WELL HI, everyone. I am finally finding the time to update my very-neglected blog.
I’ve been wanting to come back and I figured this was a good time. It’s almost a new year, I’m at a new place in my life, I have several goals that I’m about to attempt to achieve, and it’s just been too long since I’ve posted on here regularly – might as well not drag my hiatus out.
I’m not a college student anymore. I graduated Dec. 14 with my bachelors degree in journalism!!
Surely this happens to most recent grads, but I don’t think it has really HIT me yet that I’m done. Sometimes I’ll sit down to read a book, or browse the internet, or take a nap, and I’ll wonder to myself if there’s homework I could be doing – a textbook I could be reading, paper I could be writing, test/quiz I could be studying for.
And then I remember – Oh yeah! I’m finished with all that!
I’m not in the greatest health. On Christmas day I was talking on the phone with my dad (yes…another Christmas without the family *sniff*) and telling him about the dinner I was planning on eating. I mentioned stuffing (obvs) and my dad said, “Wait a minute- Aren’t you eating paleo?”
I said, “HAH- good one dad. I haven’t eaten paleo in MONTHS.”
It’s true. Since mid-October-ish I have been eating whatever I want and not exercising. For many reasons, but mostly because my top priority was doing well in my class so I could graduate. Oh, and I started a new, full-time job at the end of October while I still had my part-time internship.
So basically, my life was all about 1) school, 2) my two jobs, 3) finding time to sleep when possible, 4) trying not to completely disappear on family and friends and 5) trying to keep my sanity.
Now that I’ve graduated, I finally have the time and energy to work out and go grocery shopping for meals, cook, etc.
Last week, I got the flu. Please, do EVERYTHING within your power to not get the flu. It absolutely sucks. Personally, I am regretting not getting a flu shot. I would recommend getting one. … I know vaccines are a controversial subject in many circles, so if vaccines aren’t your thing then do some other type of preventative care. Or heck … do both. I wish I had.
I feel like if I had been taking care of myself and my health better, than *maybe* my immune system would have been stronger and I wouldn’t have gotten the flu. I don’t know, but it was kind of a wake-up call for me. Now I’m trying to be proactive about my health by doing the following:
- I used to have an obsession with CrossFit, but after my snake bite and moving to a new town I stopped going to “the box,” as CrossFitters call CrossFit gyms. I FINALLY went back this morning and it was pretty brutal – the WOD (Workout of the Day) consisted of teaming up with a partner and doing Fran (21-15-9 of thrusters and pull-ups), Grace (30 clean & jerks) and Karen (150 wall-balls) – teams split up the reps among themselves.
I felt bad for my partner because this clearly wasn’t her first rodeo (e.g., she was ripped). I gave her fair warning that I was in pretty bad shape and she’d have to put up with me lagging behind (HAH). Thankfully, she was gracious about it and picked up my slack – I did maybe 1/4-1/3 of the work and she did the rest. We were able to finish the whole thing in 25-ish minutes.
Although the WOD was so difficult, I’m excited about getting back into CrossFit. I could tell that I have lost much of my strength, and I’m ready to get it back.
- I’m tracking my food and workouts at SparkPeople.com.
- I am trying to eat paleo (I’m super cereal this time…).
So, I’m doing this again … Going to give another shot at blogging regularly, and at giving a sh*t about my health.