After a completely relaxing and fun-filled two-week vacation from the real world, I am back in NYC and deep into the swing of things. The time off from my regularly-scheduled, over-programmed life was exactly what I needed to feel ready to conquer a new year. I did love 2011, as it turned out way better than I could have ever imagined, but I feel like I was exhausted for the greater part of it. 2012 seems to hold more of the same, so I was happy that I was able to catch up on resting, vegging, and most importantly, multiple sessions of laughing so hard I was crying (which, in case you were wondering, happened at least once a day during the week between Christmas and New Years). I came back happy, relaxed and ready to tackle yet another Wu-nderful year. Watch out 2012!
Some other things that have made my year so far include:
–A plethora of holiday cards that presumably had been sitting in my mailbox since I left NYC on December 20th. So many sparkles! So many fun colors! So many pictures of cute babies who get to live on my refrigerator year-round! Have I mentioned that cleaning and organizing aren’t my strong suits?
–Rediscovery of yoga. I was practicing yoga two or three times a week during marathon training, but had gradually abandoned it over the past two months. On Wednesday night, I finally made it to a Core Yoga class. At the time, I judged it as average, in that my body got a good stretch but I didn’t feel like I was really “working out”. Fast-forward to Thursday afternoon when my abs started hurting and it hurt to laugh, sneeze, or move too quickly. Damn, that hurt so good.
–Actually, any kind of pain-induced exercise belongs on this list, as I don’t think I’ve hurt so good, and so often, since the marathon. Thursday night MPP and I tried out a Total Body Something-or-Other class at the Y. Talk about a pain in the tush! And yes, I am totally going back for more.
–A rediscovered love affair with my foam roller. Why, why did my IT band and I abandon you for so long?
–Discovery of two new (to me) guaranteed mood-lifting songs. Listen to these tunes and then try to not be in a good mood. Just. TRY.
–A link that make me cry from laughing (yes, again):
–A so-challenging-it-was-almost-painful ten mile run w/ Coach K yesterday. This marathoner ain’t what she used to be, but she’ll be back soon enough (I mean me, not Coach). And better sooner than later, as we are running the Miami Half-Marathon in a mere three weeks. For old times’ sake, vegan nach’s at Curlys followed soon after. This is where my post-run obsession with nachos all began, so it felt great to be back! And probably for the last time, as the rest of Coach K’s entree was an EPIC, sour-eggs-and flavorless pancake-fail. Sigh. Breaking up really is hard to do.
–Wifi at jury duty. Ok, so it was a pain to have to re-arrange a bunch of meetings for work due to jury duty, and the train delays on that day made for a prolonged commute in hell. But once I got there, it was rather nice to have a morning free where I didn’t feel like I had to do anything pressing (including updating this blog), but could instead take the time to catch up on emails, Facebook and Gchat. Hey, who wants to be all work and no play all the time, right?
–Having groceries in the fridge again! I mean, I love me some dried pasta, jarred sauce and boxed macaroni and cheese, and I’m not embarrassed to admit it. But as a nutritionist I guess I should try and eat more foods that have a shelf life of shorter than a year (or even six months). I’ll keep yall posted (get it?) if I come up with anything remarkable.
–RENT singalong and Brooklyn Discovery Night during First Saturday at the Brooklyn Museum. The museum itself was gorgeous, but crowded, and I am already looking forward to returning on a less-crowded day to check out the space and exhibits. Bonus points go to the lady friends last night for so easily humoring my Thai craving and letting me choose a random Thai restaurant for dinner.
–And finally, a lazy Sunday filled with sleeping in, iced coffee, yummy leftovers, pleasure-reading, and catching up with friends, just like the one I am having right now as I type (and hopefully you, as you read this).
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