Welcome to June! I realize that June is now 4 days old, but this is a special June this year. This June the theme is Adapt Or Die. I love that slogan and I’m putting it to use for the next 27 days in order to get back into my groove. The groove that I love and am very happy in.
You see, I’ve been coasting now since the third of May, trying a little and putting in a little effort but mostly struggling. I’ve also been whining a lot and feeling sorry for myself and saying “I can’t” way too much for my own liking. I’ve been complaining and making excuses. Some of them are valid, no doubt, but excuse making doesn’t achieve anything. I asked myself last night what my goals were for the next one month and the next three months and none of those goals that I came up with are served by whining or excuse making. So then logically, that stuff would need to come to an end and be replaced with something else.
So, for the next 27 days, my goal is to fake it until I make it. Go through the motions and actions of the person that I want to get back to until I actually become it…and 27 days is plenty of time to make that happen!
I’m tired & drained feeling and I know that exercise will obliterate this odd feeling mental and physical slump….but you have to do it WHILE you’re tired in order to get untired.
So, here’s the plan.
EXERCISE: Gym & weights Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday early morning (June 5,6,8 – June 12,13,15 – June 19,20,22 – June 26,27,29). Either a trail walk/jog (more on the jogging in a second) or a long neighborhood walk with Ray 2 evenings during the week and one on weekends.
FOOD: give head a good shake and stop with the nonsense. Enough said on that one.
OTHER: My lower back is incredibly tight and sore and it’s a big contributor to my whining and excuse making. Happily though, I don’t have injury pain while I’m doing exercise and that means that I’m not further hurting myself. I do have quite a lot of pain in the hours afterwards and the next days though. I have to go on the assumption that that isn’t going to change in the short term so I have to work with it. Now, this might seem stupid or as though I’m coming to this realization late, but I think stretching is going to be a big key here. It’s all very nice to go to massage once a week and chiropractor every 10 days and I could even add physio (don’t want to!), but if I don’t do anything to help myself on the in between days I’m not really doing myself a service. So, every single day between now and the end of June, I will do daily lower back stretching, wall walks for my shoulders and a couple minutes of plank for my core. And every night when I go to bed I will ice my lower back.
That’s it. That’s my Adapt Or Die June plan of action. If you want to kick your own ass over the next 27 days and you feel like making that commitment out loud, write your plan on your own blog and link here if you want some cheering. Or just leave a comment with your intentions. Writing it down makes it much more likely to happen!
I’ll leave you with a clump of pictures from the weekend.