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.