90 Day Challenge: Small Wins

When life’s a blur…

Ever had a day–or a week–where you wondered what the heck happened to the time? Like you literally can’t remember quite what you did. It happens sometimes when you drive the same route to work every day. You get there one day and realize you don’t remember a thing about the drive. This week was like that for me.

I met Chris at the end of this last week, prepared to tell him that I didn’t want to quit, but that I was really struggling to find the time to exercise. I felt terrible. Most of us don’t like to let people down, but I find moms are often the worst for this. We go about our days not wanting to let down our kids, our partners, parents, bosses, colleagues, friends…our personal trainers. So, to say I felt defeated when I arrived that morning is pretty accurate.

…celebrate the small wins

But Chris reminded me it’s about the small wins. I admitted that I barely watched any TV (maybe an hour at night to unwind with the hubby), and I don’t remember sitting down for long periods, but it’s more that the week was a blur of day-to-day activities (plus some moving house activities thrown in). He offered some great perspective: celebrate the small wins, try to be more mindful. This is huge. When life is a blur and you can’t even remember how your weekend was when asked, it’s a big indication that there is a lack of mindfulness in your life.

So I confess (and I was tempted to lie, oh, how I was!), I did some cardio on Day 1 of this week and I did a hot yoga class on Day 2. Day 3 was a planned rest day, but then I never quite picked it back up again. I didn’t do one 10-minute workout. But to celebrate the small wins, here are some things I did do in an effort to be more healthy:

  • At Ric’s Grill with a friend, when the delicious, warm, white bread arrived on the table, my friend and I asked the server to take it away. Phew!
  • I did do two workouts in the week, which is a heck of a lot better than no workouts.
  • I ate a lot of fruits and vegetables and less carb side dishes.

I certainly wasn’t great in my eating this week though. It’s an unfortunate coping mechanism I resort to when I’m stressed or tired, and it certainly doesn’t help either. However, I am thrilled to say that I am recruiting some help in this area! (More details coming in future blogs.)

This week’s theme

So the theme this week is mindfulness: pausing to enjoy the foods I eat, taking a few minutes to just breathe every day, focusing to find the time to break from what I’m doing for 10 minutes for activity. Couldn’t we all use a little more mindfulness in our busy lives?

Starting weight: 211 lbs (size 14/16)

Current weight: 207 lbs

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