This week I really struggled to get back to my normal routine. Suffering from an excruciating neck injury—which resulted in a bad inflammation, making me unable to even move my arms—all I really wanted to do was lie in bed and read all day, everyday. Thankfully, the inflammation has now subsided, and on Monday I can return to my physical therapist to start the treatment on my neck.
How great is it that today is Friday? Not only is Friday our favorite day, but we have decided to end our week (and start the next) by spending the weekend at the beach, soaking in the sun, feeling the breeze in our faces, and cooling off from this awful heat that has struck us these past couple of days by taking long dips in the ocean and lounging by the pool, reading a book and perhaps even taking long afternoon naps.
This week, as I talked to my husband, friends and family about our latest lifestyle change (we’ve had to answer to a lot of questions, as expected), the one word I noticed kept coming up in our various conversations was, discipline. People always claim that they are not “disciplined enough” to follow through with their plans to better their eating habits or meet their fitness goals.
I can’t wait for the Academy Awards this Sunday (hosted by Ellen DeGeneres, I love her!). There were so many great movies this year (with great talents involved) that it will be interesting to see who’ll get chosen as ‘the best’. Of course, I’m also anxious to see what the Red Carpet will bring, as we all know that the stars save their very best for last.
It’s been almost a year since we’ve been to the beach. An entire year, can you believe that? Now that I think about it, I don’t really know why we had to wait so long, but after much thought, we decided we deserved a little sunshine and the sea…so, we’re heading down there for the weekend. (Our furry children will be so excited.)
It felt so good to go for an early morning run today. God knows I’ve missed it! Recovery is absolutely crucial for your body, especially after running a marathon, so we actually haven’t been able to run as much as we’re used to ever since we returned from Orlando. However, the days that we do get out there, I feel renewed, lighter, more focused and a million times more relaxed- even if it’s only for 6-8 kilometeres at a time. It’s amazing what a little exercise can do to your body…and your mind. Don’t you agree?
This week I spent a lot of time evaluating my priorities- the start of a New Year tends to do that to me. As I grow and strive to be a better person, it’s natural to wonder if my priorities are in line with my current values, what I believe in, and where I want to go.
I’ll be honest, this week has not been an easy one for me. With Christmas around the corner and my family being so far away, I can’t help but feel- as Hans put it- the ‘Holiday Blues’.
And just like that, we say good-bye to the first week of December. I can’t complain, though, as I am kind of looking forward to Christmas this year. Not to mention that for the first time in our 8 years together, my husband and I have decided to travel for New Years- to go somewhere fun with a couple of close friends. And boy, am I looking forward to that!
I want to start today’s post by saying how surprised I am at the number of families who celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday here in Guatemala. Although not a national holiday, seeing them celebrate it, gathering with their families and sharing photos of their turkeys on social media, certainly made me feel as if I were back in the U.S.- increasing that ‘Thanksgiving spirit’ even more for me. So, thank you!