I have made some really good choices and one - in particular - really bad mistake recently. Let's start with bad and build up to good so we can end this blog post on a positive note.
Bad Bad Bad Bad Bad Mistake:
I decided to lack common sense for about 1 hour in total and go tanning this past Sunday. Let me start by saying that I NEVER go tanning because I am 28 years old and trying to preserve my skin for my old age. Seriously. I also have some skin damage on my shoulders from the worst sunburn of my life. That was a wake-up call that I need to be very careful and protective of my skin. So when I say I never go, I mean I literally never go tanning and it's with reason.
This past Sunday I had a little breakout and I had been feeling especially pasty. I decided to go tanning to get some Vitamin D and ultimately clear up the break-out on my face. This is where the **disclaimer** pops-up that you should never listen to the uber tan high schooler running the biz. The same one that doesn't ask you any questions about your skin or previous tanning experiences and would allow you to go into the highest level bed for the maximum amount of time. I opted for the cheapest/lowest level bed....max time.
Roasted. I felt OK for the rest of the day but knew I was burned. I put some lotion on and went to bed and thought I would be peachy keen by the morning. When I woke up and looked in the mirror, I was HORRIFIED. My skin was RAGING red. Not even just sunburned but shockingly red. I walked into the gym that morning and people turned around gasped in horror. True story. Probably not the first time either (like I said, I was pasty).
Now I am peeling and just want to be pasty white again.
Good Choice #1:
Since I updated last (a century ago), I decided to partake in a Whole Life Challenge with some of my CrossFit friends. We opted-in for the Paleo lifestyle and are required to workout and stretch everyday for a minimum of 10 minutes each. Also, we are required to get 7 hours of sleep and drink 1/2 our body weight in water to receive our total points for the day. It's been pretty fun but I need to be more strict about my diet. Tanning is NOT on the Whole Life Challenge. 5 point Infraction.
Good Choice #2:
I am officially signed up for the 2013 Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Eeeeek! I was not aggressive about signing up initially, however, 30,000 people signed up, received a spot and crashed the website within the first 2 hours of registration being open. The remaining 15,000 spots eventually became a lottery for which I entered and got in! I will continue to do CrossFit, incorporate a longer run on the weekends and a anaerobic endurance training class on Sundays. I am excited...and scared.