Transitioning, Traveling, Tummy Troubles, and Training

It feels like forever since I sat down just to write.  As I’m transitioning into a new stage of life yet again, writing is one of those things I look back on and wonder how in the world I used to fit it in.

As the kids age, I find myself focused on them in a much more emotionally draining way. Babies and toddlers are a handful, of course, but I find myself reminiscing about changing diapers and persuading a 2-year-old to try his peas. Helping an 11-year-old transition to middle school and a 6-year-old navigate kindergarten is a different kind of work. Things feel so much more complicated now.

Interestingly The Husband and I seem better equipped to manage this stage of parenting together. We’ve been in a really good place lately.

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And I can’t help but think my recent solo trip to Uganda helped.

I know that sounds crazy but interestingly, after learning I’ve been in a 22+ year relationship, someone on the trip asked me what I thought the secret to a happy marriage was. I blurted out without thinking…

You have to have me-things, their-things and us-things.

Traveling is definitely one of my important me-things. The Husband, although he enjoys some travel, doesn’t have the same adventurous spirit about it as I do. He really didn’t understand why I had to hop on the opportunity to travel to Africa when it presented itself but he did support it.

And yes, I HAD to go.

I think you are either a person that understands that or you don’t. There’s almost no in between.

Going also concreted my intense desire to see as much of the world as possible. Uganda was like no place I have ever been. Seeing elephants, baboons and giraffes in the wild was amazing, of course, but talking with Ugandans, learning about their culture, and sharing mine was the highlight of the trip.

What can I say? I love people!  And as cheesy and trite as it sounds, I think if we all took a little time to understand and learn about each other the world would be better off. I mean, how can you not find people who live in a completely different area of the world with completely different traditions and culture interesting?

I think it’s the conversations I will hold dearest but I’m not going to lie, rafting on the Nile, seeing an elephant walk past my hotel room, and hanging out with a cheetah were friggin’ AMAZING, too!

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That’s just one of like a million photos I have to go through and share.  I tried to put some up in a Google album and embed it on the site a few days ago but it broke my blog so I had to remove it. However, you can see the photos on Google by clicking here.

The whole trip was the once-in-a-lifetime experience I thought it would be.

Now I’m home and trying to find my groove again. The antibiotics I was taking for malaria prevention wreaked havoc on my digestive system. So I put myself on a pre- and probiotic diet focusing mostly on kefir, kombucha, sauerkraut, under-ripe bananas and jicama. I know, it sounds strange but I feel 100% better. Finally.

Maybe I would have been fine without the odd diet but I needed to feel like I was doing something positive and in my control.

Now that I don’t feel so weak I’m excited to get back into the gym. I made kind of a big decision before leaving for Uganda which is now coming to fruition. After more than 4 years … I’m giving CrossFit a break.

Remember all those wonderful things I said about it when I started? Well, all those things are still important to me but I’m finding the gym environments I have available aren’t supporting them.  I’m just not getting the warm and fuzzies about it like I used to. Maybe it’s me and not them. I’m just in a different place right now and the CrossFit gym environment isn’t giving me what I want or need.

So I’m doing what I do best and changing things up. Tomorrow morning I’m training on my own. I found an app to help me manage the Wendler (strength) program and I’m going to start running more in the mornings again.

This is uncharted territory for me. Ever since I started getting into fitness I’ve always been a class girl, which is one of the things that attracted me to CrossFit.  But I’m ready to go at it alone. Actually, I’m looking forward to it. Now that I’m back in an office environment and the kids need more of my time socially (in a way — not sure if I’m describing that correctly), I feel overstimulated and stretched thin. I just want an hour to myself where I don’t have to interact with anyone if I don’t want to.

My 6 a.m. workout is so ingrained in my routine I don’t want to lose it. So I’m just shifting that from a social hour to more solo activities. Running and weight training will give me some much needed time for myself.

I may be wrong and I may hate it. Only time will tell.

There you have it. My big brain dump and update after Uganda. Just to take this post full circle… I started writing while the kids where sleeping. They are now both up. The 6-Year-Old has interrupted me about 50 times, I’ve had to break-up three fights, help get something out of the fridge, check out three Magformer creations, remind them to flush the toilet, help with Legos and yell from my office for them to leave each other alone at least five times.

