System Reboot Days 4-5:
Family Hikes and Results!
May 26th and 27th.
I kept things pretty chill for day 4. As I mentioned, I did worse in the beep test on day 3 than I did on days 1 and 2, so I decided to take a break from cardio. But I did do some push-ups, pull-ups and chin-ups. These are literally my favorite exercises to do and they always get me in good shape when I stick with them.
My meditation practice has been going very well. Even though I teach meditation on a consistent basis, I haven’t committed to doing it on my own, every single day, for a while. I naturally fall into meditative states here and there, but having a plan to do it each day has been making a difference. I’ve noticed that it’s a big help with my emotions and thoughts and just brings a nice general calm and helps me focus. As well, since I have been meditating for a long time, I am also able to do some deeper work on myself once I am in the meditative state. Just 5-10 mins daily has been quite powerful!
Yesterday, day 5, me and the fam went for a big hike at Duncan’s Cove. WOW! I’ve been living in Halifax for 10 years and this is the first time I did this hike. It was amazing! All along the coast, super beautiful, challenging enough to push you but not overwhelming. Considering that we had a 6 year old girl and a 6 month old dog, we managed to make it all the way to the end. It was totally worth it and we really enjoyed ourselves! As a family, we have committed to hiking, or at least getting outside and doing something, every Sunday. It’s been such a nice tradition and just being outside is healing for us all. Here is a picture of Spirit, our dog, absolutely loving it (photo cred to Nick):
Before the hike I did a little cardio and some plyometric work. It was great because I was able to push myself farther than I originally planned. And despite doing the exercise before the hike, I could feel the results during the hike. If I did that hike a week ago, I know I would have been extremely tired. But yesterday I was running and jumping up and down the rocks and could really feel how much the cardio has been paying off.
It’s such a gratifying experience to see and feel results in just a few days! That’s the real trick when you try to make any changes in your life: Stick with it for at least a week or two and you will start to build momentum. The momentum from your gains will then propel you forward to go even further. I am feeling so much better mentally and physically already. However, if I work out for the next 10 years straight and get into the best shape of my life, it does not mean that I will be a better person or like myself any more than I do now. At the end of the day, it comes down to your perspective and being able to look at yourself with compassion, no matter who you are or what you’re going through.