Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Turning Things Around

Ever have one of those months (or years) where you just feel as though you are constantly falling behind on everything?

Yeah. That's kind of where I am right now with everything - work, life, the blog....everything just keeps getting away from me.

Working 7 days a week is killing my soul. I have no time for friends, family, or any real rest and relaxation. I swore that I would take a day off at least every other week, but so far, that hasn't happened. Just taking the weekend off to run Ragnar this past weekend resulted in several lectures from work about what is expected of me if I want to continue working. The little time I have away from work is spent trying to complete necessary life stuff - buying groceries, doing laundry, washing dishes, paying bills - but even that feels like I'm constantly trying to catch up to where I should be.

I still work every day this week, but my hours are thankfully a bit more manageable this week, allowing me to get caught up on some basic chores like laundry and dishes, as well as finally going in for an injury screening to see what is going on with my foot and leg.

In terms of the blog, I still need to post my recap from both the Soldier Field 10 Mile and Run for the Zoo 5k. I also need to write up my experience running the Ragnar Relay this past weekend. Then, I have a big announcement that I was hoping to post about weeks ago. So...yeah...I need to start typing!

And with everything else...well, it has been a little rough, lately. My nutrition has been just awful, and I've started to regain the weight that I lost last year, which means that few of my clothes fit anymore. It is really disheartening waking up and putting on your favorite shirt only to discover that the shirt is now a full size too small.

I'm working to start turning things around. I've made nutrition a priority this week to get me back on the healthy eating bandwagon. Even without taking my weight into consideration, I've just generally been feeling awful and sluggish and bloated, due largely to all the processed junk I've been eating. I spent last night meal planning and went to the grocery store to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables for the week, as well as some lean protein.

Additionally, I scheduled my workouts for the week, so I get reminders on my phone about not just when I'm working out, but also what exactly I should be doing. Even running has become a bit of a chore in recent weeks, and it is a struggle to get out and put in my miles, and I often find myself only halfheartedly doing the necessary work, which has resulted in me becoming slower and losing some endurance. Having a daily reminder about a run/workout is already proving helpful, as it got me out of bed this morning to tackle some hills.

Basically, I've made some really bad choices that have affect my well being, and it is time to turn things around. I have a plan and have enlisted the help of some friends. Wish me luck! I have a lot of work ahead of me.

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