I had been planning a rest day today before starting a new workout program tomorrow . Since it’s such a nice day out I decided to take my little one with me (she rode her bike) and I went for a walk. I decided to focus on enjoying the movement and being present in the moment.
I used to walk just about every day for my exercise. I’d wear my Fitbit and/or a Heart Rate Monitor and focus on pace and calories burned. I’d get irritated if my kids were with me and wanted to stop and look at something, or if a neighbor was out and wanted to chat. It was all about the numbers for me.
Therefore, some days I enjoyed it, but most I didn’t. If I didn’t burn enough calories or beat my previous pace, I’d be upset. And if I happened to be slower than normal, oh the horror! And worst of all, I wasn’t seeing results.
Today the only gadget I had was my phone for some music. I waved to neighbors and stop to chat with a few. I looked at every pretty rock G wanted to show me and listened to whatever she had to say. When she wanted to ride farther ahead I listened to music. I enjoyed the sun, the breeze and signs of spring.
I know how far I went because it’s the route I always take, however, I have no idea how long it took or how many calories I burned. Best of all, I don’t care!
Be present. Enjoy the sun. Listen to your kids. Enjoy the moment! Where ever you are, be all there!
Happy Friday!!! It’s supposed to be a beautiful day here and I’m looking forward to enjoying it. Today is Guest Reader day at G’s school as part of March is Reading Month. I’ll be taking off the mom hat and putting on the Black Belt hat and reading to the 3rd and 4th grades today. I’ll also demonstrated some karate
by breaking two 1” thick bricks (yes I can do that! Amazing, right?!) It’s crazy that I’m more nervous about reading and talking to the kids than I am about breaking the bricks! Talking in front of large groups (even 8-10 year olds) gives me a lot of anxiety! But I can’t expect G to fight her OCD monster if I don’t fight mine!
We had a somewhat crazy morning here. First L, got up late so she was rushing a bit. G loves to go out and ride her bike or swing before school. Doesn’t matter if it’s 7:30 in the morning and still cold. This girl loves to be outside and active. Her teacher and I have also come to realize that on the days she doesn’t do this, she has a much harder day at school. Anyway, apparently her bike helmet was contaminated because she left it on her bike last night instead of bringing it inside. Makes total sense right? So she tries to put water on it but Daddy catches her and doesn’t allow it. So what does my creative little girl do? Takes the helmet to the back yard where there is a sled that is filled with rain and melted snow and dunks the helmet! I mean, that water is so clean, right? Anyway, we see this and make her do an exposure right away like we learned at Mayo Clinic (to read more about our time there check out Mayo Clinic Saved My Family)
After dealing with this I was getting a late start to my workout and then to make it even better the Beachbody on Demand site I use wouldn’t load (maintenance or something I guess). In the past I would have just said “screw it” and gone about my day. But I know how much I need that workout to clear my head and set me up for a good day. Thankfully I’m doing Hammer and Chisel right now and there are sheets listing all the moves to track your weights. So I pulled that out and just did the moves on my own. The site started working about ½ way through so I fast forwarded it to where I was and finished out my workout.
Then I grab G’s lunch out of the fridge to put in her lunch box only to realize it’s L’s lunch! When I packed L’s lunch I must have grabbed the wrong container. So after dropping G at school, I drive up to L’s school to switch the lunches. Thankfully I work at G’s school doing lunch and recess duty so I can just take her lunch with me then.
The moral of the story
Anyway, moral to this long winded story is don’t let the problems define your attitude! In the past this would have made me stressed out and grumpy and just ruined my whole day. Today I made a choice not to let it bother me. I solved all the problems, all is well and I moved on! I decided not to let my attitude be the problem!
How do you shake off a bad morning?
It’s all about the attitude!
P.S. In case you are wondering if I broke the bricks
(If you listen you can hear my daughter defending me when it didn’t break)