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#MotivateMe Monday: Grateful & a New Perspective

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you all have had a healthy, active and safe week! I have been struggling in my head with deciding what to write about today or even if I was going to post today since Thursday morning. There are so many directions I could take this post right now as I am still struggling with emotions.

Early on Thursday morning I got the phone call from my dad that no one wants to get. I knew from the timing of the call that it was important – he only calls me that early on weekends to find out what time and where my daughters’ hockey games are. But this was Thursday, not Saturday so I immediately got scared. He was calling to tell me that in the wee morning hours of Thursday, my mom had a heart attack. Thankfully she didn’t go into full cardiac arrest, and thanks to our wonderful medical system she’s expected to make a full recovery.

Since Thursday I have gone to visit my mom every day and have gone through so many emotions. I’ve been scared, worried, relieved, angry, happy, and sad. Overall though, I am grateful. Grateful for my dad who was there for my mom and got her the medical care she needed, grateful for the staff at our local hospital who quickly diagnosed my mom and made arrangements to escalate her care to a cardiac care hospital, grateful for the paramedics who transported her safely, grateful for the medical team that did the emergency surgery, grateful for the wonderful nurses (big shout out to Hal and Maxine) who cared for my mom as she recovered from her first surgery, then again for caring for her after her second surgery.

Through this event, I’ve gained a new perspective on health, family and friends. None of these should we ever take for granted. I have learned that I have a lot of supportive friends and family who will always be there for me no matter what and I am so grateful for them as well. There are so many friends to thank. Every day, life is a gift.

I have tried this week to live by my own motto:

Live Active, Eat Healthy and Enjoy Life.

Although I will fully admit that meeting it was a challenge. It’s very tempting in moments of stress to eat all the unhealthy comfort foods and to curl up on the couch in my comfies, but instead I consciously choose to eat salads etc most of the time (though I do admit that Saturday night was a stuff my face night).

Here’s what I managed to fit in:

Monday: DailyBurn #Blackfire workout + day 7 of advent calendar
Tuesday: 5 4.15 mile run + day 8 of advent calendar
Wednesday: 3 mile run + day 9 of advent calendar
Thursday: 5 3.43 mile run + day 10 of advent calendar
Friday: skating after work with the girls DailyBurn #Blackfire HIIT workout + day 11 of advent calendar
Saturday: kettlebell workout + day 12 of advent calendar
Sunday: 3 5.25 mile run + day 13 of advent calendar

As a reminder, you can still join in with the 25 days of strength advent calendar. There are a few different ways you could use this :
1) Do three sets of as many of the day’s exercise as you can in a minute for each set, or
2) Build up the exercises into a kick butt circuit, ie: Day 1: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Day 2: Three sets of Tuck Jumps and Pushups with Shoulder Taps, Day 3: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Pushups with Shoulder Taps and Wall Sits.

However you choose to approach this is up to you.

Most of these are body weight exercises that you can do anywhere and almost all of the exercise instructions can be found in this one great post on Greatist. I did this on purpose to keep things simple.

Most of these are body weight exercises that you can do anywhere, Almost all of the exercise instructions can be found in this one great post on Greatist. I did this on purpose to keep things simple. You can either do three sets of as many of the day's exercise as you can, or build up the exercises into a kick butt circuit, ie: Day 1: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Day 2: Three sets of Tuck Jumps and Pushups with Shoulder Taps, Day 3: Three sets of Tuck Jumps, Pushups with Shoulder Taps and Wall Sits. However you choose to approach this is up to you.

On Friday morning I had woken up early, anxious to visit my mom. I had my morning coffee, and watched the news. After seeing all of the depressing news, I realised that I still had time before I had to leave to fit in a workout before I had to leave to visit her so I turned on DailyBurn and selected a #BlackFire workout to do. While I did the workout right then in my pj’s, Bob Harper said something that really inspired me. He said:

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In all of the craziness of the week we also celebrated my husband’s birthday with a surprise party on Saturday night, and had a good laugh at the grammar mistake the cake decorator at Loblaws made with the cupcake cake:

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Then on Sunday morning I was able to see my youngest daughter’s first “hockey game” (a fun exhibition game):

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This week my plan is to continue to focus on getting my 5-7 servings of veggies and to be active everyday:

Monday: DailyBurn #Blackfire workout + day 14 of advent calendar
Tuesday: 5 mile run + day 15 of advent calendar
Wednesday: BodyPump + day 16 of advent calendar
Thursday: 5 mile run + day 17 of advent calendar
Friday: skating after work with the girls + day 18 of advent calendar
Saturday: kettlebell workout + day 19 of advent calendar
Sunday: 5 mile (speedwork) run + day 20 of advent calendar

With my mom’s recent diagnosis of diabetes, and now her heart attack, I am no longer bummed out about not having the time available to race anymore. I now have a whole new reason to continue being active and to eat healthy… my own health! I am so grateful for my mom’s second chance.

