Yesterday's Gone

Before I get to the day that was, a couple of follow-up items:

Sagan asked about a horizontal pull-up. I apologize, Sagan; I meant to link to a demo. You’ll find a horizontal pull-up demo here that’s similar to the kind I’m currently doing. The main difference is that my feet are on the floor, and the guy isn’t swearing. :) Also, toward the end of each set, my “ups” get a little more shallow.

Trihardist? Thanks so much for the compliment! You made my chest swell with pride. Lord knows, it needs swelling these days. 😉

And to you, kikimonster, if you even think about coming to Memphis and not letting me know…well, there will be repercussions. That goes for ALL of you. :)

Today was a great day. Almost all my MITs for the weekend are done, I got a great walk in this afternoon, and I received an early birthday gift.

Gift first: my parents gave me a bike rack for my car! No more subdivision! I can go to area parks or greenbelts and see some actual scenery! I’ve got it on the car now and will load up the bike tomorrow morning and head to the closest bike trails. Film at eleven. Or maybe just photos.

Something interesting happened on today’s walk. I realized shortly into it that I’d forgotten to put on my HRM/watch to track my speed. Oh no! The horror! But I didn’t feel like coming back to the house, digging out the key from the Top Sekrit hiding place on the patio, finding my handbag, digging for the watch, and then starting all over again, so I decided to let the timing go for today in favor of continuing on. But then I couldn’t figure out whether I wanted to do the 2-miler or the 5k (I had about 100 yards to decide.) It was gorgeous weather–a little warm-ish, but a nice breeze. It occurred to me during my intense internal debate that it might be more interesting and enjoyable to simply walk. To forget about time and distance and routes, and instead, to let the music fill the weary parts of my brain, to feel the sun and the breeze on my skin, to appreciate being outside in air that I could breathe. To revel in the joy of walking because I can. What a concept!

I’m not sure I could even map the route I took. I just walked and sang and smiled. It was great. I didn’t worry about pace or distance, although I suspect it was very similar to what I normally walk given that I was returned home almost an hour after I left. The only I time I consciously sped up was during Fleetwood Mac’s Don’t Stop, and really who can blame me? The lyrics really speak to me these days and I just have to MOVE when I hear them:

Don’t Stop
Written by Christine McVie

If you wake up and don’t want to smile,
If it takes just a little while,
Open your eyes and look at the day,
You’ll see things in a different way.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you’ve done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be, better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

All I want is to see you smile,
If it takes just a little while,
I know you don’t believe that its true,
I never meant any harm to you.

Don’t stop, thinking about tomorrow,
Don’t stop, it’ll soon be here,
It’ll be better than before,
Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.

Dedicated to the ones I love, for the next time you start raking yourself back over the coals for your behaviors. Singing this song will cure that, especially if you smile while you’re singing:

Why not think about times to come,
And not about the things that you’ve done,
If your life was bad to you,
Just think what tomorrow will do.

Like I said, today was a great day. I hope yours was, too! And if it wasn’t?

Yesterday’s gone, yesterday’s gone.