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What works best for me…

When I saw the Wednesday word over at DebRuns was pragmatic, I just had to jump in for the link up.  Make sure to head over and check out her blog.  Debruns.com!!!

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From vocabulary.com, the definition fit me perfectly. Well. Lately.

“The opposite of idealistic is pragmatic, a word that describes a philosophy of “doing what works best.” From Greek pragma “deed,” the word has historically described philosophers and politicians who were concerned more with real-world application of ideas than with abstract notions. A pragmatic person is sensible, grounded, and practical — and doesn’t expect a birthday celebration filled with magical creatures.”

Up until this deployment (well even before that to be honest as my single Mom duties have increased over the last several years) I dreamed of being so many different things.  A writer, an avid runner, a Chef at my own restaurant, a life changer and so many more magical things that put the light in my eye.  But as of late, the pragmatic side of me has since kicked in, and I find myself just doing what I can do get through the day.

But what kind of life is just getting through the day? Not one for me, I can tell you that.  So as I talked about last week, I wanted to start running again.  But with temps in the 90’s with humidity out the roof I decided I couldn’t put it off anymore.  Practicality was for the birds and I had an overflowing plate that needed to be cleared.

So last night I dusted off my treadmill, fired it up, and RAN TWO MILES.  Life changing?  No.  Day changing?  HECK YEAH.

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The smile says it all, my mini snapped the pic!

After the run I was so pumped up that I did 20ish minutes of strength training and a NINE minute straight plank. Yup. I did that.

I was reminded of the amazing powers of a good workout.  My mood lifted, and I even slept for almost 4 hours straight last night, waking up only once for a total of 5 1/2 hours of sleep. #winning

So while doing what I can is all I CAN do right now, sometimes I still have to follow my heart.

Are you idealistic or pragmatic?  Thoughts on running on a treadmill?

Cheers!

Michelle

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27 thoughts on “What works best for me…

  1. Yay! Day changing things are definitely worth holding on to if they change you’re day for the better 🙂 I’m a fan of the treadmill when the temperatures are as high as they have been lately.

  2. Treadmill running is not my favorite, but I’m glad that I have that option, and I’ll be on it tomorrow because after a couple of lovely days, we’re back to hot & humid (unusual for upstate NY).

    I can totally relate. I didn’t swim for a couple of weeks because Bandit isn’t really crate trained and I knew he wouldn’t be comfortable for that length of time in his crate. But this week, even though I knew he still wasn’t ready for the 2 hours it would take me, I knew I just needed to do it.

    It’s like on an airplane — you’ve got to put your oxygen mask on first!

  3. Love the “life changing no, day changing heck ya”! That was me the other night. I wanted to do a 5-6k but at 9:30 pm with my husband working and just being exhausted from the day my 3k run was just perfect….day changing for sure!

  4. Congratulations on holding a plank for 9 mins….wow! I don’t mind running on the treadmill. But where I am living now I currently do not have one and the humidity has been getting to me too, so therefore my runs suffer.

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