My new normal for now is so strange. All of my great healthy habits are slipping. My gym is closed, my 5K is canceled. I am staying up an hour or so later, so I wake up later.
I can’t really exercise in the early morning. Maybe I can if I did some workouts in my apartment. I miss my gym, so I need to regroup and keep going.
I have continued to lose weight. I am averaging 0.64 pounds a week so I have lost over 10 pounds since January. I have trimmed down inches all over as well. My clothes fit better. I have two pairs of jeans I bought for the holidays that are so big now I can slip them off without unzipping them. VICTORY! I don’t feel like I am dieting which is good. I am simply making better decisions and cooking my own food, so my diet is much healthier. It will be really healthy for the next two weeks since I have a bunch of fresh veggies and limited protein. I need to blanch and freeze the veggies so they do not go bad. Food cannot be wasted these days. An example of my new healthy ways is before turning on the laptop, I thought about making something sweet. Naw, too much trouble and it’s getting to late to be eating. Extra calories avoided through sheer laziness.
I do need to get out of my head a bit more. Read more, get outside to exercise. Summer is coming which means soon we Floridians will retreat inside to escape the brutal heat (and giant mosquitoes that sometimes carry Zika) This will especially be the case since we won’t have pools or beaches for the foreseeable future. Ugh.
Tonight I talked to two girlfriends. One has a son in Brooklyn – sigh. She is facing unemployment as her profession has dried up due to COVID. Her spirits were good, but she is worried primarily about her family. The other is happily unemployed from the insurance world and watching that world crumple along with everyone else. I called my son who is facing a rapidly changing world. His grad school is now online. The foundation that he is interning with just learned that a major source of their funding has evaporated completely. He will be fine, but he may not know that yet. I told him just to focus on school.
When I was talking to one of my girlfriends, I described what we need to do for the next 4-6 weeks as “surfing the tsunami”. We just need to ride the gigantic wave of awfulness that is approaching us and stay afloat. This COVID situation is stripping away everyone’s mask. The greedy, the panicky, the noble, the scum, the desperate, the calm. Everyone’s mask is being stripped away and true colors are being exposed. So what’s next? Time will tell when we have finished surfing the tsunami. For now, we have to come to terms with our new alternate reality.