Basketball? No way. March Madness should truly be described as the feeling any mom has with three kids at home over March Break. I can’t imagine what it will feel like after all three of them are at school and then at home for the week (or summer) but right now to have three at home during the week is crazy hectic. I go between loving it and getting overwhelmed. Loving the opportunities to be with all three of them, going on adventures each day, and spending quality time together. Feeling overwhelmed at the insane energy of the two older ones (Maggie is pretty chill for the most part) who are off-the-wall excited over March Break. I don’t even think Blake knows what March Break is but many a time I’ve heard the chant of “March Break! March Break! March Break!” wafting up from the basement as the two are playing tag. Yikes.
So, for dinner tonight (because it’s Wednesday), I had this:
Just kidding. Kind of. I did have a glass as I prepared dinner (after taking 45 minutes to put Maggie down…totally unlike her but likely due to two 5 minute naps today). And now I’m enjoying a second glass as I am writing this post. 🙂
But in all honesty, what was for dinner was something much more filling. An incredible grilled steak (with a dry rub of salt, pepper, parsley, cumin, cayenne pepper, chill pepper, & tumeric – Tom’s amazing concoction that we use regularly), sweet potato fries (tossed in olive oil, salt, & fresh garlic), and a fresh salad topped with avocado, red onion, tomato, and roasted slivered almonds. I made a really light homemade salad dressing of 2 parts olive oil and 1 part rice vinegar with a sprinkling of spices – oregano and basil. Really simple because the steak was unbelievable and I didn’t want to take anything away from it. This is the final dish and it was awesome!
This week had some amazing plusses. I was back at CrossFit on Monday for the first time in three weeks. I’ve had some really angry trap muscles that were overworked 3 weeks ago. As a result, spasm. And lots of them which kept me out of the gym and working on strictly mobility and restoring the brain body connection with chiropractic. Adjust, adjust, adjust. 🙂
Being back at the gym on Monday and Tuesday was hands down awesome. I MISSED feeling strong. This is something I’m not willing to compromise on with my health, up there with all of Life by Design. I find that if I drop out of my routine of working out, eating well, my morning power hour, or getting adjusted – the rest of it all unravels. I truly do have to do all the right things at the same time in order to see the benefits. My psyche just tanks. And for the last three weeks, even though I’ve been uber careful with how I eat and how I think, my physical health was making me frustrated.
If you remember from a previous post, I am not a lover of sit ups. I think it’s probably because my basic core strength is building back up after having Maggie. She was born as a gentle cesarean but being it my third cesarean birth, it did take a toll on my body. I’m happy to have that toll – it’s an amazing reminder of the incredible kids I have. And while I can sometimes feel anxious of the lack of core strength I have NOW, I realize that it will build back up and I need to be patient and supportive of my body in getting back into shape. Tuesday’s workout included 100 sit-ups (between double unders – jumping once but bringing the skipping rope over your head twice- and push jerks – basically taking a 40 lb bar and lift it over your head multiple, multiple times) and when I sneezed earlier this afternoon, I winced from the strain on my abs. Grrrrrr. Must. Work. On. Sit-Ups.
Prior to those bloody sit-ups, we had some walking lunges to get through. Have baby? Must train.
To all the moms and dads out there who think that their health isn’t a priority. Please think again. You are enough of a reason to put a priority on working out, eating well, and focusing on your purpose in life. I love this picture. It’s a picture of a strong mom who is doing her absolute best to be healthy for not just herself but also her kids. I’m proud of this picture. Because it represents the vision of a mom I want my kids to be proud of. A healthy, energetic, fun, inspired, and awesome mom. And each day I make choices to create that vision I have for myself. It’s coming along….slowly but surely. But that’s the fun part of goals. It’s a constant, never-ending process that will always be in a state of evolution.