Monday, October 27, 2014

weekend (mostly) unplugged

Wonderful weekend.  I am tired from 13 miles of running and many hours of child lifting/chasing/playing.  Josh was on call, but somehow there was a great balance of family time, me time, and social time.

YAY.

Friday night: A and I went on a date!!  We attended a screening of Frozen at her school.  Cameron even had a babysitter, which was key because otherwise I don't think I could have enjoyed the special time with Annabel nearly as much as I did while tending to both.  Note to self to do this every once in a while (and as they get older, I definitely want to do one-on-one 'dates' with them on a regular basis).


Saturday:
8 mile long run outside before anyone else was awake
Swim playdate in the AM
Birthday party at a play gym in the PM


A signed her card



Fun at Play-In (for the bday party).  We will definitely be back!

No naps save a couple of 15 minute stints in the car -- for either kid.



What are naps for, anyway!?

Sunday:
Lovely playdate at South Pointe Park



2.5 hours of babysitting in the afternoon, which allowed me to go to the gym and shower in peace
Family dinner at SILs



For a Josh call weekend, this was just about perfect.

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Workout report, half marathon training week #4

M 4 miles easy (9:31/mi)

T 40 minute barre3 workout

W 3 x 1 mi (8:17, 8:15, 8:18/mi) + warm up / cool down, total 4.5 mi

R 2 mi run + 18 minutes Jillian Michaels NMTZ

F Rest

S 8 mi long (9:39/mi)

S 4 x 5 minute intervals on the treadmill.  Paces 8:00 - 8:13/mi for the intervals, 2 minutes rest between each.  Total = 4.5 mi

Total miles = 23

PS: I lost my fitbit.  Currently, I don't really miss it.  I DO still walk up the steps to my office at work, but I'm not sure any other lasting behavior changes were made.  

PPS: Ditching the Distraction has been going well.  I stayed largely off of social media (save for a few minutes of browsing in the early AM) and did not miss that, either.  More on an update post later this week!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ditching the Distraction: Day 1 Status Report


WELL.  It has been one day, almost two.  I don't have much to report yet.  But so far things are going well.  I decided to track both email checks AND social media/blog perusal, though I am only focusing on the latter category in terms of my bright line rule at this point.

Yesterday evening, Josh had to stay late in the hospital.  I put both kids to bed and then realized that I absolutely would have spent the next 30-60 minutes surfing around social media if it had been 'allowed'.  Because it wasn't, I spent the time perusing cookbooks instead and then settled in for some reading in bed (I'm about to move onto fiction but last night I finished the end of The Primal Blueprint, of all things).  It was nice and I enjoyed it -- probably more than I would have enjoyed the equivalent amount of time spent on social media.

I will admit I also felt tempted to check my phone while playing with both kids (it didn't help that I was using it to play Frozen songs at A's request) but then resisted.  I allowed myself to just relax and enjoy the moment.  I think that I -- and many of my generation -- have forgotten that it's okay not to be entertained every second of the day.  Sometimes you can just relax and be there and that's enough.

For tracking, I'm just making a simple entry in my planner.  


SM = social media.  30 total minutes = not bad.

4 random highlights of the day

1) Hearing Pulp's "Common People" in the car on the way to work.  That song brings me back to my college besties (though wayyyyyyyy back in 2002 no one used the word "bestie."  Anyway, I digress.)

2) Great tempo run in the AM.  1 mile warmup and then 3 x 1 mi (~0.25 mi jog btw each) at 8:15/mi, 8:17/mi, 8:18/mi respectively.  I am seeing definite improvement!  Slightly cooler temps may be helping (it was 75 at 6am) but hopefully things will continue to cool down a bit more.

3) Seeing A in this costume.  (Halloween spoiler) (The outfit is a super-cheapie from amazon but my sister knitted the crown!)




She was smiling in other pix, but this one showcases the crown!


