About a month ago, an adored friend of mine, invited her bloggies to join a fitness challenge, hosted by one of her friends. The fitness challenge mostly is related to our physical health, each week having a different focus, like getting 7 hours of sleep or counting your calories. And every week, 6 days a week, we are expected to get our heart rate up, stay away from dessert, read our scriptures at least one chapter a day, stay away from soda, and not eat after 7:30. I'm definitely more motivated to do things when I work in a group, and these are all habits I strive for, so I paid my $25 fee and was excited to "join up."
I began the fitness challenge during our Disneyland. I really thought I would be able to workout every day, on vacation. Our hotel had a nice gym with a kind scale. But vacations are exhausting. I only got my heart rate up three times during that week. I logged miles each day, but one cannot call walking around Disneyland aerobic exercise. I was really good at avoiding dessert unless it was birthday cake or on the tasters menu at Napa Rose. I successfully avoided eating after 7:30 until the Warlock made 8:00 reservations for us to have dinner together on our last night of vacation. So you can see I was off to a rocky start, but I was much more conscientious than I usually am on vacation.
The next week was also full of travel and vacation schedules. How do you maintain good habits while travelling by car? Apparently I don't know...but I'm figuring it out because I hit the road again this weekend. I think I can do it with p90x as my friend.
I have to admit that I thought this would be much easier than it has been. I'm learning a lot about our familyand my personal habits. It turns out that I don't sit down to eat. How are the kids supposed to know proper behavior when no one ever sits down with them? And if they had manners,wouldn't they be more fun to eat with? Processed foods are evil. Even just one serving of crackers put my sodium intake way over where I want it to be. (Thanks livestrong.com for pointing this out to me.) Morning workouts are the best for me. If I get to bed on time, I can sleep 7 hours before arising at 5 am, giving me plenty of time for a good workout before the kids wake up. My day is shot if I don't workout and shower early. One of my friends, Christine, leads an aerobics class at 5:15 am MWF. It's been a great way to start the day. The other 2 days a week I've been going to the gym. Weight bearing exercise has been hard since I pulled my Achilles tendon, but after nearly a year and numerous physical therapy appointments I can finally run a mile on the treadmill with no pain (Woohoo!). I've learned great things from this injury about how to listen to my body.
Okay, that's enough for struggles. I have some strengths, too. I have never used caffeine or soda to get me through a test, a hard day, a long drive, or anything. And I won't. I don't need to develop any more bad habits. I do drink green smoothies almost every day, giving me an incredible nutritional start, and making it super easy to get my daily fiber. You should check out Green Smoothie Girl if you haven't already. She's read a lot of books and done a lot of research on nutrition, and is not politically influenced like the FDA. As for scripture study, I haven't figured out a way to stay sane without it. So I do it, and I love it. I need Lord on my team to be who I want to be, scripture study is one small way that I can do my part. If I skip scripture study it's really hard for me to have the patience to do what I need to do in all aspects of my life.