plan for it
you all know i am plan-happy, sometimes to a fault. i schedule my workouts, what i’ll be cooking, when i am going to get projects and errands done. but sometimes there is something that somehow slips through the cracks:
i forget to factor in FUN!
and that, my friends, is no way to live. while i value alone/quiet time, i am an extrovert and crave social contact (and no, online doesn’t usually cut it). and because many of my friends are as tied-up with work and other obligations as i am, it’s hard to make spur-of-the-moment arrangements.
a wise commenter remarked several days ago that “relaxation doesn’t have to be planned out in advance.” amen, sister! [did i really just type that? what is with me this AM?] i agree 100%. but the flip side is also true — that sometimes it’s GOOD to plan out that sort of down time/relaxation. if i wait to finish up my to-do list before puting any fun on the calendar, i will never get there and i will be sad.
plus, there is something to be said for having a fun social night or a relaxing day (massage, anyone?) to look forward to. i am happy to report that this weekend already has several exciting things to look forward to! these include:
■ dinner with jessica and diana at guglhupf. others are welcome as well — just email me!
■ spending sunday with josh ♥. i’m thinking: sleeping in, a long run (maybe part together?), brunch out, maybe a movie or just hanging out and reading, and a cozy dinner at home
other fun things i want to plan in the future:
■ a wine night @ our apartment
■ more dinner parties
■ movie & show dates (for example, i really want to see wicked at the DPAC!)
while i will accept the challenge of being able to enjoy spontaneous down time, i think that it is really important that i also plan for some of it as well. i am already excited about this weekend . . . but first i will aim to enjoy today.
workout: 50 minutes elliptical (levels 9-12) + weights
– 2 x 10 pushups
– 2 x 12 squats with ball (10 lb weights)
– 2 x 10 bicep curls (12 lb weights)
– 2 x 10 walking double lunges (8 lb weights)
– 2 x 15 crunches / reverse crunches
– 2 x 12 seated rows, 40 lbs
the weights felt harder than usual, probably b/c of my 2 week layoff. i could have been discouraged by this but decided to just take it as evidence that hey — lifting weights really WORKS to make me stronger when i’m doing it consistently!
bowl of goodness: i’m in egg mode this week (we had some just-expired ones to use up!)
leftover tatsoi and brown rice with avocado, crushed peanuts, and a fried egg
reading: 2 very interesting articles on the ethics of using growth hormone/estrogen to manipulate the heights of boys vs girls. did you know that back in the 1950s and 1960s, it was commonplace to treat girls who were going to be ‘too tall’ with estrogen to fuse their growth plates??! i have very mixed feelings on all of the height manipulations, but at the same time, i wouldn’t want josh’s and my heights to be switched. more on this to come!