Another Beyond the Scale Pink Pirates challenge for this week is to go for a gold, silver or bronze medal by doing applicable activities for each. I decided to go for the gold and did the knee marches, push-ups, and jumping jacks (all with one of my dogs jumping up and down with me…that was a challenge in itself).
I tracked all my meals, ate my fruits and veggies, drank my water, wrote a blog. I was going for gold. Part of the gold was 60 minutes of cardio which I knew I could do. The day brought a snow event to us and although the original forecast was 2- 4 inches we ended up with over 10 inches. It was okay though because the shoveling went towards my cardio count and I was going for gold.
The snow was coming down fast and furious for most of the day and because the original forecast was a do-able amount, my husband had taken his car instead of my SUV which is heavier and better in the snow. So of course when he came home from work, he got stuck halfway up our driveway which a mini hill. We pay someone to plow our driveway because of this as it is is well worth the money but he had not come yet. We couldn’t leave the car in the driveway because then our snow plower guy would not be able to plow. We needed to get my husband’s car out of the driveway and into the garage. The city snowplows had dumped at least two feet of wet, heavy snow at the beginning of our driveway when they did their rounds and we needed to remove that in order for my husband to back down the driveway and try to gun it up the hilly driveway. But that was okay…I was going for gold.
As my husband and I started walking down the hilly driveway, I had my eyes on the start of the driveway, shovel in hand. I already had a couple of snow routines (perfect scores thank you very much) in for my cardio as part of my quest for gold but this was the main routine….the mother of all routines. The ultimate huff and puff and get that heart rate up routine. This was going to finish off my gold. I was close. As we descended down the hill my husband turns to me and says “ be careful…it’s slippery”. No sooner were the words out of his mouth, that I felt my feet come off the ground and down I went right on my backside. One of those… man that hurt and please hand me the ice pack….kind of falls. Nooooooo…..was this the end of my quest for gold? Did I go down to a silver or a bronze? Would I even medal???
I could see the end of the driveway with that beautiful (?) mound of snow waiting for me to shovel it and…..get my gold.
I couldn’t lose my gold. I just couldn’t! I picked myself up as I have done many times on my journey to that weight loss goal. One fall, one slip does not end the journey. We pick ourselves up, adjust our routines and continue on our quest for gold. Even those gold medalists at the Olympics have fallen, slipped, adjusted and got their gold. I was going to do that today and continue to do it everyday of my quest for that ultimate goal….being at goal weight and being the healthiest I could be. Cause I am going for gold.
I did make it down to the bottom of the driveway and although we did get some help from our neighbor next door who happened to be out with his snowblower, I shoveled mounds of snow and got my cardio in.
I may have slipped and had a slight change in my routine…but gosh darn it….I got my gold!!!