Relax-y Ali

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a perpetually stressed-out person.

Weekdays are for waking up early, working out, going to work all day, and then cracking down on the To Do list all night. Weekends are for waking up just as early, running for hours and then gallivanting around the city running errands.

Grocery shopping is fun now!

Sleep? I don’t get enough of that. It always comes last on my To Do list.

But after that incredibly pesky Crohn’s flare-up back in June, I’ve realized that I really need to chill if I want a shot at being healthy.

Play with a puppy = live stress free

I would love to say that this realization came all on my own and that I’ve found ways to be all relaxy and peaceful.

It’s true that I’ve tried going easier on myself recently — my To Do list doesn’t have to get completely taken care of every single day — but it’s also true that I’m in good company.

You see, dating someone new means everything is sunshine, rainbows and lobster rolls all the freakin’ time.

Luke's Lobster, marry me?

I haven’t had a bad day in months. I absolutely cannot take full credit for that.

I personally have very little to do with the smile that’s been plastered on my face like a drunken fool.

The Ali from a few months ago would have seized the Irene-induced staycation as an opportunity to tackle things that needed to be done: cleaning, emailing, blogging, organizing, etc.

But this weekend, Relax-y Ali ate, drank and slept. I never looked at my list of crap that needed to get done “immediately” and I didn’t feel a single twinge of guilt this morning when I slept until almost 9 am.

This is not my bed, but it is a lovely-looking bed, don't you think?

(OK, confession, I did get up and clean my entire apartment immediately after waking. But I was totally chill about it…)

I went to the gym for way too long (lots of foam rolling, ab things, arm things and a brutally hot but fantastic spinning class) and hit up Whole Foods to buy some dinner things and snacky things.

Now, instead of reading blogs, doing work (oops) and generally freaking out life, I’m off to meet up with that Handsome Friend of mine to take advantage of this beautiful day in NYC.

And our plans may or may not involve roller skates.

I think this guy is good for me.

Oh and stay away from me, Crohn’s Disease. I’m wicked relaxed and happy, which means you can’t come bother me. At least not until after the Hamptons Marathon. Thanks.

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  1. It’s so great you’ve had such a stress free time lately, I’ll bet that feels amazing. I was just unofficially diagnosed with Crohn’s and while I haven’t had a major flare up, I definitely know how much better my stomach feels to be stress free!

  2. So great to hear you are taking advantage of relaxing (and rest days!!) I hope Crohn’s stays away for good once it realizes that you’ve turned a new leaf and have a Handsome Man to will it away! Enjoy roller blading.. I hope your better than me at it. I spend the majority of the time on my butt instead of my feet! =)

    xo Marie
    Chocolate & Wine

  3. this post totally makes me want to date someone if it will take all of my stress away! In my experience, it usually creates more stress (but then again I’ve dated douchebags). I am so happy you’re so happy 🙂 Learning how to relax is something I struggle with daily, so maybe you will rub off on me a little! Can we run together soon, please??

    1. Kelly, stay away from the d-bags! They absolutely do wind up stressing you out, and no one deserves that. Ali’s right. The right guy = lobster rolls all the time.

      PS. Luke’s Lobster just opened a new location right next to me. Heaven? Yes.

      So happy to hear that HBF is so good for you. Truly.

  4. I love reading posts like these when you can feel your happiness coming off the page!!! Isn’t it great when the pieces just fall right into place? I’m happy for you Ali. I got stuck on your blog when you wrote the breakup story and now I love reading day after day to see your happiness shine through. I’m glad I can call you a friend!!! xo!

  5. Thank you for the taco night idea. Andy and I became obsessed with it as soon as I read your post on Saturday and yesterday we bought the ingredients and had our own amazing taco night. BEST IDEA EVER. I know that goofy drunken smile you speak of because I’ve been walking around with the same one. Also, can I pay you to clean my apartment? Totally serious.

  6. I love reading posts like these when you can feel your happiness coming off the page!!! Isn’t it great when the pieces just fall right into place? I’m happy for you Ali. I got stuck on your blog when you wrote the breakup story and now I love reading day after day to see your happiness shine through. I’m glad I can call you a friend!!! xo!

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I’m the creator of the Ali on the Run blog and the host of the Ali on the Run Show podcast. I’m also a freelance writer and editor, a race announcer, a runner and marathoner, a mom, and a huge fan of Peanut M&Ms, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (way better than the first one!), and reliving my glory days as a competition dancer in the early 2000s. I’m really happy you’re here.
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