Worth at least 2,000 words

 

Soaking in whatever sun I can with great company.

  

There are worse ways to start the day than a leisurly walk to the bakery.

 

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Memory lane

Six years ago today, as Facebook reminded us, we were at Tapiz (a beautiful vineyard in Mendoza owned by the family of a boy I went to school with) for the first time. It was an incredible trip filled with great adventures, stories, and laughs. In a handful of days, we’ll be returning after another adventure up the Andes.

(FYI: they have incredible wine, so if you ever get a chance to pick some up, don’t hesitate!)

I’m sleeping in my old room – the one I left behind 16 or so years ago, and though it’s changed, so much still feels the same.

We watched a few hours of home videos – a cute, funny, weird reminder of so many different milestones. Oh – and so many disastrous hair cuts. The ’80s weren’t kind on anyone. 

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Sunshine and summertime!

There’s something to be said for spending time in the sun, swimming in an outdoor pool, and going for a long walk with a single layer of clothing on.

There’s also something to be said for unplugging, checking out, and taking a breather from ‘real life.’ 

What these somethings are, I’m not quite sure yet. But I’m so grateful for these reminders and this opportunity to be back here, where home was, after so many years. 

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Short form

A quick update before I crash for the night.

In Argentina visiting my mom and little sister. 

Had a great flight, and awesome first day and a half. 

Had forgotten how great the sun feels!

Haven’t run or jumped yet, but I did get a swim in!

Made plans for our horse ride next week – am so excited!

That’s all for now, folks. 

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More to come. 

It’s been nearly six years since I’ve done this trip, and I forgot how mentally winded a full day of travel can make you. 

Less crypticity (it’s a word, it’s totally a word) tomorrow after I’ve slept. 

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And…..

We’re off!

More to come upon arrival. Stay tuned. 

   
    

 

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Day 1 run

Check!

Push ups and pull-ups, too.

It all felt a little too easy, which I forget is how it’s supposed to feel at the beginning. That’s how you ease into things. I am not the easing into things type (if you don’t already know me). But it’s a good reminder that slow and steady (and consistent) just might be the way to go. Because – well – my other methods haven’t exactly rendered tell-worthy results as of yet.

Tomorrow I set off to see my Momma and littlest sister. It’s been a solid 6 years since I’ve mad this trip, so I’m pretty excited to be heading back home. It doesn’t hurt that I’ll be greeted with warm, sunny days!

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To pace or not to pace!

At last check, I was at 8,866 steps. And I’m about ready to call it a night. So what’s a girl to do? Call it quits and bail on one of my goals so early in the game? Or pace my room until I reach those glorious five digits?

That’s the thing, though. Not just with steps, but with all goals. There comes a point where you can let it slide for today. Or the week. Or maybe even the month. Hell, some goals slide for years. But to what end? And what’s the point? It’s a goal for a reason, right? Because it’s going to take some effort, some sacrifice, and some dedication. Because it isn’t always going to come naturally, or fit into the time schedule, or be what we want to do at the time. But the thing about goals is that they’re bigger than right now. Not just working on them, but also enjoying your achievements. That awesome feeling of having reached something can last a while! 

So – as I prep my floor for what will soon go into my suitcase, I am faced with a few decisions. Do I pack my journal, or wait to start when I get home? Do I pack my jump rope and running shoes to replace my planned runs, or wait to start that when I get home, too? How will I handle the 6 days off the grid? What will I do about my headspace streak? I’m so close to reaching 180!

Here’s the thing. I’m currently pacing in circles in my bedroom as I type, because I will NOT give up today. And I will start my journal once my dizziness passes, because I’ll figure out a way to keep it up. And I will stick to my run schedule as best I can. And if some get missed, it happens. But I will not give up before then, in anticipation of something being difficult. 

  

Update: after pacing the house line a lunatic, I’m pleased to report 10,115 steps. 

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Not quite a resolution

You know how it is. “New year, new me!” – it’s almost impossible to escape the urge to set off on some big goals with some big dreams. And why not? After all, we get a brand new calendar to fill!

So why not?

I’ve never been much for resolutions – I just don’t have the patience. But, I am much for big changes and new projects! After a very bouncy 2015, filled with tons of changes and adjustments, I’m looking to create more space in 2016. You know, take some yoga breaths instead of breathing like a hyperventilating hamster.

So here are a few, and the tools I’ll be using to help me along the way:
(I understand that some are frivolous, but hey – it’s my 2016!)

Long-Term:
365 Days of Blogging – App: Productive
365 Days of Meditation – App: Headspace
365 Days of Yoga – Book: Joy of Yoga
Daily Gratitude – Best SELF Journal
Better budgeting – App: YNAB
10,000 Steps Daily – FitBit

Shorter Term:
Train for a 10k – App: 10K
Complete 10 chin-ups – App: Runtastic: PullUps
Complete 25 push-ups – App: Runtastic: PushUps

Clearly, it’s going to be a busy year. And I’m likely going to drop the ball at some point, but that’s hardly worth worrying about. The idea is to just take it one day at a time.

Rock on, 2016!

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Happy New Year!

Welcome 2016!
Can wait to see what you have in store. 

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