July 2014 Recap

Winter truly arrived here in Canberra in July. While no where near as harsh at the winters back home, the temps and dry are can be uncomfortable. Here come the bullets…

  • Attended the Embassy’s 4th of July celebration on 2 July and visited with wonderful friends
  • Doubled down on the walks and started racking up the step count
  • Threw in some kettlebell and bodyweight work there at the end of the month
  • Settled into a weekday of Mom + Bebe routine and switched Bebe’s schedule
  • Bebe’s consistently waking once a night to eat with only the occasional night of two wakeups–primarily on days where naps were inconsistent or didn’t happen
  • Successfully had a couple of at home movie date nights
  • Bebe received a clean bill of health at his two month vaccination appointment and took those shots like a champ
  • Husband and I survived post-vaccination crankiness
  • Bebe consistently started rolling from his tummy to his back and by the end of the month, discovered his hands

Back to Basics

Hmm. I think I have a problem. You see, I’ve enjoyed not being in school for about two months now. To me, that has meant going out to eat (a lot), skipping workouts, and enjoying hot beer on cold days (like my visit to Heavy Seas for a tour and tasting last weekend as DC recovered from the derecho). These indulgences have translated into a higher weight than I like to be at and last week, my GP confirmed that my weight is nine pounds higher than it was in April 2011. At the time, I was trying out the Four Hour Body diet. I liked the results from the diet, but I didn’t like how much time I had to spend thinking about food. I don’t want to go back on it, but I do need to cut out the fast food and re-up on the veggies, legumes, and exercise.

On a related note, I’m headed back to the orthopedist tomorrow and am not feeling any pain in my left shin/tibia. Cross your fingers on being cleared to run. I’ll have to start slowly to build up some heat tolerance and endurance, but I’m eagerly looking forward to feeling that endorphin high that I only get from running. I’m holding myself back from signing up for fall races as I know I need to getting back into running R E A L L Y   S L O W L Y. I ended up with a stress reaction because I approached running at full tilt speed. Every run was a run for time–none of the slow run stuff to build endurance. My legs truly could not handle pounding the sidewalks…hence, the stress reaction. This whole thing continues to be such a lesson to me in how not to treat my body.

In trying to find more balance and not beat myself into the ground, I decided to hit the water (again). A couple of summers ago, I dabbled in whitewater kayaking, but ended the summer very frustrated. I couldn’t get a consistent roll down and never really connected with anyone else out on the water such that I could have a kayaking buddy if my friend didn’t want to go out. I discovered stand-up paddleboarding last month and am enjoying being back on the water without the stress of having to bomb-proof a kayak roll. I’ve already hit it off with a few people and we’re planning on renting boards so we can go out to practice.

We’ll see how the next few weeks go with re-upping on the basics–healthy eating and exercise. I have a goal weight in mind (certainly not the weight from April 2011 – that was just unsustainable), but won’t treat my body poorly just to get there.

Mid-Year Goal Update

Back on January 1, I set some goals for myself for 2012. Now that it’s July 1, I thought I’d check to see how they’re going…

Goals

  1. Train for the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run – FAIL. See every post about my leg injury for more details.
  2. Actually run the race this year – FAIL. See number 1.
  3. Use all of my outstanding Living Social coupons
    1. Auto detailing – FAIL. Ran out of time.
    2. The Mansion at O Street – Self guided champagne tour – WIN. The girls and I did this in early June. So. Much. Fun.
    3. 10 hot yoga classes – Sorta WIN. Sorta FAIL. I went to some of these, but ran out of time to get them all in.
    4. Custom framing services – FAIL. Didn’t realize I had to make an appointment on a Saturday to go use this. I can still use the face value, but I’ve lost the promotional value at this point.
    5. Three hour stand up paddleboard lesson – WIN. LOVE IT. More to come in future posts.
  4. Get back into white water kayaking – FAIL. Decided to SUP instead.
  5. Finish grad school – MAJOR WIN. I graduated with a 4.0 GPA and am DONE DONE DONE DONE DONE.
  6. Finish bathroom renovation (re-tile floor and paint) – Work in progress. This one will have to wait for the second half of the year.

Things that are not necessarily goals, but are on my “to explore” list are…

  • Possibly paint our condo – Work in progress. I started this a few weeks ago and am slowly chipping away at it.
  • Install hardwood floors – Eh. I think I’m just going to put in new carpet instead.
  • Run a half-marathon – FAIL. Not being able to run is really putting a damper on any racing plans I had for the year.
  • Start CrossFit – FAIL (for now). Not being able to do high impact stuff also puts a damper on pursuing Cross-Fit.

Looking ahead…

Who knows what the rest of the year has in store? I’m tired of trying to plan everything to the nth degree and then experiencing major frustration when things don’t work out due to forces beyond my control. I guess my true goal for the rest of the year is to be open to new experiences, not over think things, and just enjoy life.