When I start my week with a good, tough workout at Blitz, I feel more confident that I can keep it up all week. This week was like that. Despite two Thanksgiving dinners with family, I had a pretty good week activity-wise. I was thankful for that.
Giving Thanks for Physical Abilities
I’ve noticed myself being more appreciative of my abilities lately, and less hard on myself for any limitations (I have a chronic sore lower back, and now my left shoulder is bothering me—both I attribute to repeatedly picking up my 40-pound and 20-pound girls, sometimes not in the easiest of positions). I am working to get these fixed, but they can get in the way. However, I am able to marvel when I can do an exercise that I wouldn’t have been able to before, or I can get into that yoga pose which was once impossible.
As a mum, I’ve also come to accept my body, flaws and all, as quite a miraculous thing. After all, it did help to develop and deliver two healthy babies, and that is amazing. So mums, let’s be a little easier on ourselves and be thankful for what our bodies can do!
Thankful for Nutrition
As you may have noticed, there is a little delay between when I write this blog, and when it’s posted, so that is why I’m only now writing about Thanksgiving, and next week will be about an amazing yoga retreat I went on to Lake Louise (talking about mindfulness!).
I was blessed to have two turkey dinners this week (and neither one did I have to cook!). I approached them with these goals: eat lots of vegetables, choose only what you really want to eat (I’m not much for potatoes), and don’t feel guilty for things like the dressing and the gravy—oh, and the pie. And it worked. Combined with eating pretty well the rest of the week, I was able to lose 0.4 lb of what I’d gained last week, and I was ok with that! I did eat three small pieces of pie over two days, after all.
Because of going away for a weekend, I managed to fit in an extra workout with Chris at Blitz, so the week looked like this:
Day 1 – 55 minute Blitz workout
Day 2 – Rest
Day 3 – Brisk 45 walk
Day 4 – Rest
Day 5 – 1 x 10-minute workout
Day 6 – 55 minute Blitz workout, 60 minutes Hot Yin yoga
Day 7 – 2 x 10-minute workouts
I am also thankful for this 90-day challenge and all of the motivation it has given me, not to mention the opportunities to really reflect on my progress, to be more accountable through this blog, and to learn to be more mindful of moving and eating.
We’re 1/3 of the way through the 90 days now, and I am determined to make the next 60 days really count!
Starting weight: 211 lbs (size 14/16)
Current weight: 206.6 lbs