Nothing like being away from home and your normal routines to force you to take a clear look at your life. This week I’m at my mom’s helping her pack for her move (to a house five minutes from mine! Yay! And OMG!). Having some space and clarity has made me realize a few things:
1. My kids need a serious technology detox, and so do I. Mr. Gumbo and I talked about this a couple of weeks ago. I seriously want to disconnect the TV, hide the Nintendo DS’s, ban the iPods, and limit the computer time. We need to spend more time shooting hoops, being outside, swimming, biking, playing board games, making stuff. Who wants to look back on a childhood with their face stuck in front of a screen?
2. I have to be honest, my diet has not been great over the past year. I still think it’s healthier than 90% of Americans, but that’s not a very high standard. I eat way too much sugar. My kids eat too much white stuff and not enough fruits and vegetables Get real — eating this way will kill us, eventually. I spontaneously gave up coffee, sugar, wheat, dairy, alcohol and meat three days ago. The first couple of days were fine but suddenly today I want to eat a box of cookies. But I won’t. I had two plums instead.
3. I haven’t been reading enough! Time seemed to get away from me this year — it was my first year since the kids were born that I worked outside the home. I still haven’t figured out to balance everything. But reading is something that I love, and that relaxes me, and I need to make the time. Ditto for writing.
4. After the triathlon is over, I need to GET REAL about an exercise plan that works for me. I’ve not been able to train as much as I wanted for the tri, and my basic goal right now is just to finish and not die. I think I’ll stick with the running, as I don’t hate it like I thought I would, and get back to yoga a couple times a week at least. Because I have to be real — as much as I love ashtanga and all it does for me, my cardio is SO nowhere near where it should be and running seems to be good for that.