Week three and four of this whole adventure were not pretty. I didn't feel well the first weekend, and the second the stress got the best of me. I didn't work out as much as I would have liked, and I might have eaten a whole batch of cookies by myself.
Not a good start to two weeks out, but I think that mental health is just as important as physical, so I refuse to guilt myself just because I didn't follow my rules perfectly. There will always be bad days, and I will always make mistakes. So instead of focusing on that, I'll just let you know that I did a lot of other really cool things, like pulling out my guitar again and learning a few new songs, or starting a few really cool projects, or cleaning my house (whew- that's a workout by itself!), or hanging out with friends I haven't seen in a while. See, I feel better already!
I went on another walk at the beginning of the two weeks, trying to ease myself back into activity after a week and a half of nothing. Other than that, I've been having a hard time pushing myself out the door (maybe I need to set out some cute workout clothes before bed or something) so I looked up a few cardio videos on youtube and did them instead. We have a chromecast, and I use it to stream the videos onto my tv. It's really simple to use, and it sure beats trying to use my phone. Also, I get the joy of watching Odin freak out and try to catch the waving hands.
I did this 40 Minute Full Body Workout from Popsugar Fitness. It was great because the workout was broken into 10 minute segments that included cardio, strength, and stretches. I kinda wish there had been a little more cardio, but I will tell you that I was feelin it later that day. The instructors upbeat-ness was catching, and by the end of it all I was smiling. I definitely will be using this one again.
I also did POP Pilates for Beginners from blogilates (pictured above). This one was great because it showed the basic moves and pushed me to work out, but it was really easy to follow along with and totally felt do-able, which is sometimes a problem I get from these videos. I don't think I'll be using this particular video again, but it's more of because I feel like I've completed the challenge than I didn't like the video. I love Cassey Ho (the woman behind blogilates) and have been following her stuff for a while, so I'm ready to move onto to the next challenge!
Remember how I said I ate a whole thing of cookies? So you can see that I don't have a lot of banner moments to share with you from this week. What I do have, though, is some tea that I've used to placate that sweet tooth of mine.
This is Birthday Cake from DavidsTea. Yes, those are sprinkles in that tea. Yes, you can taste them. Yes, it is amazing. It's sweet and smells wonderful. I don't have much of it because it's a little pricey, so that makes each time I drink it even more special.
So that's been my last two weeks! Right after I finish this post I'm going to write out my rules on a post it and sticking it next to my computer. I've got a few other tricks up my sleeve and hope to make the next two weeks something to be proud of. So, let's raise a water bottle to feeling good about little accomplishments, even if they weren't what you expected, and to a healthy next couple of weeks!