October disappeared into a black hole of clinical rotations, house projects, and many, many miles. Clinicals are finally over (!!), we now have furniture, and the miles continue to be my daily therapy. November doesn’t slow down at all, and I won’t even be home most of the month to enjoy the fact that our house is now in order. Cooking is limited to my hotel microwave, and meals are the same thing day after day. Miles are monotonously tracked on a treadmill in a tiny sauna of a gym. So glamorous.
Despite these limitations, I am determined to make the most of this month. I am working with an incredible RDN, whom I am so grateful to learn from. I have an entire week break for Thanksgiving. And the end of the month brings the end of my semester grad course (hallelujah!) This year has flown by, school and clinicals and traffic consuming the hours without hardly any attention. These final months need to be savored, holidays enjoyed, relationships cultivated. Rest, reflection, and rejuvenation before it starts all over again in January.
September in Review:
- Get back in the kitchen! (Create) // Made a grand total of 1 recipe. Not putting any pressure on when I’ll get back to this. Most likely not until traveling for rotations is over. I sure miss it!
- Kick up fall race training (Speed) // Two races down (Race #1, Race #2), and 8 more on the calendar before February. I love seeing the progression this year over past years.
- Run once a week with people (Community) // Haven’t gotten a neighborhood group together yet, but training is consistent with a friend of mine, to the point where running alone is so strange! Miles definitely fly by when you’ve got company.
- Have people over, even though the house isn’t “ready” (Slow Down) // This is hard, every time, but we’re doing it!
- Plan a “school-free” day (Be present) // This has been almost impossible to keep, but now that the semester is winding down, it’s getting easier. Still a work in progress.
- Revamp posts. (Educate) // Working in private practice this month has given me insight into the information (and misinformation!) that is out there that people believe about food and nutrition. Going to start working on some fun education-related posts to try to share appropriate knowledge on a few specific subjects. (If you have any suggestions for topics, let me know!)
- Stick to training paces. (Speed) // Sometimes going slow is how you get fast. It has been so hard this training cycle to slow down and hit my target paces. It’s tempting to just keep going fast, but that’s not going to get me to my goals.
- Enjoy the break. (Be present) // I have an entire week off for Thanksgiving with my family and friends. Going to make the most of finally having this holiday without work deadlines, travel plans, and event headaches.
Finally learning to LET GO is amazing. And HARD. Not only have I been not recipe creating or blogging this last month, I was also not running for most of July. The combination of not cooking and not moving was strange. But not really all that hard. Getting back into it? That’s been hard. It really does take a month for a habit to develop. And about three weeks for it to disappear. But a new season means new goals, fresh starts, and sweet expectations. Here’s where I’m working on going this month.
- Get back in the kitchen! (Create) // Probably not going to make it up to once a week, but I’ve got a handful of fun recipes up my sleeve that I’d love to share before the month is over!
- Kick up fall race training (Speed) // Working on getting some speed and endurance back just in time for the weather to cool down (hopefully!)
- Run once a week with people (Community) // So many runners in my neighborhood! Trying to see how I can get some of them together for a weekly fun run.
- Have people over, even though the house isn’t “ready” (Slow Down) // Intentionality isn’t perfect. It shows up.
- Plan a “school-free” day (Be present) // Sundays have been my rest day, media free day, community day. They also now need to be a school/work free day.
Here’s to a month of re-building habits. (And Happy Vegan Month of Food to everyone participating this year!)
Better late than never! Graduate school for my dietetic internship started this week, and my calendar is still a mess trying to fit everything in to a single day. You really learn where your priorities are when your time shrinks. June was thankfully a full month of rest, big decisions, and growth.
June in Review:
- Finish blog projects. (Refresh) // Almost there! Working on updating the shop page to better reflect the blog’s goals as well as tweaking the other header pages.
- Run 3 miles per day/15 miles per week. (Run) // Success! Been averaging 18-24 miles per week. Sadly, the run streak ended July 1st, which made me much more relieved than I expected. Once training starts, having a true rest day will be much needed.
- Focus on macros. (Discipline) // This was super helpful in figuring out how my body responded to fuel after various workouts. A more dedicated post may come later once I understand this a little more for my body. But a higher fat, moderate carb and protein diet definitely works best for me.
- Host a dinner party. (Slow down) // This got postponed until we move into our new house (!!) but is still on the calendar.
- Get out of town. (Slow down/Be present) // Just got back from five days at Canyon Ranch, and it was heaven.
July marks a big change in schedule, priorities, and intentions for me, so instead of sharing goals for this month, I am re-evaluating this year’s goals and updating them to reflect all the life change that has occurred in the past six months. Leaving a job, starting graduate school, buying a house, and entering a new decade have all given me pause for reflection and a slightly new direction.
Refresh. Complete a site redesign. This is already in the works, and I’m excited about learning more about the technology side of blogging. Still minor tweaks, but this is officially done!
- Create. This is the year to focus intentional content and fresh recipes.
- Learn. This is also the year I am determined to work on my photography skills.
- Educate. As I begin my dietetic internship and complete my nutrition studies, I will be sharing more practical information for healthy living (as I am not yet an RD, all this information will be based on my own experiences. Always check with your doctor or RD on what is best for you!)
Run. Every. Day. Yes, every day. Any other run streakers out there? Streak ended July 1 and won’t start up again until at least January of next year. This was unintentional but needed.
- Speed. Getting back into racing this fall and looking forward to seeing how much faster I can get over past years in the same races.
Discipline. Cut out the junk. Get more disciplined about sugar and processed foods I let trickle in, especially during travel season. No more travel means this is so much easier to manage!
- Strength. Continue with Body Pump, yoga, and group fitness classes to balance all the running and build lean muscle mass.
- Community. As an introvert, solo running is my comfort zone. Time to branch out and share this love with friends and neighbors in a more intentional manner.
- Slow down. Build a community, set down roots, and be intentional with people.
- Be present. Remove distractions and see each day for what it is. Part of this means no internet on Sundays and intentionally resting. This is especially key now with school trying to consume all my time and energy.
- Engage. Grow relationships through The Influence Network, school and work interactions, and our new neighborhood.