I’ve got a lot on my mind today.

This is very busy week for me. It’s my sister Elizabeth’s graduation on Thursday, my sister Emma’s birthday also on Thursday, and I just started a new course today. I thought I’d take today’s post to fill everyone in on some updates.

SCHOOL

I’ve been doing well, but so much of my time now is consumed by my clients. In a lot of ways I’ve been going above and beyond what I need to do for grades, but it’s important to me that I do because I feel that dealing with clients is really the heart of everything I’m learning. Plus I really want to help people.

Most of the students in my class are working with family and friends, but I have actually been able to get a lot of clients through word of mouth, or through my blog. So I’m mostly dealing with people that I’ve never met. It’s definitely harder, but a much greater learning experience. Because I’m such a perfectionist I go through ALL my notes and ALL my books and type out ALL my recommendations into very thorough book-like documents for each of my clients so they can keep it forever and ever. It almost feels like all I do now is read and type and run.

RUNNING

I’m starting my marathon training next week. I can’t wait! I’ve been a little concerned and nervous about this because lately my energy levels haven’t been that high. Today I had class the entire day from 10-4 and near the end of the day I could feel myself starting to shut down.

I ended up speaking to a sport nutritionist last week about my diet and we agreed that I wasn’t eating enough carbs to keep up my energy levels for the amount of training that I was about to start. So along with my marathon training, I’m looking at adopting more of an athletic diet. Up until now, my diet was more focused on lowering my body fat percentage, which I’ve done significantly. I still don‘t really think of myself as an athlete, but soon I’m going to start eating like one.

GYM

I’m still doing plyo workouts with my trainer, plus we’ve also gone back to some mass building for my upper body. I can see a difference in my shoulders and back, even though on Monday I had an off day and regressed a little.

My trainer is still making me do some of my plyo workouts blindfolded to help strengthen my mind-body connection and really force me to pay attention to my form and develop my other senses. This has been an amazing experience, but quite frustrating at times. In many ways it almost feels like starting over. Like learning to walk after you know what it feels like to sprint. I get frustrated with myself, and it truly is mind battle.

For example, last week my trainer had me doing lunges in a straight line down a long hall with a blindfold on. I’ve done a thousand lunges with perfect form, but put a blindfold on me and I’m toppling all over the place. My form crumbles and I can’t keep my body straight.

However, when I force myself to do it right, I can pay close attention to how my body feels when it’s in the right position. I’ve been a lot more attuned to small changes my body lately, and I think a lot of it has to do with these blindfolded sessions.

Note to Self: Think twice the next time you run an image search on “blindfolded young woman”

BALANCE

It’s very easy for me to focus my entire life around school and running and workouts. But I also try to be conscious of keeping a good healthy balance in my life. I have to admit, I’m not great at this. I tend to fix my mind on a goal and ignore everything else until I accomplish it. But making an effort to live in the moment has helped. I also try to get some down time. Lie in the sun. Read something fun. Watch a movie. Go for a walk. It’s hard for me to stop and smell the roses sometimes, but I think I’m getting better at it.

MISCELLANEOUS

My brain is always buzzing with a million things. Here are some random thoughts.

a) I’m working on the launch of a website that I’m really excited about and can’t wait to announce on my blog at some point in the near future.

b) I’m upset with my dad for ruining Father’s Day. I’m a better person when he’s not around. I think we all are.

c) I’m SO proud of my sister Elizabeth for graduating. I know how hard it was for her to go to school and get through it with no support, the way that I did. She’s grown into such a strong and beautiful lady.

d) My other sister Emma is almost 15. In our culture, she would be having a huge coming of age party this year. She’s not having one, but she’s still all grown up. I can hardly believe it, I remember when she was just a big bald head and a poopy diaper. I love you Emma!

e) I slipped in the rain today like an IDIOT and scrapped my knee. Boo.

f) I’m going to start incorporating some deep breathing into my life. I’m not entirely sure yet how exactly to do this, but I’m working on it.

g) I’m thinking about giving up dairy. This is a big deal for me because I LOVE DAIRY! But I’ve been thinking about this for a while and there are many reasons why I think this change would be beneficial. I will likely blog about this at some point.

h) Every day for about a week now I’ve been answering the question: “How did I make today awesome?” .. and telling at least one person about it. It started off as just a fun thing but it’s really been helping me recognize a lot of great things in my life.

i) Today’s awesomeness: I watched my knee scab form. I fell on my way to class so I kind of tracked it on the subway and then the entire time I was sitting in class. It went from being painful and bleeding to becoming inflamed and red to eventually scabbing. In my head, I reviewed what I had learned in anatomy and how the body heals and I thought about the details of what was going on under my skin and how fast everything was happening. I realize this sounds like the ultimate, most nerdy thing to do, but I actually thought it was quite incredible. It happened so FAST! You can barely see it now and it was fully bleeding this morning. Like an action movie with a happy ending. Awesomeness.

j) It’s been raining all day but I just noticed the sun has come out so I’m going out to my balcony with my book to lie in the sun. That will be awesome too.