State of Kate Weekly Series: Black Friday Edition

For better or worse, it’s official: The Holiday Season has begun. Insert horror theme-music here. This is pretty much the worst time of year to try and stay on any kind of fitness/health routine, because its all about self-indulgence, sugar, and fake enthusiasm. However, here we are, so let’s make the best of it! 

The Physical

Activity: Soft WIN.

I took a break from Kempo this week, as it seemed like just too much. I have managed to get some good cardio workouts in, although on Tuesday I struggled to do anything. In my defense, I had to drop my mom off at the airport at 5am, which meant leaving at 4:30. I woke up at 3:30, and while I managed a nap before working a full massage shift (!), I never fully recovered from the early morning. I managed to squeeze in ten push-ups from the toes before bed, but that was all I could do. 

The wind was intense, and it sleeted before the sun came out, but the views were beautiful.

On Wednesday, I took a frigid walk around our extended neighborhood. It was worth it, but boy was it cold! On Thanksgiving morning, I got on the treadmill and did Week Four Day Three of Couch to 5k, while watching the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. It worked. 

It was seven degrees out yesterday morning. The treadmill was really my best option for anything.

I am discovering that the key to success with my new activity tracking system is to have a wide array of things to choose from. There will be days where I can Do All The Things, and there will be days where spending ten minutes in Child’s Pose will be all I can handle. Giving myself permission to do what I can, as I can, means I feel successful 100% of the time, and I’m more likely to continue.

Nutrition: FIRM WIN.

Actually, considering the holiday and all, I’m feeling pretty good about the past week. I walked away from unplanned cake on two occasions. The desserts I did have were made by me personally, so I knew exactly what was in them. And while I ate well on Thanksgiving, I don’t feel like I overdid it. I ate good food, and yes, there was a little indulgence. But I didn’t eat my way through the day, I didn’t gorge on crap, and I had a healthy range of proteins, fruits, and veggies. 

This Thanksgiving, we were mostly thankful for each other. But that spread I made? Pretty close second.

Most importantly, this morning I got right back on track. I had a smoothie for breakfast (banana, spinach, walnuts, ground flax, frozen berries, a couple ounces of OJ, almond milk, and water; also, a few shakes of turmeric and ginger for added health benefits). I’m planning on healthy, veggie-laden food for lunch, and some leftovers for dinner. 

I could have made terrible choices yesterday, but I didn’t. Yeah, firm win.

Thanksgiving’s best indulgence: homemade apple crisp (with all the sugar and fat), and Ben and Jerry’s Cinnamon Bun non-dairy ice cream. Worth the calories, every stinkin’ one.

The Mental

FIRM WIN. I’m actually feeling pretty good right now. I’ve slowed down a bit this week, not working as much as I probably should on homework or business admin stuff, but my brain needed the break.

After struggling with some homework last week, I reached out to my mentorship group and had a bit of vent. It was heartening to have other acknowledging my struggle and tell me I’m not alone. I also took some action to help bolster my insecurity about sentence structure and the corresponding grammatical rules: I bought a book. Of course I did. But it has quizzes and worksheets to help me along the way. I am looking forward to receiving it.

I’ve also been working on a new blog post that isn’t State of Kate related. I’m actually quite proud of it, and should hopefully have it posted in the next couple days. It’s taken me a bit more time because 1) it’s an excerpt from my book that I may or may not ever get published and 2) it’s actually quite personal. I wanted to get it right. But, it felt good to write and it feels even better to share, so . . . soon.

The Emotional

FIRM WIN. As far as things go, I’ve been too busy to be emotional. Granted, the finale of Great British Baking Show on Netflix made me tear up a bit, but that was mostly because OMG SO SWEET. 

This was the first major holiday my husband and I have had to ourselves. My mom went out to spent Thanksgiving with my brother in the PNW, so it was just us. We could do whatever we wanted. So we puttered around the house in our lounge wear all day, taking breaks for really good food.

It. Was. Awesome. 

I think having several days in a row where I’ve been able to do things at my own pace, in my own time, with plenty of quiet in between has done more for me than just about anything else recently. I needed this.

I also needed extreme pupper cuddles. 

Weekly Totals

WINS: 1 soft win, 3 firm wins

Look at all of those wonderful wins! Here’s to hoping I can keep this up as we go into Crazy Time. We’ll be hosting Christmas this year, so if I start prepping now I might have everything done by then. 

List. I need a list. I need many lists.

How was your holiday? Do you prefer not to celebrate at all? If you do celebrate, how did you navigate the family and obligations? How are you feeling today? Leave a message in the comments!