So, this week started out with me having to back out of a self-obligated duty rather embarrassingly. VBS (vacation bible school) started at our home church and I was asked if I could help out. Me being the stay-at-home Mom and having a desire to help if I can, agreed but explained that where I go my toddler must also go . Challenging? No doubt. Possible? Don’t know unless you try, right? Forty minutes into it, I realize this is obviously not possible with my child. Apologies spewing from my mouth, I exited, quick. This is not the first time I have bitten off more than I can chew trying to be a “helper”. I used to teach the Tuesday morning 6:00 A.M. step aerobics class because it was hard to find anyone else at that time willing to do it. The problem for me was I struggle to get up early enough to have time to eat a quick meal and time for it to settle a bit, but I would drink 1-2 cups of coffee. I have recently learned that doing this (a heavy work out first thing in the morning on an empty stomach with coffee) is actually a new craze for mostly athletes called “Bonking”. This is an extreme concept probably not very safe, and that is more than likely why I would feel so aweful physically when I would teach that class. I am scheduled to teach it next Tuesday but it has been over a year since I have done so. I will be needing to prepare myself for it before then. I think I will try to get up very early and eat a protein bar or something, and save the coffee for when I get home.
Furthermore, I have never counted calories before but am now coming to terms with the need existing.” Maintaining”, is where I have always been fitness wise. My body type is primarily an ectomorph, so after babies 1 & 2, I needed to work out but never needed to change my diet. Here I am older; I have weight to lose and therefore the same rules that apply to “maintaining'” do not apply to losing. I believe I have plateaued and in order for me to lose the last remaining pounds, I am going to have to shave about 300 calories from my daily diet. Now, I still don’t believe in counting every single calorie, but you do need to educate yourselves on the issue. Knowing that I only need to cut about 300 cals to be in the zone for weight loss for me, it will be easy for me to make that adjustment with out counting every thing. I suggest checking out the website I have in my “favorite Sites” called “super skinny me”. It has some very useful calculators on there.
Balance. This is the answer to life really. In our personal engagements as well as our fitness lifestyles. It is my goal from here on, to bring more balance into my life. From knowing when to say “No” to lending a hand, to just following a more “balanced” diet ( i hate even using that word “diet”), instead of going crazy reading all the labels, and stressing over disappointing people if you can’t help, lets just be Happy.
Happy= Balanced and/or vise versa.