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.
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:
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:
Then on Sunday morning I was able to see my youngest daughter’s first “hockey game” (a fun exhibition game):
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!
PLEASE JOIN THE #MOTIVATEME LINK UP!
THE RULES ARE VERY SIMPLE:
- Every Monday share your fitness, nutrition plan etc by linking them up. All you will need is your post’s URL, and a photo you would like to attach.
- Posts that aren’t related will be deleted.
- In your post, please mention that you’re participating in #MotivateMe Monday link up, and link back to the hosts, Fitness Cheerleader at FitnessCheerleader.com, & Running Rachel at RunningRachel.com.
- Read what the other linkers, are sharing. Visit at least 2 other bloggers’ posts and share some support by commenting and engaging with each other. The more you support, the more support you will get back.