encouraging each other to care well for the bodies God has given us
by being active, eating wisely, and relaxing adequately
Last week’s post was a complete cop out and I felt so discouraged about fitness. The physio exercises, especially, seemed so pointless and ineffective.
Then I noticed myself sitting a bit straighter and holding my head a bit differently—exactly what those exercises were meant to accomplish! What’s more, my husband pointed out that I now actually have muscles in my shoulders!
So now I’m motivated again. If a few months of boring, wimpy exercises can make such a difference I’ll definitely keep on doing them. I also added some leg exercises from my old Callanetics book, figuring that a few more ‘boring’ exercises will only benefit me.
So once again I learned: Slow and steady works…if you just keep on going and don’t quit.
Here’s how my goals went this week:
Record my fitness accomplishments each day… Yes.
Go for a daily walk and average 7500 steps a day … I did not use the treadmill much, but Miss 10 and I did spend a busy morning shopping. Here are my steps for the week: 6400, 6000, 6700, 6400, 9400, 7100 for an average of 7000 steps a day.
Do my physio exercises 5 or 6 days a week … I did them 3 days this week—after discovering that they did make a difference. Before that I was ready to quit.
Do 10 repetitions of my eye exercises 5 days a week, relax my eyes whenever I think of it, and smile at my work. …No, only 3x. Last Friday and Saturday my eyes were so terribly sore I gave them a rest. Probably it was due to eyestrain, but I was also fighting a cold then.
Avoid sugar five days a week … Besides two pieces of delicious iced carrot cake on Sunday, I did very well.
Eat lots of vegetables, including fresh ones, and yoghurt, as well as one fermented or soaked food a week … I have started using a thermometer to make my yoghurt, and it seems to make a difference in the quality. We also had soaked buckwheat, and we’re eating quite a few veggies, but perhaps not as many as we should.
Eat substantial breakfasts … Most days, yes, and when we did not, we were all tired and hungry. It takes less time to prepare a big breakfast than it does to make snacks all morning, and a big breakfast seems to make the whole day go better.
Relax daily…I was very busy, but most days I did manage to take an afternoon rest. Naps are so rejuvenating and makes the rest of the day much more productive.
Spend time outside… No. At first I felt tired and half sick, and the rest of the time I was busy doing other things. This is the second week that I hibernated like a bear.
Have fun with the kids, including active fun… Lots of reading aloud, laughing, eating good food, and talking, but no active fun at all. Oops!
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