I've sorta taken my eye off the diet-and-exercise ball this past week -- or maybe I pulled my head out of my ass -- and it felt nice not to obsess.
I've been doing a lot of mom/wife/home stuff and the diet and exercise have been on auto pilot, but a good kind of auto pilot.
I was feeling a little beaten up from the gym lately so I've done more walking, stretching and functional fitness (furniture moving, anyone?) and my body seemed to appreciate the break by not being sore all the time.
And that review of the barre workout videos? Don't worry, it's coming. It's just that when the weather cools off, I take every advantage of exercising outdoors.
I mean, c'mon! Who can resist a walk in a nature preserve?
That beautiful place is a nature preserve that wraps around the city golf course. I haven't been there since the teenager stopped taking golf lessons, so I took advantage of the glorious day and drove over to enjoy it for a few miles.
And then Thursday, Friday and Saturday was Band Mom time. Thursday was an early-release day from school, so the teenager had me stuff him and a few of his friends into my car and bring them over for 5 hours before marching band practice. Friday was the final football game of the year, and Saturday was an all-day marching competition up in Palm Beach County. I had been doing a three-day jumpstart plan that came with the new Nutri-Ninja blender (more on that later!), but I had to abandon it Saturday since I wasn't home all day. But I did stop for a really good matcha green tea smoothie at Jamba Juice and stowed a Larabar Uber bar in my purse for the afternoon so my eating was good.
It even stayed clean Saturday night after I got back from the band competition for a date night with the husband at our favorite sports bar (Bokamper's) that happens to have really good food. All I wanted to do was stick my face in a giant bowl of salad, and Bokamper's has a Key West salad with grilled chicken that fit the bill. It also had fresh fruit and a light sprinkling of dried cranberries, blue cheese and pecans.
I spent most of Sunday hooking up the TV components back together in a new cabinet, and I'm not sure how'd you classify it but it was like a sadistic yoga workout. Lots of twisting, floorwork, stretching around things and, of course, swearing. But I got everything hooked up correctly on the first try! So it was worth it.
And I had a total non-scale victory on Thursday -- I pushed a gigantic, early 1990s-era home entertainment center out of the den and into the hallway without injuring anything! I felt really strong and felt like all the time pushing heavy stuff around at the gym was paying off in real life.
I didn't really have a spare moment to overthink what I was eating or doing for exercise, and it felt pretty good. I got back on the wagon today and hopefully my brain vacation won't derail anything on the scale Wednesday.