I have found that my state of mind makes all the difference in my feeling happy or cranky. Seems obvious but it’s harder than most think! Some weeks I set my mind to view exercise as mandatory. That means it gets done, no excuses. I wouldn’t go a day without brushing my teeth, eating, or sleeping so why not put exercise in that must do category? Some days it’s easy and some days I feel like I need a crane to get me off the couch! The weeks I’m faithful to my exercise I feel so much more productive and my self-esteem sky rockets! Just last night I just wanted to watch tv after the kids went to bed but I went to the gym instead. Halfway through my run I felt like a whole new person. The effects are still with me today. I often wonder why it’s so hard to get started then when it makes me feel so good when I’m done. Even though I love a good run, a good walk can be enough some days too. One of my favorite quotes is “When you fail to plan, you plan to fail” – Jillian Michaels. So my plan is be active whenever I can no matter how I feel or what time of day I have to do it. I will not talk myself out of it and will remind myself that I have never regretted a workout! It’s truly essential to my state of mind!