I came to Starbucks this morning to write and clear my head, while enjoying my Venti Pike’s with half/half and two pumps of sugar free mocha syrup. I came to avoid the lethargy that seems to want to rule my body today; I almost feel the lazy seeping through my muscles.

It’s impossible to really relax here, and my headphones are in the car. Bits and pieces of random conversations swirl around me; the barista is talking loudly and singing an unrecognizable song on and off. I wonder if that lack of musical talent is drumming up business or scaring it off. I do appreciate the enthusiasm, however off-key. A girl sharing the table with me is eating an Everything Bagel and I am tempted to grab the carbohydrate goodness out of her hand and run; I won’t actually do it, but thinking isn’t illegal. I don’t actually miss carbohydrates THAT much, but I’d be lying if I said I didn’t enjoy bread.

It’s the kind of day that I really enjoy. It’s overcast outside, and 48 degrees, which means it’s perfect for reading all day or napping. I’m trying to break my old habits however, so I’m making a plan to stay away from the house for as long as possible today. I need to get in some training as I have several 10K’s coming up. I run on and off, but I swear by fast walking on those events. 6.2 miles is 6.2 miles, running or not. My biggest fitness goal this year is to walk a half marathon; I don’t care how fast I go, I just want to go. Sadly, I have recently been diagnosed with lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow–most people that have it don’t actually play tennis!), so no lifting days for at least a month. I will focus on legs, core, and cardio for the time being, something is better than nothing. I enjoy competing with myself and being better than I was before.

My biggest mental goal right now is to break out of old mindsets and old habits: instead of leaving dishes in the sink this morning, I immediately put them in the dishwasher. Instead of leaving my blankets and sheets in a pile, I made my bed when I woke up. It’s the little things that really add up. I can’t expect change to come from anyone else but myself. I want to be the kind of person that I’d want to be with; I think I’m getting there! I have some definite positive changes going on.

I’m changing my body through exercise, but also through a low carb lifestyle. Abs are made in the kitchen, not the gym. I’m still working on that. A low carb lifestyle works best for my body and my PCOS (which caused me to be insulin resistant and gain lots of weight very quickly). Changing my lifestyle allows me to not fall back into old bad habits and flawed thinking. I’m changing my mind by learning new things about myself and others. I’m researching things I’m interested in outside of my profession (genealogy nerd for life), but also things that pertain to my profession, such as performance injuries/repetitive strain injuries.

Speaking of RSI’s–mine is hurting from typing so much, so I’ve gotta stop today. How are YOU being better than you were before?



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