I’m gathering nutritional smug points today.
Three weekends into ‘dry January’ and not a drop of alcohol since New Year’s Eve ! Back into the swing with sugar free and the cravings have finally subsided, great. I’ve even got into the habit of substituting de caf on a regular basis for my coffee and tea.
No smug points for running.
I started the week determined to get that Tuesday run in. It’s a weak spot in my running schedule meaning that I often end up doing 3 runs instead of 4 because I skip it. So 9pm Tuesday night off I went. Good weather. Only 3 miles, so out and back along the main, lamp lit road into town. Got home, felt great, had a bath, had a drink, went to bed, couldn’t sleep.
I tried meditation. Still awake.
So then I thought about my novel, the one I haven’t written yet. Sometimes I just like to spend a little time in my imagination with my characters, sort of building them. I’ve been doing a little bit of this recently thanks to Elizabeth Gilbert ( of ‘eat, pray, love,’ fame). A few weeks ago I heard her interviewed on the radio about her new book ‘Big Magic’.
I was interested when the interviewer asked her about her theory that if you don’t use your creativity then that energy comes out in a negative way. I can understand what she means, if I get bored and frustrated then I start to pick holes in things around me. ( I don’t think that creativity has to be art by the way, being able to think originally in science or management is also creative). So I got the book. To be honest much of it is a bit off the wall for me, but she has a theory that if ‘the muse’ comes to you with a great idea and you don’t use it, it will go to someone else. Being the gullible and superstitious primitive that I am, I don’t believe it but at the same time I don’t want to neglect my idea any longer.
Hence, When I was still awake at 1:15 am I thought that it was time to get up and do something else. So I started jotting down my ideas on paper. It was about 4am by the time I got to sleep and I get up at 6, so on Wednesday I was tired. Too tired to do my run on Wednesday night.
Thursday was a rest day and is my operating day. When I had the good fortune to finish work early (because someone cancelled) did I dash off to do my run? No, I sorted my emails and went to the shop for food thinking that I would run after food, but instead got talking to hubs then fell asleep on the sofa. Ditto Friday.
I’m not sure about the falling asleep of the sofa thing. I think that I might be adjusting to the lack of stimulants from caffeine and sugar, some might say ‘detoxing’. I’m sure that I will adjust in a few days and be all the better for it.
So I finally got my third run of the week in today ( no fourth😟).
Proper winter has now arrived with ice and snow.
Next week, no procrastinating! Run first!