Hey guys, is your Tuesday morning off to a rainy, stormy start? Mine sure is. Chicago is experiencing some much-needed rain right now and unfortunately, I managed to get caught in it walking back from the gym this morning. It was pretty horrible and my umbrella was no match for the sideways rain. My workout clothes are now drying out in the shower .
Anyway, today I wanted to talk about something a little different, the importance of having a non-fitness related goal. Obviously, moving and sweating are key to maintaining a healthy lifestyle both in terms of staying at a healthy weight as well as preventing or treating chronic conditions (heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, etc., etc.). It’s also good to set goals for yourself whether it’s running a little bit farther every week or holding a plank for 10 seconds longer every two weeks; however, for the majority of us, our lives include a whole lot more than just working out and staying in shape.
Working out (specifically running) has always been an outlet for me. It’s a stress reliever, helps me clear my mind, and gives me space from roommates, family, and SO’s when I needed it. I’ve always been goal-oriented and often set running goals for myself including PR’s and PDR’s. Occasionally this has led to an imbalance where I start measuring my self-worth by my running capabilities because the ONLY goals that I am focusing on are fitness-related.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t set running or swimming or general fitness goals for yourself, I am working on a few right now, I’m just saying there is more to life than working out and that I often forget this.
So, to offset my running goals, I have given myself a reading challenge, my goal is to read all 100 of the New York Times Best Novels. Sound crazy? It probably is, but I’m not setting a timeline for myself and I really enjoy classic literature. It could actually happen
in 30 years.
I’ll keep you posted on my progress but as of now I’ve read (and remember well enough to count as read) three and am working on my fourth, Catch-22.
What do you think? Do you set non-fitness-related goals for yourself?
Yesterday was my first official off-day between jobs and I spent it doing a whole lot of tedious computer tasks that I’ve been avoiding. I did some blog work (check out my new header!), cleaned out my e-mail boxes, updated linkedin, etc. Then I hit the gym for a 1,650 meter recovery swim.
Lunch was enjoyed after.
Sweet potatoes, black beans, & veganaise mixed with hot sauce and a side of asparagus.
During the afternoon, I went through my closet and drawers and found three bags-worth of clothes to give away. Awesome right? I also snacked a lot. I am SO bad about snacking when I’m at home. Yikes, need to work on this.
When Ian got home, I was starting to get a little hungry so I had a light dinner with him.
Salad (butter lettuce & raddichio), mushrooms, sunflower seeds, veggie burger, and hummus mixed with hot sauce (there’s a hot sauce theme going on obviously).
We ran a few errands (hello Whole Foods) and then came home to eat dessert and watch Super Troopers (I have never seen it).
What are your favorite things to do on stay-cation?