Day 87: Well-Being Returns

There is a cozy autumn feel this morning, and I am most appreciative for a sense of well-being. I just enjoyed a nice breakfast, after eking out a 5-mile run. The run was effort because I was still tired after Saturday’s 23-miler, but nonetheless, it felt good to accomplish. Meanwhile, I enjoyed the morning cool and the chilly autumn breeze. I am wearing a light, hooded sweatshirt. After months of hot weather, it is nice to have reason to wear a sweatshirt again. I originally bought this sweatshirt for the…

Day 86: Four Hours of Running, Two Days of Eating!

Saturday’s 23 miler went well due to proper mental physical and mental preparation.  Perhaps the biggest surprise for me is how much I ate, especially following the run for the rest of the weekend! My appetite resembled how it felt after my first solo marathon. I just kept eating (and drinking… with plenty of electrolyte-enhanced drinks). Witness: Chris’s Weekend Eating 9/24 and 9/25: Saturday Before run (5am): oatmeal (1/2 cup) 1 banana (frozen, chopped) pea protein (1 tsp) water (1/4 cup) During run (6am-10am): waffles (2) gels (2) chews (1…

Day 68: Saved by the Food Use Maximizer!

When it comes to food, one of the roles that I have assigned myself in our household is, you might say, “food use maximizer.” I want to make sure nothing goes to waste! If we paid for it, we should use it, by Golly! So I continually pay attention to what we have, especially perishable food, and do all I can to use it while it’s still good. When it comes to “maximizing” our food’s use value, it helps that I’m not too finicky about what I eat.* For instance,…

Day 63: I (still) love executing well-organized plans

(Photo by Charr Crail, aka Wifey, from today’s “Happy Hubby Chef Services” home-cooked meal) A few years ago I wrote about how I love executing well-organized plans. Nothing’s changed. The last few days I’ve had the chance to draw upon that skill once again. After all, today I did my first 20 miler of the year! It went great, and there was much planning involved to make things (and myself, literally) run smoothly. Here are the results I was aiming for: Have a successful and enjoyable 20 miler with my…

Day 37: Allowing My Way to Enjoying “Masterclass”

I believe I am getting better at “allowing.” This is a term that Abraham-Hicks mentions a lot. They call it the “Art of Allowing.” My way of understanding this that instead of trying to make things happen in our life, we get into a state where we are inspired first and then take action accordingly. This idea of inspired action is so much more powerful and effective than forced action. Allowing is about Ease. It is about Inspiration. It is about Flow. Sure, sometimes we gotta “warm up” to the…

The Writing Fool Keeps At It

I haven’t gone to the cafe for about a month. But that hasn’t stopped me from writing! Of course, this has been true for years now. This year alone I’ve filled many journals (as well as many blog post, of course) with my thoughts. The picture above is just the journals I’ve finished since the Summer. I’ve probably averaged about one journal per three or four weeks. The journal writing helps me focus. It’s nice to write in an actual physical journal. There are no emails to read, no updates…

Our Perfect Little Thanksgiving at Home

Since being married, my wife and I have mostly gone to other family members’ houses for Thanksgivings and Christmases. In fact, I’ve always associated the Holidays with big family dinners. The two times we dined alone for the Holidays were last-minute changes where we had to stay home (here’s one of those times*). Though we enjoyed ourselves anyway, I remember having a nagging sense of missing out, or at least feeling a little guilty not being with the rest of the family. Then comes 2020, and all the norms of…

Breaking the Habit of Being Myself

I’m a big fan of the idea that people can change their habits. I love the idea that we can “break the habit of being ourselves,” as Joe Dispenza has said. Forming positive habits is a topic I have devoted numerous blog posts to, including these: The Habits that Save Me From Myself Good habits rock! Day 383: I will develop good habits and become their slave! Currently, I am changing the habit of how (and who) I be at my computer. You see, I have a new computer. It’s…

Just Another Mellow Pleasing Day

Today was a pleasant balance of free-time and structured time, me-time and time shared with others. All in all, it had several elements of my ideal Saturday 🙂 Allow me to enumerate: 6am: up and at ’em while still dark out (see featured image above), 10 mile run along the American River Parkway. Bee-you-tee-ful sky, and enjoying the cool fall air. While I ran, I appreciated the well-being of our cat Leeloo. 8am: Delicious post-run breakfast, then time spent creating my latest monthly update of our financial progress. 10:30am: Enjoyed…