elisariva

Seizing life's joys and challenges physically, mentally, and emotionally.

Back to “Normal”

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Taking time off and going away helps me rest, relax, regroup and remember how much I love my bed! Sleeping at home last night was a delight. Especially with my little stomach issue. From what I can tell I did have a very mild form of food poisoning.

This morning I did sleep in a bit and was still feeling cramps in my stomach. I ate an energy bar for breakfast and wanted to get a ride in. My concerns with riding on the road were two – if I get sick while riding and I am miles from home it would not be good and with the hills in my neighborhood was I strong enough to ride them with very little nutrition over the past 36 hours. After hemming and hawing over it, as much as I prefer riding outside, I decided to ride on my trainer. I did chose a challenging course and road 18.5 miles. It felt good and I held up well. After a week off of riding I was happy to be “back in the saddle”.

As the day progressed I was able to eat a bit more. I am feeling like I am returning more to normal. As I have been writing on flexibility, I am also questioning “normal”. I remember thinking after my mother passed away that life was returning to a new normal. Sometimes events cause changes that alter forever what normal was once known to be. I know this week I will return to my regular training schedule which is normal for me. Five years ago – getting up at 4:30 in the morning and working out over 10 hours a week was far from normal. Three to five hours a week seemed very acceptable and what “normal” people do.

One thing is certain, things change. Sometimes by choice – my workout habits, and sometimes as a result of things that are out of my control. Sometimes choices are a result of something out of my control. As a result of my latest food malfunction I am beginning to do a bit of research in the realm of nutrition. This may impact how I chose my meal plan. Call it karma, coincidence, or Divine intervention – but in the past six months I have come across several people, unrelated, who have been impacted by a movie. The most recent nudge was just yesterday when I read a friend’s Facebook status that she just watched Forks over Knives. I have not seen it yet and plan to this week. I have not made a judgement yet since I haven’t seen it, but I do know that most of my food run ins have been with meats. So I am willing to explore and research. Change sometimes causes anxiety or trepidation, but I know I want to improve as much as I am able to make life all the more enjoyable. And enjoying every day is what makes life grand.

Author: elisariva

I want to encourage everyone to follow your passions, not just what is easy. It is in overcoming hurdles and barriers that we truly test our limits and abilities. There is much more we are capable of if we only believe in ourselves.

4 thoughts on “Back to “Normal”

  1. A friend of mine just reccomended the movie as we were talking about food choices. Let me know what you think.

    • I will let you know. The swim finals on tv every night this week is delaying my ability to watch it. Update soon.

      • I have lost all desire to turn on my television, so that is what is holding me back. If you tell me it is worth watching then I will make a little time for it.

      • The actual swim races are thrilling. Of course NBC fills time with athlete profiles. Some is interesting. Tonight is the 200 freestyle final. Phelps came in second last night in the semi by 0.02 of a second to Ryan Lochte. Should be exiting to watch tonight.

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