Two Obsessions (and why that's okay!)
I have a tendency to be obsessive. In my defense, my obsessions are almost always deep seeded and stick around for a while. I blame my father because he has the same streak in him. Fortunately for us, I did read something last weekend that made me feel validated in my nature. In The Dip, Seth Godin writes, "Diversification feels like the right thing to do. And yet the real success goes to those who obsess." So there, Mom. :)
All that to say, I'm going to share my latest, but not fleeting, obsessions:
I have been wanting to do a triathlon for about 8 years. When I finally signed up for my first one this past May, I told multiple people "I hope I don't become obsessed with this."
Well. I did.
However, I wasn't 100% sold after the first one. I did sign up for another race almost immediately, but I thought I'd probably call it quits on my tri career after that.
But then I raced for a second time. I did better than my first race, but I knew I could do even better than that. And then I got an email about early sign-ups for 70.3 Oceanside (here in north county San Diego) and that was the end of that.
So, now I'm signed up to do a half Ironman in 38 weeks. I'm a little freaked out but getting more and more excited about it by the day. I have a great strength training routine with Rehab United's Fit Societe classes that will keep me healthy and I have time to build up to the distance. I am thinking about sharing my weekly workouts here so let me know if you're interested in that!
Parting thought on the topic (for now) -- if you are thinking about doing a Sprint distance tri, definitely go for it! It's short enough that it doesn't matter what bike you're riding and the whole thing takes about 90 minutes. People at races are always SO nice and it's a great catalyst for brunch plans!
2. Safer Beauty
This obsession was actually planted about 2 years ago when I was living in San Antonio. Back then, I knew a lot of the products I was putting on my skin where made with harmful ingredients but I didn't want to give up wearing make-up so I compromised and started oil cleansing and trying to use coconut oil on my face as moisturizer. It was all so messy and didn't really work for me so I eventually gave up and went back to traditional moisturizers and face wash.
I was doing everything right on the inside in terms of food, but I just couldn't do the crunchy beauty stuff.
You know how sometimes it takes reading one thing to instantly change your mind and change your habits? For me, that happened when I read these facts, "Over the past two decades, the European Union has banned more than 1,300 chemicals in the product formulas of personal care products and restricted the levels of over 250 more in such products. The United States has only partially banned 30 to date."
When you start to read the list of banned ingredients and their effects, it can get kinda scary how many things we are putting onto our skin, and a result, into our bodies.
It felt pretty intimidating to swap EVERYTHING, so over Christmas I started with make-up. I got a set basics that I ended up LOVING and then started to swap out better products as things ran out (like eye cream, day/night moisturizer, etc.)
I've finally gotten to the point where I've swapped almost everything in my daily routine with safer options. A lot of the products in Target or the drugstore that say "natural" still use things like synthetic fragrance which can be hormone disrupters and allergens. (It's kinda like when you see "gluten free, natural, and vegan!" on a box of donuts... but it's still a donut.
The Environmental Working Group website is an awesome resource where you can search for the products you use and see their safety rating.
Parting thought on the topic (for now) -- The best part of this stuff is that you don't have to change everything at once. I just started by swapping whatever I ran out of and over time you'll have transformed your beauty routine into a safer, but still highly effective one. It's actually WAY easier than changing your diet!