Pedal Another Mile

Bicycling, death, life after death.

A first?

I know it's been over a week since I posted an update. Even the Facebook "Pages" app for the Pedal Another Mile Facebook page sent a "where have you been?" alert to my phone last night because nothing has been posted :)

In what may be a first since I started this blog back up, I just really don't have much to say right now. I look at this as a very good thing. Not that I don't enjoy writing it, not that I don't enjoy when readers tell me how much I help or inspire them, but it's a nice feeling to just be content, comfortable, and not giving how I am doing much (if any) thought.

I am simply living my life. 

As a result, this post may not have the same feel to it as many of my past writings, but I hope those of you who look forward to them can still take something away from it.

Work has been very very busy. I'm mostly caught up on everything from my time off but I now find myself in budget season, and that is an extremely busy time for me. April through June are by far my busiest months.  Add to this the big changes on Tuesday with the election results giving me three new bosses beginning in May. I'll miss the outgoing trustees, who have been involved with the Village in one way or another the entire 14 years I have been here, but I am not worried in the least of what this change will bring. There's no point in worrying. I look forward to working with the new trustees and hope they appreciate the job I do as much as I know the outgoing ones did.

Outside of work I am keeping busy as well. I'm still exercising 4-5 days a week. This "spring" has been a shit sandwich, weather-wise, so I am not on the bike as much as I'd like to be, but there's other things keeping me busy. I'm accelerating the "Couch to 5K" program so I can finish by the May 4th run date. I am no good at this running thing. I suck at it and I don't like it at all, but I'm sticking with it until May 4th. Stick with your goals, keep your eye on the prize, all that bullshit :) I also began lifting weights again.
I've slowed down the weight loss, thankfully, but it hasn't stopped. I'm down 52 lbs since Labor Day. It's hard to eat enough calories healthily to stop losing, so it seems to be an "eat a lot shittier or cut back on the exercise" type of thing. I have been alternating between not eating a lot at a meal and eating so much it's a bit embarrassing :).  I have always been a gain weight very easily, lose it almost as easily person. Maintaining a weight is very very hard for me to do, but I have to figure it out.

RAGBRAI starts in 99 days. It's amazing how quickly time has passed since I got home from Florida. I really need some favorable weather soon - I don't want to struggle that whole week. I should be just fine, though.

I am doing more than just exercising in my free time. Going out, seeing friends, etc... I have settled into a good groove. Living alone for the first time in my life has been far easier than I thought it would be. If you recall, I was quite worried while in Florida that I'd not know how to handle it, but I'm doing very well. I keep the house clean, I'm getting better at cooking, I continue to make changes and reorganize furnishings and decorations, and so on. I've even started, albeit slowly, writing the book again. Even on days or parts of days when I don't want to do anything at all, the silence is not something that is hard to handle - it's just a relaxing, restful time.  

I watch about 20% of the television that I used to. I'm even thinking about downgrading my DirecTV package because I watch so little of it. Seems like a waste to keep paying for these many channels. 

I'm surprised at how little sleep I need anymore. Sure, 5-6 hours a night catches up with me eventually, especially on a work week like this one, but that's what naps are for. The difference is I've taken one or two naps in the last several weeks. They used to be a daily occurrence (and that was with 7-9 hours of night sleep on top of it!).  I like having more hours in the day to do things - another sign I am healing just fine. If I weren't I'd be sleeping as much as I could to pass all that time.

Anyway, that's what has been going on lately... and I'm perfectly happy about it :)