Motivation Monday: Learning from the Past

Hey guys!

Happy New Year! It’s been a few weeks since I participated in Mamavation Monday and for that I ‘m very very sorry. Excuses? None here ” I just didn ‘t post. How was your week?

My week was uber busy! I was solo parenting because my hubby was travelling for work (the bugger went to Portugal for a conference and didn ‘t take me ” BOO!). So I was Ã…”stuck  at home working and taking care of the kids.

But guess what?

Our Ã…”Girl’s Club  was awesome! (That’s what I call it when he goes away). The highlight for me (besides our twice daily dance parties) was Saturday Night Movie Night when I cuddled up on the couch and introduced my two oldest girls to my favourite movie of all time: Lion King! My favourite quote from the movie was said by the Baboon Rafiki to Simba:

The past can hurt. You can either run from it or learn from it.
– The Lion King


I solo parent while my hubby travels quite frequently. It used to really hurt when he travelled ” I felt abandoned, and I mourned for him whenever he went away. I over-ate and really felt sorry for myself. I really hated being left alone with the girls. It was so LONELY!

The week would have been really hard if I had stayed with that mentality. My daughters are 6, 4 and 1 and HATE being rushed to do anything ” so trying to get them all dropped off at the before school babysitter, and the baby at her daycare centre could have been really challenging. Thankfully, in life we have choices ” we can fight with the kids, be miserable, overeat and feel sorry for ourselves or we can make it fun!

This time I choose to make the week as fun as possible … Getting dressed, and getting all of the outdoor gear on for our cold Canadian climate is usually a big fight, and who can blame the kids? It’s a lot of work! But instead I turned it into an opportunity for FUN! We shimmied and shaked every morning and night together into our clothes for the day and into our PJ’s at night. We found that the dance parties really picked up our moods, and it helped the girls to be more obedient! (BONUS!) We had a great week.

My training for the 75k Ride for Heart and the half marathon continued as much as it could considering the COLD weather here. I had a 16k training run on my schedule for Sunday, but couldn’t get it in because -15C is too cold to make my older daughters ride their bikes beside me while I run. I also didn ‘t have a babysitter for them. Bummer. With that in mind, here’s what I did accomplish:

  • Monday: Lunch time spinning class
  • Tuesday: 6k run around the park at lunch
  • Wednesday: BodyPump class
  • Thursday: Rest ” I was way too sore from BodyPump to move 🙂
  • Friday: 6k run around the park at lunch
  • Saturday: Was hoping to run but didn ‘t find a babysitter
  • Sunday: Was still hoping to run but didn ‘t find a babysitter

This week life is back to normal, so here’s my training plan:

  • Monday: Lunch time spinning class
  • Tuesday: 5k run around the park at lunch
  • Wednesday: BodyPump class
  • Thursday: Speedwork: four 1 mile fast repeats at 8:16 pace with ½ mile recovery jogs
  • Friday: 5k run around the park at lunch
  • Saturday: BodyPump class
  • Sunday:
  • 16k long run with my training partner

Have a great week everyone and remember … You can either run from the past or learn from it.


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  • Kodjo
    January 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm

    I always give you props because of your well-groomed ability to multitask with the kids and still find time to train.

    My week was much quieter. I exercise in the morning at 6:30, and the rest of the day, I spend it looking at the stock market (which can be stressful, but not nearly as much as raising three kids 😉

  • Sean
    January 16, 2012 at 10:30 pm

    I really admire you! I’m currently going through a divorce and I have equal physical custody of my four boys and considered myself blessed that they can be with me 50% of the time. But I never imagined how hard it is being a single father. You give me inspiration after seeing how you manage your kids while your husband is away and finding time for fitness!

  • Kat Rosati
    January 16, 2012 at 10:56 pm

    You are so inspiring. My hubbby had to travel a lot when I was preggers with my youngest. It was so hard. I admire that you try and incorporate fitness and fun things into your daughters’ lives. It is a skill I am still trying to learn.

  • colleen
    January 17, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Good job keeping busy and not caving while your hubby was gone.

  • Stacie
    January 17, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    You did a great job staying active while your hubby was gone! You have an awesome attitude. <3

  • Wendy
    January 17, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    i LOVE that quote! I’m using it in a different way, tho.
    I finally got back to the gym after WEEKS of either having sick kids, being sick myself, or the Holiday craziness. I know I’ve gained back some weight, and my pants are tight.:(
    in the past, I’d give up, and talk myself in starting over in the spring, and gain another 15 pounds or so. Instead, I got up, and dragged myself to the gym. I’m already sore, and disgusted at how weak I am, but hey- I got there. I ‘learned from the past” that giving up is not an option I want. I just got started again.
    Good for you for making it fun for both yourself, and your girls! You are so inspiring!

  • Jayson Feltner
    March 26, 2012 at 10:57 am

    Great idea with the dance parties! You’ve got a killer work out schedule. I can see why staying motivated is so important. I write a similar post most Mondays. It’s great for my readers but also a way I motivate myself to have a great week. This week is about moving forward. It features Rocky Balboa.

    I’ll have to start trying dance parties to break myself out of the funk!


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