Motivation Monday: Adapting without Conceding

I’ve talked recently about my desire and intent on living a No Excuses lifestyle, especially when it comes to my health. As with any public declaration, it’s really just a bunch of words until you’re put in a situation that really tests your conviction.

My time came this past week. Several times.

While making dinner and attempting that multi-tasking gig that is apparently innate in every mom on the planet (note: sarcasm), I managed to burn my forearm on a 400 degree oven. (Mental note: wrangling kids and handling hot things don’t a pleasant outcome make). Thankfully, the string of profanity that would make my mother faint was unleashed in my head only and not out loud where two-year old ears would be sure to parrot.


The next day I had the very rare offer of baby-sitting so that I could go swimming at the pool. Blistering and painful arm made me weary but I did feel better so off I went to swim.

No Excuses Lifestyle: 1    Blister: 0

(please be aware that I had the burn checked out and was told I was ok, just to keep it covered, clean etc. No excuses doesn’t equate to stubborn dumbassness)

Upon arriving at the pool I realized that I not only didn’t have my goggles with me, but that I had likely left them at the pool a few days prior and that they were now gone.

Sad Panda.

Normally, this would have been my cue to exit stage left and call it a day. I cannot swim without goggles. I wear contacts and have sensitive eyes and the pool is very unforgiving to both. However, I wasn’t about to let this ruin the short burst of freedom before me so I changed my swim plan around, did a different set of laps, treaded water for 10 minutes and THEN did a 2 mile run on the indoor track at the pool.

I’ll pause here so I can accept all the high-fives currently coming my way:


Ready to hit the track!

I’ve never done back-to-back cardio before so I pretty much had to be carried home but it still reeked of awesomeness (I, on the other hand, reeked of a mixture of chlorine, wet-dog and sweat…yep…my hubby is a lucky man).

And this people…is called practicing what you preach. BOOM POW!

When something in your workout plan goes array at the last minute, do you quickly adapt or try again another day?

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Stephanie is a Canadian Mom of 3, Runner, Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC), Christ-follower and all around reeker of awesomeness. When she's not chasing after her kids, you can find her dreaming big dreams and bringing them to life.

9 Responses to Motivation Monday: Adapting without Conceding

  1. Just discovered your blog. I am in a “no excuses” mode myself since we have been on and off vacations (I am a teacher with summer off and two young boys) which makes training challenging. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Ah, you just reek of awesomeness!!!

    Googles… I have two pairs because I am horrible about losing things. :) But I also can’t swim without them.

    Have a great week. Grab each day by the horns and keep kicking butt.

  3. Stephanie I love reading your posts. I def need to learn how to adapt. I call failure real fast and end up doing nothing. Good for you and you are setting a great example for us Sistas. Thank you for that!

  4. Good for you for kicking your own butt and making that cardio happen! I’m sorry you got a burn (which looks super ouchie) but I’m glad you were able to not let it defeat you!

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