An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.” –John Tukey

Asking the right question is key!

Tidying Up.

Keep it if it sparks joy. Otherwise, discard.

Makes sense, right? Everything that we allow into our homes, our personal space, our lives, is curated in one way or another. How many things do we choose unknowingly? Things we may simply “end up” with. What things make us really happy?

Why surround ourselves with items (or people, for that matter) that provoke anything less than joy?

Wholesome vs. Harmful

Causes forgetfulness and confusion with fantasy & reality – writing

Unnatural and a risk to mental health. – education

 

Could peel off your face and asphyxiate you. – cars & trains at speeds higher than 15, 35, 50 mph

 

Disrupts peace & quiet of home life. – telephones

Insidious to moral fabric of the culture. moving pictures

Diminishes academic performance. – radio

How are these fears any different than what we hear about the latest technology & media available? “The Boob Tube” has been around for awhile – but we were warned it would melt our brains or that if we sat too close, we’d go blind. We turned out just fine. I think. The tech that has been with us is normal. The the tech that comes next is “unnatural”.

Our kids will one day shake their heads at our latest tech scares of social media makes us unsocial, computers & smart phones. I wonder what they’ll consider “harmful” when they’re older.

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Whole 30

Day 0

I’ve just finished quarantining “non-qualifying” foods from my pantry & fridge. I’m surprised by how many bags of frozen potatoes I have (hashbrowns, mashed, etc.) as well as the amount unexpected added sugar in pretty much every salad dressing or mustard I own.

Today is my last day of eating normally. Starting tomorrow, I’ll be eating from this list. So far today I’ve had a nice bagel with cream cheese & lox. Tonight I will drink wine & eat cake while playing with fire. I hope the withdrawals aren’t too bad.

My reasons: Energy. That’s really the main one. I’m getting good rest & exercise, but I’ve plateaued at a very dull roar. In addition, I need to set a few goals & stick to them – things like getting off the computer earlier (for better sleep, they say).

Here… I’ll be more specific.

The goals I’m setting for the next 30 days are:

  • SLEEP: Off the computer/interwebs by 9pm & in bed by 10pm. (watching a little House of Cards episode is okay… as long as I’m not doing it in bed & I’m done by 10)
  • EXERCISE: Crossfit 3x/week, add yoga 1x/week & foam roll for 10-15 minutes after a workout.
  • STRESS MANAGEMENT: Stretch or walk every hour (5 minutes) – get away from the computer screen.
  • NUTRITION:  Take my omega supplements daily & record food choices.
  • PERSONAL GROWTH: Set a few more goals (long-term) especially around fun & play.

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Finding my edge

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My first “high” box jump

I started drinking the Crossfit Kool-ade about a year ago when a couple friends invited me to do a loooong onramp class. For their own (certainly legitimate & highly personal) reasons, the friends didn’t make it past the onramp. I did. I simply liked it. And it liked me.

In the first month I was sore – really sore – all the time. This was not so awesome, but it was not unexpected. I hadn’t moved my body in those ways, EVER, but I started to feel like I was getting the hang of things. It happened in little phases and sunk in – like pebbles tossed into a pool that drift to the bottom & send ripples out that touch all the edges. I was finding my edges.

I’ve heard people say that the hardest part of Crossfit is walking through the door and it’s absolutely true. For me, that was:

  1. Getting up EARLY in the morning (I’m NOT a morning person. At. All.). I slept in my gym clothes and was in bed by 10pm.
  2. Making it a priority. I arranged my work schedule to accommodate gym time.
  3. Pushing my feelings of intimidation/inadequacy way, way down. My mantra: “Comparison is the thief of joy” – Theodore Roosevelt

After about six weeks, I started to notice my body was changing. I was not as sore. In fact, I kinda liked being sore. There were little muscles appearing in my arms & shoulders. My pants were getting looser (but my weight was staying the same). I was sleeping better. My appetite was huge. I was showing up and I was seeing results.

That was enough to keep going. And then I got a PR. And then I Rx’d a workout. And then I climbed a rope. And then I got a double-under. And then I could do a snatch with big-girl weights. And then I did a high box jump. And then I did a kipping pullup. And then I did a clean that felt like the most perfect, right thing in the world, ever.

And all along, I’ve been making friends. I’ve truly never met a Crossfitter I didn’t like. Biased? Probably. But the people in my classes and my coaches have been giant source of inspiration and encouragement. They sweat through the same torturous WODs and challenges as me. We cheer each other on. We hold ourselves accountable to our goals. The feedback and energy of others is a huge part of why I’m still walking through the door.

There’s more – always more – to work for. I’m slowly conquering my fear of being upside down in a hand-stand. One day I will do rope climbs in a workout. One day I will do Fran in less than 9 minutes. And I’ll keep walking through the door and defining my edge.

 

Awesome Quote

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt.” —Sylvia Plath

 

I love her. And this just makes me feel much safer because – well – it gives just the right kind of permission.

Digging

On Saturday I had this idea that I was going to beautify my garden… go to OSH, buy some plants, pots, soil, be outside, sweat & dig in the dirt. But here’s the thing:

  1. My garden looks pretty ok.
  2. I don’t spend loads of time at my house, outside.
  3. It’s expensive & will eat up my Saturday.
  4. I’m really bad at watering and everything will die.

And I thought “I’m creating a situation that will ultimately suck.” I wanted to buy new, colorful stuff to get that immediate sense of gratification, but the bigger reality is that I was setting myself up.

But I still wanted to be outside with my hands in the dirt… and that led me to see some things I might use; a few pots stacked in the corner of the garage, a bit of potting soil, some little succulents I started from cuttings out of a neighbor’s yard. That was enough to get me going. I didn’t have to spend time driving to OSH, I found purpose for some of the clutter lying around & I got dirty. Guess what? It cost nothing & I easily saved over $100.

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I love this idea from The Garden Glove

As I was digging & puttering in my yard with my mind wandering around … which is why gardening is so glorious… I unearthed a little revelation — this whole “gotta go get” situation exists on many, many levels; time, cash, intention, stuff. Ironically, I keep looking for ways to simplify life by building up more stuff & more distractions, thereby complicating it even more.

What can I do with what I have? My new mantra.

Beginnings

I’m writing a little of everything here, mostly about personal interests; habits I want to form, motorcycling, crafty things, art, writing, fitness/Crossfit, music, recipes, rants, raves & adventures.

There. Declared. And so I begin.