That's me skating somewhat steadily at our local community centre this afternoon. It was a beautiful day to get outside and we almost didn't make it out! As I mentioned in my last post, it's been crazy cold here and we've been hunkering down at home and staying warm. But all that indoor sedentary time started creeping in and affecting my mood.
But today! Today the weather took a welcome turn and wouldn't you know that by 3 pm we were all still inside! (I had actually gone out to that spin class I mentioned in my last post, and Jason had been out for a bit, but the kids were still inside and could have easily let the whole day pass without leaving.) I knew we had to force ourselves to get up and get OUT. It was too beautiful outside to miss out, and I was starting to feel that blanket of melancholy setting in that has been all too familiar lately. Fresh air and outdoors was the only antidote.
So we bundled up (over-bundled actually - it was so beautiful!) and went for a skate. I am so glad we did! That blanket of sadness shed itself and we all enjoyed being outside skating on our neighbourhood rink. Juliette is getting SO GOOD on skates! She was gliding more than ever today. She totally loves it, which leads me to believe I may spend more time in a rink in the coming years than I had previously envisioned. Miles is happy to glide around in his daddy's arms for now.
Okay, so all this, combined with my amazing workout at WPG-Cycle this morning, sparked an idea. I've been trying to really unpack all the feelings of sadness and gloom that I've been carrying around since the new year. And I've known all along that exercise, a good diet and time spent outdoors would work wonders in elevating my mood. But I was stuck and I just couldn't get UNstuck. But today I did! And it felt so good to get active.
So I am challenging myself to exercise my body everyday for 30 days. I have a weekly plan: I'm going to to attend two classes a week (1x spin and 1x The Fitual - an amazing ful body cardio + strengthening workout), also 3x at-home workouts/yoga DVD's, and 2x or 3x outdoor skate/run/walk to round it out.
I know that moving my body will contribute positively to my overall mental health and wellbeing. (The more you do, the more you wanna do, right?) So I need to make an earnest effort to do this for myself and for my family. It's been so hard since going back to work after mat-leave with Miles ended to find (let's face it, make) the time to workout. Summertime was a little bit easier but even then I was only running/working out two or three days a week. And I'm just not sure that's enough. Not every workout will be a sweat-fest like this morning's spin. Yoga days will be a little more chill and walking days will be refreshing. But I'll do something. Everyday. 30 days.
Today was day one. :)