Hello and happy Monday, friends! I hope you guys all had a great first weekend of 2014. Although I’m not one to set resolutions, it’s neat to be intentional at the start of the year and use it as a launchpad for things you want to change, address or be more mindful of, and this weekend gave me a chance to do that in a few ways.
First of all, for Christmas I received a Nike Fuel Band (thanks, mom and dad!). Although I generally have no problem being active – I love to move and don’t often struggle with workout motivation – it was something I wanted to show me how active the hours outside my workouts were.
I promptly set it up (simple to do) and put it on, burpee-ing around the house, practicing handstands, choosing to go in to the store to get more steps in when I might just listen to the radio in the car while Mikey ran in to get a last-minute item.
Nike Fuel Band got started in CA, in my parents’ living room 🙂
Mikey and I had talked about getting them for ages, so after I received one as a surprise, we came back to Canada and bought him one. For a guy who DOES struggle with motivation to move (he could sit and think and read and type and work all day!), I’m loving how it’s changed him! The Fuel Band works as more of a behavioral than an analytical tool, meaning that it’s not the most accurate (I get more “points” by waving my arm back and forth than from a tough weight workout that wasn’t as aerobic), if it works to help you move more, that’s a successful tool. I’ve NEVER seen Mikey join me in a workout or, more importantly, willingly just start doing burpees or jumping jacks to get closer to his daily goal. Pretty neat, hey?
I loved getting back in the gym last week and also doing some workouts at home over the weekend.
But what good is moving more if you’re eating poorly? So that’s something else Mikey and I, along with several clients from the gym, are teaming up to tackle. We’re not necessarily removing major foods from our diets, but rather focusing on eating more mindfully and saying “no thanks” to refined sugars, processed foods and alcohol. You know – the usual “clean eating” that isn’t extreme. The goal here is to establish habits that are sustainable and easy to maintain, and we worked this weekend at not snacking mindlessly or eating in off schedules. Thursday and Friday were great, as was most of Saturday, until the evening when, at a friend’s birthday party, we both ate too many sweets and candy (our weakness is gummy bears!). A friend said it made him feel better to see me eating junk food with all my #fitfluential posts on Instagram which made me pause and think. I’m very open about what I eat (everything) and how often (working on the moderation thing) but I suppose I never Instagram myself diving in the candy bowl or going back for those extra bites of food! But I’m very normal in that regard, let me assure you. 😉 No alcohol for me that night, just a few too many handfuls of gummies not because I was feeling guilty for indulging, but because I was full and consciously ate more than I needed.
The win in that scenario? Definitely recognizing my hunger levels (even if I chose to ignore them) and making most my weekend be filled with water and things I only really wanted. Perhaps because I knew that all processed sugars were being stopped Monday I indulged a little more. 😉 But every day, every snack, every next decision is a new choice, a fresh slate, and I went to bed feeling like I’m ready to be in control of those decisions. It feels good to be mindful and I’m actually looking forward to a few concentrated weeks of nourishment!
cooking for friends Sunday night
After a really neat service at church, we had a fun lunch at my in-laws’ home and got caught up on post-NYE activities. It was great to catch up and to take a few minutes to begin the year in prayer and reflection with them; I’m so thankful they initiated that with us. The service was about Jesus- after just celebrating him at Christmas, our church is doing a new series asking the question, “Who is Jesus?” for a few weeks – and today we focused on Jesus as Savior. I loved hearing the stories of our radical Lord who isn’t a doormat, isn’t a good luck charm, isn’t a “get-you-out-of-a-jam” Jesus but rather is the Jesus who saves with grace, with love, without judgement and who is patient. Being reminded of how Jesus saved women in a culture when they were looked down upon, how he saved people from their lifestyles of sin who the religious sect would never interact with, how even in his last breath on the cross he was still saving thieves. He extended grace but never pushed it, allowed people to first accept his grace and then to change their lives.
I want to live in the reality of a Risen and Saving Jesus this year! But not just because it’s a new year, but because I want everyday to be surprised and excited by the truth of Jesus’ life in me. Body, mind and spirit – he is alive and I want to live as his ambassador extending that same loving, non-judgmental and accepting grace to those in my life.
So it was a good weekend of being refreshed in many ways, including lots of great time with people! From lunch with the in-laws to having friends over for dinner, a birthday party with lots of close friends and some good moments just with Mikey, I’m moving into 2014 and this next week feeling refreshed and ready. Who knows what God has in store? But I want to enjoy it to the fullest with his life, a healthy body and a supportive community I’m feeding into.
Oh – and the second half of our #californiachristmas video is live! Thanks Mikey for capturing so many memories…reliving them as I’m back to work in the “real world” today. 😉
Live well & be well, friends!