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Still here

22 Aug

Yep, I’m still here and still hanging in there.

My best friend moved to the east coast on Sunday, which obviously put me into a bit of a funk. However, I feel like I’m starting to come out of it to some degree. I have so much going on, that it’s hard to dwell.

My trainer wants me to focus on eating more fruit. So one piece of fruit a day. He doesn’t care what fruit, just as long as I eat something. So I’m going for bananas. They have the convenience factor that makes it REALLY hard to justify not eating them! When I am feeling peckish, I tend to go for bread or chocolate because it comes in a form factor that is quick, easy, and generally not messy. Fruit often requires some prep and can get kinda messy, so bananas seem like a good “no excuses” fruit. Maybe I can move on to other fruit in the coming weeks. 😉

I tried brussel sprouts for the first time since I was a little kid today. While they are not at the top of the list of favorite veggies, they were better than I remembered them.

At the gym, my trainer has me focused on core and balance work, to strengthen everything that needs to be strong to have good form while doing more complex moves. I kinda suck at balance, but it’s amazing how quickly I’ve already improved. We are also doing interval cardio training to improve my “cardio base” which is useful for everything, really. Because of my knee issues, instead of doing speed intervals, we’re doing incline intervals. I’m down. I love hiking!

My absolute favorite though is the weight lifting. I think I like the chest press the best, which surprised me. But it just makes me feel SO strong. I’m already seeing improved definition in my upper arms, which is exciting.

I had a little mental breakthrough as far as working out goes. I used to hate it and how much time it took. But then I had this little mini-epiphany where I realized that really it’s prep work. In every craft ever, there is a lot of prep work before you get to the fun part. Well here, working out is the prep work and living is the fun part. By doing the prep work, I burn more calories, have more energy, and am better able to move throughout the rest of my day. For an hour or two of work, that’s a LOT of benefit! And suddenly I didn’t mind the time anymore.