra sticking power to tide me over through my workout.

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At 5:30 I met my mom for a super challenging Pure Barre class, and then headed home to make dinner. On the menu was blackened salmon, sautéed garlic kale, and roasted japanese sweet potatoes leftover from the previous evening. Since the sweet potatoes were already baked, dinner came together in a flash.

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I ended up getting a small bite of bone in my salmon, and it really freaked me out. I’ve gone back ad fourth with pescatarianism for a long time, and every time I get a bite of bone it makes me question my decision. The struggle is so real!

After dinner and taking a shower, I sipped on some La Croix and packed up my lunch to do it all over again in the morning.

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Before bed I had a spoonful of Essentially Coconut Honey Pecan Coconut Butter straight from the jar, but failed to snap a photo. Please forgive me!

Your turn:

How do you handle bad days?

xo, Bailee

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5 Comments

  • Reply Kimberly Garwood April 13, 2016 at 8:34 am

    I am so happy you were compassionate with yourself yesterday and allowed yourself to acknowledge that it is OK to have a bad day. All of these feelings, however difficult, are a necessary part of the healing process. I love you so much! Through good days and bad, we will get through this together <3

  • Reply Hayley April 13, 2016 at 3:42 pm

    Sometimes when I’m feeling extra down, which I have been lately, it simply helps to just cry. A good cry to just let it out and finally be able to put those emotions behind me. You continue to inspire me Bailee. Love you!

  • Reply Savannah Thaler April 13, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    Hi sweet girl! Yes yes and yes! Giving yourself the freedom to have those funky days can make all the difference in the world! Made my heart smile to hear about you being “compassionate with yourself” as that first comment says so well. You rock girlfriend. you rock on your “good” days AND you rock on your “off” days.

  • Reply Cindy April 13, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    Oh dear girl, there are just those days… Once in a while it is solved by retail therapy or hanging at home for a mental health day and spending time doing something you love. I know this is not an option but I used to go to the beach just to look over the vast sea with no end in sight and smell the salt air and do nothing! It solved lots! love you dolly and your mommy too! Hugs!

  • Reply Rachel Lane April 19, 2016 at 9:52 pm

    As a control freak, it’s so hard to let go and allow myself to feel bad. I totally understand!

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