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Done with School, Aug 1-10

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Wow, this free time thing is AMAZING!!!

Most of my days have been pretty much the same as the first few: work, hit the gym, then do something relaxing before hitting the sack. I'm getting great sleep.

At first, my husband and I were going out to eat since we had time. But the scale started creeping up on me so I had to nix that. But it was really nice while it lasted!

My very first weekend of total freedom was fantastic, too. I caught up on sleep (really shocked that it took over a week to feel fully rested, but it's been years so I guess I shouldn't be surprised, right?), and then, on a whim, called up friends and headed out on a bike ride. We covered 20 miles that day - woo hoo!

The next day we went to Six Flags for some mega-fun. I haven't been there in years! The last time I was there, I was too big to ride some of the rides. I was so embarassed and dejected after being asked to get off the ride. How humiliating!! So no surprise that I wasn't super-excited to go. But hubby bought us season tickets as my graduation gift, so not letting that go to waste. After waiting in line for well over an hour, I was scared to get into the car, but I fit in the seat and the harness went over me just fine. No embarassment, no shame. Just a fun-filled day of roller coasters and carnival games! Yay for losing weight!!
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Nothing as exciting as all that this past week, just really enjoying life. I took some time to buy some new makeup, which I haven't been able to do in awhile, and spent some time playing the piano (wow, am I rusty!). I even hit the garden for a little while and weeded out the 4-foot high thistle...I'm guessing the neighbors are shocked.
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Last but not least, my friend Peggy and I sat down and registered for our fall races. We are doing the Lake Country Half Marathon, the Tough Mudder, Al's Run (an 8k race), and the Lake Country Duathlon. I've never run an 8k or done a duathlon before, so this should be fun!

I am cooking again, though not with as much gusto as I used to. I'm hoping that I will learn to love cooking again as I settle into a rhythm. My routine was completely disrupted with graduation, so now I must form new habits. I'm trying to make them all good ones.

What do you guys do after work? What good habits do you have that I can adopt?
I'm thinking about doing a little yoga every night before bed. Anyone have any tips?
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RUNNER4LIFE08 8/12/2013 10:55AM

    My after work routine varies depending on the day. Some nights when we have sports I have to get home and start on dinner right away so that we can get out of the house on time. Sometimes I have time after work to get my grocery shopping complete, extra cleaning, laundry, etc....

But on some really good nights after work I can fit in another workout which always feels great!

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I am glad that you are feeling stress free and feeling like you have more time. That is a great feeling! Keep up the good work! And yoga before bed.... AWESOME! Great way to stretch and calm down good before hitting the sack. I should take your lead...

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