There have been a lot of change over the last month, what with moving to a new city and starting a new job and all. I think that makes it more than time for a coffee date, don’t you? Go ahead and grab your favorite mug, fill it with coffee/tea/whatever, and meet me back here. I’ll wait…
If we were having coffee, I would tell you…
One // On Saturday, I drove all around Chapel Hill without a GPS. I got to CrossFit, downtown, the mall, the bank, and the grocery store without the help of my Mazda’s navigation system. Every time I get somewhere new without the GPS, I give myself a gold star. I know I’ve only lived here two weeks, and I’ve barely scratched the surface of what this town has to offer, but navigating sans help is a big personal win.
Two // CrossFit is awesome. And humbling. So very humbling. I really love learning the Olympic lifts. I feel a bit like a badass when I do a split jerk or a hang snatch. But I’m also used to moving heavy weights, and I’m not exactly cleaning 200+ pounds (yet – I’m told it will come). Some things, like box jumps, kettlebell swings, and anything core-related, I can RX all day long. But then, when there’s pull-ups or double unders in the WOD, I look like it’s my first time in a gym. Rowing and running, too, have put me on my heels a bit.
Last week, there was a workout of 10 hang snatches, 10 box jumps, and a 400m run, repeated three times for time. I blasted through the snatches and jumps, then died on the run, which killed my time. It will all come together with consistency and hard work, but to go from being so strong and confident to being like… “a double what?” has been an adjustment.
Three // I don’t think I realized how badly I needed out of Charlottesville until I was out of Charlottesville. I’m trying to write a post about this topic, but it’s hard to find the right words. It may or may not see the light of day. Don’t get me wrong. I love a lot about the town, and it’s where my people are. But, it’s not an easy town to live in, especially over the last year or so.
Being in Chapel Hill, I’ve found a lot of comfort and inspiration in not knowing many people, and in being able to walk down the street without running into 5 people I know in the span of three blocks. It feels like I have the freedom to do some of the things I’ve been dying to do for a long time, but didn’t feel like I could do in Charlottesville. It’s a clean slate, so to speak, and I’m running with it.
Four // Speaking of things I’ve wanted to do for a long time… I spent most of Saturday working on a project I’ve wanted to launch for a REALLY long time – but didn’t think I could pull off in Charlottesville for a variety of reasons. I’m hopeful it will see the light of day in the next two weeks – working on “making it pretty” now!
Five // I’m officially an EMBA student at the University of North Carolina. I got my official acceptance letter last week. I’ve been taking online an accounting class through LSU as a prerequisite/way to get out of taking the GMAT, and I’ve loved being in a classroom(ish) environment again. I’m looking forward to starting classes this fall.
Six // I volunteered to be a co-leader of a Girl Scout troop. I was a Girl Scout growing up – say hello to the top cookie seller of 1991 – and I loved it. It was something I wanted to do in Charlottesville, but couldn’t fit into my schedule. I’ve completed my online training, now I’m just waiting for someone to reach out with next steps. Troop Beverly Hills, here we come!
Seven // Knox has struggled with the move to Chapel Hill. He’s always had some separation anxiety, but his first two weeks as a Carolina resident were bumpy. There was one day where he cried when I left – barking, whining, pawing at the door – and the only other time he’s ever done that is when I left with two suitcases to spend three weeks in Edinburgh.
Another day last week, he took off out of the front door. My heart stopped. He stopped at the sidewalk, and I knew if I went after him, he would run further, so I faked calm and walked back to the apartment. He followed and we had a little chat about behavior. I’m trying my best to keep his routine as similar as possible – he stays in my bedroom when I leave, he’s got his blanket, his toys, he gets the same food, treats, we stick to a similar bathroom schedule… Things seem to be improving, but the poor guy has really been thrown for a loop.
Eight // I’ve made a few tweaks to my diet starting today to see if I can clear up some stomach/digestive issues. I’ve entirely cut gluten and most dairy. I’m still eating some cheese. In the past, cutting gluten has done wonders for me. I don’t eat a lot of it anymore, but I find gluten has creep – I’ll have a few bites here and there, and the next thing you know, I’m eating bowls and bowls of non-gluten-free oats (last week…).
As for dairy, I was lactose intolerant as a child and “grew out of it,” but I have been eating a lot of Greek yogurt for its protein value. I noticed my stomach issues seem to improve when I’m not eating it regularly. I don’t each much dairy either, just cheese and Greek yogurt, so I’m hoping cutting everything othere than some feta and a little bit of cheddar will help – the feta and cheddar are 100% related to A) protein macro goals and B) they just taste good.
That’s a fair few updates for our coffee date.
What’s going on in your life?
Let me know in the comments!