Friday, 24 April 2015

Phew ... Time for an Update

Hello All!

It's been about two weeks since I did a post!  How did that happen???

Firstly, I just want to give a big shout of congratulations to all the bloggers who ran Boston!  Although I haven't been blogging myself, I have been doing my best to keep up with what is going on in the blogging world.  I'm in awe of you all :)

Honestly, my life has just been crazy busy for the last couple of weeks.  I got a bad cold / flu right at the time work went a bit nuts, and I was just in survival mode.  Dragging myself out of bed, getting through my day at work, and falling into bed again at the end of the day was all I could manage for about a week there.

I'm much better health-wise, but work is still hectic this week, and so I haven't gotten back into my running / gym routine again yet.  My plan is to go for a run tomorrow morning, and see where I am at.

Although I would have loved to have been able to keep on top of everything, my blog time was hit the hardest, and I had to let other things be a priority in my life for a little while there.  On the the other hand, without running, gymming, or any interesting eating, I didn't really have to much to share with you.

When I reflect on the last few weeks, I've had a few realisations that may not be life changing for you, but were important reminders for me.

1. Life happens

When I started writing this blog six months ago, it was during a 'normal' time at work, and blogging six days a week was great, and has been great up until recently.  These next three months are my peak busy period for work and I have to be realistic - I don't think I'm going to be keeping up my blogging schedule.  I haven't even been able to keep up my exercise schedule to blog about in the first place!

So my plan is to accept that life happens, and although I want to keep up my blog posting schedule, I may not be able to be as consistent as I have been - at least for the next few months.  But my blog is still an important part of my life, and I both am proud of it, and I enjoy it, so I'll be sticking around for awhile yet!

2. A plan is just a proposed order of events

I am a planner.  I like to have an understanding of what my day / week / month is going to look like, and then I am constantly making up schedules and orders in my head to make the best use of my time.

Sometimes, I can get a bit too stuck on following the plan.  In some cases, that is a good thing!  I think it helps me create good habits and generally make choices that are part of a bigger set of life goals - ie. living a healthy life, making time to relax, and spending time with friends and family.

But other times, sticking rigidly to the plan is not helping me - it is actually making things in my life harder.  By thinking that I have to fit in work, family time, exercise time, alone time, cleaning, cooking, and all the other things that happen day to day, I lose sight of the fact that I might have to just focus on some key priorities for a period of time, and that may mean some other things have to give.

And my biggest revelation ... THAT IS OK!!

3. Something is better than nothing

My goal for the last year or so has been to exercise six days a week.  For much of the past 12 months or so, that's been achievable and enjoyable. I've realised though, that I've made that my choice, but I can change my choice, and the only person I have to answer to is me.

I like exercising.  I like having a part of my day that is just for me, that makes me feel good and strong and healthy, and that is a great way for me to lose any stress or make some decisions about things that have been bothering me.

But I don't HAVE to exercise to any particular schedule, other than to achieve my personal goals.  I'm realising that since my wedding last year, I haven't had a real exercise related goal that I feel passionate about.  I've realised that is ok too!  I can either choose to make an exercise goal that I want to work towards, or just make exercise a manageable part of my life.  Which means doing the type of exercise that works for me, and exercising with a frequency and intensity that also works for me.

Knowing what I have in store for the next few months at work is just making me think about how I want exercise to fit into my life during that time.  It will be part of my life, I just haven't figured out what kind of part.  Until I do, I want to do the workouts that I feel like, but try to get back into making exercise a regular part of my life after my two week break.

So that's where I am in a nutshell!  I hope that you can stick around and see how the next few months pan out for me :)

What have you been up to in the last two weeks?  Anything you want to share?  Have you had any big life revelations recently?

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