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The Dumb Things I Do
It’s an intriguing title, right?
I bet you’re thinking to yourself, “What moronic things has Ali done today?”
Don’t worry. There’s a whole list.
After a weekend of working, I managed to plow through another work day yesterday with relative ease. I escaped the office right at 5 PM, just in time to make it to an evening Chisel class at the gym. A smart thing I did was half-ass all the “hard” stuff. I pushed through the glute, arms and abs sections, but when we were told to do crazy jumps up onto our steps (oh yes, there are steps involved — is it not 1992 anymore?) and super-deep squats, I basically marked it.
Do you know why?
Because I didn’t think killing my quads last night would help with the speedy run Coach Cane had planned for me this morning.
Now that you know that I am, in fact, capable of making semi-smart decisions from time to time, let me tell you about all the other crap I do that makes me furious with myself.
First up: that whole “I’m going to cook a new-to-me meal once a month” resolution I made at the kickoff to 2012.
Why would I force myself to do something I hate? I hate the kitchen. I hate grocery shopping. I hate carrying my groceries home, and I hate putting them away. I do not enjoy slicing or chopping things, and I definitely don’t enjoy trying to figure out why the recipe I swear I followed (and that the recipe-creator swore would taste “OMG so good”) came out tasting like a dirty foot.
And yet I refuse to give up on my New Year’s Resolutions.
Yesterday was July 30, and I still had not cooked a single “fancy” dish all month. So I trekked to Fairway, picked up some supplies and hauled them home in an attempt to feed myself and Brian, who had several delivery establishments on speed-dial should I fail to produce something edible.
Since I’m pretty much incapable of cooking something even remotely complicated without a recipe, I followed this guide from Smitten Kitchen. I’m sure all you foodie people know all about this blog, but I did not, and it’s kind of awesome. The recipes don’t seem impossible, and that’s important to me.
I wanted to make something summery and light and easily-digestible (um, Parmesan cheese maybe not so much, but it’s cool), and this meal hit the spot.
That’s something food bloggers say. “This hit the spot.” Other common phrases I’ve found include “Yum!” and “Soooo good!” and “Done.”
Honestly, as much as I whined and complained about cooking one measly meal, this was incredibly easy to make and it tasted pretty good — which is excellent, since I will be eating leftovers for the next two days.
I also made Brussels sprouts, which isn’t a new-to-me dish, but they were on sale.
So while I’m not thrilled with this resolution, I guess ultimately it’s not so bad…even if I do procrastinate cooking every single month.
Other dumb things I’ve done: Well yesterday I mentioned doing this century ride in August, right?
Fun fact about that is I still don’t have a bike.
I’ve been training on the loaner from Coach Cane, and I desperately want my own bike but I haven’t quite made it to a store to make a purchase. Coach Cane says the guys at his bike shop will “hook me up,” but the shop isn’t in Manhattan, so I have to make my way there sometime next week.
Why would I sign up for a bike race without having a bike? Right. The dumbness.
But also, the website for the North Fork Century is hilarious, and I couldn’t resist clicking and giving them all my credit card information.
Funny examples found on the race registration page:
Adding to my To-Do List: Purchase bicycle.
Maybe you’re wondering why it’s a Tuesday morning — a morning when I typically do speedwork of some sort — and I haven’t mentioned running.
That brings us to Moment of Dumbness #3: skipping my morning run.
Cooking, bike races, sleeping instead of running…I hardly recognize myself anymore.
Despite my best intentions of getting “a ton” of sleep last night, that didn’t happen. My 9 PM wishful bedtime thinking turned into almost 11 PM, and when my alarm went off at 5:00 this morning I couldn’t handle it.
I snoozed more.
And finally I told myself that just this one time, I needed sleep more than I needed to run.
I know that perhaps you’re thinking to yourself, “But Ali! That’s not a dumb move! You listened to your body, you practiced moderation, you healthy living blogged!” Sure, it’s true that I probably did need that extra 45 minutes (woo hoo) of sleep, and that’s great.
But also dumb, because today’s workout is important — no junk miles today — and now I have no idea when the heck I’m going to do it.
Honestly though, I realized something on my walk to work, as I scrolled through my Twitter feed filled with posts like “I worked out this morning, I’m so awesome!” and “Nothing like waking up to 7 miles to start the day!” with a billion hashtags to follow: I didn’t care all that much about sleeping through my run.
A year ago, I would have flipped my shit and beat myself up. Today, though, I’m OK with it. I’ll do my best to get my run in later, but if I had run this morning, I’m confident it would have been a disaster, and that would have discouraged me even more. I’ve never completely missed a run during training, and I don’t plan to start now, so I’ll figure something out. Also, there are some things happening in my stomach that I’m not happy about, and my doctor’s appointment with the new guy is still a week away, so until then I’m trying to be all chill and relaxed about stuff.
We’ll see how long that lasts.
Finally: If you need a break from Olympics-watching tonight (as if there’s such a thing, you bunch of addicts), tune in to “All the Right Moves” on Oxygen at 9 PM. You can see me making my primetime television debut…kind of.
I’m sure as the series plays out, there will be more dumb things I do…on network television.
The show is about Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini and Teddy Forance, three best friends/roommates starting a dance company in L.A. Our photo shoot with the company members in February was actually their first day of filming the series, so on tonight’s premiere episode you get to see my hand (holding a little Flip video camera) in one of the opening shots. There’s a ton of footage from our shoot in there (they were on the cover of the May/June issue of Dance Spirit), and there’s a slight chance I have actual speaking lines in upcoming episodes.
Just kidding. They totally weren’t “lines.” This is “reality TV” after all…
THIS IS A FUN GAME THAT YOU SHOULD PLAY: What are the dumb things in life you like to do?