I looked at the calendar last week and realized I was home less than 2 weeks of November. That makes me doubly glad that I’m done traveling for 2015, even if I do have evening meetings 4 of 5 days this week! Thanks to sleeping with O a couple of times over Thanksgiving week while we were at my parents’ house, I have a doozy of a cold, which definitely limited my activity this week thanks to the coughing and nasal congestion but I’ve finally turned a corner and hope to get out to run again today!
Monday 30 minutes snow shoveling – and Oliver was actually helpful when he said “Mommy I want to help!” Last winter, that meant using his snow shovel to dump snow back over what I’d already done. This time, he actually seemed to grasp what we doing! There’s nothing like a little 4 year old voice saying “This makes my back hurt Mama” – no kidding. 🙂 Try it with 30+ more years on those back muscles and joints and see what it feels like. Don’t worry – I made him stop as soon as he said that and he hasn’t mentioned it since, so no harm done!
Tuesday 30 minutes walking
Wednesday I spent 7.5 hours in the Denver airport thanks to flight delays, so I got lots of walking in going up and down the B concourse. This week’s NSV is definitely taking the time to exercise while I was delayed instead of taking the time to mope and eat pastries.
Thursday I woke up for an early AM run so that I could check Oregon off of my 50 states list. I only ran for about 2.5 miles, but I enjoyed it. This cold has kept me from running much lately. 😦 I think the damp air helped keep from coughing too much!
Friday 30 minutes walking around downtown Portland between the end of my conference and lunch. I loved the decorations!
Saturday 30 minutes walking, including 19 trips on the stairs (per FitBit) as I put away all of the gifts and boxes from tree decorating. I have cleaners who come every two weeks and we usually wait until they’re done with the last pre-Christmas cleaning visit before we put out the gifts so that it is easier for them to vacuum around the tree. We’ve already got a fair number of gifts because most of my family brought their gifts to Thanksgiving and they seriously spoil O. Any parents out there have tips on how to rein in extended family gift giving?
Sunday I got in an ill-advised walk with Oliver Sunday night. 🙂 I needed plain Oreos for a work treat for Darrell’s job (this chocolate-peanut butter concoction) and only had mint ones at home. First world problems, right? I have a grocery store within walking distance, so asked O if he wanted to walk over with me. We grabbed the stroller and headed out. Since I was bringing O and the stroller, I went the longer way around to use the cross walk instead of jaywalking like I normally do (bad Jessica!) which meant the trip out took 30 minutes, including a little off road stroller-ing because I made a wrong turn and ran out of sidewalk too early. It was chilly and by the time we got there, my little guy had red cheeks, a red nose and freezing hands because we grabbed a jacket but no mittens and he has yet to figure out that POCKETS KEEP YOUR HANDS WARM. We had to call Darrell to come fetch us in the car for the return trip.
What’s missing from this list? Strength training. Oops! As one of my goals for the month, I need to get back on that before I look up and it is New Years. However, giving myself credit, I’ve done well with taking a little time to be nice to myself (harder than I expected!) and I tracked everything I ate in Portland. Turns out, you can totally do that and still enjoy the yummy local food! Who knew? 🙂
My good deed for the week was donating to a fundraiser for my sister’s school (public school teacher in Houston). This week’s good deed is going to be donating a bunch of toys that Oliver has outgrown to a local in home daycare. I’m grateful that I have a job that allows to me travel and to afford not to worry about gifts, food or shelter over the holidays. I know many people don’t have that luxury. Despite the delays, I’m also grateful for safe travels last week.
Several weeks ago I signed up for the Another Mother Runner Stride Through the Holidays Challenge and I confess, I never actually started the workout plan. I just lost track of it! Even though I’m off track with the rest of the group, I’m going to start the plan now just because I feel like I need some of schedule to keep me from losing track of exercise among all of the holiday rush. Do you need some kind of “training plan” to stay active through the holidays?
I hope everyone has a great week!