It was an action packed day today for sure! I slept well and was up at the crack of dawn to get some birding done! Getting a solid 7 hrs of sleep in my own bed was awesome and refreshing to say the least.
I had an action packed breakfast too. I missed my frozen smoothies!
See the shorter hair? So much cooler, like literally, temperature wise.
Such beautiful scenery; I don’t know that I’ll ever get sick of it…I mean, how could you not? I can’t wait till winter to see all of this completely covered in snow…even though I despise the snow and cold. That’s a whole other story.
The morning was exciting and filled with the raptors I so dearly love, so I’m sure you can imagine how giddy I was having the rare ones fly over my head; I swear I was like a 4 year old in a candy store, I was that squealy!
I ate my lunch (apple, pb and cinnamon wrap) from yesterday but before leaving my apartment this morning added another tablespoon of Naturally More PB…I’m finally getting the hang of this whole eating foods to keep me satisfied instead of them just being a number. Go figure; it only took me almost 25 years. Sadness.
I ran into these beauties on the way out and I think the head male mustang was not happy with my presence…I booked it super cute after I heard him huffing; never a good sound.
I had a speed workout planned for after therapy this evening so I snacked on some cherries mid afternoon along with some H2H, chocolate chips and almond breeze.
After some digestion and emotional revelations I headed to the track to get in my workout: MILE REPEATS. As much as I hate these things, I know they’re going to do me good. Well, at least I hope they will. Maybe tempo runners would be better for a long distance runner?
I ended up doing:
5 minute warmup
3x 1 mile: 8:02:48, 8:20:98, 8:12:06
10 minute cool down and stretching
I don’t know what I was shooting for but I’m pretty happy with the times I got! Not bad for someone who doesn’t do much speed training…my last session was two weeks ago! Eek!
Anyhow, every time I finish a workout this pretty little girl likes to lay on me as I stretch…I guess I radiate a lot of heat…she also provides extra weight for planks and pushups; another bonus for owning a kitty!
I scarfed down my dinner of leftover potatoes, brussel sprouts and zucchini from last night with two eggs on the side.
Nice and quick while I finished up a power point presentation that I’m giving tomorrow for the local rotary club! I’m nervous but it’s nothing I’ve never talked about before; I love my job and to talk about it, so it never makes me nervous to do so!
[[Side Note: Comparison Trap
First I want to welcome all my new readers and I hope you're enjoying the blog! If you haven't noticed I have a feature called Side Notes where I talk about my struggles with my eating disorder that I've been trying to rid of for the past 8 years. You can read more of them from my Side Notes Tab located underneath the blogger header picture if you'd like. Again, thanks for checking out and reading the blog!
Anyhow, I wanted to discuss some emotions that I had while at HLS since I was so nervous and anxious about it beforehand. Granted I was excited and enjoying the opportunity to see so many of my great blogger friends, but the sheer act of meeting so many new people had my head spinning.
As much as I would love to say that it was easy and I had no problems during the weekend, that is far from it. And as much as the weekend focused on getting out the comparison trap, to people and blogs alike, I have to admit that it still happened, but in the same instance made me realize what my blog is really about and why people read it and keep coming back to see more.
At one time I did strive to be like the big bloggers and was overjoyed when they would link to me, sky rocketing my stats through the roof for about oh, 24 hours before it returned to normal. But in reality, that kind of thing only does so much for my blog and after seeing all that readership disappear, it's a bit of a disappointment. What do that have that I don't?
I made a goal this year to double the readership for my blog by divulging in bigger and better content and to tell you the truth, it's paying off!!! My Side Notes features, Single Serving Recipes Section and talking about the environment and my unique work opportunities has helped me double my readership, plus some since January! I am excited and hope to keep it going through the rest of the year, but it goes to show that you can on your own make your blog successful.
But even though I see this and know that I am my own success and inspiration (does that sound selfish or what? But truly, you can inspire yourself; there's no shame in that!) it is still hard not to want to be them and have their success. And not only that, but strive to have their creativity with food, great photography, speed in running or strength in working out, and so much more.
I was originally bogged down with these thoughts at the start of HLS but by the end it has diminished incredibly because I see that so many people can succeed on their own and truly believe in what they do, write and see in the blog world.
So yes, sometimes I wish I had the popularity of Kath, the cooking creativity of Tina, the speed and dedication to running like Meghann, and the writing skills to be offered to write a book like Caitlin...but hey, it's not the end of the world if I don't. If I were just like them, you wouldn't want to read my blog anyhow! It wouldn't be original. And that's why I love them in the first place, because they're all different and inspiring in their own ways.
Ergo, don't be afraid to be different. Embrace how unique you are and that being big isn't everything. It's all in good fun anyhow, right?
Do you fall into the Comparison Trap? How do you escape it? ]]