New Year—New Start

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2015 ended on a rather good and solid note for me, though 2016 was rung in quietly and with ample amounts of sleep! I do hope, for anyone reading, that you’re new year began happily, with an abundance of hope and prosperity for the coming days.

I turn 39 this year and to me, age is indeed just a number. But there is something to be said for those ‘milestones’ – you know, aged 5, 10, 13, 16, 18, 21, 25, 30, etc. It’s rather funny, actually, how we start to spread them out into 5-year increments starting in our 20’s, isn’t it? As my proverbial 30’s are coming to what is socially and chronologically considered their close, I have endeavored to make improvements for myself. Nothing major, and indeed I’ve already started with drastically decreasing my caffeine in-take, greatly increasing my water consumption and attempting to make better dietary choices without denying myself sweet, delicious junk food. I haven’t been able to run – physical limitations have been halting the forward progresses I had made there – but I have already established appointments to look into the causes of said issues and hopefully resolve them so that I can continue with the momentum I have building up.

Each weekend this year I want to DO something beneficial – this month it will be literally cleaning out some closets, purging what is no longer useful, needed or retain-able for sentimental value, and reorganizing my work space to accommodate a few things that are being developed – expanding my work with Chrysalis Creation and it’s Etsy shop which I LOVE and expanding my social networking there in through both its Twitter and Instagram feeds. My partner has started to home brew mead and I have to say that has piqued my interests too – something I can create, set aside to develop on it’s own through nature, and then enjoy afterwards with others. Exercise is taking a forefront again – especially weight training. I’ve mentioned before that I have a love/hate relationship with running, but I LOVE weight training. There is something tangible about seeing your gains and lifting heavier weights, or easily doing more reps that I just enjoy. Gains with running I’ve noticed are very subtle, and subtlety and I have always had a rough relationship.

I had to defer the 10k I was supposed to run this week due to the aforementioned physical limitations I’ve been experiencing. I’m not certain if it’s due to plantar fascittis, shin splints, or even an IT band issue. But I know I can get it looked and and any of those can be worked out. I’ve already started to brainstorm possibilities for running costumes for the 10k I WILL be completing in April with the runDisney Star Wars – The Dark Side challenges.

So to all, on this first post of 2016 – don’t make resolutions. They fail. Simply decide what you want to DO this year and get after doing it. The rest will all fall into place.

 

 

 

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Reboot 2.0

Recently, I have come to the hard and rough realization that my lack of taking care of myself was detrimental towards not just me – physically, mentally and emotionally – but also to my family and those I love.

I weighed myself today to a whopping result of 156.8 lbs on my 5′ 2″ frame. This is MORE than what I weighted at the height of my last pregnancy. This is completely unacceptable. I have a 10k race on January 8th that I havent really begun to train for, in part because I have had physical discomfort every time I’ve tried that I’ve used as an excuse to NOT do anything.

Interestingly enough, as I was pondering this yesterday and the changes I have to make lifestyle wise, a post from Wil Wheaton popped up into my Facebook. In it, he spoke about the seven things he did to ‘reboot’ his life. I found that it resonated  quite well with where I find myself currently.

I do plan to read more.

Tomorrow, I start taking advantage of the YMCA membership I have during my lunches at work to put in dreadmill and weight building time.

I HAVE to cut caffeine out of my diet, or at the very least minimize it greatly as a special treat. Being that I suffer from anxiety, caffeine is not only counter productive to my ability to control my anxiety, but amplifies it.

I have already started to increase my water intake, knowing that I have to do that a little slowly so as to not constantly be in the bathroom.

I plan on focusing on getting solid rest and NOT pushing the limits to burn the candle at both ends.

Reboot 2.0 in progress……