Saturday, May 04, 2013
Not counting Friday, May 10th. I defend my master's thesis in biology next Friday. So far behind on getting my presentation done. Somehow I need to crank through it this weekend while feeling PMSy and stressed out AND co-hosting a "Cinco de Derby" party today! If it wasn't an annual tradition that means so much to my upstairs neighbor and good friend, I would never have committed to being involved with a big party right before my defense date, but this is one of her favorite days of the year, the running of the Kentucky Derby. I've always loved it too. I grew up watching it with my Mom and it is so exciting to watch the horses run, the outcome uncertain until the very last moment of the race. The history and the upsets and the valor of the horses all inspire me.
I guess if the horses can run their hearts out like the champions they are, I can run my own race this week and cross my finish line on Friday. It's just going to take some focus and commitment to myself.
One of the hard parts for me in these last few weeks of this intensely busy time of my life is finding ways to balance my commitments to my self. Fitness and healthy eating are major priorities for me right now and I can see all the progress I've made. I've lost 29 pounds! When I'm in a mini-plateau like I've had this week, it can be hard to remember how far I've come. Just a couple months ago, I wouldn't have been able to put in the 35 minute run I did yesterday (and it felt fairly easy! My longest run so far is about an hour, so a 35 minute run felt like a short, moderate workout. Woohoo!). In January I was just starting out with yoga. Poses are feeling easier now, I've been able to up the ante on some of them, and my range of motion is much improved. Especially as my belly fat is disappearing, it is easier to get into even some easy poses like child's pose. The belly fat used to get more in the way and I had to modify the position. I've been keeping up with some strength training even though this is not a favorite component of fitness for me. I've been committed to cooking at home since starting to count calories back in March. I've made so many healthy, delicious, quick meals and love the leftovers for lunch the next day. But all this takes TIME.
How to balance this commitment to myself with finishing up my thesis? It is going to be a challenging week to find time for fitness, cooking AND all the prep I need to do to cross the finish line Friday. I don't want to simply put on hold my fitness and weight loss goals, but with time this tight, I'll need to modify my expectations for myself. This will be the week to find the short cardio opportunities, instead of going on long bike rides or runs. Self-care, including yoga, I think will be vital. Not sure how to fit in the cooking I love to do and I can't quite face a week of heat-and-eat. Somehow it will all happen. 6 days left!