Aisha Tyler, photoshop before & after with notes.
Alright, now that I’ve eaten at Which Wich and seen hills and talked to the lady who will likely be my boss soon, it’s on to more real-living-essentials:
- What’s a good bank in the area? Jeremy’s only finding credit unions that are far away or big banks that charge for everything.
- What are some good places to buy bikes?
- Where are the best affordable renting areas around the northwest Austin area, like around Far West?
Check the counts: Some days are just made for the treadmill, especially if high pollen counts would mean you’d be suffering through your entire outdoor run. Make a habit of checking pollen and mold counts every day, and ditch your outdoor exercise when counts are the highest. TryPollen.com for forecasts in your area. If you’re not quite sure what triggers your allergies, then go to the doctor for an allergy skin test that will help you figure out what to watch out for.
Pick your time: Pollen counts are usually the highest in the mornings, so if you are feeling sneezy and stuffed up after every morning run, then try to move your running time to later in the day. Going in the evening may be your best option.
Change out of your clothes: Exercise clothes can carry allergens, so make sure you change — and shower — as soon as you get home to limit your exposure.
Prevent discomfort: If you know you’re going to be running in high-allergen situations, then take a few preventative steps to make your workout a success. Wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from pollen, and take your allergy medication — as long as it’s nondrowsy and nondrying. Medication and inhalers that open up your air passageways can actually make your symptoms worse, so plan to take these at least an hour before your run.
Some advice: Try not to be too hard on yourself. Sometimes love sort of just fades, and it hurts, but it is natural and if you’re honest with yourself about why it happened, it will be okay. Eventually. It’s okay that it isn’t okay right now. Don’t buy steaks if you’re on a budget, buy pot roasts…
I have always been a fan of dance-based workouts. I do Zumba, I’ve done dance fitness, and I love them all. But until last year, I had never tried a barre class. And being a ballet dancer, that was unacceptable.
In less insane news, my therapist told me about this app while we were in session today. It’s called Recovery Record and it’s like a food/mood log but there is ZERO focus on numbers - nothing you eat is quantified in any specific way (simply “inadequate” “adequate” and “excessive”) - and you are rewarded with affirmations, music? or something? (this I’m still confused about), and eventually cute animals designed to give your brain a dopamine hit that you can put in little scenes at the end of the week. There are community aspects as well as ways to connect your treatment team, and it sends push notifications to remind you to eat and log at mealtimes. Very helpful, very sane, highly recommended!