My March Madness was getting settled into a really nice routine and finally, after six months, feeling like I am on a steady schedule. That means I need to mix things up soon – constantly varied!
I work as a valet so I’m guaranteed to run/walk/stand for 6 to 8 hours a day, 4 days a week. I ride my bike to work three of the four days so I’m guaranteed to ride 42 miles minimum a week. I ride my bike nearly everywhere else too. I Crossfit, hike, walk the canal and my neighborhood. I basically lead a super active lifestyle here and I love it. It’s also the polar opposite from how I lived in Florida. Six months ago, I worked 40 hours a week in an office job and was lucky to get 4 days of Crossfit in weekly. Compared to how I live now, I lived a sedentary life back then. My body is responding and I’m losing fat and gaining muscle and finally starting to fit into my new skin. Fat Lydia died in Florida and I need to embrace the new slimmer me.
Here’s a couple full “days in the life of”, as well as a peak at my month.
- Slept in until 9 AM.
- Cuddled & lounged around in bed with Chayet until 10.
- Rode bikes to Wildflower for a shared breakfast.
- Rode Bikes from breakfast to the box.
- 11 AM Crossfit workout.
- Rode bikes to lunch and home.
- Rode bikes to run errands and exploring around town.
- Explored Papago and hiked a little.
- Home after dark for a little hot tub action and then cuddled up in bed by 11pm.
*Basically we rode about 20 miles on Saturday.
- 6:30 awake to see Chayet out the door.
- 7:00 Emails, Netflix, Facebook
- 7:30 1.75 mile walk on the Canal with coffee, fed the ducks
- 8:15 out the door to bike 7 miles to work
- 9 am – 3:30 – work (no sitting unless its to tinkle and even then its a hover)
- 3:40 bike 7 miles home
- 5:30 bike 2 miles to box
- 8:30 bike 2 miles home
- 9:00 Shower, computer time
- 10:30 bed
I like how my routine has evolved. I work 4 days a week and ride my bike to work three of the four days. The fourth day Chayet is off work so I take the car. I really could still bike but since I close on Thursdays, it keeps me from having to ride the bike home after 7 pm. Chayet has the motorcycle but I want him on it as little as possible. He has already had one motorcycle accident here (a few years ago) and his brain doesn’t need another fall. Plus he works farther away than me so taking his bicycle to work like me isn’t an option. I know he is super jealous though that I get that time every day. It really kind of amazes me how much I enjoy the bike ride. I don’t even think of it as “work” anymore. It takes me 32 minutes to ride 7 miles to work. I have only done it faster a few times but I don’t really push either. 32 minutes is a nice steady ride with not a lot of head wind! My best time was 28 minutes though. I use the time on the bike to pray mostly, but also to just think, or be still and take in everything around me. The ride is gorgeous with mountain views, stunning and colorful plants along the canal, all sorts of ducks and birds and the occasional chipmunk/ground hog.
Being here in Phoenix, working as a valet, living in a tiny studio apartment, taking my bike most places and allowing the car to just sit, eating clean and living off a 1/3 of what I used to make – these are all the things that are teaching me and making me a better person. I feel like all I do is self-reflect. I am constantly evolving and listening to my inner dialogue – or the prompting of the Holy Spirit. Do you listen to your inner dialogue? Do you listen to how you talk to or think about yourself? If you don’t KNOW who you are and LOVE who you are and CHALLENGE and ENCOURAGE yourself – how do you plan to do those things for others? And how do you know how to tell someone (friend, spouse, family member) what you need from them if you don’t know yourself well enough to share? How do you grow unless you trim away and prune your personality and way of thinking?
I’m doing a lot of pruning these days. Chayet and I are on a quest for greatness. Self reflection has shown me so many areas I need to work on and improve in and also encouraged me that I’m doing some things right too. This journey I am on is going to take me a lifetime – well, at least while I keep my ticket for this side of eternity.
I hope you all are staying active, constantly moving your body and taking time to prune your life and reflect and grow. If we are not here to improve ourselves and others, and LOVE everyone and give of ourselves, what are we here for?