Wednesday, November 5, 2008

A Post-Election High? Maybe. Or Is It The Weather?

I’m going to bed a little early tonight since I stayed up until 1 a.m. last night/this morning watching election returns and listening to concession and acceptance speeches. No matter which way you float, last night was historic. I stay awake for very few things – I’m pretty wedded to my sleep schedule – but new grandbabies and presidential elections will keep me up.

I was up before 7 a.m., ready for a new day. I ate a half cup of Greek yogurt with some stevia and a plum cut up in the bowl, and two egg whites cooked and stuffed between a Thomas’ lite English muffin and topped with a few slices of tomato and a side of my favorite condiment combo: mustard and ketchup. Simple is best in Lynn World.

I got a little sleepy around 9 a.m. after checking blogs, answering emails and reading more news. But I had put on my workout clothes and I had no excuse. I’m taking Friday off, not today. As I brought my dishes to the kitchen, I walked over a few leaves brought in by the dogs and dug into the carpet as well as remnants from last night’s popcorn love fest with the puppies. (Once in awhile I make a bag and throw it out to them. It’s the little things in life, you know?)

Hmmmm…maybe a quick sweep would warm me up. I brought the vacuum out and did a quick run-through in the kitchen, dining room and living room, stretching the cord as far as I could to reach the few leaves in the space between the stairs and bathroom. God forbid I actually unplug the cord and move it closer. The. Leaves. Were. Right. There. If. Only. I. Could….Reach……

On my way back to the vacuum storage space, I walked past the front door and saw the disarray of leaves and dog hair on the porch and decided I should do a quick once-over of the Astroturf. I was feeling energized, so I spent 10 minutes vacuuming up the the debris of fall. By the time I was done, I was ready for my planned 20 minutes of cardio and 50 minutes of strength training.

I got on the bike, determined to do 10 minutes followed by 10 on the elliptical. Funny thing, though….after 10 minutes I wanted to do another five minutes. And then another few minutes. Afterwards, I got on the elliptical, and 20 intense minutes later I thought, ‘What the…?’ I was drenched in sweat and feeling awesome. I was pumped.

On to the lifting. Every muscle, tendon, sweat gland, and brain cell fell into perfect symmetry as I made my way through an hour of lifting this and moving that.

My question is: why did this happen? Was this an emotional response to the election or just me feeling good on a rare 65-degree November day? I felt light in spirit and body even though the scale hadn’t changed and the same worries I had yesterday followed me into this morning. I decided not to over think it and just let it be what it was. As we all know, finding the energy and enthusiasm to exercise some days means bypassing the immediacy of our thoughts and digging deep into our “it’s what’s best” reserves. Today, though, my body and mind were in perfect synchronicity. That is a rare occurrence for me. My body usually drags my mind kicking and screaming into the first few moments of a workout and then my mind chills and says, “I was with you all along. Really. I was.” Whatever.

I wish you all a good night and a good workout tomorrow. Most of all, though, I wish you peace, both in your body and mind. Balancing all of this isn’t easy. Our dieting or maintenance plan lives side-by-side with the way we spend the rest of our days of family, work, and even presidential elections. Take the gifts your body and mind afford you. Don’t ask questions if you body feels awesome and you just want to move or if your mind is clear and doesn’t question your choice of food or movement. This is the way life is supposed to be.

8 comments:

  1. Briefly stated, the three laws are: An object in motion will remain in motion unless acted upon by a net force. Force equals mass multiplied by acceleration. To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. (Laws of motion by Sir Issac Newton)

    loved the stretching the cord to get the last bits - but hopefully this does not apply to driving a few more miles to see if the E really does mean empty. . .

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  2. I had some post-election elation :)
    and then
    I
    Hit
    The
    Wall.

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  3. Amen!!! Said wonderfully.

    You know what I watched on TV last night? I have the Oprah show you're on, on my PVR box. I've had it on there a while. I just love watching it sometimes, it just motivates me and makes me feel refreshed in my weight loss journey. To see you and the other people having such great successes fills me up with determination.

    I so know what you mean about just some days feeling that drive to do. It's a great feeling and like you said just something to go with and not question.

    So happy November day!

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  4. Great words!

    Mara
    http://24stepstogo.blogspot.com/

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  5. Off this blog topic, but wanted to tell you that I tried your vegetable paprikash recipe on the "Refuse to Regain" website that you posted and it is really really good. The husband thought it was restaurant quality. If you get a chance to post any other favorite recipe you have, please do.

    Thank you.

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  6. What a good and fun post, Lynn. It was so good to hear someone else has the leaves in the house from the dogs too... and the whole vacuum cleaner cord. But one time one of my dogs ate the vacuum cleaner cord, and when I had it replaced he put a really long cord on, so now I can get from one end of my tiny house to the other with cord to spare! Here's a good thing about the leaves. Now that I weigh less, its not such a big deal to bend down and pick them up. But old habits are hard to change, and I have to remind myself often that it is not such a big deal to pick up a leaf.

    And about balancing our lives, I just spent the majority of my long drive home from work thinking about how important this is, and how very difficult it is for so many women.

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  7. So glad the election is over...whew...they say never talk politics but aside from who the choices were, were won, I am glad it was over. It was sooooo long and living in PA my phone rang off the hook and my mailbox was constantly full for both parties.

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  8. bbubblyb, so I'm living inside your TV, eh? hehe That feels oddly comforting.

    Jenny, I will be posting new recipes soon. I keep forgetting that page is there! Glad you liked the paprikash. You reminded me that it's been awhile since I made it. Hmmm....I'm thinking dinner tomorrow...

    Debby, I forget sometimes that I used to NOT be able to bend over and pick something up. Thank you for reminding me how important it is to never forget what it felt like before. I can get complacent sometimes. Old habits die hard.

    Shawnda, I'm with you on the whole phone call thing. My phone is finally back to normal again - very very quiet. Whew!

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