Healthy Holiday Challenge - Day 3
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
On Monday, I saw an SP blog discussing this holiday challenge to keep one on track during the minefield of holiday events we face for the next 6 weeks. The challenge, though not set up as an actual challenge in SP (which I wish you would consider doing, SP, hint, hint...) provides one workout, one nutritional tip and one motivational tip for a two week period, to be repeated over the next two week period. What I like about it is that it's not overwhelming, and yet it gives me a PLAN. Gosh I love having a PLAN! So I loaded the workout links into my phone so I could find them right away, I spent a few minutes copying the tips into a daily calendar I don't use for anything else, and voila, I'm on Day 3 of a challenge that I am determined to use to keep me on track.
On the first day, an interval walking workout was recommended, but it was awfully cold and very wet out, so I decided it was time, once again, to try to climb aboard the exercise bike that I haven't been on in about 3 years (thanks to a bad hip that I finally had replaced in June). I not only got on it, but I actually rode it for a full 12 minutes, alternating between level 1 and level 4. I felt so accomplished when I was finished! On the second day, I did Coach Nicole's dumbbell workout. I miss Coach Nicole here on SP, but I'm so glad we still have her helpful videos to use. And today is deemed a "rest day." It actually could not fall on a better day of the week because we have dinner at my sister's on Wednesdays, but I might try to get a little walk in later, between work and going over there. I cannot overstate how great it feels to exercise. Especially, especially, the fact that I worked two full days and got home and found it in me to put my workout clothes on and exercise at 6-7 pm. I traditionally am a morning exerciser, but I as I get older, I find that I just cannot find the motivation to get up early enough to do that and get myself out of the house on time to take my son to school and get myself to work. So the ability to do this after work, well, it's just preciously important to me to be able to transition to later in the day workouts.
As far as nutrition is concerned, I had re-joined Weight Watcher's a few weeks ago, and had gone to weigh in, but had not yet made it to a meeting. I went early Saturday morning, and found the motivation to eat well and probably stay well within my points both Saturday, when we had company for a feast of all our favorite Lebanese dishes, and Sunday, when we celebrated my son's birthday and he requested spaghetti and meatballs for dinner. I say probably because I didn't really have a chance to track my points, but I did eat small portions of everything and ate few points during the day to make up for what I knew would be a bigger point night.
As far as the motivational aspect, I am most motivated when I am in a groove, at which time my self motivation is all I need. Sometimes, when I am not in that groove, I literally forget that I'm supposed to be eating well. I find that somewhat unbelievable, but it is a fact that I have to own as my own reality. Right now, I don't think there is any need to worry about forgetting, I'm in a good place.
Sometimes, when I sit down and blog like this, I tend to lose some of my mojo. But my motivation for this blog is not to motivate myself, but to share what's working for me. This is a tough time of year, and I think we never know from where our motivation to stay on track is going to come. This challenge (not really a challenge, but you can change that, SP!!) has really resonated with me. I hope it helps someone else.