Getting back into the swing of things post-vacation in Calgary means getting up early for work, planning workouts for clients, prepping food for being gone all day, and reconnecting with friends as I go. It’s good to get back in the swing of things and I was thankful for Sunday to sleep in, enjoy being in church again, stock the fridge full of healthy options for food, and spend some time reconnecting with Mikey’s parents and his uncle Brent who popped by to visit for dinner. Although coming off vacation is always hard (the goodbye to my family was especially tearful and full of emotion this time around), it’s always good to fall back into routine. I think to some degree, we all need it and thrive off even the littlest structure (too much routine and I start to get antsy; not enough and I’m floundering and not using my time well!).
So to help me get back into the groove this week, I’ve come up with a few missions and thought I’d share them for accountability. I gained 3 lbs over the trip thanks to little to no movement and great food (both of which were needed/worth it!), so while I’m not stressing the extra weight, I’m ready to feel tighter and toned! Keeping that in mind and also thinking of optimal health, here are my missions for the week, which I choose to accept:
So far it’s been all about green smoothies and not filling my hunger holes with nutritionally-void carbs. I’m not against carbohydrates and certainly eat them in different forms, but this week specifically I’m focusing on veggies and protein to keep me fueled rather than scoops of almond butter on toast and handfuls of cereal from the pantry.
Ugly but sooo good (& feels good eating greens again)!
Planning ahead with a good shopping trip has helped fill our fridge with good options so that when I’m standing at home looking for something sweet, my only choice is some type of vegetable with hummus!
I also cooked up a big batch of cabbage soup for to-go lunches and pre-made dinners. It’s easy and delicious and you can spice it up any way you want, but I essential threw together the above ingredients with some vegetable stock, herbed diced tomatoes, and some cinnamon and let it stew on Sunday afternoon.
As far as movement is concerned, I’m ready for it! After taking a week off of all intentional exercise (something I haven’t done for ages), my body feels rested and “reset,” ready to hit it hard in the gym and on the pavement again! The forecast also looks beautiful out, so I’m looking forward to moving my legs with some good runs again too.
After yesterday’s workout. 😉 Today after I got back from the gym and in between small group (aka “Fat Tuesday”), Mikey and I slid on our Vibram five fingers shoes and went for a 20 minute run! I was so proud of him for getting out and moving (and, to be honest, he beat me in a sprint at the end was didn’t seem as tired as I was today – right on)! 😀 After the run, I did this quick 10 minute full-body-ab-focus circuit from a fellow FitFluential friend Brad – you gotta give this one a shot! I totally agree with crunches being not the most beneficial thing for your body but compound muscle movements instead!
We had a lot of good talks over the past week with my family, sharing some things about ourselves that we didn’t think others knew in an effort to get to know others more deeply. One thing I’ve been realizing about myself is that I’m really not goal-oriented and motivated by outside factors like signing up for a race in order to run or having an event to go to in order to eat extra well. I’m a lot like my friend MizFit, who practices consistency – my goal is simply to do a little every day and stay on top of my fitness. I have no problem prepping for and anticipating an 18 mile run over the weekend but it’s not for anything in particular but rather simply because I like getting out and moving.
I’ve wondered why I’m not driven to sign up for races or other fitness-related events and often feel pressured to do so when I read others’ blogs and race recaps, especially because I do love the race atmosphere! However, I’m also okay with how I work and have come to accept it. All that to say that right now I’m wanting to break my personal barrier to events and clubs and groups in order to meet some more Calgarian runners and get into trail running. I’d love to be a part of the running community and share a love for movement and being outside with others, racing or not, and learn more about trail running. Time to hop on the internet and start searching for groups and people to run with over the weekends!
In other news, it was SO great to connect with our friends at small group tonight! We sat outside, enjoyed homemade pulled pork and a spinach salad, and sipped on wine as we caught up on life, talked about how we saw Jesus moving in our lives, and listened to a great sermon online and chatted about it. To top it all off, my friend Emily was home visiting family in Missouri and fulfilled my greatest Trader Joe’s desires: French Roast coffee (my favorite kind!) and roasted flaxseed almond butter (my favorite kind!). You know I had about 3 spoonfuls of the good stuff when I got home (whoops!) and will be making that coffee in the a.m. – thanks, Em! 😀
…do you guys have any missions to share? Let me know and join in the missions if you need some accountability too (I’ll have work on the almond butter now that I have a fresh supply). 😉 I hope you’re doing well and having a great week so far!
Live well & be well friends,