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Wind in my Hair

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

emoticon Things are lightening up around here. I lost a tiny bit of weight and I feel less anxious as pressures from work and life have eased up. I enjoy working out and it is more fun that it had been earlier in the year.

emoticon I let my gym membership expire in spring and only since then have I started to take advantage of the wonderful resources available in my beach community. As I took to the trails yesterday I realized how much more pleasurable it is to get a workout outdoors. I’m searching for similar outdoor resources to continue working on my fitness goals in the new community I am moving to.

emoticon The pool in the new community is so grand. It is deep! I have been going to one that is shallow like a puddle and I can’t believe that two years ago, I was afraid of the deep. Every time I enter a deep pool, I still remember my original hesitation, but I hope that as I get used to the new pool, my fears will vanish for good. I can swim. I think I still remember my fear because swimming is a relatively new skill for me and I can still remember when I didn’t know how to swim.

emoticon Another skill that I am still learning, or relearning, is to listen to my body’s signals with regards to eating. I think I am getting better at it and the signals seem stronger and easier to hear. I hope this continues to the point where I never have to log food. I can’t wait to the day when I get what I need because I pay attention to my signals.

emoticon My morning routine has been a casualty of disturbed sleep and hectic weeks. My year’s goal for swimming mileage is in jeopardy. I need to figure out a way to get to the pool in the morning.

Next week’s goals:

emoticon I’m thinking my sleep trouble might be too much sleep. I have no trouble falling asleep, but I wake up around 3am and then it takes a couple of hours to fall back asleep. I am in deep sleep when I need to get up and it feels too hard to get up at that time, so I sleep on. Yesterday I had to make an early appointment, so I forced myself to get up. You know what? I felt fine the rest of the day. I thought I would feel sluggish, but I didn’t. Maybe I’m waking up at 3am, because I’m done sleeping. I don’t know, but next week I will wake up early every day and see how it feels.

emoticon At the beginning of the year I set out a goal of running one mile straight. I run more than a mile when my running spurts are added up and I’m at 0.75 miles in one shot. So, I’m going to try running one mile next week. It will make it easier as the trail at my new community doesn’t have the mileage posted as the current one does.

emoticon I forgot to read last week’s article: Read and reflect on the seventh article in Mind over Body, “Goal Setting”:
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