I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving. I started writing this post the day before Thanksgiving so it was written in anticipation of the big day…figures I am just finishing it up now. This is my favorite week of the year and although I can’t believe we’re here already, I also can’t believe how much my whole family needed this break! It seems long overdue. I love Thanksgiving. I love thinking about everything I’m thankful for and remembering all my blessings. I’m so much more aware of them all during this time….and then of course I love the turkey meal- my all time favorite and I love football games and colder weather (for a little bit), parades on TV, and what’s not to love about all the turkey trots! So as you can tell I’m anxiously awaiting the upcoming festivities.
I’m suffering from a minor knee injury so I had to take a few days off from running. I have no idea what I did to my knee. I ran on the treadmill Monday night because this guy asked if we could.
He also asked me to put this Momentum Jewelry charm on his shoe…a man after my own heart. The charm says “dream big”.
So I ran and then I did some kettle bell lifts on the Bosu ball. I’m not sure what I did but I’m assuming the injury I sustained happened on the BOSU although I felt nothing initially. It wasn’t until later when we were watching Monday Night Football that I started to feel like my knee was bruised. It got worse through the night and when I woke up for boot camp at 5:00 a.m. it was as stiff as could be but felt like an external injury. I did boot camp just no leg work or impact and then iced it and took Motrin. It bothered me all day so I took Wednesday off from running and this is what it looked like on Wednesday night…ignore the pasty white legs!
It felt slightly better as the day went on and with some more ice and Motrin I could only tell it hurt if I touched it. Oh and it was warm to touch.My sister thought I was bitten by a spider. It didn’t stop me from getting up and running on Thanksgiving…I had to get the turkey trot in…couldn’t miss it. Too much good eating had to go on later that I needed the run in the morning. I was a stuffed bird by the end of the night though and after Nolan suffered a major meltdown after dessert we called it a night.
So many of you know that this time of year people start talking about how the average American gains 6-10 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Year’s and then the day after New Year’s everyone goes out and gets a gym membership to shed the holiday pounds and make good on their resolutions (even if it is only for the first two weeks of the year or until that free month membership expires). Wouldn’t it be great to not get so far behind the eight ball? It would be so much easier to just be mindful through the holiday season so that when all is said and done you’re not really any different than when the season began…other than hopefully mentally reset and ready for a new year. We all hear “everything in moderation” and I think if we take that approach to the holiday season we won’t feel like we’ve fallen off the wagon and gotten run over by it come January 2nd.
This year I’m going to approach the holidays with a non-stress attitude. I’m going to spend more time with family and friends and less at the stores shopping.
I’m going to spend less time checking off items on my “things to do list” and more time enjoying my little boys.
I’m going to run more and worry less, and I’m going to soak up all the joys of the season so that my heart and my soul feels happy and ready for the next year ahead.Merry Christmas!
Oh and if you’re interested I’m going to do the Runner’s World Run Streak again- log a mile everyday from Thanksgiving until New Year’s Day. This is a great way to keep yourself in check over the holidays. If you do join me and you follow me on Instagram hashtag #milestohomestead and #RWRunstreak.
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