Yay for recovery week! I’d like to say it was a more easy going week but that’s not entirely true. Tuesday was movement day where we spent some time learning and perfecting form for some things we’ll be doing in the next phase. I learned how to do a Turkish Get-Up (Turkish what?…exactly). That one will take some practice. Wednesday I did Joga in the morning (bliss!) and a battle ropes workout in the evening that nearly finished me. Seriously…I could hear colour. It was pretty awesome and the variations of things you can do were really cool. Now if only I could figure out how to get some ropes for my basement…
Periodically, the gym will have challenges up for a month and for the month of February, we’re doing a meal prep challenge as a way of helping us incorporate better nutrition choices into our every day lives. After all, you can’t out-run crappy eating.
Now, if you’ve spent any amount of time here, you know that I started meal planning when my oldest was crawling and have been meal prepping for a good year or so as well. At first, it wasn’t so much about making better choices in my eating as it was making the work/daycare/home life transition more bearable and less stressful. An hour of commuting home through rush hour and daycare pick ups was definitely not something that had me eager to get home with no meal ideas in mind.
I love meal prepping. It keeps my grocery budget down (though admittedly, we still spend an embarrassing amount of money on groceries…egad, what will I do when these food monsters are teenagers?!) and on the weeks when I’ve achieved meal prep rock star status, we have very little wasted food by the end of the week.
It’s safe to say that this challenge will come fairly easily to me so, though I still plan to participate whole-heartedly, I’m going to add a few footnotes to the challenge for myself. In addition to doing my usual meal prep, I’m also going to ensure that each week, I try at least one new recipe and/or food item and to try to keep my food spending to an average of $120/week for the entire month. This means that I will have to think harder about the types of foods I’m preparing, utilizing the staples already in my pantry and planning and wasting as little food as possible (ideally, nothing). It also means no burning food. That might be my greatest undoing.
Now to my other February goal: When I did my first Functional Movement Screen (link below), I could not do a single proper pushup. Boo! My goal for my 6 month mark (which I believe will be my second re-assessment time) is to be able to do this so I’ll have no modifications to worry about, only push-up domination. This means that starting now (and really, I should have started this back when I started at the gym), I will be focusing on making sure I do my corrective exercises to strengthen my weak points. My first attempt, I could not get myself off the ground without doing “the worm”. Believe me…it was not pretty. I’d like to save that gem of a move for the dance floor, not the gym floor ;). As a starting point to this goal, I tried the push-up again. Still can’t get my body up BUT I can get about an inch off the floor with good form before I get “stuck”. This is progress. I love progress. When I use the bands for added help, my form is MUCH better. I’ll get there. Practice makes progress.
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