Hold my Hand

My sister and I are doing a 5 KM ‘fun run’ on Sunday.

It’s kind of a big deal you see.

We have never in our lives (that I can remember from the time we were 15… which is a long time ago but please don’t do the math!) been in the same place health and fitness wise as each other.

When I’ve been in shape and in a healthy frame of mind, she has not.  When she made her move to improve her life and her health/fitness, I was going down the path of self-destruction… a path I went a loooong way down.

Now, here in our 35th year, we are finally in a place in life where we are walking down the same road in the same direction… near about the same spot on the road even.  If you’re picturing that road, we’re so close to each other we could reach out and hold hands.

So on Sunday, when we run this race together, I plan to hold her hand as we cross the finish line.  We’ve worked very hard and waited a long time for the chance to do that.

Wish us luck!

Early Fall 30 Day Tune Up

Sometimes September is the unofficial start of a ‘new year’.  This year I was quite enjoying September being a continuation of what was an excellent summer and much as I tried, I couldn’t muster the ‘fresh start’ feeling.  That said, last week, a six month chapter in my life came to an end and I’m feeling very ‘fresh startish’. 

October 7-November 5th will be my 3rd Whole 30.  It’s time to cleanse the summer madness out of my body and get back to being 100% tuned up.  I don’t regret much of what I did this summer and I still managed to continue to lose weight and tone up my body but now it’s time to get serious for a month and jump start my system again.

Along with the Whole 30, I am going to take this same 30 days and get some other things tuned up as well. I’m calling it the Early Fall 30 Day Tune Up.

      One of the things I plan to do on my W30, which is what I did the last time too, is limit the amount of sugar items.  Of course W30 is no added sugar or sugar substitutes of any kind and that goes without saying, but I know I even have a great sensitivity to sugar in its natural forms, so fruit, kombucha, coconut water will all be limited.  It’s not to say they’re completely off limits, but I will be very mindful of my consumption in order to make sure I feel the best I can at the end of this 30 days.

       I want to run 10 of the days of the W30… that works out to a little less than every M-W-F.  My regular run is 2.5 miles.  On two of the days, I’d like to run my 5 mile route, which would bring my miles logged for the 30 days to 30miles.  That almost seems to work out like fate, doesn’t it? 

       I want to take my Florasil supplements and liquid iron supplement every day for the 30 days.  I know I feel better when I take them… especially the iron, so it stands to reason that during my 30 day Tune Up, I’d include that. 

      I want to be in bed by 830pm and lights out by 10pm.  I spent all summer on a completely whacked out sleep schedule (totally of my own doing and totally enjoyable!) and now I need to get it all reigned back in. 

      I want to be on the bus on the way to work by 6:53am.  That means getting up at around 6:15… which, if I’m lights out by 10pm means I’m getting a full 8 hours of sleep and I won’t have to deal with school children on the bus in the morning, which will make my mental health much better!  I do not enjoy feeling like I take a school bus to work! 

       For the full 30 days, I want to consider everything that I do and measure it against whether it’s going to make me feel the best that I can feel.  If that is cleaning the house instead of watching some PVR, then I’ll clean the house.  If it’s PVR, then it’s PVR.  If it means laying on the floor in Savasana while the cat licks my cheek, then that’s what it will be.  I want to make ‘rules’ for my spiritual and mental health during these 30 days also but I honestly feel that just approaching every decision from whether or not it’s going to improve my life/health/wellbeing is a ‘rule’ enough. 

I weighed myself this am and will remove the batteries from my scale and bring them to work for the next 30 days so I can’t check in on myself but the weight doesn’t matter.  Much the same as why I started this journey, and why I continue down this path is because I want to FEEL better.  And FEELINGS can’t be weighed on a scale or measured with a tape. 

Anyone who wants to join in the Early Fall 30 Day Tune Up with me is more than welcome!  Leave a comment and let me know what you’ll as part of YOUR 30 Day Tune Up and if you want to blog about it and link up, tag your post with 30daytuneup.