Musings of a Chicago-Born New Yorker

Get On With It

You ever have one of those moments where you feel like you should write a new blog post, but you don’t really feel like writing a blog post? I have recently found a cure for the blog writer’s block. It’s other people’s blogs.

If you are like me, you read a lot of blogs. My current ‘follow’ list has 63 blogs on it. This is a lot considering I purge my blog list every six weeks or so of blogs I find I no longer have an interest in reading. I’ve become quite attached to the blogs I read and people who write them. Most of them are personal blogs, with a few political, photography, and cooking blogs thrown in. Reading about the latest goings on in the lives of my fave blog writers has become a real part of my life.

There are times when I need more though. When that happens, I make my way over to the blog of one of you people who comment a lot on my blog. If you have responses for me, I know you respond to the other far more interesting things other people have to say. So I’ll go to a blog you read or recommend or comment on a lot. And every now and again, I strike gold.

Last night, my gold mine was a blog called Baby Kerf. I don’t read a ton of mommy/pregnancy blogs, but I love this one. And after reading a couple recent posts, I felt inspired. I felt like I should bring my butt back to my blog and write a post. I figured now was the time to just get on with what I’ve been avoiding talking about.

But before that, I want to talk about the husband. He was totally right about the long ass road trip to Virginia. It was an amazing weekend and we all had so much fun. I love his family so much, and spending time with them is just as high on my list of fun things to do as spending time with my family. I really feel blessed to have married into such a fun, warm, and caring clan. When I write my Fifty by 50 post about Virginia, I’ll explain exactly why I know I belong in this family. Two words: wine tasting.

Okay, I’m getting on with it. I’ve stopped working out. It wasn’t on purpose. First I was busy, then I was sleepy, then I felt stressed, then I was sick, then I was out-of-town. And before I knew it, two weeks had passed. I did so good from July 31st to September 14th, but it just went awry. It became easier to sleep and drink water and sleep and sulk and sleep and blow my nose than to hop around and do ridiculously angled leg exercises for an hour each day.

Even though I feel like a complete failure, I’m not out of it. I have learned a big ass lesson about balancing life’s priorities. Having this big wedding in Virginia to go along with the husband’s CD release party was just too much. I knew things would get this way before this part of September arrived, and I didn’t plan accordingly. The weather changed and I got sick. Things got busy, and I didn’t focus on getting enough sleep. Time got short, and I stopped making home-cooked meals.

One thing piled on the next and I let it happen. It was like a slow-moving car accident, which is never fun to witness or be a part of. So, I definitely won’t let this happen again. There will be many times in life that we will be busy and stressed and sick and sleepy. That doesn’t mean I can let my short-term goals fall apart because then my long-term goals won’t get reached.

There will be a two-week gap on my calendar. Luckily, the Tracy Anderson Method allows you to pick up where you left off without skipping anything. So I’m still on day 31-40, but I will finish it out and keep moving and keep on track. I don’t know if I’ve gained any weight back or not. Based on how my clothes fit, I haven’t gained any size back so far. I attribute that to my vigilance about my diet. I’ve been avoiding processed foods like the plague and not too many processed sugars or fried food.

Now that I’ve outed myself, and I can breathe a little easier. Yes, I faltered, but I’m picking myself back up again. I’ve learned a lot about how much my health means to me. I’ve learned about the best ways for the husband and I to handle stress. And I’ve learned that no matter what happens in the short-term, I can re-focus if I stay committed to my long-term goals.

Every day is a choice.

Every single day I have to remember to smile and exercise and drink water and sleep.

Every day.

8 responses

  1. Every day is definitely a choice – as is every minute. That’s a hugely good thing to remember, because it is so empowering. You have lots of control in your life, when you perceive it that way.

    Finding an interesting new blog is fun.
    Personally, mothers who cope well annoy me because I don’t believe it. I’d like to read a Mommy blog for newborns and toddlers that is more overwhelm and tears/exhaustion/stress, admitting to just how freaking hard everything is and how little most husbands truly help out, despite all their avowed lip service.

    Having caring/great in-laws is a definite plus. Glad that you had so much fun this last weekend.

    The best thing about working out is just what you leanred – that even if you stop doing it for a while, you can always go back and get into it again:)

    September 26, 2012 at 11:08

    • I love reading your comments. They are always so encouraging and filled with truth.

      November 8, 2012 at 14:24

  2. Very inspiring post. I do this all the time; I’ll start a diet and workout regimen and go balls-to-the-wall for a week or two straight then completely fall off the wagon, I did it again last week. And I’ll make excuse after excuse to not get back on the treadmill. Tonight my excuse is that I have to wash my hair. I’m glad to have read this post, though; I’ll try to apply this mentality to my myself.

    September 26, 2012 at 18:01

    • Thanks. It’s been so hard to stay on track. If you’ve noticed, there’s been no recent posts about the workouts… Le sigh, I have got to do better.

      November 8, 2012 at 14:25

  3. silverneurotic

    I feel strangely honored that you still read my blog, after you do so many frequent cuts. That sort of just made my day. 🙂

    I have not exercised once since I started working. Horrible I know. But I’ve been trying my best to eat healthy and my shift is pretty active so I probably do as much moving around as I do on a typical walk. If not more. My weight, for the first time in ages, has actually stayed constant for nearly two weeks-one of the lowest weights I’ve been since 2008 or so.

    September 26, 2012 at 20:09

    • I’ll be happy when I get to the “lowest weight” range. Right now, I’m still in the high range. Trying to cross that imaginary line we set for ourselves is nerve wracking, isn’t it?

      November 8, 2012 at 14:26

  4. Amazing how you take one or two days off and you get completely off. Luckily tomorrow is a new day and you can always start over again. I’m looking forward to reading about your trip to VA and this wine tasting. You can’t never go wrong with wine!

    September 27, 2012 at 09:40

    • I’ve been starting again and again. But hopefully the starting will just morph to continuing. I guess I never did write the VA post. I should, but I don’t want to offend my new family. We did end up getting a wine tasting in though and the wine was so great we bought a couple bottles to bring home with us.

      November 8, 2012 at 14:27