Good morning friends., Yesterday started off with a killer #cko workout.. my shoulders, my abs and my butt cheeks are screaming today..
For dinner last night I made an awesome stuffed acorn squash, baked the squash, sautéed some apple chicken sausage, with garlic, onions, mushrooms and more apple, sage and thyme. Added a bit of brown sugar Scooped out most of the squash and combined it with the mixture, topped with some nutritional yeast, a bit of freshly grated parmesan cheese and walnut and baked some more.
Got a video call from Ryder last night, he was rolling around in his walker, squealing and chatting.. He smiled reached for the phone when he saw me. Made my heart sing.
A few weeks ago, I gained 5 lbs overnight. I am not exaggerating, this happened, and I didn't bat an eye because I looked at what I ate and figured sugar/carbs/salt, it is water weight.., Well guess what it's still freaking here. And yesterday when I was working out I caught a glimpse of my "gut" in the mirror.. and I felt a bit frustrated. The 5lbs, plus the 2 I had been playing with have found a home there.
I haven't felt this way in a very long time... that twinge of "ugh" when I look in the mirror. It is especially annoying when I look at what I eat and how much I eat and I am not overeating by any means, and I am exercising and burning more calories than I eat in any given week.
But stress of this year, sitting more than I'm used to perhaps with hours of painting (which I will not give up) and being in the throws of menopause seemed to be stacking against my efforts perhaps. My metabolism is slowing down, it happens to us all at some point and sometimes multiple times in our lives.
However this does not mean I am giving up, or I am disappointed in myself or I'm just going to eat whatever because who cares. It just means that for whatever reason right now, the scale is not doing what I want it to do so I have to stay the course, because at the end of the day, other than that little belly roll, I am strong, my body is tone, in fact under the roll is rock hard, my core is fierce, I can plank and do 6 inch holds like nobodies business.. I am on a path that I will not waiver from.
I will take care of this body that God has given me and I will look past that small imperfection and focus on the whole picture.. I feel strong, I am healthy, I am loved. .
I leave you with the immortal words of Led Zeppelin... Have an amazing day!!!
And as we wind on down the road
Our shadows taller than our soul
There walks a lady we all know
Who shines white light and wants to show
How everything still turns to gold
And if you listen very hard
The tune will come to you at last
When all are one and one is all
To be a rock and not to roll
And she's buying a stairway to Heaven