*sigh* kids.

26 comments On Transitioning, Traveling, Tummy Troubles, and Training

  • Hello and welcome back. Your trip seems amazing and I’m totally living vicariously through you as I’m a SAHM (no $ for solo trips) still trying to figure out what my work will look like now that my kiddo is on kinder.

    Good for you for mixing your fitness routine up and trying something totally different again. If you find you need a push, with the weight training, you could always get the Jillian Michaels app and have her “train you”. Good luck with your change.

    So glad you’re back 🙂

  • Running IS meditation. I think you’ll love it now that you’re revisiting it from a different perspective. I’ve never been a class person, I value serenity and open spaces above all when training, it adds a distinctive awareness all its own.
    I would love to just run across the plains of Africa, as long as there are no lions in pursuit. Your pictures are just awesome!
    Again, anything you might want to know about running, just ask since I’ve been doing it all my life:)

    • I ran before CrossFit but then CrossFit just kind of took over. I’m excited to get back to it. It is very therapeutic for me.

  • Hi Roni,
    Welcome home! I enjoyed following your recent trip. I’ve traveled many places and have had to take anti malaria meds a few times. I got very nauseated with them but found if I took them at bedtime I’d be okay the next day. Unfortunately, they are a necessary evil. Next trip for me will be India/Sri Lanka in 2018.

    • For me it was a complete gastric mess! I wasn’t really nauseated it was more cramping and bathroom issues but like you said, necessary evil. India sounds amazing! One day. One day. 🙂

  • Hi Roni – Welcome home! I love how you know yourself well enough when you need a change & you jump in with confidence & determination. Can’t wait to hear your thoughts as your changes evolve.

    • Confidence? No.. I pondered this for some time because I’m not confident! lol But it will be what it will be… I’m not getting what I want out of CrossFit so I can either stay stagnant and not be happy or try something new and roll the dice.

  • Sounds like you had an amazing time on your trip! I think it’s great your hubby supports you following your heart with travel even though it is not his thing. What app are you using for the Wendler 5/3/1 program? I noticed there are several out there. I’ve kind of fallen off with strength training in the past 6 months or so but really need to get back into it, everything I read says it would help improve the arthritis in my knees (at 42 I feel way to young to be typing that, lol!)

  • I think you’ll really like your solo weight training time. My trainer tells me she has clients who have to be with her to do anything. Although my sessions with her are great, I also really enjoy doing it a couple of times a week all by myself. It lets me have some brain time/space for other things while I’m concurrently doing something good for my body. But I don’t know how you can do anything at 6 AM!!

    • I did enjoy it this morning. Well. besides not really knowing where all the equip was in the new gym but I’ll get used to it. 🙂
      Oh! and it’s 6 am or nothing for me right now with my family’s schedule but I’m used to it.

  • Great pictures and videos! Was it scary when you tell out of the boat?

  • LOL such a great post and I totally understand about the kids. Mine are still little (I will try to appreciate it) and yesterday they were coming at me from both sides talking and pawing and wanting attention. My brain must be like swiss cheese! Your trip looks amazing and I share your love of learning about other cultures. It’s very weird that some people have the urge and others don’t…someone should study that 🙂

  • Sounds like a wonderful trip. My partner went to Africa last winter & I stayed home. She loved it and I was thrilled she went and thrilled I stayed home.
    I did more solitary workouts for years and just recently joined a gym. There are all sorts of ways that we can get in our exercise and definitely changing it up works.
    You have done it and you can do it.

  • I love this post! Welcome back. Excited to see how things go mixing up your workouts. I workout from home at 5am bc thats what works for me! Cardio queen at heart but this is my year to focus on building strength!

  • The pictures are amazing of course.

    As far as parenting goes, I think it’s getting harder as they get older. It’s humbling.

  • I don’t have an instagram account, but wanted to leave a comment anyway so am leaving one on here to say that your photo from today is awesome! You look AMAZING- I don’t know if it’s your stance, aura, post-work-out-natural-high or what, but your photo screams confident/happy!

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