For my readers that have known me for a while, you know that around the time I started this blog in 2011, I made a pact with myself to get healthy and get happy. Since then, you’ve dealt with my CrossFit-beginner-excitement and my OMGeverythingPALEO and my development back into a saner person over time. (Thank you for that.) Overall though, I’ve made huge strides both physically and emotionally and things are going SO great in the land of Peach these days. I hope you can all see the degree of my happiness, because I sure can!
However, I’ve been struggling this year to keep up with the rigorous fitness routine I’d become so used to. My typical week for the past few years included at least a few CrossFit classes and either a few runs or some yoga. I was moving somehow, someway at least 3-4 days a week. Then I took running a lot more seriously and did a ton of races in 2013. I also experimented with the Paleo lifestyle and settled eventually into more of a clean eating way of life that I’ve successfully sustained. Because it’s all about finding the balance between when to eat this (click for recipe):
And when to indulge in this:
But we all know what inevitably happens. JUST when you get all cozy and warm in your routine, WHAMMO. Life gives you a little bit of this action.
Between my BFF’s wedding, work travel and certification ass-kicking, planning my own wedding and moving closer into town in EIGHT DAYS HELLO… well, let’s just say that my exercise routine has been sporadic at best. I had to cut my CrossFit membership in March, for multiple reasons. One, I was training for a half marathon and two, I knew April and May would be a flurry of activity that left little time (or money) for the class schedule.
But since the half marathon, y’all? I’ve done pretty much squat. And not hips-below-parallel-squat. I mean jack. Nada. Zilch. Hell, I’ve been lucky to cram in a 2 or 3 mile run here or there. When I dropped in at my old CrossFit gym a few weeks ago to bid everyone goodbye with one last WOD, I completed the push-up-stacked workout with vigor and nostalgia, knowing it was the last one with this crew. (sniffffffff) But then I couldn’t use my arms for 5 days afterward. I laughed through the DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) and kind of even relished the feeling. Wow, it was humbling to realize how much upper body strength I’ve lost!
Yeah. Ouch, that hurt.
Because my fitness routine has diminished, I’ve been careful with my diet. I admit it was a challenge with work travel and bachelorette celebrations and weddings galore. When I splurged, I enjoyed every second and every bite… and saw it reflected on the scale. I don’t freak out about the number (too much) anymore, but I know I’m not where I want to be… and certainly not where I want to be for my wedding.
And now that my moving day is being all ‘helicopter mom’ on me, I spent my entire weekend packing our entire 3br townhome. But hey, carrying boxes up and down stairs and moving furniture totally count as fitness in my book, dammit. Most of the big stuff is packed minus the kitchen, which will be tackled last. Luckily I’ll have my parents in town the weekend prior to the move, so I’ll have some extra hands with the remaining things like repairing nail holes and packing up the kitchenware. And my brother + friends are setting aside the move day to pitch in (love them so hard!).
What is next on my fitness agenda, during all this insanity? Well, my Nike+ app is reminding me that the coaching session I signed up for – 8 weeks prep for my next race – ummmmm…. starts tomorrow morning with a 4 mile run. GULP. Can I start it AND keep up with it during the move and the wedding planning? I’m sure as shit going to try! I’m also cautiously researching CrossFit gyms in my new area, but still debating whether to pull that trigger right away. My (literal) gut says it’s better to just take things as they come, because I know that my new place has a fitness center and a pool, plus it is very close to the amazing Atlanta Beltine – a running/biking trail that stretches through the heart of Atlanta. With such amazing FREE options at hand, plus race training until July, I think I’ll use the time to explore my new neighborhood and the Beltline on foot.
All this considered, I know that it can be a slippery slope to stay motivated during huge life changes, so it’ll be key for me to start a “new normal” and stick with it!
How about you? Ever have a big shift in your workout routine? I’d love to hear your experiences or any words of wisdom you can offer.
Till next time,