Day 100 was last Sunday.
I know – so what? Who cares? (Is it ego to wonder if anyone noticed? Probably. Is it ego to write about it? Definitely.) It’s not a statement about social media – I’m obviously still involved since I’m writing this blog post. I had to find a work-around to keep the Lifting My Spirits page up and plan to keep posting there. Thought about taking a hiatus from that page, too, but it has a purpose and the people who comment there are amazing. They inspire me.
I think I’ve been getting ready for this for some time. Had a privacy violation a couple years ago that bled into real life. I stopped accepting friend requests from people I didn’t know and have been posting less. I’ve been more careful. I’ve “unliked” or “unfollowed” pages that posted things that yanked my chain. Deactivating for a time could be the next step in that process.
I like how it has forced some changes in my head the last couple of days. It’s quiet in here. I love my job, love the kids, but I am an introvert and working with full classes of teenagers all day drains me a bit. I’m working about 55 hours a week, training, and I’m working on earning some CEU credits I need to renew my teaching license next year. My plate is always too full. (Figuratively, not literally.) I started paying attention to things I did away from work that recharged my batteries and what cause my brain to spin. I deactivated Instagram last year. It took a few days to get out of that habit, but it felt good to share less. I’ve been on Facebook a lot longer and this feels like I just fell off the planet. It’s going to be a hard habit to break, but a good thing for me to have less external input in my day.
It’s hard, though. I don’t want to lose touch with people, so I need to make a new habit to stay in contact. Learned that Messenger still works and that’s a relief. Fits my personality better to have private conversations, anyway. This may be a temporary decision – when my prep is done and I have a little less on my figurative plate and more on my real one, I’ll probably activate it. It does feel weird. How did we do this before?? We didn’t even have email growing up. Were we just…quiet? The fact that it feels like I’m in withdrawal just confirms that it’s a good thing for me to do.
Whatever…what about bodybuilding??
Training went well this last week. Got a PR on leg extension this morning. Coming off the deload week, my loads were scheduled to increase. Hamstring feels better, but the ankle below it is still tight. Seems like the hamstring healing up might be pulling on everything below it. I plan to do more stretching in that area.
Less walking needs to happen since my feet are feeling beat up. We have a 20-year old recumbent bike at home. Most years, it was out in the patio. It’s weathered and a bit beat up. This adorable puppy has used a pedal as a chew toy when she was working through separation anxiety. It still pedals, so it’s all good. Jump on there for a bit on days when my normal activity was low. We’ve had many of those days here the last few weeks thanks to some winter weather.
Oh, and weight is still dropping, but not fast. Much more scale bouncing these days, which is expected. So far, over the last 100 days I’ve lost about 12 pounds, give or take a daily bounce. Stage weight goal is in another 13 pounds. If I make it, this stage will be 4 lbs lighter than last one. It probably won’t be easy to get there, but it’s part of the game. The reverse diet out of this one will be just as hard.
So that’s my update for Day 100.
- Training is good.
- I’m now a hermit.
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