Jan 5, 2012

Week 1 - Midweek Check In - Spring Chick Challenge or the Best Laid Plans of Mice and M’Enz

imageDespite awesome planning - sticking to the plan isn't working so well.

Let's look at the positives from Monday to Thursday this week:

  • Eating - excellent, within points, clean, healthy food with the exception of one meal last night and  I took all my own meals to work.
  • Coffee - 1 cup per day.
  • Water - about 2 L per day.
  • Tracking - every single bite.

What's not working:

  • Getting to the gym - some excuses, some legit reasons - either way - I need to make it work.
  • Getting to Weight Watchers to weigh in!

Some good stuff on the horizon though - the weather is looking up for the weekend and I have a hike planned for Sunday and a gym session Saturday morning. I'd like to get outside for a run at least one of those days as well. I had hoped to get outside for a run tomorrow night but my son and his girlfriend are coming over and I haven't seen Iain in over a week so I don't want to take time away from him.

I can go to WW first thing Saturday morning to weigh in and still manage to get all the other stuff done and hopefully next week, I’ll get to my Wednesday night meeting. Last night was the night of mishaps and I just couldn’t make it in time. (Actually my whole day yesterday could be a blog post – but I don’t want to rehash negative feelings so I’m letting it go…breathe Enza, just breathe!).

The biggest challenge for me is time - work, groceries, cooking, food prep, laundry, housework and spending what little time is left with the boys makes taking time to go running or go to the gym feel like I am taking time from them. My days are longer in the Winter, I get home a full hour (sometimes more) later than in the summer so it always feels like I am neglecting someone or something.

It all comes down to what's important to me, right?

Without a doubt - my boys are the most important aspect of my life right now and although I know in my head that being healthy and happy and around for a long time setting an example of good eating and exercise (finally!) is the best thing I can do for them and me...I hate that I only have an hour or so of real time with them every night.

It will work out - it always does. What seems insurmountable today seems ridiculously easy tomorrow.


  1. I am unsure of how old your boys are. But is there any way you could make it a family affair At home? Exercise together, make a game of it.

  2. "What seems insurmountable today seems ridiculously easy tomorrow."

    I couldn't agree more!

  3. My work days are chock full too and I usually only get to spend about two hours a day with my little guy Monday to Friday. That's also my excuse for not partaking in regular exercise. It's a real bad excuse and one I really need to remedy. But you are absolutely right, it will all work itself out!

  4. There are a lot of positives there!!! Keep up the great work!

  5. I'm assuming your boys are fairly young, what about having them help you make a healthy dinner? My son seems to enjoy healthy food more if he's had a hand in making it plus you get to spend that extra time with them :)


  6. I have had a terrible week. I feel like I have been sabotaging myself! I hope next week is a better week for all of us!

  7. I haven't had a really great week either.. But I take comfort in knowing that this is a marathon, and not a sprint. When we do poorly we just adjust and try harder. :)

  8. You continue to be a determined pursuer of health and wholeness, and that inspires me always. Some weeks are just gonna be tough. Hang in...

  9. Sounds to me like you are doing the most important stuff right: family and food. You know what I say? Give up the housework to make time for the gym. Clean houses are overrated! :)

    You'll get there. You are very committed.