Weekly Update #2

Well, I’m now a couple weeks in and, besides the fact that everything from my feet to the top of my head is sore and fatigued all the time, everything seems to be going reasonably well. For those of you hoping that I fail spectacularly, I’m sorry to say that you’re going to have to hold out for another week. I will throw you a couple of setbacks to gnaw on in the meantime. For the rest of you who aren’t sadists, you’ll also have to wait if you were hoping for an equally spectacular success. I’ve made some steady progress, but I don’t have any capital ‘A’ achievements to report.

As with last week I’ll give you the bad news first.

Setbacks, Obstacles, & Failures

  1. The Brothers Karamazov – I announced last week that BK was taking a little longer to get through than planned. What I should have said is that I’m making excruciatingly slow progress. In seven days I’ve read about 70 pages, which puts me on page 132 of 824. It’s not that I don’t enjoy the book. It’s more that I don’t have time to read until later in the night, and then I’m so damn tired that old Dostoyevsky becomes my anesthetist. I’m going to try to allocate some reading time in the morning before the young child who runs my house wakes up.
  2. Piano — I had been doing a pretty good job of carving out time to practice until last Friday, at which point I stopped altogether. I did manage to go through some scales last night, but I’m going to need to be more diligent in setting a practice schedule that I stick to. I have a new found respect for grade two kids who are forced to practice for band. It’s hard.
  3. Sciatica — Despite my mind being in full denial over my approaching old age my body is doing its best to remind me that I am indeed aging and must suffer the consequences. For about seven weeks now I’ve been (heroically) dealing with symptoms associated with sciatica. So much so that I even went to the doctor about it last week. This will be a shock to those of you who know me well. It isn’t that I mistrust doctors. It’s more that I hate going to sit in a disease filled waiting room, being transferred to a smaller disease filled exam room, waiting some more, finally sitting through a cursory 5 min exam, only to be told what I knew coming in. In this case yes I’m experiencing Sciatica and it should resolve on its own in another week or three. So basically my back is going to continue to hurt and my toes will continue to go numb when I put on my socks, until they don’t any more. Thanks doc! The upside is that it doesn’t interfere with any of my training.

Achievements, Opportunities, & Successes

  1. Blog — I’m leaving this one up at the top. Last week I was crowing that I’d started this blog. This week I’m celebrating the fact that, much to the chagrin of some of my facebook friends, I’ve managed to post almost every day. On top of that I’ve picked up a few new followers.
  2. Yoga – I managed to get back on track with my yoga sessions and I’m already seeing the results. For instance as I write this I’m sitting up straighter, breathing deeply, and feeling superior to about 65% of the people around me. Without too much more work I’m sure I can easily bring that up to 75%. Oh, I’ve also noticed some improvement in my flexibility.
  3. Meditation – After downloading the Headspace app and going through a couple of the sessions I’m pretty confident that it will do the job to sedate my brain squirrel. I’ve been doing the sessions right before bed, and If nothing else it certainly works well to clear my mind before falling asleep.
  4. Pushup, Situp, Pullup Programs — I’m already starting to see some improvement in my pushups. I’m feeling more comfortable and after only 6 days of training I increased my maximum by 2. It may not seem like much, but if I could add 2 pushups every week I’d reach my goal of 100 by October 25th. Obviously that won’t be the case, but it’s a nice thought. I’ve also gotten more comfortable with my pullup training, so now it’s less like stepping off of a cliff, and more like lowering myself down from the lip of cliff before ultimately falling to my death.
  5. Health & Diet – Back in December, just after Christmas, I gave up drinking soda pop and started substituting water. Some of you will think “what’s the big deal?” because you’re adults and you drink adult beverages like tea and coffee and Courvoisier. Not me. I love me the sugary goodness of a 32oz pop, especially that syrupy delight known as Dr. Pepper. It gets my brain firing and fills me with happiness. Unfortunately it also stands to fill me with diabetes, extra body fat I don’t need, and probably Cancer, because everything delicious gives you cancer. Anyway, I’ve been pop free for about 45 days now and I clearly do not regret it at all.
  6. Couch to 5 km — Still running and still haven’t missed a scheduled run. Granted that’s only 8 runs over two and half weeks, but I’m over half-way to creating a habit (28 days, or so they say).
  7. Volunteer Work – I put out a call for help to get some suggestions/advice about volunteering. I did get several suggestions, including a few ridiculous ones from the usual suspects, and I’m on my way to finding an organization where I can do some good. Special thanks to my friend Ange for leading me to some valuable resources. Between my Yoga, my meditation, and my volunteer work I am going to be unbearable to talk to at parties. I’ll have to increase my meat intake just to keep myself grounded.

That’s about it for this week. I had hoped to add “Booked a Dog Sled Run” to my list of achievements, but the guy hasn’t returned my email yet to confirm. If all goes as planned Sarah and I will be taking a little 6 mile run with the Sundogs on February 20th. At which point I will have finally checked off one item from my list.

Until next time, Keep fit and have fun!

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