Well, I guess this would be my golden post? 49 weeks into my 49th year…
Some different things have been going on lately, too. It’s been kinda nice to experience these last few weeks of the Galby existence.
I’ve been pretty consistent about exercise recently, pulling off a steady three workouts per week. My shoulder tried to register its complaint initially, but slow and steady got me through my ramp up without actually re-injuring myself.
A while back, I also commented that I needed to start getting my legs more involved in my workouts. I wasn’t sure how to effectively integrate this opportunity into my home-based exercise regimen, until it hit me: stairs.
Talk about two bird(leg)s with one stone. I’m running 30 flights of stairs three times a week as part of my regimen. 30 flights up, 30 flights down.
That carrot my acupuncturist dangled a while has actually inspired me to find a way to re-incorporate my favorite form of exercise back into my routine. Little warning twinges from my foot and knee reminded me to take it easy at first. Warming up to the fresh movements after a three year absence with 10 flights initially allowed my grumpy old joints to get accustomed to the idea of this repetitive motion again. Taking the stairs has actually been less stressful than plain old road running.
At the end of the day, I’m feeling great about this addition to my routine. It provides that ballistic movement to my exercise once again. I finish my workouts feeling like I’ve accomplished something. Not just getting sweaty, but also shaking off some of the mental drama of my day. Stuff that would have carried through with me to bedtime is just gone.
This is the part of running that I missed most. The piece that retiring from running most significantly impacted me, the mental benefit of this physical fitness.
I’ve missed it so.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m still the grumpy guy I’ve always been, but I find my grumpiness has more perspective now.
That’s helpful, like I said, less important stuff doesn’t remain with me. I’m clearer about what actually bugs me and can focus better on more significant frustrations…hopefully in order to actually be able to effect change.
All while quitting soda and significantly curbing my caffeine intake.
And no one died.
It happened quite by accident.
I was out of soda and it was cold, so I remained out of soda.
People were getting sick around me at work, so I started hydrating at work instead of grabbing a soda or coffee to drink absentmindedly.
After a few days, I didn’t want soda. I found myself at the grocery grabbing some bullshit hipster bubble water to satisfy my carbonation craving instead of grabbing a Diet Coke. Bad news for Coke stockholders, good news for me.
Before I knew it, I was five days in without coffee or soda. On my days off, of course I indulged in my weekly coffee time with the Silver Fox. Walking away from that with the thought, “Two days a week for coffee ain’t bad”, which was all the impetus the universe needed to dangle temptation in front of my nose.
It came in the offer of coffee from a co-worker. I love the message that I take away from offers like these, that I’m not an entirely evil boss. If someone that reports to me wants to take me out for coffee? I take that as a good sign.
Way better than someone that reports to me simply wanting to take me out.
Of course, I accepted – albeit with the admonishment to not spend their hard earned money on me. Hey, that’s still only coffee three days a week. It’s an average I’ve been able to stick to, too. At most, three times a week. It makes coffee a reward versus a ritual. That’s a good thing, in my book.
Also, sorry to you people with money in coffee stock.
But wait…there’s even more!
I was eating well, too. Don’t worry, that couldn’t possibly last. But it’s – once again – pretty much due to me being out of food and it being cold.
For those of you keeping track, the cold has officially dealt me a triple whammy:
1) no soda
2) ran out of healthy food
3) you should see my Double Oh C recycling. “Out Of Control” is the Chrisenese to English translation you were looking for there, BTW.
But I’ve come off of that week-plus of solid healthy eating with a sense of moderation when approaching things like hamburgers or pizza. That ain’t bad.
All this led up to two solid days of exertion when I moved last week.
My family were all out of town at the ‘Phew’s basketball thingy.
The Fox was helping his some move, and also being sick.
So I just did it.
I am a SNOB, after all…Society if Native Oregon Born. Home of Nike, so I just do it, naturally.
Bookcases? Moved – or sold. The new place is slightly smaller.
Ok, that last one was a bitch. But, just done.
After all that, I expected to hurt.
For a while.
But I just didn’t.
I’ll chalk that up to doing a lot of little good things for myself consistently. And that’s what this year has largely been about. That and accepting my present physical situation for what it is and fixing what I reasonably can while accepting – forgiving – what I can’t.
Honestly, there’s still room to fix or improve. And I will.
But The Brazilian made another guest appearance in my life the other night, and when he complimented my butt…I didn’t correct him!
“Alex, I’ll take Self Acceptance for priceless, please” – Me!
I can live with this.