Today is the end of one month and tomorrow ushers in a new month. How are you all doing?
This month has been crazy for me. With the depression, employment drama, two overnight round-trips by car to the East coast, and a concussion, I haven't been able to tell whether I am coming or going. I have managed to keep exercising to the best of my ability. This week was busy with tennis and long walks every day. Between Monday - Saturday I had over 130,000 steps registered on my Fitbit. I have been watching my eating but haven't lost any weight. I think my cortisol levels are the culprit but that's just supposition. I cannot contemplate why I'm not losing weight because it exacerbates my depression. Oh well, my spring employment ends in two weeks and my plan is to hyperfocus on diet and exercise for the next three months. I've been keeping an exercise journal and have been diligent about updating it daily (I enjoy flipping through the pages and seeing all of the exercise and activity add up). I've also been using the Fitbit again so I have that as backup proof for an active lifestyle.
Tennis - I had a great week of practice. I enjoyed daily play. My second USTA 4.0 team match was yesterday and my partner and I lost, 5-7, 4-6. Each set came down to one service break. This was the first match that let me see the differences between playing 3.5 and 4.0. I need more 4.0 playing time in order to work on strategy. I've got the strokes but not the experience and that lack of experience and the resulting hit to my confidence was tangible. I couldn't relax the entire match and that tightness hurt my serve (which is usually one of my strongest shots). It also didn't help that our opponents weren't friendly, quite standoffish really. They were the type to go huddle after every point and high five each other when we made an error (not just on their good shots, and it didn't help my confidence.
I am still proud that I put myself out there this January and found a new club and new players and am trying to fulfill my dream of being a 4.0 player. I know it's not much in the scheme of tennis but I've been nursing this desire since my 20's (when I first found out about USTA ratings). I plan on sticking with it as long as I can.
I am not playing tennis today as it is raining here and I don't feel like driving to the cities to play on the indoor courts. Plus after 6 days of tennis, I think I should give my body a break, especially because I have another week of daily tennis beginning tomorrow.
I have a singles match scheduled for tomorrow and then doubles every other day this week, culminating in another USTA 4.0 match on Saturday.
Today I finished reading a book, will take a long 6 mile walk, and then work on class materials for the final two weeks of school.
Edited by Scoutermom, 30 April 2017 - 03:34 PM.