Saturday, October 1, 2011

September, with Wistfulness

Big Texas Sky

September in Review

September in Review

I’m not going to lie: September was an especially good month because I was on vacation for a week.  I’ve tried to keep my chin up in the face of a lot of work stress and anxiety, but it was such a relief to drop the facade for a few days and just hang out with my family.  Interestingly, my father, who is basically retired, complained about work more than I did.  I had little desire to talk about work at all, let alone complain about it.  Out of sight, out of mind!  That’s my approach to vacations.

Coming back from vacation has been harder than I anticipated.  Maybe it’s always hard, but I just noticed it more this time?  The past two weeks have demonstrated to me that I need to make some changes in my routines, which I’ll talk about in my next post.  As usual, I’m getting ahead of myself!  Back to September: you can see above that I did a reasonably good job at completing my work-outs.  An asterisk indicates I completed the item, while a V (vacation), S (sick), or an O (did not complete—zero effort!) means I missed that work-out.  I skipped more running work-outs than I would like, only completing 6/8.  Better luck next time…October is going to be a pretty routine month until the very end, when Matt and I take off for a few days.  I’m optimistic I’ll be lacing up my sneakers for more runs because I’ll be able to settle into a routine and October is a beautiful month, weather-wise, in Texas.

As usual, I did a lot of biking, so at least I know I got some cardio exercise most days of the week.  But yoga!  Why did I not do more yoga?  I have no answer, other than sheer laziness, which is part of what I loved about my vacation.  I needed some laziness in my life!  I did do a lot of pajama yoga, which I don’t always count on my star chart, especially if I only do it for five minutes before going to bed.  Sometimes my yoga practice is very minimal, but it’s always there for me.

September felt like the reward for three months of intense and focused work.  I’m glad I made it through the summer and that I gave it my best effort.  I’m also glad that I’ve been paying attention to my exercise schedule, as I think it continues to help me stay calm and happy.  September, thanks for a good time.  We’ll do it again next year, okay?


  1. Let's make a pact to do more yoga in October! We can report to each other each week about our physical asana and on-mat meditation.

  2. Deal! Shall we report in blog-form or by e-mail?

    Oh, I feel much more centered just thinking about doing more yoga :-) I've been feeling so flaky yet overwhelmed at the same time that I think a more focused practice will be really helpful.

  3. It might be easiest to just do it over email. We could always post about it too if we felt inspired! It's funny, but yoga is often the first thing to go when things get crazy for me, but that's probably when I need it the most. Knowing I'll be reporting to you will get me on my mat or rug at least for 15 minutes or so a few times a week.

  4. That sounds good. It's funny how 15 minutes can make such a difference! I know I feel better when I'm making time for yoga, and my work benefits from being calm and clear-headed.

    I wrote my star chart for the month, and my goal is yoga twice a week. And now that we're yoga buddies, I think yoga is more likely to happen!

    Namaste, my dear.