April - Come and nearly gone; whoa. That alone should tell me that I'm not in my rightful place. I've had my bike out exactly once and the weight is creeping in. My clothes hurt and the energy level is in the basement.
Sounds like a real fun party, doesn't it?
I could provide a list of excuses, but it doesn't matter today. Today is the day that I treat myself like a fit, healthy person. No more pity party; it's time to reclaim my health.
I do want to thank everyone that shared their thoughts on our recent loss of Hawthorn (aka 'Alarm Cat'). It wasn't an easy time and - honestly - getting up in the morning is a quiet event these days. ShadowDancer has made herself available, but it's not quite the same. Hawthorn was a drill-sergeant that didn't take "No" for an answer. We all miss her and the quirky fun she added to our lives.
How about a few shout outs?
RJSAMS - Completed her first half-marathon! That's an amazing accomplishment!
BOVEY63 - Landed a job! Best of luck on your first day!!
HARVESTHILL - Getting back to the business of fitness and bringing her humor back to SparkPeople!!
_SASX_ - Back in the groove with the stickers to prove it; atta girl!!
HARMONYBLUE - Another friend that is back and lacing up the running shoes; always good to see you here!
MNGIRLIE - Another SparkFriend that's started a new job; hope it's going well!
My Mom is coming to visit this weekend and I cannot wait. Her previous visit was during Holidazzle season. She loves the parade, but it leaves us with little time to relax and visit.
Patrick and I are taking a REAL vacation later this month. We'll be visit the "Left Coast," and taking it easy. He and I haven't had a week off since... 2004? Maybe? Gah, entirely too long, no matter the date!
I need to do some real soul-searching re: work. I'm not happy and it's getting harder to find other activities to fill that void. Forty hours a week of unhappiness is a lot of luggage. If I knew what I wanted to do, however, I'd be doing it. I need to figure this out and make a plan.
I have charity bike rides on the horizon and, admittedly, I'm not enthused about them. I should be - I usually am - but this breakdown in my fitness has me feeling more than a bit behind in the training schedule. I also know that I cannot simply "catch up" the way that I could 5-10 years ago. My body has definitely expressed its limits in the last year or so.
That's a lot to chew on, and I know better than to think all will be fixed today. Still, today is better than a lot of days recently, so I am hopeful. I woke up, worked out and started my morning with my SparkFriends. I'd say it's a great day already!