This is my motto this
year week. I’ve given myself time to throw a pity party about everything, and now it’s time to put on my big girl panties and move on. Drinking more days than not over the last two weeks finally made me crash HARD yesterday (woke up at 10:30, took a nap from 1-3, took another from 5-6:30, and was asleep by 11). I still felt tired this morning. It’s time to start doing good shit for myself.
The last couple weeks have been kinda like this – the awesome healthy veggie/hummus/turkey sandwich, but also the fries. And the not-pictured beers later.
#projectraceweight took a back seat the last two weeks. I don’t think I’ve gained anything, but losses have been minimal if any, and I haven’t been tracking my calories. I didn’t hit the gym for about a week. While my consumption post-cruise has not been reprehensibly bad, I’ve been forgetting things like water, vitamins, veggies, and some things have been fried or slathered in BBQ sauce or covered in cheese.
However, there’s no day like today to start again. This week, I’m hoping to remember what it was like to be at least a recreational triathlete. I’m ready to turn it up a notch, though that notch is from 2 to 3, not to 11 or anything. I need to start tracking my intake again, it’s the only way I make progress. I’m also ready to go to bed at a reasonable hour and stop pretending I’m in college again.
So, here’s where I’d like to reset with next week’s goals.
- Go back to doing the things that were working. Water, vitamins, veggies/fruits, tracking calories, 10k steps.
- Gently start a schedule again. I’d like to hit somewhere between 3-5 hours of things a triathlete would actually do (run, bike, swim, weights) on top of otherwise being active.
- I also want to start getting up and doing some of it in the morning. My schedule has definitely shifted to bedtime at midnight or later most nights. I’d like to start thinking of 7:30-ish as a reasonable time to get up, not the middle of the night, so I can do a little cardio or weights before work and still get there at a decent hour.
- Bike commute once. This is the week it happens. I practiced over the weekend and I really enjoyed using my bike as transportation.
- Go play outside as much as possible. It’s been really nice outside but I’ve been staying up too late and been too bleh to really enjoy it this week. Next week, it’s on. Also – WAH PAHHHH! I’ll be at the waterpark when it opens at 10am on Saturday.
- Volunteer for Packet Pickup for Cap Tex the day before (Sunday). Not doing the 5am wakeup call this time. Maybe even ride bikes there if we’re feeling saucy, perhaps?
- Stay on the 60 day schedule completion for my Personal Training class. I have 90 days to do it but I’d like to be done in 60.
So far, I got up early enough to get a quick run in before work, and I plan to hit the gym for weights after work before we stock up on groceries, so it’s off to a good start!
Here’s a few other things that have happened in my life the last two weeks besides vacation, work crap, and vodka…
Short Hair Kinda Care
Recursive me is recursive.
It freaked me the fuck out the day I got it cut. It’s the shortest it’s been in my adult life. I think it may have been the way it was styled or just the huge difference in length, there may have been a bottle or wine that night instead of the gym to cope. But a few weeks later? I love it and wish someone would have tied me down to a stylist’s chair earlier. The jury is out on whether it’s going to be great for training because it just sort of almost doesn’t go back (if I really need it out of my face it takes a clip and multiple Rey ponytails). However, I love that I can wash my hair in the morning before work, and it is mostly air dried before I can finish my coffee.
SUP Paddleboard Yoga
It’s hard enough to just do this… right?
I like to paddleboard. I like to yoga. I’m not particularly good at either, but I figured, why not try both at the same time? I suppose it’s the same logic as triathlon (why not suck at 3 sports at the same time?). At first it felt super awkward, but then I realized something – while some of the things I lack (strength, flexibility, balance, etc) kept me from succeeding at every pose, I tried it all. I found that I could get up into a backbend on a paddleboard. I got up into a headstand for about .2 seconds. I also fell in the lake three times and slipped on my board a bit as well.
One of the girls gave me huge props when she found out it was my first class. She said that she was scared of falling off. I told her I figured that I had been in the lake all morning, so that didn’t bother me. I guess sometimes it’s just about not letting the fear of
failing falling keep you from trying something fun.
Not all bike rides need spandex and garmins.
I’ve come to love my bike more lately, but one thing I really wanted to get into this Spring is using my bike as transportation. This weekend, we finally did that. We took a 5 mile ride on the cruisers down to a new lunch spot (and then back a little more slowly with full bellies). Then, we got a call that some friends were hanging out at a brewery 3 miles away, and we biked there and back as well (about 16 miles in total). It felt very Austin.
I will start riding my bike more. I really enjoy it. I didn’t even mind traffic *that* much, especially on the no-clips cruiser. We’ll see how rush hour traffic makes me feel but I’m ready to give it a try!
And with that, I’m off to make the most of my week, the show must go on, y’know.