Thursday, December 8, 2016

Plan B

I got up planning to go to the pool this morning but got a late start and then ran into a neighbor (who runs into a neighbor at 5:50 am? It's pretty easy in this neighborhood), so wouldn't have gotten to the pool in time for much of a swim. So I came on home and went for a walk instead.

It's been quite awhile since I've had a pre-dawn jaunt, and while it was not some heart-pounding, sweat-soaked run, I enjoyed a great walk up and down some hills. I could get used to this. And it was a lot better than being pissy about missing a swim.

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Organizational Aspirations

Organization is an aspiration. That right there is the allure of the Container Store. And "organize" is also the Wednesday Word at DebRuns.com. You can read about how other bloggers are keeping it together by clicking here ↓

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When I was a runner, one thing I didn't need to organize was my diet. I was fortunate to not be one of those runners who gains weight while training for marathons. I tried My Fitness Pal back then and got annoyed when it kept telling me I was eating too many carbs.

Well, now that I'm not running, My Fitness Pal is my pal again. Particularly with the holiday season -- in fact, the impetus for re-downloading that app was my yearly physical right after Thanksgiving, which included a number on the scale that I found surprising (though I shouldn't have).

Have I done a great job staying within my suggested calories? Nope. But it has made me more thoughtful about snacking and not grabbing the stray donut that comes my way. And it has kept me out of the nefarious work candy jar.

So while organization remains the aspiration, even sticking with a little of it can be an inspiration.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

A New Take on Holiday Stress

I'm not having any holiday stress today. Here's why:

  • This morning's spin class was a tremendous time with kickin' music and a righteous workout. Thank you, DJ!
  • It's our office's holiday luncheon today, which is a really, really good time. We have a Yankee swap gift exchange and this year, we are having a bake-off for dessert. About ten people have signed up to participate and people are FIERCE about winning! I think my cheese wafers have a decent shot at the prize.
  • I made those cheese wafers last night. Cheese wafers and stress do not coexist. #choosecheese

And my sis was kind enough to let me know that her family received our Christmas cards, which means that those bulky things negotiated the USPS without gumming up any mail processing machinery. At least theirs did, and that's what counts.

That last line is to make them extra cheesy.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Squared Away

This is going to be a busy, busy week. So busy that I can't quite fit everything in. I was lamenting about this to a colleague and she reminded me that I was describing first world problems.

Which wasn't too helpful but I must appreciate the perspective.

Happy Monday and good luck getting all of your stuff, trivial or not, squared away.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stressful in December

Now that we have all that gratitude out of the way, I am thinking this morning about the most unwelcome holiday guest, stress. While swimming yesterday, this thought crossed my mind: "Whoa, last week this time it was Thanksgiving and I was running around like a fool trying to get everything done." (To be honest, the thought was more like, "Last week. Thanksgiving. Breathe. Better now. Breathe." Because I was swimming and breathing is my everything in that pool.) But wow, the Thanksgiving thought that pops up is stress-related? Anne, knock it off.

The thing about stress is that it pops up in places where you don't expect it. That's what makes it stressful. Holiday joy? Sign me up! But how do you squish the stress that goes with it?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Thankful in December

I took a little blog break because I did #ThankfulNovember posts on Facebook, where you write something you're grateful for every day of the month. That took up just about all of my writing mojo each day, and while you wouldn't think it would be so hard to be grateful, I gave myself some parameters:

  1. Limited bragging: "I'm thankful for my vegetarian lifestyle." "I'm grateful that I'm such a badass." But you can always sneak in a brag, like, "I'm grateful that there was no one at the gym this morning. Of course, I was there at 6."
  2. No gratitude for material things: "I'm grateful for my Jeep because it makes me feel like a badass when I go to the store to buy vegetables." The thing is, though, I really am grateful for that Jeep. And I did break that rule a bit when I was grateful for food shopping relatively unconcerned before Thanksgiving, and for spandex in all its forms after Thanksgiving. 
  3. Don't embarrass the kids. Of course I did manage to annoy Cora with my inevitable post about those kids.
  4. Try to be relatable. The best posts were the days when people would say, oh, yeah, that happened to me, too. (That's a lie, the best posts were the days when people said I was hilarious.) 

So you see, this was exhausting. But it's also fun to write every day, so I sure am glad to be back here.

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Rest Day

Today is a rest day. Back when I was training for running stuff I would live for rest days but now that I'm trying to do other things I kind of think hmmmm, I should be doing more. Particularly when I step on the scale because whoa, that trip to Miami last weekend ...

Well, I'll just have to go really hard at yoga at lunchtime today. Put a little extra oomph into my asana.