Day One ✔️

It’s the first day of a new month and a week into a new school year, so it’s the time of year when I try to fix my life (again). Why only make New Year’s Resolutions (that I can break) when I can make Summer Resolutions and Start of School Resolutions (that I can break).
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Quick Hits Before Bed

Trying to get back into this writing thing after a few days off!

  • Had a lovely dinner with Katia, J and J’s British parents at one of my favorite restaurants. Now have enough leftovers to last me quite a while!
  • Also had lovely dinner out last night with the grad program. Fabulous mac & cheese to cap the meal (which you would NOT expect at a Peruvian place, but YUM!)
  • Read a fabulous piece in Forbes about Isabella Boylston, which led me to an article in Elle about what she eats (which was fascinating in itself). But that made me realize that my favorite ballet people are on Instagram, just like any other public people. So I did a lot of ballet following today and my feed is better for it.
  • And because of that, I also did Day One of the ab workout that Jenny at Southern Savers started yesterday (so I’m a day behind). I forgot how much sit ups hurt my tailbone and all the joints cracking as I did leg raises. But I’ve got to add strength in addition to cardio, so here’s a place to start.

Trying to go to bed earlier tonight because I’m already exhausted and it’s only Tuesday!

I Am…

Every month, the health initiative at work has a different theme. May’s theme is “Go Write,” with each of us pledging to journal at least 20 times this month. Each day has a different prompt. I thought this would be a great way to get back into blogging. I get so caught up in trying to document everything that I end up documenting nothing. So let’s do this.

Today’s prompt is I Am… Continue reading

Springtime, ready for a fresh start

I think everyone starts the new year with high hopes of making big changes. During my January break, I was at the gym, in classes, at least three times a week and running after work and on the weekend. I was writing down everything I ate and keeping to my prescribed caloric intake for weight loss.

Then I got sick, the semester started and all of the sudden, it’s April. The last time I did laundry I didn’t have a single piece of workout clothing in the mix. I come home and mindlessly eat tortilla chips while thinking about what to make for dinner. It shouldn’t have been surprising that I’d gained back four of the pounds I lost when I was weighed at the doctor’s over Spring Break, but it was disheartening.

I could complain that work is busier than ever (it’s true!), so the last thing I want to do when I get home is go for a run or really do anything that doesn’t involve my ass on the couch. But like Tom Hanks said (in of my favorite movies), “It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it. The hard… is what makes it great.”

So, in that spirit, I started a new workout today. I know it’s April, but the goal and the days line up, so Six-Pack March starts now. The sit ups were harder than I imagined and my upper body strength is nil, so the push ups were NOT fun. But in a few minutes, I had accomplished the workout for today. Of course, the big test will be continuing tomorrow and then keeping up the momentum as I go back to work.

I’ve got 44 days until I go on my big vacation and I intend to make the most of them. Here goes nothing!