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Making Good Decisions
I often hate making decisions. At work, I have no problem making on-the-spot calls and being quickly decisive. We function on a constant deadline, after all.
But in my own life? I can be very indecisive. I over-think things and analyze them and go back and forth about the most ridiculous issues.
Like yesterday, right around 5:15 pm, when I sat at my desk seriously weighing the pros and cons of whether or not I should go take a yoga class.
Major life decision? Not even a little bit. And yet I went back and forth about it a million times. The class didn’t start until 6:15, and if I went it meant I wouldn’t get home until 7:40, and I had a lot to do and I could really use that hour to be more productive…but I also wanted a good stretch and I haven’t been to a yoga class in roughly 19 years, and ohmyAliwhocares???
Verdict: I went to yoga. And I’m glad I did.
So this morning I was thinking a lot about some of the decisions I’ve made lately, and I’m happy to say that I’ve made some good ones. For once.
Good decision: Going to yoga last night. Hey fun fact, training for a marathon will strip you of any flexibility you ever thought you had. It’s hilarious to me that I was a dancer for 18 years because last night I could hardly touch my toes, let alone get into a split. But it felt really good to do some stretching and to zone out. And I held crow pose for 10 seconds!
Good decision: Eating better all week. As you may know, I’ve been battling what seems like a never-ending Crohn’s flare-up since a few weeks after the marathon. It hasn’t been fun. During most of this time, I have also been eating a lot of crap. Crap = food that is delicious but not necessarily helpful in the “feel better soon” department.
I was slacking on the fruits and vegetables and nutritious stuff, and most of my meals were cheese-based. That’s a smart no-Crohn’s strategy, Ali. Good thinking.
When Brian suggested I look into the Alkaline Diet, I considered punching him in the throat. Anything with the word “Diet” in it doesn’t appeal to me. Take away my brownies and I’ll take away your air.
The thought of a chocolate-free life makes me angry, clearly. I’m sorry.
He told me that he’d done some research about Crohn’s when we started dating (Who is this kid?) and that there were a lot of studies indicating that following an Alkaline Diet — which is all about balancing Alkaline and acid-based foods — has really helped a lot of people with the disease.
My initial reaction was, “No way.” But then — good decision time — I actually thought about why I was saying no so instinctively. I didn’t want to be deprived of the foods I love: the trail mixes (90% M&Ms, 10% cereal/almonds/peanuts/raisins), the desserts, the delicious giant pasta bowls. But I do want to feel better. I’m tired of being sick, and I hate relying on tons of medicine in order to get healthy. So I told Brian that if he was willing to help (i.e. cook all my meals for me) and if we could do it together, I’d try it out for 10 days.
We kicked off this little experiment on Monday, and I’m happy to say that after five days I feel really good. My stomach isn’t fixed, that’s for sure, but I appreciate that I’ve eaten more fruits, vegetables and nutrient-filled foods in the past few days than I normally do in a month. Last night I even helped cook!
This isn’t something I plan to stick with for very long because it is pretty restricting, and if eating 16 Handles means my stomach will hurt, that’s a price I’m sometimes willing to pay. But I’m glad I’m being open-minded and giving it a shot. And I’m eating lots of good stuff in the process!
The ultimate goal is to keep this going for five more days and then see how I feel. Stay tuned.
Good decision: Not running at 4:30 am. Last night I started stressing over when I was going to do my long run this weekend. Tomorrow I’m volunteering at the New York City Marathon Expo starting at 7:30 am, and then I’ll be playing with two fantastic friends all afternoon. Sunday is the marathon, and I’m taking spectating pretty seriously this year.
My goal, even though I have no real training plan right now, was to get in an 11-miler this weekend. So last night before bed, I set my alarm for 4:30 am, thinking I’d bang out 11 miles before work. But when my alarm went off, I was like, “Oh Hell no.” I just didn’t want to get up. That hour is insane. I don’t need to run 11 miles that badly. So I slept another hour, ran 6 surprisingly fast miles instead, and felt great.
I’d still like to get in a long run at some point this weekend if it works out, but today’s good decision was acknowledging that an extra hour of sleep is more important than running sometimes. Sometimes.
Also, Central Park is incredible right now. The energy is insane.
NYC Marathon runners, you are so lucky.
Good decision: Giving up on watching TV shows I no longer enjoy. Sorry, “Glee.” You were fun, but I’m over you. “The Office?” Not loving it this season. “Sister Wives?” Well. Yeah. Not sure why I got into that one in the first place. I’ve never been a huge TV person, but I did spend time watching shows I only half-liked. Now I have some more free time and don’t feel stressed by a too-full DVR. Big problem, right?
Another good decision? RSVPing yes to lunch with Apolo Ohno today. More on that later. I already told Brian that I’m going to try to kiss him on the cheek, and he said that’s OK. He understands.
YOUR TURN! What’s one good decision you’ve made this week?