I have to kind of chuckle as I write this post.
Last week, in my Getting Fit- May Measurements post, I answered the weekly Mamavation Monday question, which was: “Do you know when to back off of your efforts? When is the last time you took a step back in the name of gentle kindness to yourself?” I answered that I do know when to back off, and had felt pretty good about the fact that I had taken one day off the prior week when I felt a migraine coming on.
Little did I know that I would have to take most of the week off this week. I exercised on Monday and Tuesday as I normally would, getting up at 5 a.m. and using the elliptical trainer. Tuesday evening, my throat started feeling scratchy and I was exhausted. Wednesday morning, the alarm went off and I turned it off. I just couldn’t do it. I decided to be kind to myself and give myself the day to recoup from whatever was trying to drag me down.
Thursday… no better…
Friday… more of the same…
Saturday… well, you get the picture.
Sunday… I don’t work out on Sundays.
I had a solid two days of exercise before having to take the rest of the week off courtesy of tree, grass, and mold counts. As I sit here writing this, my throat is still scratchy, and I don’t have all the energy I have come to enjoy. Yeah, allergy season, right.
Being unable to exercise is really such a drag! First, I miss the energy that I gain from exercise. Second, I miss being able to eat back a portion of the calories I burn. Having to be diligent and stick to a calorie count, knowing that I hadn’t EARNED anything additional seriously made me consider things this week. I could either eat a handful of pretzels or three whole squash. HMMMM. Let me think on that… squash please.
That being said, I expected to have a no-gain, no-loss week. BUT the scale had a different answer…
Apparently, those muscles I have worked hard to earn decided to love me back because I lost 3.8lb this week, bringing my grand total to 50lb lost since the beginning of the year. I cannot even begin to tell you how excited I am to have lost 50 pounds. That is nearly the weight of my two children combined! As we were getting the kids ready for church, I told my husband that I made goal.
A few minutes later, he presented me with a box and said I needed to open it before we left. So, I did…
Inside was a piece of paper on which he printed, “Congratulations on 50lbs!!! Love ya, B”
And beneath that was the Camelbak I’ve been wanting to get so that I could start 5K training outdoors.
I won’t lie… I literally just busted out crying and hugged him. He smiled sheepishly and said, “I knew you would be hitting the 50lb mark soon, and I’m proud of you.” I have absolutely NO IDEA what I did to deserve such a kind, supportive, and thoughtful husband, but I am sure glad I did. Knowing that he was planning on me hitting this milestone, and had absolute faith that I WOULD really means a lot to me. I truly am blessed!
Oh, and did you notice, he got it in pink! WOOT! It is the 50 ounce hydration pack, which should be more than enough for a 5K!
Okay, so now that you are all teary eyed with me, let’s look at this week’s Mamavation Monday question…
In your wellness efforts what is the simplest healthy habit that makes you feel most centered after doing it?
The healthy habit that makes me feel most centered after doing it is exercise. At the beginning of this year, when I stood on the scale and saw 225lb staring back at me, I felt defeated, and I hate feeling defeated. Exercise restores my sense of balance and helps me focus on what is important, which is exhilarating.
What helps you feel centered?
I wrote this blog post while participating in the Mamavation Blogging Carnival for a chance to win a pair of Earth Footwear sandals.