Today I Will Be Happier Than a Seagull With a French Fry

Hello and HAPPY SATURDAY! That beloved day of the week is upon us again. The weeks seem to be flying by but at the same time it feels like the weekend took forever to get here. Hopefully I’m not the only one feeling this way!

When cleaning our house this morning I really stopped to think about a quote that we have on one of our coasters: “Today I will be happier than a seagull with a french fry.” We bought this coaster in North Carolina because we collect coasters from each place we travel, and really just picked it because the picture on it was cute and summery. This is the first time I’ve actually thought about what it says and I have to say, I think I like it.

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Thinking of how happy animals and babies get at the simplest of things is really a great reminder for us. It is so easy to let the little things – things that used to seem so ridiculously awesome, be taken for granted or forgotten about. Things like our phones, the spring weather, sunshine, exercise, books, television, cars, etc. You name it, and I bet at one point it used to be new and so exciting, and all of a sudden it has become old and mundane. Maybe it’s still useful and something we enjoy, but it doesn’t bring us nearly as much joy as it once did.

I think this is especially true with exercise! In the beginning, trying a new workout is scary and exciting, and brings us a new feeling of accomplishment when we have completed it. This feeling remains each time we try the workout again and see progress, but eventually it seems to fade away and we get stuck in a rut. In my experience, it seems that the best way to get out of that rut is to change something up. Results don’t show after so much time doing the same thing, because our body has adapted to the work, and I think our minds are the same way. Our minds adapt to our routines and pretty soon the become just that – a routine.

These past two weeks I changed up my routine and without intending to, brought some excitement and satisfaction back to my workouts. While I’m still completing the same ones as usual, I am doing them at a different time of day. I’ve been completing my workouts before work every day for these past two weeks, and changing just this aspect of my exercise routine has really seemed to help me. I feel so much more satisfied knowing I’ve completed them before work and actually look forward to the day because I know I’ll have tons of time when I get home! Looking forward to waking up super early, not so much, but I’ve at least been able to convince myself to do it for the past 9 work days.

My goal is to complete 21 work days in a row (not quite dedicated enough to get up that early on weekends though;) in hopes that “it takes 21 days to form a habit” will ring true with my experience. With 9 days done, I’ve got 12 more to go!

Tomorrow I am running a half marathon only for women in Grand Rapids. I ran this race four years ago when it was just starting out and still didn’t even give medals to its participants. I hear it has gotten much bigger and has become a community wide event. My training has definitely not been up to par for a half this past month (I haven’t run more than 6 miles since my last half on St. Patrick’s Day), but my fingers are crossed that I’ll be able to make the distance enjoyable if I run it leisurely. The plan is to run with my mom and take our time at all the aid stations and take some pictures! The course runs right past the venue where I will be getting married this summer.

It’s hard to believe we are just about to the last week in April – time is flying by! Summer running will be here before we know it, so I am going to take full advantage of these Spring temperatures while I can. The weather is another thing that is so easy to take for granted, always wishing it was the next season and never appreciating the one we are in. Well Spring, I’m really liking you right now.

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Get out there and eat that french fry, and enjoy it like a seagull. Have a great weekend!

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