Mom’s in rehab recovering from a stroke, dad’s at a nursing home angry that we won’t let him stay alone…..that’s the backdrop for my successful self-care program this week.
Often when the winds of chaos and worry blow in to my life, my self-care routine suffers. This time it’s been different. I have a deep belief in the powers of wellness and self-care to heal all wounds…self-care is kind of like the balm of Giliad. So I’m sticking with it. It’s my rudder.
When I get serious about something (like self-care or fitness), I follow through - even when life hands me a little chaos. And I’ll bet you do too.
Here’s a peek at my fitness routine since Friday. (Note: I’ve been walking a dog for years - that hasn’t changed. That’s my base. Everything else listed below has been added to provide intensity, cross-training, and strength.)
Friday: walked Toby 60 minutes, yoga for 35 minutes (felt very virtuous about adding yoga in after years of abstinence)
Saturday: walked Toby 60 minutes, strength training (lower body) 40 minutes, exercise bike (hills) 10 minutes high intensity, sauna (pooped - went to bed at 8:30 to read; slept hard and long)
Sunday: strength training (upper body) 40 minutes, water wheel rowing machine 5 minutes (felt like 15 min.), sauna, walked Toby 60 minutes (felt tired and a little stiff but not as tired as Saturday)
Monday: walked Toby 60 minutes (felt my body needed a break from heavy lifting)
Tuesday: didn’t do any fitness (raining and had a sketchbook journaling class in the evening)
Wednesday: will go back to the gym for lower body strength training, exercise bike, and walking Toby.
Here’s what I’ve been eating: veggies veggies, veggies….and fruit, fruit, fruit. Today a colleague joined several of us for lunch so I broke from my healthy eating routine an ordered brisket and fries (oh my!) If that shocks you…..let me tell you what I had for breakfast and dinner. For breakfast I had an apple, a fig, 2 prunes, and a small handful of walnuts. Then for dinner I had a simple vegetable soup I made in minutes - more on that another day. The point here is there is room for variance from a strictly healthy diet. I didn’t feel at all guilty because I knew I’d balance it out across the day.
Your Turn: What been your fitness routine so far this week? How’s it going? How’s the healthy eating going? Any challenges or successes to share? Please share at the comment link below.