Other Stuff And Other Somethings: How I Spend The Hours In My Day

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“I believe that we learn by practice. Whether
it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing
or to learn to live by practicing living, the
principles are the same.”
– Martha Graham

Although this is technically a blog about lifting weights, there has not been much lifting going on lately. I’ve been lifting no more than three times per week, and it’s extremely relaxed. Sometimes, I snatch. I’ve done a few cleans. I had that fun evening of squat jerks. And, I pull. I do lots of clean pulls that turn into deadlifts plus RDLs. I’ve tried a few more sumo deads. I squatted 50 kg the other day, but other than that, I haven’t squatted at all in well over a month.

I love lifting, and there are certainly things that I miss about it. I still have big goals, and I will eventually get back into the training zone. But, I am happier right now than I have been in my entire life, and taking serious lifting out of the picture helped me get here.

We all have the same 24 hours in a day. I have to accept that a certain number of hours each day are spent on things like getting dressed, packing lunches for my children, making dinner, eating, helping with homework, folding laundry, cleaning the hamster’s cage, and driving. I have to take away time for work and that pesky sleep thing that we all require, and then I have the rest of those 24 hours to do Other Stuff.

For several years, my Other Stuff was lifting. I spent 2-3 hours a day lifting weights and doing things related to lifting weights. Now that I have taken lifting out of the picture, I have those 2-3 hours to do new and exciting Other Stuff.

Battery ParkRight now, I am reading several different books. I am almost done with The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins, and I’ve just started Mind Wide Open: Your Brain and the Neuroscience of Everyday Life by Steven Johnson. I have a tall stack of the books in the series “A Very Short Introduction.” I read Metaphysics first and am now on Quantum Theory. I am also making my way through an introductory statistics book.

In general, I’ve started paying more attention to some of the events in the Asheville community. This is a pretty cool place, and there is a lot to see and do. Nick and I went to see Yamato at the Diana Wortham Theater last week, and I am sure we will end up at some other shows there. We are going on a trip to the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute next week and then to a screening of Chasing Ice, which is a documentary on climate change made by a photographer for National Geographic.

We’ve been making our way through the restaurants downtown. For as many times as I have eaten out here in the last five years, I have been to a shockingly small number of restaurants. Chestnut and Strada, which are both on Broadway, are two of our new favorites. We take something to read and head to the Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar on Friday or Saturday nights.

I’m also going to take some continuing education classes at AB-Tech starting with one on C++. The computer nerd in me needs time to shine.

As Thomas Huxley said, “Try to learn something about everything and everything about something.” I figure I already know something about lifting weights. It’s time to move onto Other Somethings.

Author: Tamara Reynolds

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