Learning to Unplug

How are those #18daysofjanuary work outs coming along?

I’ve done 4 so far.

Four doesn’t seem like much, considering it’s the 10th already, but I know it will all work out by the end of the month.

The other day I skipped a work out to have lunch with a friend. She was having a pretty rough day so we went for our fave – sushi!

We tried a new-to-us appetizer called chicken satay.

It’s served with some sort of peanut sauce. I would have bet you 100 bucks it was a scoop of peanut butter straight from the jar, topped with crushed peanuts.

Being the peanut butter lover I am, I still couldn’t get down with dipping my chicken in it. Not my thing.

Afterwards we ran to the grocery store and spotted Designer Whey on sale at Kroger for only $9.99. (It’s originally $16.99)

I picked up a container of double chocolate because I had already tried the other flavors they carried.

Oooo I almost forgot, I finally got my nails done again. I loved those Christmas ones, but they were definitely way grown out.

This week I went with a chevron accent nail, a print I absolutely adore.

I wanted to do Gavin’s room in that print in a bad way, but I couldn’t get Brandon to agree to it. Blast!

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At the beginning of the week one of my clients asked me if I had any non-fitness related goals. I thought for a moment, but couldn’t come up with one. Sure there are the common ones: volunteer, donate things, etc. But I knew I wouldn’t ever do one of those. Remember last year’s volunteer idea – I completely forgot about it!

But then I read this article the day after, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.

It totally makes sense, and I’m sure a large amount of us can agree. I have a few friends that do this while we’re out to eat or at a small group gathering. I can’t stand it.

I do my best not to bring it out unless I have to. Sometimes my phone blows up while I’m training, and I don’t check it until my client takes a water break or between clients. It’s unprofessional and no matter where you are, you should give the person you’re with your full attention.

My husband is very bad for this. Yup – calling you out Brandon. He knows it too so it’s no surprise. With his job, he never gets to look at his phone during the day so I can’t blame him for wanting to when he has some free time. But pre-baby when we’d go out to breakfast, he would always pull it out and browse facebook or look online. I’m like “HELLO!!!! I’M SITTING RIGHT HERE!” so then I would pull out mine since we couldn’t have a normal conversation. I always wondered what the servers and other diners thought of us. Like.. “woah, they’re a super exciting couple..not.”

The ways I’m bad with it – I make myself available to my clients 24/7 365 days a year. My phone is always on and they’re free to email or text me whenever they need help. It’s part of my job. I don’t want to discourage them from contacting me. If it helps them succeed, I’m here. BUT, the fact that I’m in bed replying to work emails at 8:30pm and all weekend long or trying to rearrange my client schedules at the wee hours of the night has gotten a bit out of hand.

So Bethany (since you asked) my non-fitness goal is to learn to unplug. To be in the moment. Spend quality time with the ones I love most without my phone attached to my fingertips at all times.

Like Jarrid mentioned, I will “make my phone an accessory rather than a priority.”

During the week – emails will stop at 5pm and texts will stop at 6pm.
During the weekend – I’m still undecided on set “rules” but my phone will definitely not be pulled out as much.

So if you need me, you’d better call me. ;)

Questions of the day:

How do you feel about unplugging from the world? Do your friends and family members use it more than you wish while you’re around?

Have you ever had chicken satay? What did you think?

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2 Responses to Learning to Unplug

  1. EdNo Gravatar says:

    You know that is a really good non-fitness goal. Being able to detach from your phone and online presence is really refreshing. Heck even try a weekend or two and do a social media fast. It is nice, and also recharges your batteries once you are back online. One can only handle so much stimulus!

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I'm Jolynn, a 27 year old fit mom of one, living a balanced life with a passion for food, health, and fitness. I am an ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and ISSA Specialist in Fitness Nutrition. Find out more on my About Me page. Thanks for stopping by my website!  Feel free to contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. I'd love to hear from you!

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