This is my journey toward a fulfilling life.
We’re rewatching The West Wing on Netflix, and two seasons in, I have two thoughts:
1. People really like to sit in dimly lit rooms on this show. I find myself saying, “how can they read in such low light” and then I feel like my mother.
2. Aaron Sorkin doesn’t really respect women all that much. He wants you to think he does, but, alas, nope.
In pursuit of my goal to read more actual books, I’ll be documenting my reads on here with a brief note about what I thought of the book. I hope to be honest about it and include my shameful no-brainer books along with some more thoughtful selections, but I won’t lie, I like the books that don’t require too much work, because my job requires my brain to be “on” all day and I like to escape sometimes into stupid and silly. Reading lighter fare before bed each night helps to clear my mind of work-related thoughts and keeps me from dreaming about what needs to be done at work or waking up at 2 a.m. to add something to a to-do list.
So, here’s a journey into what’s on my nightstand lately.
This morning was our fourth session with our personal trainer, and while I do enjoy bitching about being sore, really, working out in the mornings is providing me a lot of energy. It’s a good start to my day. I’m sore, but not unbearably so, and I feel like I’m really getting the hang of an intense workout, plus learning how to use a bunch of previously intimidating equipment.
Also, other than my beloved cup of coffee in the morning, I have only had water since October 1, and I have just had rare cravings for soda, but have held strong.
As far as getting outside every day, eh, it hasn’t been every day, but it’s better than it was, so, progress.
On a positive note, I’m wearing pants that are seven years old and I never thought I’d fit in again, and people keep complimenting my “new” clothes, so, bonus, free shopping in my own closet!
Jumping on the bandwagon a few days late, but there’s thing thing in October called the 31 Days series, where bloggers post every single day about something on the same topic, about their journey to reach a goal, hit a milestone, improve their life, etc.
This morning was my very first session with a personal trainer. I have a five page report in my car of my personal physical fitness, the result of a half-hour long test involving calipers and computers and a scary bicycle. A friend and I are doing this together, so it’s much less intimidating this way, plus we have accountability to get our asses out of bed to make it to the rec center by 6:30 a.m. twice a week.
Before I heard of the 31 days thing, another blog I read posted about something he calls “Aqua-tober” and giving up all drinks but water for the entire month of October. I’d already decided to do that (though I give myself one cup of coffee in the morning, a girl needs her vice) so in addition to my water-logged month ahead, I’m pledging to do SOME kind of physical activity every single day. Even if it means taking the stairs a few times a day. Something.
I’m also going to pledge to get outside every day, even on those lazy weekends when we don’t leave the house, I will take my son outside in the backyard to play at least once, or at least read a book out there.
It’s a healthy month around these parts. Let’s see how it goes.
(I just noticed I haven’t posted since June. It’s been busy. I should note that I have continued to work out regularly - go boot camp! - so I’m definitely not starting from scratch here. Just trying to get better than I currently am.)
Not a big surprise to find that after reaching my goal with the 5K this weekend, my internal motivation has begun to backslide.
"I ran the 5K, don’t I deserve a break now?"
Short answer: Nope. Gotta keep it up. It’s a lifestyle, not a temporary relieve from regular life.
Off to the gym today and tomorrow after work. In two weeks my husband and I head off on an amazing anniversary trip, and it would be nice if the new shorts I bought were just a tad looser. Let’s see what I can do about that in the next two weeks!
Last night, I successfully finished a half-hour run on the indoor track at my gym. I’m absolutely terrible at keeping track of laps, so I have no clue how far I ran. Oops. However, I’m guessing around three miles.
The thing about it was, it was not really that hard for me. I’ve been training for this 5K this weekend, and I have been continually amazed at my progress, since nine short weeks ago, I could barely run for a minute. The first few weeks of couch-to-5K were exhausting. But I kept at it because I could see incremental progress every day. So, what feels like a second later, I’m actually ready to run a 5K this weekend, and feeling really good about my chances of running the whole thing.
The idea of actually completing a physical fitness goal I set for myself is a little mind-boggling, but I am really looking forward to this weekend and being able to pat myself on the back for a job well done.