Ladies, I’m about to get real, so please sit down, maybe with a glass of wine (oh, it’s fine if it’s 10 a.m., I mean, you’re on summer break, right?); take a deep, relaxing breath; roll that stress out of your shoulders; move your head from side to side; and listen to what I have to say.
First, let me start by saying how amazed I am that the three of us are halfway through this crazy 365 project. It’s been an interesting journey, but the best part has been reconnecting with you in a way that I haven’t been able to in a very long time. Sharing stories of love, family, motherhood and daily challenges has really helped balance me this year. Thank you for doing this with me. I love you both.
But then there was June. I think I owe you an apology for June. Last month was my low point. Between being sick, persistent low back pain, and that horrible half marathon, I wasn’t able to hold myself to any of the personal goals I set for the month. Yes, it’s what I had to do to nurse my body back from whatever was going on with it, but I didn’t like it. June felt like a big step back for me.
Today, however, was the first day in several weeks when my back didn’t hurt with every little movement. Today, I felt more like myself than I have in weeks. I ran and it felt good. I got up and down from my desk at work and I didn’t grimace. I finally remembered what it’s like to feel spritely and healthy, again. It was a good day.
But, if I’m keeping it real, I think June was a low point for all of us. There were fights mentioned, lingering illnesses and overly demanding schedules. I didn’t engage with you in your posts like I usually do. It felt bleak. I know I am probably projecting, but that’s the gist: When I reflect back on June, it reads a bit on the depressing side.
Here’s the thing, though: June is over. We made it through and now it’s July. And it feels quite sudden to me. It’s summertime. There are fireflies and fireworks. It’s hot and sticky. School’s out. Sandals are back in the mix. Summer storms abound and I find myself digging out T-shirts I had forgotten about.
Ladies, the livin’ is easy, so let’s go with it.
Here’s what I propose:
Body — Two July workouts that seem doable to me:
- Droppin’ it like a squat with this month-long squat challenge that I found on Pinterest.
- Start planning for your own personal gun show with this kick-booty arm workout.
An assignment for your next post: Let’s have some fun with this old-school questionnaire (that used to circulate via email) to share some silliness. And, dear readers, I would love to have you post your answers, too. I’ll start:
- Where were you born? Jackson, MS
- Can you drive a stick shift? Yes
- When did you last cry? The week before last when I was sick with strep and severe back pain. I actually cried twice in one day — and cannot tell you when I cried before that. My tears don’t flow too often, so it’s safe to say it was a bad day.
- Do you still have your tonsils? Yes
- Riskiest thing you’ve ever done? When I used to rock climb, I taught a boy how to belay me when I had no voice. It worked out, though, since we’re married now.
- Do you untie your shoes when you take them off? Nope.
- Do you think you are strong? Yes, I know I am strong.
- Favorite ice cream? Strawberry, especially when my husband makes his homemade strawberry.
- What is the first thing you notice about a person? Eyes / eyebrows
- Red or pink? Red
- What is your least favorite thing about yourself? I’m very critical of myself which makes me self-conscious
- What was the last thing you ate? Mixed nuts
- What is your favorite smell? Anything baking with cinnamon
- What’s your favorite drink? Pineapple juice with rum (it’s summer!)
- Scary movie or happy ending? neither, I’ll take suspense
- Favorite season? Fall
- What book are you reading? The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest and Wild
- What was the last thing you watched on TV? Grey’s Anatomy
- What’s your favorite sound? My girls giggling
- Rolling Stones or Beatles? Both — thank you, Pandora.
- What’s the furthest distance you’ve been from home? Hawaii. I’d like to go back now, please!
- Do you have a special talent? Not really. I am able to put people at ease fairly easily which makes them open up. I guess that means I’m trustworthy — and I am.
- Biggest regret in life? I regret nothing. Everything happens for a reason.
- For my blogging partners: Have you used a “get out of making-it-daily jail” pass yet? No
So what do you say, my friends, are you with me?
Running log below.
Gotta run — no more woggling!