Rosemary’s 90 Day Challenge: Week 9 The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of this week, but in reverse order…

The Ugly
Anyone in the capital region will know that the weather was pretty ugly this week, which made roads and driving, walking and commuting really ugly. Events were cancelled, schools were closed; it was a true winter storm.

On Monday I saw Chris at Blitz and expressed my hopes of being able to fit in some workouts between Monday and Friday, but it wasn’t meant to be.

On Tuesday, I drove with my three year old and nine month old to Drumheller to meet my husband. We went to the Royal Tyrrell Museum and then out for dinner. The plan was to drive back the next day and let him continue his business trip. However, the snow hit Edmonton and I started getting texts about not heading back to the city. The snow started for us about 30km south of Camrose, and by the time we reached Camrose, it was a near whiteout. The girls and I pulled into the Best Western for the night.

The other ugly part of the week was learning that my poor mom had had an accident on holiday and broke both of her ankles in a fall! (Ok, one has a chipped bone, but the other was dislocated, three bones broken, and required a plate be inserted.) So last night, I skipped the workout and spent two hours in hospital with her.

The Bad
So the bad thing—the unfortunate thing anyway—is that I only worked out once this week. And while I tried to practice some of tools I’ve been learning for managing stress, it was a tough week. Anyone who is a single parent or has a husband who works away can understand that not even having 15 minutes to yourself over four days can get stressful. (I admire all your parents who do that regularly!) And sleeping with two girls
in the same bed (and being forced to crash at their bedtime) doesn’t lead to the most restful nights either.

The Good
But out of it all came a lot of good and many things to be thankful for:

  • I am thankful the girls and I made it home safely on Thursday, as did my husband Thursday night.
  • I am grateful that my mom’s fall wasn’t worse and that both ankles should heal over the next few months.
  • I am pleased I got the one workout in! Better than no workouts!

I am excited (and a bit shocked!) that I lost 2 lbs this week. I can only attribute it to continuing to be mindful of portions and what I’m eating, and the additional muscle mass I’ve gained increasing my resting metabolism. And I am thankful for the opportunity to reflect on these things week-by-week in this blog, and to you all for reading it!

Starting weight: 211 lbs (size 14/16)

Current weight: 201.6 lbs (size 14)

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About Chris Tse

I’m a scientist turned owner of Blitz Conditioning, a Fitness Columnist at CBC Radio on Thursdays at 8:20 am, and owner of Tse Social Strategy. Follow me on Twitter or Read my full bio.

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