And off the tangent... Can you believe it's already June?! Where on Earth did May go?? Answer: it went in the books with my Pittsburgh Half Marathon PR, my Bedrock Trail Half Marathon finish (all I could hope for), a trip to Virginia Beach for a belated Mother's Day and some sissy time, a trip to Fairfax to commemorate Memorial Day, and a trip to the UVA hospital to visit the new mommy, Stacy. Not to mention the numerous (and I do mean numerous) 5am wakeup calls, 10pm lights out, and gym sessions. May came and went with more than it's fair share of self-portraits, but since I've practically exhausted that supply, I won't bombard you with
|Clockwise from top left: Bedrock Trail 1/2, movie date with Sissy, a little work action, new kicks, Pittsburgh 1/2,|
the dog I saved from the side of a highway, back day, and a sassy new physique.
Life got in the way. The halves took more of a toll on me than I thought. I spent the entire week after the first mentally preparing for the second. Recouping from the first. Then after the trail, I had to get back in the swing of (competition prep) things. It wasn't easy.
I did have every intention of fulfilling my goals, or at least trying my best to accomplish them. In the end though, they served as a blueprint for success, and I'm all about blueprints. Just think about that term for a second--an architectural blueprint is a foundation for a structure. It's a deconstructed building. Well these monthly "goals" are the breakdown of my ideal self, or how to achieve my ideal, happy self.
So while I can't tell you that I stuck to any goal every minute of every day, I can say that I've progressed in the month of May.
I had a goal to unplug from technology, especially during evening hours. I give this 50% effort. I started off with good intentions. I installed a sleep app on my phone to actually track my sleep cycle (movement, noise, time) midway through the month. I made a conscious effort to not have my phone out while with friends. But I still used it more often than I should. This may reappear on my list, but in a slightly varied form.
Cutting my coffee intake also did not happen in it's full form but I did spend less at Starbucks than I normally do. And I did have a few days with either only one cup or without any at all! How that happened
Increasing my water intake was probably the only goal that I feel I put in an excellent effort. I've kept my fridge stocked with various calorie-free beverages. Some favorites: sparkling water (typically TJ's, Polar, and La Croix--especially peach-pear flavor), Crystal Light, and Lipton iced tea.
|Vanilla flavored. AMAZING. Even better? Orange vanilla!|
|One month's progress|
|Slightly different poses, but the changes are there.|
Happy 1st Saturday night of June, folks!