Move, Nourish, Believe
|February 9, 2014||Posted by Carrie under challenge, exercise, exercise goals|
For the month of February, I’m participating in a challenge sponsored by Fit Approach and Lorna Jane Activewear. The premise is simple – it’s February, it’s time to keep up the work of any new years’ resolutions that you made. Move, Nourish, Believe is the challenge – to focus on those three components of being healthy.
The challenge includes daily challenges where we share our achievements on Instagram and we also earn extra entries to the final prize by recapping our weeks on our blogs or Facebook. Check out how my week went – my workout buddies, my favorite workouts of the week and trying new things.
Here’s my first week in review. Maybe it’s time to get back into the habit of workout recaps to keep myself accountable, too.
Monday: Strength workout
Tuesday: Stretching in the morning, run in the evening
I really struggle with the fine line between slacking off and just taking a break. For example, Thursday night I had every intention of going for a run while Dude had basketball practice. By the end of the day at work, my stomach was a little crampy and the predicted rain had arrived. Basketball was cancelled. I could have still gone for a run when we got home anyway (which I did the week before), but all four of us happened to be home and it sounded better to have dinner and put on my pj’s. So, I didn’t run. Was I being a slacker? Or is it okay? I don’t really know. I did a short strength workout in the morning, but the day was very short on movement.
There are a few habits I need to get back to – setting a better workout schedule is the first one. I’ve been cutting my morning workouts shorter and shorter. I need to get back to a full 30 minute workout. 20 minutes isn’t enough if that’s my only activity of the day. I need to pull out a few of my Best Body Bootcamp and 40+ Fitness workouts and really put some effort into them. I already kicked off that move goal with a 30 minute bike ride on Friday morning. Yay for getting back to good habits.
I was really happy that I got in my weekend run. We had a late night on Saturday night at the Bar Mitzvah of a family friend’s son and the night involved a ton of dancing and standing in uncomfortable shoes. When I woke up on Sunday, my body wasn’t too interested in running. I waited until the afternoon and got in a 6 mile run that felt amazing. Although I was extra achy after, my legs are exhausted. But, I’m glad I didn’t skip the mileage for the week. And I ran in a totally new to me area and enjoyed that tremendously. More on that tomorrow.
Seriously beautiful run spot from Sunday’s run (taken on my phone)
So, the plan for the week – to believe in myself for staying on track with my goals:
Tuesday: bike ride in the morning
Wednesday: yoga in the AM, run in the evening
Thursday: strength in the AM, run in the evening
Friday: bike in the AM
I might switch Saturday and Sunday depending on kid schedules. In addition, I’m tracking my food this week. The bad habit of mindless stress eating is creeping back in to my day. When I write my food down, I am 95% more likely to make better food choices.
Are you participating in the challenge? You can follow the challenge in the Facebook group – lot’s of amazing work going on.