Editor’s Note: Susan McCreath has been selected to participate in the Year of You, a fitness challenge hosted by The Manteca Bulletin and CORE Athletic Performance. McCreath is keeping a weekly journal, highlighting the strides and struggles of her fitness journey. These are her thoughts and feelings shared with you.
Starting the week off right in the gym. Leg day. Running day; more like a slow jogging day with walks for me. And there isn’t anything better than doing squats, high knees and tire jumps in between the runs. Can you say wobbly, wobbly?
It’s always nice when I meet people for the first time and they say, “Wow, you don’t look like your picture in the paper!” This always implies two things for me: First, my picture in the paper is not a good one and my face is super fat and bloated in it. Second, I must look better because people always eye me up and down several times while they are saying it.
I had a meeting at school today with a lady from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation who is helping our school and district with implementing changes that will lead to healthier lifestyles for students and our employees. This was a very productive meeting and I am looking forward to this partnership and getting started on our action plan.
I was commenting to my daughter how my hamstrings, buttocks, and back were stiff and sore so she suggested that I stretch myself out on her foam roller. Now don’t let the term “foam” deceive you! This thing is a couple inches around and is as hard as a rock. She demonstrates what I should do and it looks simple enough. I lay down next to her on the floor and put the roller under my lower back. Next, I am supposed to roll over the top of this, but my body will not move. Seriously! I ask her how it’s supposed to move and she says to lift up a little bit and roll it. This thing will not budge. It is sandwiched under me and I don’t have enough core and leg strength to move this thing. By this time we are both laughing , but on the inside I’m cringing thinking that I can’t even roll a stupid piece of foam under me! What a weakling!
It’s our annual Harvest Festival at school and it is a grand success. We sold tons of nachos, buttered popcorn, cupcakes, cookies, big pretzels, and soda. Makes you wonder how successful and profitable the event would be if we served fruits and vegetables.
Saturday morning. I do not usually eat breakfast out, but my daughter and I went to a cute little coffee place in town. We ordered one breakfast wrap and split it. Even the children are learning that we split our meals and don’t eat the whole thing! Restaurant portions are crazy big, yet I always here people talk about getting their money worth when eating out. Shouldn’t it be more about taste than size?
One of my biggest roadblocks is that I am a stress eater, and boy did the stress hit today! Tomorrow is a new day.
Connect with Susan McCreath and CORE Athletic Performance trainer Robert Iniguez on the Year of You Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/theyearofyouchallenge.