Body + Soul Challenge, Day Three
Here I am on day three of the Body + Soul Challenge, and I am already not keeping up with the writing requirements (but also not letting myself feel too guilty about it). Really, the biggest thing about this for me is eating better and exercising again. I think I actually eat ok, but I do have this wee chocolate habit. So the triumph thus far has really been having just one small square of dark chocolate a day rather than eight squares. Or twelve.
I also completely understand everyone saying they can’t cut back on coffee. I don’t do caffeine anymore (except for all that chocolate), but that sort of happened when I was pregnant and then I realized I was a lot calmer without it. (I have read recently that decaf coffee has all kinds of bad chemicals in it, so I stopped drinking that, but now I do really miss the taste and ritual of coffee, so I’m not sure how to get that back.) But I don’t think you really have to give up caffeine to do the Challenge. I’m sure some people are going to be all precise about it, but I think most people know what areas they really need to work on. Are you drinking too much coffee? No? Then don’t worry about it.
I will also happily report that I went running (jogging) for almost an hour on Sunday, for the first time in six years, and I didn’t die and I managed to keep up running (trudging) the entire time. And I was only moderately sore in the aftermath, which confirms my suspicions that my life is a bit of a cardiovascular workout all on its own. And then I went running (merrily bounce walking) again last night, and I felt almost springy and even vaguely runnerlike as I started off (a feeling that faded, but it was easier the second time than the first to keep moving the whole time).
My biggest issue with exercising is logistical: How do you exercise with a bevy of kids in tow? And snowbanks and/or subfreezing weather? I take them out in the stroller when I can, but I don’t want to freeze the little nose off of poor Zuzu’s face. I’m mulling trying the Y again. I love our local Y, but Eli most decidely does not, and tends to freak out and scream until they come get me, so then I am frantically doing the elliptical and getting more and more jumpy every time someone walks into the room looking around searchingly, thinking they’re looking to find me to come calm down Eli, and then finally someone does just that and I sigh and have to go calm him and assure him that I’m still there. Though at this point the whole thing is feeling frankly manipulative on his part. But also, I don’t want to traumatize him. And, not to bake up the world’s biggest excuse cake here, but the time the childcare is open at the Y directly coincides with Zuzu’s nap. My only other thought is doing some kind of exercise video in the living room. Have any of you tried that route?