After getting home and taking the pup for a walk I found myself feeling extraordinarily tired. Beginnings of a cold? Or just feeling the effects of a hard workout. Unsure, but I napped the afternoon away anyway.
A really exciting Saturday evening consisted of reading an entire book. Yup, the whole thing. ROOM by Emma Donoghue was fascinating, sad, emotional, scary, and impossible to put down. But did make for some weird dreams that night. Note to self: don't read scary books when you're home alone.
Number of times I accidentally clicked on Instagram? ONE.
Day 3: Sunday, October 22
So, the reason Angelo was out of town was to work the Ventura Marathon for nuun Hydration. He also happened to have decided to run it on the very down low. Cue a Sunday morning spent glued to the tracking app on my phone waiting anxiously for him to cross each timing mat.
2 hours and 59 minutes after he started, he finished! And I freaked out. Yes, I purposefully opened both the Facebook and Instagram apps and posted about it. Because when you boyfriend freaking runs a sub 3 hour marathon, you brag. I was (and still am) so proud of his hard work and grit.
The hardest part of the rest of my day? Not continuing to open the apps and look at the posts. It's so tempting to want to see who is interacting and responding to what you write and put in the world. But no, back to silence.
With the exception of the marathon, Sunday was unremarkable. Normal yoga classes and working, a nap or two (definitely fighting a cold), and hanging with the doggo. I do have to say, this no social media thing is easier than I thought it was. For now, at least.
Accidental opens? ZERO.
Day 4: Monday, October 23
This week marks Hell Week at November Project. A whole weeks worth of 6:30AM workouts, instead of just the usual Monday and Wednesday. I've been struggling a little with NP. My body doesn't particularly love running most of these days and I've been overwhelmed with the social aspect of the workouts.
I found green snot continuing to surface on Monday morning and my body did not want to wake up to a 5AM alarm. So instead I slept until 6AM and then went for a run on the Pacific Beach boardwalk. It's been a really, really long time since I ran solo along the ocean. The run itself started rough but grew better and better and the views were unbeatable.
If there's something I've realized about social media through all of this it's that it's easier to ignore my body's warning signs about fatigue, illness, and injury when the prospect of group workouts, great photos, and Instagram stories is there. Knowing that I wasn't going to post anything, read about anyone else's workouts, or have anything to compare myself to made it infinitely easier to make the decision to alter workout plans and get sleep. Hm. I may be on to something.
No FOMO here. No accidental IG opens either.
Day 5: Tuesday, October 24
Another planned early morning run, another decision to sleep in. A little bit of guilt is quickly replaced by relief when my body finally starts to feel better today.
Along with my normal classes and corporate clients, I get to do one really, really exciting thing today. Go to the post office. Seriously! I was connected with a very well known yogi (hello, over 500k Instagram followers - which is kind of ironic, I get it) through my good friend Keith. She was gracious enough to be willing to check out my new book, Critical Anatomy, and perhaps post about it! I'm actually a little geekily excited over this and was so stoked to mail the book to her.
Stay tuned for more on that front.
Something cool has shifted over the past five days, I'm starting to realize. I feel more "in the flow." My yoga classes are going better, I'm feeling more creative, my interactions with people feel easier, my stress level is lowering, and I'm sleeping better.
Being in the flow is powerful. I don't feel all the way there yet, and I do have occasional moments of wishing I could check into the digital world, but in general it feels like I'm moving in the right direction. Win.
Day 6: Wednesday, October 25
Holy cow, already Day 6?? This week is flying by. I did finally make it to November Project in the morning for PR day. And I totally surprised myself. While I didn't actually PR, I tied my PR and felt really strong doing so. Angelo even captured a great photo of me working my ass off climbing up a hill. Which I had to see from his computer, and AirDrop to myself, minimally frustrating him that I couldn't just log into FB and download it like everyone else.
One of the main reasons this felt like a good week to take off of the socials was the fact that I teach my first Critical Anatomy Intensive Certification Course this weekend - and I still have plenty to do to get ready for it. I rightly assumed that I'd have more time to focus on the curriculum, sorting out details, and putting final touches on the course.
The one aspect that I was worried about was not being able to do any last minute marketing. Social media is one of the main places I get class and course attendees and we all know that San Diegans are notorious for waiting until the last minute to decide to commit to doing things. But could I get any last minute peeps if I couldn't remind people on socials?
Turns out good old fashioned e-mail works great! I got one more attendee (who is an awesome human as well) and I'm pumped.
Also, to all those who asked me at NP this morning how the detox was going - I said it then and I'll say it again, it's great. And to each of you who responded by saying that you probably need to do the same thing (which was all of you), you do. As one smart Irish lass stated, nothing online is going to change in the week, but you might. So true. So true.
One day left!