Have an active and healthy week everyone!

How was your week? How will you live active this week?

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  • Kalliopi
    December 14, 2015 at 6:09 pm

    We really need a motivate Monday!I wish all the best to your mom and you!Love your calendar!
    http://www.2activelab.com

    • Janice
      December 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks!

  • Cathy V
    December 14, 2015 at 9:14 pm

    Yikes! I am so glad that your Mom got the quick care she needed. How scary. My mother is pre-diabetic and sadly she and my step father eat poorly and add no activity to their days. I greatly fear the potential phone calls. It is definitely a lesson for our generation to take good care of ourselves. Plus, to put the occasional indulgence in perspective. Kudos for being healthy and a great example of health for your girls. Hope your Mom recovers quickly. Love the cake BTW! Ha ha!

    • Janice
      December 14, 2015 at 9:27 pm

      Thanks Cathy, she’s doing much better and is looking forward to making some lifestyle changes. I hope younever have to experience that phone call, take care! (PS – great job on all the running!!)

  • Launna
    December 14, 2015 at 9:19 pm

    Janice I’m so sorry about what your mom went through but so happy to hear she is going to be okay.?

    I’ve injured my thigh somehow and can barely walk… I’m seeing a physio therapist and hoping she can get me back on track. I miss being able to power walk for miles and miles. I want to stay healthy… I hope your mom will be feeling better… xox

    • Janice
      December 14, 2015 at 9:25 pm

      Thanks Launna! I hope your thigh heals soon, I know how not being able to do your favourite activity sucks. Take care!

  • Jen @ pretty little grub
    December 14, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Oh I’m so sorry Janice. I’m so happy to hear she’s going to be okay. That is definitely a wake up call to anyone.

  • Anna
    December 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    Thank you all for the well wishes everyone! With the love and support from my family and friends; I intend to be around for a long time. Thursday was a wake up call for me and I am very grateful to have had a second chance at eating healthier and eventually becoming more active. I have 8 people in my life (Janice, Rob her husband; my 3 granddaughters; my son Mike and his fiancee’ Colette and my awesome husband Herb) who I love very much and who I want to be able to spend time with. I also have 2 brothers and 2 sisters who I want to spend more time with.

  • Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
    December 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    I’m so sorry to hear about your mom’s heart attack – thank goodness she’ll be able to make a full recovery. Family emergencies can definitely bring back some much-needed perspective. That’s awesome that you’ve been able to stay on top of your healthy eating and fitness – I have to admit I’m still struggling on the nutrition side of things! And the workout looks great!

  • Kathryn @ Dancing to Running
    December 15, 2015 at 7:29 pm

    So sorry to hear about your mom. You’ve got a great perspective on everything that has happened. Here’s to her making a full recovery!

  • Lucie Palka
    December 15, 2015 at 9:24 pm

    Oh Janice, I feel for you. I hope your mom has a full and quick recovery. I take my health seriously, specially since I’m nearing my 40’s. My dad died of a heart attack when he was only 42. Heart disease runs in my family and I want to do what I can to prevent it for sure! Great way to take a negative and make it a positive! Here’s to great health in 2016!

  • Elle
    December 16, 2015 at 1:52 am

    I am truly wishing your mom a speedy recovery. I am glad that she was able to get help so quickly. I think too often we take things for granted. Your motto of eating healthy and living active is great. I think those are really the two key steps to preventing a lot of diseases in the future. Also, exercising is great to relieve stress.

  • jill conyers
    December 16, 2015 at 2:52 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your mom. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

  • Becki S
    December 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Thanks for the reminder! I get so caught up in the holdiays and day to day that I forget to be grateful for what is right here and right now. I’m glad your Mom is recovering!

  • Sharita
    December 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this real life share! Wishing your mom and family the best, and you’ve definitely motivated me to stop and be grateful for all I have! Have a lovely holiday and new year!

  • Natalie
    December 17, 2015 at 2:45 am

    I am so sorry to hear about your Mom. I am so glad she is doing okay and I will be praying for her and your family.
    It’s times like this that puts it all in perspective – what’s really important.
    Wishing you a beautiful holiday season with your family! xo

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