Stick with it Saturday: Ups and Downs

Sam's NogginEarlier in the week I was thinking how good it felt to be exercising again. I finally seemed to be having a week where it all came together. On Sunday, I did 20 minutes of intervals on the mini-trampoline. On Monday, I had an early doctor’s appointment in Toronto, and didn’t have time to exercise in the morning. If I don’t exercise in the morning, it doesn’t happen. On Tuesday, despite another early appointment, I did 20 minutes of intervals on the mini-trampoline. On Wednesday, I did Turbo Jam for 20 minutes then turned it off and cooled down. Wow! It was pretty intense, I thought.

This is where things break down. On Thursday, I woke up feeling every minute of that Turbo Jam workout, and a few muscles I forgot I had. I was aching and had a lot of work to do. On Friday, I woke up feeling worse, and wondering how much of the achiness had to do with exercise, and how much had to do with the fact that I was obviously fighting some kind of head cold, due certainly to a lack of enough sleep this week. I also had this to deal with:

You’re looking at the staging area for THE BIG MOVE. Every possession we brought with us a year and a half ago, as well as everything we’ve accumulated since then must fit into one of those boxes, plus two suitcases. Every homeschool book, every toy, every article of clothing, every bottle of vitamins, every shoe, EVERYTHING. (Did I mention the homeschool books?)

It’s a daunting task. And you’re looking at the good part of the picture. If I were to turn the lens in a different direction (which I won’t), you’d see the rest of the horrifying picture–all the stuff that has yet to fit in. I was doing well until yesterday, when we found an additional bin lurking in a closet and remembered the one we sent on ahead to my parents which has a lot more homeschool things in it.

I wanted to jump back on the exercising this morning, but when I stumbled through the piles in the dark and came downstairs to look at this, I decided I had other priorities.

I’ll stick with it next Saturday.
- Carey Clark

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Stick with it Saturday

Sam's NogginThis week, I allowed life to take over a bit. But I did manage to exercise three days. Admittedly, they weren’t the best workouts in the world. Twice, after missing my own exercise, I tried to squeeze it in later in the day–once with the kids as part of their homeschool time. (If I give a good effort, though, I still manage to work up a sweat):

Monday – One mile walk with kids
Tuesday - Tore the cellophane off that Turbo Jam video and did the Learn and Burn.
Thursday – Interval training on the mini-trampoline. These are definitely the most productive workouts. I should have done another one this morning, but I was just plain lazy. Not much more can be said about that.

I’m going to make a sincere effort to get back on track this week, but I’ve kicked the moving and packing into high gear so we can be moved out by the end of the week and clean the house top to bottom on Saturday, so I’m prepared that I may not always be in bed when I should and therefore not always up in time to exercise. I’m going to do my best.
- Carey Clark

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Stick with it Saturday: Failure

Sam's NogginI have to report this week that I didn’t stick with it. I did a two-mile walk on Monday, but for the rest of the week I had sleep challenges. I went to bed on time, for the most part, but woke up in the middle of the night, and wasn’t able to get back to sleep. The days went accordingly after that.

I’m quite sure the problem is that I wasn’t able to purchase the mineral formula I normally take because it wasn’t available. I know from experience that my nutrition affects my sleep profoundly.

I’m not giving up, and I’m determined to stay accountable.

My minerals finally came in at the store, and I’ll be picking them up today. I also got my Turbo Jam video in the mail this week (I ordered it off kijiji.ca, thinking it was used, and it came in a wrapper. I paid $20 for it!)

I’m hoping I’ll have renewed enthusiasm for the week ahead.

- Carey Clark

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July 3 in 30

I’ve signed up for the 3 in 30 Challenge. I was going to go back over some materials I have from a long time ago called the 90-day Challenge, but then I started noticing 3 in 30 on other people’s blogs. I thought it sounded like a good, do-able idea, and something I could realistically participate in. I appreciate the accountability!
Knowing that we’re going to be doing a lot of traveling around this month, there’s no point in working on housework or even on getting to bed on time. Not going to happen this month! In light of that, here are my three goals for the month. The goals for 3 in 30 are supposed to be realistic. One of them may be a stretch, given the contraints on our time for the next month. See if you can guess which one (ha ha):
  1. Staying on track as a Bible in 90 days participant. I’ve tried the Bible in 90 days all on my own and not succeeded before. I’m looking forward to the accountability and encouragement of my online friends and my mentor. Most of our travel will be behind us once this begins, so I’m very optimistic.
  2. Exercise at least four times a week. I’d like to say every day, but I know with all the late nights, it will be a challenge, so I’m being realistic. I won’t have my videos with me while we’re traveling, so I’ll have to jog, which I’m not crazy about in the first place, so this is a good goal.
  3. Complete revision of my manuscript. I am on the verge of completing the last chapter. I want to work through revision this month with two methods. I’m itching to get at it. My manuscript is printing at Staples, even as we speak. (I’ll add the last chapter on Monday.)
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