P90X Cardio – 45 min.
Some strange things are happening to me on my journey to better health. Take my work-out, for example. It was the Cardio routine and it was “only” 45 minutes.
This is actually what went through my mind: “I don’t really feel like working out today because I still have this cold and the bed is so warm, but today’s work-out is “only” 45 minutes.”
What the what?! Through all of my marathon and triathlon training, and any other exercise programs I’ve tried in the past, even 5 MINUTES seemed like too much effort.
I have always disliked exercise. I might even have to go so far as to use a household taboo word here: H-A-T-E. Ugh, I just wasn’t programed to roll out of bed and love it. My day won’t be complete until I’ve sweated to the oldies! Why do I feel in a funk today? Oh, yeah! It’s because I haven’t run 10 miles!
Nope, that has never been me.
But suddenly, it feels like there’s a shift happening in my brain. I have no idea what’s going on, but I’m just gonna roll with it and see where it takes me.
In other news, we had to take Olivia over to Children’s Hospital in Seattle yesterday afternoon for a consultation with an ENT doctor for some minor surgery that our girl needs. I knew I would need to plan ahead with our food, and I was – admittedly – a tad nervous.
I packed healthy snacks for all of us and lunch for John and I (Olivia had hers at school before we picked her up). All was going well until Olivia got hungry after eating HER snacks and started taking over ours. CHILD, DON’T YOU KNOW WE ARE CALORIE-CONTROLLED HERE?! I guess not.
Anyway, by the time we were headed home, we were all hungry for an early dinner. But what to do? We didn’t have enough time to fix something at home before O’s swim class. These are First World problems, I realize.
We put our willpower to the test and went through a FAST FOOD DRIVE-THRU.
Oh, yes we did. And guess what we found? Healthy salads! With all-natural Newman’s dressing! Oh, happy day!
I was very proud of myself for not succumbing to a Quarter Pounder with cheese. It’s the small victories, people.
After swim class, Olivia was hungry again. She asked if she could have a snack before bed and I told her she could, as long as she made a healthy choice.
She pulled a huge canister of stale animal crackers out of the pantry.
“How about these?”
“Nope, those are not healthy. Try again.”
Then she pulled a package of whole grain crackers out of the back that I forgot we even had.
“Could I have a few of these with some cheese slices?”
“Yes! You sure can.”
But then, John and I were getting hungry AGAIN, too. My goal is not to starve myself, but to be sensible and make good choices, so I pulled out all of the berries, melon and other fruit we had in the fridge and put together a fresh fruit salad.
Well, it looked so good to you-know-who that she wanted a little bowl of it, too.
And we all stood there together around the kitchen island, quietly enjoying every bite of the healthy decisions we had made.
And tomorrow is a new day!