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I have heard so many variations on quotes about living life without regrets, and I have to be honest, I think its a load of crap. At 26, I have a number of regrets and I’m not afraid to fess up to that – I think I’ve learned a great deal from these regrets. That’s not to say I don’t wish I wish that I could go back in time and change things,  but, in a way, my regrets help inspire and motivate me.

For instance, when I was in college, I opted not to study abroad. The decision was based on a number of factors, money, fear of the unknown and more importantly pressure from my friend. My best friend wanted me to study abroad with her but I really needed some space that semester. I used the money story as a cop out so that I wouldn’t have to address the issue. Huge regret there, if I had been open and honest I would have spent the semester travelling. But I’ve learned from that. I know now that I need to do things for myself rather than my friends. I’ve also realized that what seems like a big deal to me, probably doesn’t matter much to others.

Another obvious regret is regarding my eating disorder. I knew from the beginning that my relationship towards food was abnormal, and I had PLENTY of people willing to  help. I refused. I wasn’t in denial (at least not in my mind), but I didn’t want to go back to normal eating. I wanted to be skinny. So I ignored their pleas. I didn’t care that my eating disorder was hurting others, because I thought being skinny would make me happy. Now when a friend or family member shows concern about any aspect of my life, I address it with them head on. I’m not going to lie and say I always agree, but I acknowledge there concerns and try to figure out what it is really going on with me or them. As a result my relationships are so much stronger.

The point of this diatribe is that we shouldn’t be ashamed of regrets – they are a growing point. Each road bump makes you stronger.

And without further ado, my recent eats and workout recaps (including an exciting new (for me) take on cardio).

Wednesday Eats and Exercises

I had to be in the office super-early yesterday, so breakfast was my go to parfait. Topped with the sweetest peaches ever.

I spent the day in Jersey so lunch was at my desk. How sad is it that two of my three meals were eaten at work?

BYOS – Romaine, Kidney Beans, Roasted Red Peppers, Sundried Tomatoes, Mushrooms and Avocado. Yum!

Finally a nice sit-down dinner, Pesto Shrimp Penne with sauteed spinach and baby bellas.

The pesto was freshly made, but not by me, by the wonderful people at Garden of Eden Gourmet Market.

My day didn’t just consist of eating and working, I also got in some great workouts. Starting with a high intensity interval training treadmill workout. I didn’t know anything about HIIT training until I came across this post on How Sweet It Is. Jessica gives a great explanation of HIIT and also some information on how to adjust a program for your own level. Since its only my second time with this type of workout, I kept it to a total of 15 minutes, alternating between 20 seconds at 8.8 speed with a 2% incline and a 6.0 speed at a 2% incline. I warmed up and cooled down with two 10 minutes jogs.

Afterwards I squeezed in a Core Fusion class. Have I ever mentioned how much I LOVE the instructors? Just kidding. But seriously, I’m obsessed. Kate’s class was fantastic and it flew by. It was an hour long but literally felt like 10 minutes.

Phew that was a long one. I have loads of work to do now. Happy almost Friday!!

8 Responses to “Regrets”

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet Says:

    Thanks for the shout! I love HIIT… well, more like love to HATE it.

  2. Angela Says:

    Haha, me too. But it is awesome. Thanks for the sample workout! I really didn’t have a clue of what speeds would work.

  3. Dori Says:

    I have the same study abroad regret. Oh well, we live and learn I suppose. I love how honest you are about your ED. Your old thoughts sound so much like mine used to, I can’t believe how alike we are. YAY fo Kate’s class and excited to see you tonight for Laurie’s!

  4. MelissaNibbles Says:

    I love HIIT training. It’s so much fun and helps improve your running speed!

    I hate a TON of regrets. I think people who say they don’t regret anything are jerks who just don’t want to take responsibility for their past mistakes.

  5. Lisa @ I'm an Okie Says:

    oh boy, I regret not studying abroad either. What was I thinking not latching onto something so amazing?

    I also regret not being confident in myself and my abilities and I wish that I wouldve started nursing school when I was in college–not now when Im older and have to work and have responsibilities.

    But you are right–you live and you LEARN.

  6. Missy Maintains Says:

    I totally agree about the regrets. I regret dropping out of anatomy after 3 weeks because I could have an exercise science degree right now. I regret not taking a full time marketing job I was offered in Maryland since I was moving to NY. Yeah and many more but I did learn from them! Your dinner looks amazing. I love pesto!

  7. Mari Says:

    I have a few regrets but I don’t think I have enough time to write them all down but my main one would be, not knowing what I wanted to do with my life when I was in college.

    OMG your din din looks great! I think it might inspire my din din tonight!

  8. Lindsay Says:

    I feel so much regret. I have regret about choosing to continue to restrict my food and putting my family through so many years of pain and treatment programs. I wish I could go back and change what happened, but I cant change the past. I so agree that you can have regrets, but your missteps in life often lead to improvements in your life that you could have never planned or prepared for!! :)

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