4) Finally finishing the 2013 PHOTOBOOK that had been on my to do list forever.  It really wasn't ALL that arduous but was just the easiest thing ever to procrastinate.  It is in no way perfect but I still think we will all love it and look at it for years to come.  It's also a whopping 92 pages.  I failed at editing. 

Posts in the pipeline
Another Day-In-The-Life post (now that both kids are sleeping.  Yayyyyyy.)

Another Paleo Update with daily meals/snacks (I know some of you are totally not interested in this and others have been asking for it)


A PLANNER post.  I was just thinking the other day about how I honestly CANNOT IMAGINE keeping track of all of life's odds and ends without a planner.  I am dependent and addicted.  I want to show how I am using my Hobonichi Techo Cousin but I need to create some fake example pages first!

??? Suggestions welcome.  Because it looks like perhaps I'll have a little more time if the Distractions remain Ditched.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Ditching the Distraction: the Accountability Approach

SO.  I discussed the other day about how an email pact with a friend was instrumental in helping me ditch an internet time waster.  It worked so well that Ana and I have decided to start a new accountability project to ditch some other digital distractions that seem to have insidiously seeped into the crevices of life.  At least for me, they have.  

Facebook on a random evening (funny how after a glass of wine; I find myself LIKING! everything)
Email on the elevator (UGH)
A scroll through Feedly before bed (ick)
Perhaps a glance at Instagram during a play session . . .  (aghghghgh)

I hate these behaviors, and I want to do other things with chunks of free time (like reading, or talking to real people, or even writing posts here).   I have made numerous attempts at quitting, but have not been successful.  However, I am determined.

I have given up an annoyingly addictive website.
I have given up grains (INCLUDING PIZZA) and more.  97% of the time, anyway.

So clearly, I can do this.  (RIGHT?!)

Here's my plan with its bright line rules:

Weekdays
Blogs/social media (includes facebook, instagram, etc) only allowed between the hours of 5-6 am (I like to look at blogs / insta before running and I don't mind this habit) and 7-8 pm (b/c it can be nice to do this while A watches her one allotted episode of Mickey, after I feed C :) ).

Weekends
Social media during any simultaneous afternoon naptime only (note, these occurrences sadly are rare and short!)

Of note, I do not plan to fill those hours with the above digital activities; those are just the only hours in which those activities are allowed.  I will track the time I actually spend plugged in, in the name of research and curiosity.

I plan to put some additional rules in effect for email, but I am learning that one-thing-at-a-time is always better when it comes to habit change.  So, I'll focus on the above.  I plan to track on paper and also check in with my accountability partner -- and you all.  Please feel free to join us.  If you are really gung-ho (as I am) and can offer a lot of motivation I can even add you to a group email, so let me know if you'd want that.

In other news, this was pretty much our weekend:





Actually, I think it just feels like we did nothing but lie around all day.  There was actually a fair amount of action:  playground time, brunch @ g-parents, a super-fun work party (really, REALLY fun!), and dinner out Sunday night (Burger & Beer is quickly becoming a habit).  BUT I also got some viral nastiness on Sunday, did exactly zero exercise, and had to cancel a playdate while I was feeling febrile and contagious.

Workout report:
(LAME week due to feeling sick over the weekend)

Monday:  6 miles, 9:19/mi average
Tuesday: Barre3 online workout (30 minutes)
Wednesdsay: Tempo - ~4.5 mi total, 1 mi WU (9:45/mi); 1 mi tempo (8:18/mi), 0.25 mi recovery jog, 1 mi tempo (8:28/mi), 1.1 mi CD (10:04/mi)
Thursday: 5.4 mi easy (9:46/mi)
Friday: Slept in (rest day)

I was feeling great about the week, and then I got C's cold:

Saturday: 13 minutes of a FitnessBlender circuit workout before I realized I felt awful (although possibly it was also too hard for me)
Sunday: Recovery from cold

Total miles = 16.  Would have been ~24 with the long run I had planned, but it is what it is :)