People ask sometimes what I think about running for hours with no music (I rarely listen to music while running).
Well, this run didn’t last hours, but here’s an example:
(Excerpt from an 8 mile, soggy humid run):
How we organize our thoughts is important.
Why do we fill our minds up with so much garbage thinking?
My brain has been exploding with creativity due to this challenge, and I am so stoked to once more write and let all the crazy out for you all.
One thing that has been on my mind lately is what we fill our heads with. I'm not even talking about the subliminal messages that we soak in each moment from Instagram, pop-up ads, things we see, hear, and read. I'm looking at the thoughts we use consciously, on our own accord. Why do we not only believe, but entertain thoughts that knock us down?
Why is our focus on what we are not and not on what we are?
One action that both challenges (the #nospendchalenge and the #90daychallenge) have directed me to do is to write down what I have done well.
Not simply write. Record, rather--with the intention of looking back on it later. So I've done that.
The challenges are about building habits, so taking note of how you operate is important. I learned this last week that any more than 2 drinks (pinot noir might be the exception) will result in me feeling like a dumpster the next day- -solid information. I've also learned that structure suits me well in the mornings...after 1pm, I like my freedom. So that means working out, catching up on projects, emailing, etc. all suit me better if it happens before the afternoon*.
I could go on and on about things I've learned in the past week, but I mainly wanted to touch base on how what we fill our headspaces with and how we record or take notice of patterns on what we think and what we do well can help us.
Thinking crap thoughts helps no one, even if it's disguised in the context of self-improvement. Stop saying you failed if you eat like crap and start to notice patterns: when do you eat like crap and what might be the cause?
Change a garbage thought into a helper thought. I’ve learned I have no business drinking like the 27 year old I once was, and that's cool, because I actually hate feeling like a soggy bloated slice of bread after a night of one froze** too many. I prefer to be well-rested, well-hydrated, and mentally crisp. I could dwell on how many times I’ve forgotten my ideal picture of how I see myself waking up in the morning, or I could start to notice any patterns that occur when I go for that third froze** and why.
So, that was Week 1. Looking forward to discovering more this week.
*Really, this means 10am, but I have been known to start my emails at 6:50am. I dont do that anymore, because I would rather honor my daily schedule sections. More on that in another blog.
NOTE: For some reason, Weebly will not allow me to put my little accent over the "e" on frose within the body of this post. I apologize.
Why hello, friends!
If you've been checking out my Insta, you may have noticed that today I startted the #nospendchallenge.
It's 30 days of no spending, and I already spent money on an unplanned, but totally necessary
The other challenge is a fitness-related challenge that I'm unsure what to name/call. I am not trying to completely change my body; I like my body I do want to lose a little fat, but I want to keep my butt. I want to get faster and I want to be able to be better at weird upside-down yoga shit. Basically, I’ll be 40 next year, and this is my version of a mid-life (body) crisis.
These two challenges go hand-in-hand with each other, as I spend a lot of money on food and booze that I don’t necessarily plan in my day-to-day meals. With specific fitness goals, I’ll have to make sure that I’m getting enough protein and not wasting money on frose and aperol spritz.
I’ll be honest; as soon as I finish this blog post I am going to have a well-deserved Allagash White, my favorite beer.
That’s the beauty of these two challenges working in tandem and lasting more than say a week or 10 days.
A month gives you time to learn patterns about yourself. It gives you time to forgive yourself and try again.
I say that because I’m not just trying to make myself feel better for having a beer on the first day of my fitness challenge (I did buy the beer yesterday for what it’s worth); but I want to remind myself that no matter where this journey takes me in 30 days, in 60 days, or in 90 days, I am more than enough just as I am right in this moment.
No amount of money or fitness will make me a better person inside. The only one who can do that is me.
*Basically, always chew to see if the pedestrian/bike path is open on the Triborough before going up halfway a reaching a barricade in 98' heat.