Day 653: Careful With That Food, Eugene

A not-great day for exercise today — cat-based insomnia — but I had a good day for food yesterday, and a good exercise session yesterday.

So it’s “careful with food” today, as I get ready to move out. I haven’t weighed myself in a while! I got the scale back while I was on vacation, but vacation. And now I’m frankly a bit too anxious to do it. I’m going to give myself a week of eating well before I give that a shot.

Day 623: Up Early on a Sunday

Knocking out some correspondence and a bit of work stuff before heading back to bed. We did a flurry of housekeeping and project-based stuff yesterday, which clears today for a mix of chores and relaxing.

Folks, it has been bad for food and exercise for the last 10 days or so. I know I was hoping for September to be a bit of a fresh start, but hoo Mama, when work kicked in, exercise went right out the window. That’s understandable. I’m pretty stoked about my new lease on work-life, and have been happy to slack off in some areas to focus on others.

I’m now feeling kind of like a sea lion caught on the beach, though, so with the start of a new week it’s probably time to start restoring that balance.

No exercise today — Sunday — but back on it tomorrow.


Day 606: No sleep, but exercise

My first 10k in forever this morning. Slow — over an hour — but I got it done.

This on very little sleep — for variety’s sake, it was both my wife and I up in the night for about an hour, then lying in bed and talking for probably another ninety minutes before she fell back asleep and I just kept on thinkin’.

Up at 4:30, a good long run, and a good hard think while running.

Obviously, things have been on my mind — again, nothing I can really share publicly. I don’t think I’ve come up with any masterful solutions over the past 24 hours, but the exercise and mulling it over has definitely helped me chunk the problem out into categories of difficulty that I can tackle in segments. That’s a good start.

I’m glad I’m moving toward an exercise > sleep path, at least for now. I feel better having gotten the exercise in than I would have with another hour of fitful rest, I think.

Day 605: Exercise despite insomnia

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Another insomnia night; up at 2:30 and tried to force myself back to bed at 3:15. After drifting in and out for a while, I punched the alarm and rolled over at five, woke up naturally at 6:20, and then literally raced to get a short workout in.

I’ve let it rule my life for weeks; it seems like it’s going to persist, so I need to start recapturing exercise, at least, and… I don’t know, “lean into it” feels wrong, but… if insomnia’s going to be a partner in my journey for a while, I’m going to have to find ways to make sure it’s not a drag.

So: daily exercise regardless of sleep level. If it makes the rest of my day harder, that’s something to deal with in the rest of the day. But I can’t do the “no sleep, no exercise” pattern any more.

Day 592: Insomniaaaa

Short one today — rough one last night. Up at around 12:45, and just couldn’t get back to sleep. Nothing terrible, but loads going on with work things and volunteer things.

This is the ol’ downward spiral: I don’t sleep, so I get fitful late rest but then don’t exercise, which affects my ability to sleep the next night. A big day ahead of me today, so hopefully that’ll tucker me out good and I’ll get back into the right routine.

Day 576: Test next week; sloggy exercise

Man! Exercise is still sloggy — 7k run this morning, not a terrible time but still felt like I was pushing through cotton somehow.

Next week is the big Jerkpod trial — I have just enough call-ins to get by, on the theme of “how do you psych up for an unpleasant task?”

I’m not sure I can pull this off. My friend Michael’s sage advice was to do this in a stepped approach — try to start with spaced theme/call-in weeks, and see if I can build traction that way.

The short version is that I need to make more time for this if I’m going to make a go of this. We’ll see how I feel about the test next week — Monday’s a holiday, which will help with setting the week up and checking the time it takes. I need to work on those exit strategies for volunteer work…

Day 575: Hip Vs. Drugs Vs. Sleep

I am definitely Of An Age at which I can say “oh, my hip.” It’s been acting up the last few days — no running today, just a moderate row — and we have some painkillers in the house that my wife can’t take, because she doesn’t do well with the acetaminophen component.

They get rid of the hip pain but they make me sleepy, and then I don’t sleep well at night because I’ve been sleepy all day.

My wife’s going booze-free for 40 days, starting today; we’re both trying sugar-free from now until the end of August in an attempt to kick out a kind of plateau we’ve settled on over the summer.

Right now, though, I’m literally trying to just keep my eyes open. I’ve been inspired by my friend Adam, who is coffee-free for a while now, to try easing out of coffee once I run out of beans in the house. This may be something I need to time over a weekend or some point where it’s okay if I’m super low performance for a few days in a row…


Day 574: Early Cookin’

Ugh… 3 a.m. wake-up, never got back to sleep — so it’ll be some serious napping at some point later this morning.

So what do you do at 4:30 on a Sunday morning when the world is mostly abed?

I cooked — tipped and tailed some string beans, and worked for about an hour on a vegan rib recipe that blew us away a few years ago and will hopefully be just as good now. It’s kind of a luxury to make, in that it takes several steps and several hours total (but a chunk of that is waiting while they’re in the oven). So it’s nice to have the time to do ’em early.

It’s been a crap week for exercise — off and on and sluggish when on — but I gotta keep pushing. No big plans for today, and we have that car, so maybe if I can grab an hour of nap this morning, we can get a hike in this afternoon…



Day 572: Back to Sluggish

Exercise has been hard these past weeks. Like, not I’ve been exercising hard, it’s been hard to do. I don’t know what got me into this phase, but I’m not enjoying it. 6k runs are wiping me out.

What will get my mojo back? I’m not sure. We’re trying this Whole 30 thing in August, but I’m not waiting for that to “save” me — I think I just need to keep pushing forward through whatever this tough hurdle is for workouts until I pop out the other side.

The important thing is to keep doing it, even though I’m in a slump. I’ve taken a couple of days off for sleep, which is often a precursor for extended breaks. Not this time.


Day 569: Chuggin’

Rough night last night — poor sleep for varied reasons including heat, cats, and other things. The temptation to go back to bed was strong! But I resisted — not my best exercise ever, but exercise still happened.

It’s been a sluggish few days, but not terrible: on the four pillars of sobriety, diet, exercise and sleep, I’m batting 1000, 700, 700 and 500, I’d say. That’s the only thing I think I know about baseball.

No profound revelations today — just chuggin’ along.