I’ve felt really off track about a lot of things this week both with little things and big things. There’s been a lot of noise in my head these last few days – rambling thoughts if you will.
What is it about road trips that makes you feel like it’s OK to adopt a diet that consists purely of junk food and fast food? And why do Cheetos taste so good?? Partially it’s due to the limited choices available on the road - fast food and convenience stores and more fast food – but that doesn’t mean that we couldn’t have found a supermarket along the way and stock up on some healthier snacks and fruit. Actually, we did but those damn Cheetos…
I’ve also realized (again) that I am a stress eater. With Hurricane Sandy, so much of this week has been stressful and I’ve been turning to food to try to make it go away versus listening to what my body really needs.
Being stuck in a car for two days makes it really hard to workout. I’m finishing off Week Two of Best Body Bootcamp (BBB) but have only been able to complete three of my five workouts this week which is extremely frustrating. I want to workout but I’m exhausted, physically and mentally.
Speaking of BBB, I love it. The workouts are challenging and I love the way that Tina has structured them. I’m convinced that she’s trying to kill us with the first superset of each workout. There were two moves in particular that nearly slayed me – the Scorpion and Surrender Squats. They look deceptively simple…
I can’t quite wrap my head around the havoc that Super Storm Sandy caused in my city. The power outages I can picture and imagine. But the total decimation of communities along the coast and in Staten Island?
The devastating images of coastal communities, many of which are cut off and are not receiving the same amount of attention or aid as other more prominent communities, makes my heart hurt. It hurts to see the boardwalk at Rockaway completely decimated – an incredible community that I was just beginning to get to know and where I had the privilege of paddling out over the past year.
My neighborhood was extremely lucky during the storm. But I feel like we’re living in this weird bubble right now where people are trying to get back to normal as quickly as possible. I know that I am, mostly for the sake of my kids who have been out of school all week. Halloween went off as usual, minus our annual neighborhood parade. Regardless, the streets were bustling. But it’s a bizarre juxtaposition when about a mile away, it’s a completely different world where life has been altered forever.
At the same time, I’ve witnessed so much rudeness and hostility over the last few days, particularly in the aftermath of an enormous event and at a time when our communities need to come together. It makes my heart heavy and somewhat disappointed.
How you can help
For those of you looking to HELP, DONATE or VOLUNTEER, here is a Facebook page that’s aggregating information about volunteer and donation needs for Sandy relief efforts.
- Please consider donating to the Brooklyn Recovery Fund.Brooklyn Community Foundation – a great local philanthropic organization – will administer the fund which will respond to the immediate and long-term impacts of Sandy and serve as a flexible source of grant funding to local nonprofits for the rebuilding efforts. Having worked in the nonprofit sector for over 10 year, local organizations are often the ones that are best suited to help meet the specific community’s needs. 100% of every donation will be used to support storm recovery efforts in Brooklyn.
- Alternatively, Waves for Water is coordinating a full-fledged relief initiative focus on the coastal communities on the East Coast, particularly in New York and New Jersey.
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