(edit: just found out my second job is NOT paid and I had to gracefully back out meaning i am yet again looking for another one. great….)
I have to admit, this week – while busy- has just worked. It helps to have that mom light at the end of the tunnel. Could I be more excited?
I am feeling a little less creative today, whether it is due to the gloomy DC weather or the long work days. One thing I have not done in a very long time is an update post. The reason I started this blog just a few months ago was to ease the transition of graduating from college and moving to a new city. It has now been four months (whoa) that I have been in DC. That just seems plain crazy to me. I think I touched on this in yesterday’s post but I was less than pleased with September. The main reason was because I felt like I was still living in that adjustment phase. It didn’t feel like home and still felt like a temporary ‘get through this time’ mentality. Let’s be real, the year will drag on if I keep that attitude.
Backtracking, the update. This is where I really see the need to hold myself accountable for how to go from here.
- STOMACH. (yes it deserves it own category) Oh the dreaded stomach. But wait, have you not heard as many complaints from me over here? Could there be a reason? My stomach situation right now is actually (dare I say) on the mends. I am still not digesting food properly and having irregular issues BUT no pain and the frequency is less. What has changed? My diet. I know I rarely if ever address food here but I can honestly say having this doctor do some recommendations on my daily eats has made life a little better. I am able to sleep through the night with only one wake up for the bathroom AND I get through 4 out of 6 runs without a bathroom stop. That my friends, is progress.
- FOOD. As I said, the GI doctor made some recommendations based on the food journals I gave him. I am now eating less of certain vegetables (like broccoli, green beans) and more vegetables like (zucchini, squash). For some odd reason, that has done wonders. On top of that he said I was eating too many simple gluten free carbs for my stomach so I have significantly upped the protein. Whoa nelly do I feel a difference. Runs faster, stomach calmer, hunger cues back. I know I still have a long way to go to getting my stomach under control but with my mom here this weekend it will be my first full kitchen stock up – you heard it all the staples that a kitchen should have with LOTS of protein. I still eat those carbs but not as much and I have been getting more animal protein as well as tofu, eggs, etc.
- FITNESS. This running girl likes her runs but I am craving some social aspect of my fitness routine. I hope to get another deal for that hot yoga place or save enough money so that I can do Bikram once a week. For me, that would be so worth it to do on the weekends. I am hoping to find some DC running friends for my weekend (or weekdays if they are early birds!) runs. I just miss fitness classes so much! I know strength training is ideal but for some reason I can’t get myself to do it. I blame time, laziness (which are all real) but still I miss having that class accountability for doing something I would never do on my own.
- SOCIAL. Whoops. This shouldn’t even be a category. Social has by far been my downfall. I don’t see anyone but coworkers and kids during my week and then by the weekends I am a lone ranger. I know I need to push myself out of my comfort zone a little more because DC will never feel like home if I am alone the majority of the time. It’s a fact. Even riding home from the mentor sessions on the metro with the other mentors I realize how much I actually do crave social interaction. I know something big holding me back is the money situation. I have yet to spend money on anything that isn’t necessary meaning I haven’t gone out to eat, attended an event because I have not wanted to spend money. Rough.
- FINANCIAL. I am holding in there but not for good reasons. When I save money it is because I am not spending it on things I should like extra food at the grocery store, going to a happy hour with co workers, buying something I really want. I need to shake this. I can’t let the money factor keep holding me back. I need to face the fact this year I will not be saving money. This year is all about status quo AND THAT IS OK.
While I would love to make a fall bucket list, I struggle to figure out how I would be able to go apple picking without a car, bake a gluten free pumpkin dessert without kitchen staples, etc. My focus going forward is rather going to be shaking that transition woe. I hope to report progress from this point forward.
Questions: What holds you back from achieving one of your October goals? What are you working most on this month?