Cheers to starting fresh

I’ve been asked a lot about how I do my food prep for the week and I’m working on a post with some really easy tips and tricks as well as a walk-thru of how I navigate my kitchen with 3 kids and only 2 free hands. Stay tuned, I may surprise you all and get it up before the Little Lady is driving :)

Tomorrow is the big day: fitness assessment day. Normally, I would be shaking, sweating, dreading and losing sleep about the level of embarrassment I might feel or shame at how out of whack this poor body is but I’m feeling more excited than anything. Really excited. Stupid excited. There might be embarrassment but it likely won’t come in the form of how out of shape my body is.

Alright's me vs you.
Alright body…it’s me vs you.

After spending so much time sidelined with tendonitis and already feeling it’s effects in the form of tightness behind my knee and scar tissue build-up that Graston treatment and massage therapy are trying to control, I’ve realized that I need to be a lot smarter about how I train my body. I need to balance out all the kinks that have developed after years of running without a proper assessment of how my body really moves. Years in the gym working hard (and definitely not always working smart…hello overtraining!!) and relying on my own, relatively uneducated version of proper form and balanced workouts have started to take their toll on this nearly-35-year-old body of mine. Add in 3 kids, years of eating my stress and pounding out my frustrations in unhealthy ways and it’s a miracle I’m still able to move at all.

Need to change my heart rate setting so I don't look like I kill zone 5 for that long. Seriously, I'd be dead. Or amazing.
Need to change my heart rate setting so I don’t look like I kill zone 5 for that long. Seriously, I’d be dead. Or amazing.

Don’t get me completely wrong, I’m not entirely dense and I haven’t been counterproductive all these years. Learning to deal with my stress, anxiety and depression have also educated me a lot and taught me a great deal. But now, it’s time to really add some guidance and training that I’ve really been looking for but unsure where to find for a number of years. More than that, I know it’s time to scale back, start easy and really take care of this one body that I’ve been entrusted to look after for as many years as I’m blessed to be walking on this side of Heaven.

This new adventure, along with heart rate training to build my running core is one that has me so pumped up. I know I will need to be patient and trust the system and the training but going into a season of cold and being stuck indoors will give me the opportunity to do just that. I already feel at home with the changes I’m making and feel like I’ve found the exact right place I need to be in to get it done.

So cheers to fresh starts, balanced living, simplicity (my focus word for 2014!) and never looking back.

I’ll update on how my movement screen goes on Friday(ish)!

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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.

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