Stopping to smell the roses

As part of my experiment to try to be more conscious of my energy (which sounds so incredibly flaky), last week when I was feeling a lag in the afternoon, which I do every afternoon around 2:30 or 3, I took a walk.

My boss had told me about a rose garden just a couple of blocks from our building.  I had no idea such a place existed.  Sure enough, I looked it up and turns out there’s a whole park right near my workplace.

The weather had warmed up – a little too warm for my taste, which means about 80 degrees, which means I’ve become totally spoiled by Bay Area weather – and I tried to take my time walking over instead of speed walking like I usually do.  First I checked out the Japanese Garden, which while lovely was overrun with kids.  Then finally the roses:






Pretty! And they smelled good too.

I had also wanted to sit quietly, but the sun was too strong. So I made a round, then headed back.

Did I feel rejuvenated? Sure, and I’d do it again. But it was also a relief to get into air conditioning.

In other news, I worked out four times in a row this week! I haven’t done that since I started working. Monday I was working from home so I ran four miles in the early half of the morning. Tuesday I went after work for the first time. Seems ridiculous I haven’t done this before since my bus passes my gym. Wednesday ditto. Thursday after a much-needed haircut.

It feels great not to have to worry about working out again for the whole weekend, though I’ll probably do yoga today and something other weight-bearing exercise tomorrow. Hope I can keep this up!

It helps to remind myself there are specific accomplishments that make me happy – working out, eating right, and writing, even if just a little. Work, sleep, and chores take care of themselves. In other words, they are already habits. I still need to work on the first three.

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