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Hello there you blank beautiful screen. It's been awhile. I took a little time last week to just step back, disconnect, and honestly breathe. I felt myself needing a breather and a moment to adjust to going back to work (part-time), Lil Man going to school full time, soccer and running for him, and just daily life. You know what I mean.

My typical morning is starting to consist of some type of early morning workout, rushing home to get lunches made, making sure I'm back in time so hubby can get to work, grabbing a quick shower, getting Lil Man to the bus stop, finally getting breakfast for me, packing my work bag, getting laundry started, cleaning up the kitchen, taking the dogs in and out and in and out...  and if possible I try to get caught up on email/social media before I head into work.

But I'm back and feeling a little more like I have things under control. I think I'm finding

When Returning Creates A Fresh Start

I am not the best person to travel with.... especially on a long road trip. I think some toddlers have a bladder bigger than me. And, well, let's be honest, I don't like to sit. So I usually get a little apprehensive before a very long road trip.

But this year, maybe it was the fact that I could download from Netflix, but the travel miles seemed to go faster (except for the return trip). I totally forgot that it was a holiday weekend, and we spent several hours just sitting on the interstate. We also couldn't find a place to stay for the night - total planning fail on my part.

When we left on our trip to go Mississippi and Texas, I had just made an emergency visit with physical therapy, and I was told no running. But as the days passed, I began to find ways that I could continue to move... until I was eventually running intervals. (Happy To Get In Some Intervals)

Fast forward a couple of weeks,
and I'm working on building mileage, and I've started half marathon training. But as we pulled back into the driveway back in Pennsylvania, I admit coming home can be overwhelming. It's back to the real world so to speak, but there is also such a mess.

The house was a mess to begin with... now we have all of our bags that have to be unpacked, things to put away, laundry... you get the idea......

But I also decided to use this as a fresh start

As I ease back into a routine, I decided it was time to make some changes.... this means getting up early to get my workouts in before Hubby goes to work. I'd been getting up early in MS and TX anyway... so I knew that I needed to jump back in as soon as we got back to PA.

So when Monday rolled around, I got up and got in 3.5 miles before Hubby went to work.

I also wrote my weekly training in my planner so that I could modify it as needed to make sure that I'm not trying to do too much too soon. I know that I'm not 100% well, and if I feel something isn't right then I need to back off. And by writing it all down, it helps me see if I increased something too soon.

And as fresh starts go... my nutrition needs an overhaul. With my thyroid issue, my blood pressure, my joint pain and whatever else that I have going on that I might not be aware of... it's past time that I made some changes for my health. I knew this before our trip. It was super apparent to me during out trip, and I made a commitment to myself to do something about it. I tried to change up some things near the end of our trip, but it was too difficult with the lack of structure and fast food on the return drive home etc.

But since we've been home a few days, I'm working hard on changing my nutrition. More on that in the future... for now I'd like to see how it goes before I let you in on what I'm doing.

Returning home was emotional, it was exhausting, but it was also a great way to create a fresh start with a lot of areas in my life.

Stay tuned...


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