It seems like just yesterday, I felt like spring and summer were NEVER going to get started and it's suddenly December!
So that means, as of today, spring is 109 days away. I have 109 opportunities to continue to be the healthiest and strongest version of myself.
November was good. I....
~Hit one year of maintenance.
~Stuck to the November Fit To Feast Challenge... 10 minutes of activity every day. I never stopped at 10 minutes. That has worked for me in the past, when I've been lazy, telling myself I'm only going to work out for a few minutes. I end up getting into it and workout way longer.
~Completed the Chicago Hot Chocolate 5K. It was the first 5K I have ever done that I ran the entire race. I had tears in my eyes when I crossed the finish line.
~I participated in my park district's indoor mini triathlon... 10 minutes of lap swimming, 15 minutes of cycling and 15 minutes running on the treadmill. I WAY overestimated my swimming abilities but it was an awesome day!
Now it's time to deal with plantar faciitis. I had two sessions this past week with the physical therapist. He said my ankles and calves are extremely tight. He was impressed with my leg and hip strength as well as my balance.
He taught me some new stretches which I have been doing 4-5 times each day. The other homework he gave me was to learn to run a little differently. He said when I run, there is too much up and down, slamming pressure into my feet.
He had me stand straight, lean forward from my ankles until I felt like I was going to fall forward and start running from that point, keeping that position. AWKWARD! During a walk with my dog on Thanksgiving, I gave it a try. I felt ridiculous but after four tries I think I get it.
December's Spark the Season challenge starts tomorrow...
I am going to commit to 10 minutes of yoga or meditation each day this month. I am very tightly wound during the holidays so I'm hoping this will make a difference for me this year.
As always I will continue walking. On breaks at work I walk laps around the gymnasium/auditorium. I'm a big chicken about walking my Labrador after dark so I will continue to pile on layers of clothes and take her for two walks each day on Saturdays and Sundays that she loves.
Let's all try to have "a wonderful Christmas time"..... or whichever holiday you celebrate!
I leave you with Paul McCartney..
The mood is right
The spirit's up
We're here tonight
And that's enough
Simply having a wonderful Christmas time