After waking up at the crack of the chickens and trudging over to the gym to get a good sweat on and constantly texting back and forth with the hubs on “should we, shouldn’t we?” we finally
decided to take the kids and head up north. After all, if it was going to thunderstorm in the afternoon as the “weather people” had suggested then that would be an adventure all on its own. We packed up a simple lunch of home made whole wheat pizza, and snacks that consisted of fresh fruit, veggies and hummus, some granola bars, treats for the kids, fresh lettuce from the garden, a few barbeque items for the evening, a keg of water and headed out the door. The kids were in great spirits, I was in a most relaxed mood as I got to just sit back and chill out as the hubs did the driving. My favourite spot is to be in the passenger seat so I can look around and enjoy the scenery or simply nod off in the car as the sun beats down on my face. Yes, I am that person, the one who can easily fall asleep in the car, like a baby.
The reason I feel most of us have a hard time with diet compliance and exercise isn’t because we don’t have the desire or the will, it’s because we are so busy stressing about everyone else in our lives that we choose ourselves second, third, fourth, even tenth most times. It’s not that we can’t make time; I mean I make time to workout when everyone is still dreaming of sugar plums and lollipops. However, most days by the time the evening rolls around and little ones are still vying for my attention or want me to join in on some random game; I am absolutely and utterly spent. The exhaustion has our fingers grabbing for the first thing in our line of sight; it’s the exhaustion and rising cortisol levels leaving us with constant cravings and crankiness. That is why I welcomed yesterday with wide, open arms.
The day ended up being a wonderfully hot and sunny day, which I got to enjoy with my family. This is what a rest day should feel like. Family, fun, stress-free and thinking of nothing but what you are doing at the moment. It truly was a day of soul cleansing and stress relieving. There couldn’t have been a more perfect day for me.
Until Next Time,
Live From the Inside Out,