Ahh, I had SUCH a relaxing, low key weekend. Lots of family time and downtime. Exactly what I needed.
Why do his eyes look so crazy here??
Friday night, we rented Now You See Me (have you seen it? pretty good!) and enjoyed a couple of these fine specimens:
One of the perks of not being pregnant: the ability to appreciate a good pumpkin beer in the fall.
Saturday kicked off with a trip to the children’s museum.
Show me a few cars and I’ll show you a happy kid. Every time.
There was also a food festival going on downtown next to the farmer’s market that I wanted to check out. This is one reason I love this town—we have random stuff like this going on all the time.
There were “thought tents,” samples, booths, kids’ activities, and chef showdowns.
Unfortunately, by the time we got there, Mase was hitting the wall napwise, so we basically had to powerwalk the thing and run.
But not before I could snap the obligatory capitol photo.
The rest of the weekend was spent doing things like grocery shopping for the first time in weeks—yep, weeks (we’ve been surviving on frozen food, takeout, and the occasional emergency shopping trip performed by Brent)—and cleaning the house (also for the first time in weeks).
I feel like a new person, living in a new house with a new refrigerator.
I also did a little reading. I think I mentioned on here that I picked up Chalene Johnson’s Push—fair warning that you might be hearing a lot about it in the coming weeks. I just love everything about it. It’s jam-packed with brilliant information and smart new ways of presenting old ideas—the intro alone gave me like 40 blog post ideas. I also probably have a full-on girl crush on Chalene at this point.
I honestly have to limit the amount I’m allowed to read this book, because it gets me too amped up and take-over-the-world-y. (Not really ideal for a “recovery” weekend…)
Anyway, one concept I love in the book is the idea of finding your “soul-mate workout.” If you don’t love exercise, according to Chalene, it just means you haven’t found your soul-mate workout yet. And when you do, you’ll know, because it’ll have that “new love” feeling.
“Love gives you energy…The world feels new and exciting. New love inspires you to care about yourself, your goals, the impression you’re making on others, your dress, your posture, and even your appearance. Your appetite is distracted by thoughts of planning when you’ll next be together. You feel understood. Where have you been all my life?”
It’s the same with your soul-mate workout.
A lot of people love running that way, which makes other people think they should love running that way. But if you’ve given it a real shot and you still can’t comfortably check off all the things on Chalene’s “how you’ll know” list, it might not be The One.
I think of running as a gateway workout. Lots of people like to start with it because it’s convenient, free, and “easy” (in the sense that you can just step out your door and start doing it). But it makes me kind of sad when people torture themselves with running, when there are so many other options out there that could actually be more effective simply because you love them more.
You know how you see an infomercial or read a magazine article about someone getting lean/ripped doing XYZ Workout, and you think, “ok, that’s what I need to be doing”? Chalene describes those so-called “perfect” exercise programs as arranged marriages. You can’t just accept what someone else throws at you, or what works for someone else. The best workout for you is the one that you love, and you have to take the time to find that.
I think the closest I’ve come to finding my soul-mate workout is the Yoga Fit class (a pilates/yoga mix, plus some cardio and weights) at that yoga studio I was trying out for a month. I was actually shocked by how much it clicked for me. Before, I was another one of those people who thought she was all about running, but this felt different. I felt I could really get into this.
I was so impressed with that class that I talked to the instructor about how/where she was trained (it was a blend of techniques for her, a lot of it coming from the CorePower studio in Minneapolis). Which led me to discover Beachbody’s PiYo Strength and to get in touch with an instructor about an upcoming training day near Madison…
Oh, wait. I’m supposed to be cutting back.
So here’s the plan.
First of all, a lot of the stress I’ve been under over the past few months will resolve itself naturally just because we don’t have any travel plans for the foreseeable future. Seriously, I didn’t even realize how hard the traveling has been on me. Lots of planning, packing, unpacking, dealing with Mason in new places or being away from him, being off my regular eating/workout habits, sleeping poorly, etc. All the top ingredients for meltdown.
One thing I’m actively doing is taking a step back from Fit Moms 4 Life. I’m not quitting altogether, but I’ve decided to delay the start of my group until after the holidays. Which I think might actually work better, since a lot of us tend to get a boost of motivation after New Year’s. Plus, it will give me more time to prepare and to recruit participants (which has proven to be trickier than I’d expected).
I still hope to get a job this fall, and while I know that the transition will be crazy stressful at first, I think that having a job will actually help with my stress levels in a couple ways. First, obviously, it will ease some financial stress (which is a big one). Secondly, it’ll force me to get out of my head a little. When you’re home alone with a toddler all day every day, you end up having a lot of time to think, and I’ve been doing waaay too much of that. That’s exactly where some of my anxiety has been coming from—daydreaming and coming up with big, aggressive plans for my future.
So hopefully that’s a good start. I’m not sure if/how the PiYo training thing fits into that (I just felt like having at least one group class certification in my pocket along with my personal training certification might be a good idea). But I’m not diving into anything new just yet.
Have you found your soul-mate workout?
Do you like pumpkin beer?
Favorite fall indulgence?
Is anyone familiar with PiYo/PiYo training and have advice?