In-Depth Thoughts from The Girl
Alrightly then. Here we are, getting to the bottom of “what is this 13 week fitness challenge all about”!?!?
I’m a textbook example of a personality that needs exercise to let out frustrations, anxiety, stress, etc. While not opposed to getting pampered at a spa, that would in no way relieve my stress or make me feel better about life, that’s just icing. And as a (mostly retired) cake designer, I know, no matter how pretty the icing looks, it can’t fix a shitty cake.
In the past, when I was stressed or getting irritable, Ray would say “Oh my god, go for a run or something, you’re being a crazy person”. For me, a run in the fresh air, can fix almost anything.
In 2014 I got injured reeeeeal good. I got into a situation so deep that it was the start of degeneration of my hip and pelvis… at 30 years old. That was terrifying. So I backed off, took a break, recharged a little. Then came pregnancies, and what pregnancy does to a body, and then just being a mom: Where did all my time go? Blah blah blah. You get where this is going. Life is a runaway train.
ANYWAYS, one day in May, Ray found me kind of sad and looking at myself in the mirror. I had said something to the extent that I just feel like crap, that I have shirts in the closest from before we moved to Paris, and I just feel so out of touch with what’s in style and cute, and, and, and… So, in true Ray fashion, he tried to be supportive, and find the right words for that moment. But instead, he said “yeah, I noticed a lot of your clothes are kinda frumpy lately”…
I think by the speed and level to which my jaw dropped he realized his error and tried to back out of it. As a Ray translator, I can tell you that he actually meant, “Yeah, I noticed you have some old stuff kicking around, why don’t you take a day to go shopping?”, but unless it’s tech talk, words don’t always come out so smoothly for my dear hubby.
So, by the end of the conversation we got to the root of things. Basically, it’s time the BOTH of us started getting back at it. We signed up for a gym membership, and we are trying to log at least one run or ride together a week, just for old times sake. You have to remember, running together is the core of where and how our relationship started. Us going for a run together, might as well be a romantic dinner date, it accomplishes the same type relationship recharge if you will.
So there you have it. We put a challenge forth that we would both start taking care of ourselves a little better, put a goal date on the challenge so it had some purpose, and hopefully you guys as readers will get to see Ray and I doing some more runs and rides together!
For the record the challenge ends October 6th. To which Ray will reveal to you a complete in-depth review of his current body biometric measurements of body fat, muscle composition, and strength and conditioning tests. Just kidding, he will do nothing of the sort. But we do have something pretty cool planned instead! Stay tuned.
Thanks for reading!