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Fitness Friday: Accepting Setbacks and Moving Forward

10 weeks until the Disney Princess Half Marathon.

I’ve taken quite a stumble on this journey over the last couple of weeks.

Eva and I still haven’t recovered from that cold bug I complained about six weeks ago, probably because we’re both asthmatic and breathing isn’t a strong point for us anyway. I feel like we’re finally close to being back to the land of the healthy (especially now that antibiotics are in the house) but the damage has definitely been done.

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A week of “I shouldn’t have this on my diet, but hey I’m sick” turned into a couple weeks of “Well, I’ll just have a little bit because I’m sick and it’s the holidays” which culminated in a collection of food choices that make me look like I’m participating in some weird TV game show called “I can’t believe she’s still eating!“. That added to the amount of time that I’ve spent laying around the house with the kids means my overall fitness has taken a serious slide.

The frustrated part of me wants to rant about how this always happens and how it doesn’t matter how hard I work because inevitably I find myself sprawled across the couch with Frasier and a box of Pop Tarts, but the looming half-marathon goal is keeping me on track. I have a date with the gym around the corner tonight (now that the winter air in Salt Lake City is unbreathable) and I’ll be there with my inhaler and my wad of tissues and my teeny goal of doing two miles on the treadmill no matter how long it takes. Two miles will still be two more miles than I walked yesterday!

How are your fitness goals doing? Any holiday setbacks?

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3 Comments

  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    Tons of holiday setbacks! It happens. For us it’s because the Christmas decor takes up the exercise space at home so we had to take a break from the more intensive plyo workouts to things that don’t have us bouncing around and possibly knocking down the tree. So we switched to Pilates. I feel like I’m not doing much since I don’t even break a sweat like I used to with the other things, BUT I know that I am challenging my stomach muscles since some of the moves do not feel great. Just adjust your fitness goals to fit with your life. So you’ve been sick and eating more and running outside hasn’t worked out but is there something else you can do at home to count as a workout? Maybe just dancing for an hour or completing a “To Do” list of moves you can do on the floor like 35 sit ups, 40 side crunches, hold plank for 20 seconds and things like that. Just DO SOMETHING. It’s much easier to catch up now then when more time goes on.

    December 12, 2014 at 5:56 pm
  • Reply J Humenay

    You’re taking the right first step – and that’s getting back to immunoboosting activity! Now we need to get the rest of the body on board. For starters, I’d suggest some immunoboosting foods. Trade in foods that create muscus and cause you to STAY sick for those that decrease inflammation and regular mucus production. Consider giving most dairy the boot and adding honey to your tea. Limit processed foods as much as possible. A crock pot full of allergy friendly homemade chicken soup is a great place to start!

    December 13, 2014 at 12:18 am
    • Reply Carly Morgan

      Ick! There are foods that create mucus? Well, I’ll spend the rest of the weekend trying to get brave enough to google that…ew…I’m probably eating nothing but snot-making foods.

      December 13, 2014 at 12:49 am

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