The changes and new habits look pretty much the same as they did last Wednesday, but I feel like I'm learning more day by day. For example, at first, trying to get the 10,000 daily steps felt like I couldn't focus on anything else all day. But each day I started to get a better feel for what I could do in the morning, during nap times, and just with free chunks of time here and there to get in extra exercise.
I am still having so much fun with REFIT videos. I even got over a bunch of my shyness and now allow Luke to be in the room when I'm doing them. Haha! He has been so encouraging and gives me "dares" - like doing the two hardest songs back to back. I think those challenges really help me push myself and I end up having more fun.
In general, after a week with the new habits, I have more energy and I'm eating better, too. For a while I've known that the portion sizes I was eating were just too big. I've been tracking my calorie intake on the FitBit and doing pretty well with that! This week I'd like to focus on getting more greens into my diet and incorporating fruits or veggies into every meal.
Two days ago, I completed my 10,000 steps and some other goals for the 8th day in a row. I was feeling good but it seemed like my body was saying "Bonnie, you're going to need rest soon". The next day (yesterday) I woke up and just felt weird. Kinda achy, really sleepy, a little sick feeling. Honestly, I was worried about taking a rest day. I was afraid that if I took a day off I'd feel guilty and loose my motivation. But it was pretty clear that I needed a day to regain strength. I got some advice from my sister about how she approaches days off from exercise and that helped a lot. I told Luke at the beginning of the day that I wanted him to correct me if I started speaking badly about my body during the day. That yucky self-destructive talk sneaks in so quickly. I hadn't struggled with it all week but then the day I chose to rest, that spirit of accusation (you're lazy, you're unhealthy, etc.) tried to take over. This verse is so powerful... I shared it last week and thought about it when those "I can't do this" thoughts nagged at me.
When I only encourage thoughts that match Christ's character it makes a big, big difference.
So just to sum up the week: it was a great week! I am loving the exercise, enjoying food much more (in healthier portion sizes), and I'm really thankful for what I have. I had a great day off where my body regained some strength and I remembered how important it is to rest. Choosing to rest is a trust thing - it makes me remember that God is the one carrying me through this and it's not about what I can do in my strength. Today starts a new week. I'm looking forward to a great week three!
Thanks for joining for me this journey.
Leaving you with another super fun video from REFIT REV today. Let me know if you try it out!
And here's my playlist again if you want to see more.