Stayed in bed until about 10am today. Absolute BLISS! Headed across the road to the gym after breakfast, and spent an hour there before heading downstairs to the pool, where I chilled out in the heated pool and then the sauna and spa area, while R splashed around. Love that the gym membership includes free entry to the pool - brilliant! It's also a great bribe: "If you sit here with your Nintendo DS for an hour while mummy works out, we'll go swimming afterwards" - ah, the single parent life... gotta get creative to get time in the gym!
Gym- and pool session complete, it was time for grocery shopping. No car means a 15 minute walk each way = free exercise. Straight after that, I took R and a friend for a walk, and we had dinner in the woods (Pasta Bolognese on our new gas-fuelled camping stove, whoooo!). See that big pack of marshmallows there? I didn't have one! Cravings 0, willpower 1.
Returned home two hours later and cleaned the house. All in all, a very nice day. Dinner had a few more carbs than I'd ideally like, but there was more meat than pasta, the pasta was wholegrain and I had a huge side salad - so I reckon it'll be ok as long as I don't do it every day.
Hoping to make tomorrow yet another active day - going hiking with a friend and our respective kiddos. If I can get away with leaving R at a friend's house for an hour, I'll squeeze in a gym session too.
Monday will be running day. Another creative single parent trick: bringing running gear to work and squeezing in a 30-40 minute run between work and the school run. 4x4 intervals used to be my usual routine on such days, and I think I'll start doing that again as it worked wonders on improving my fitness level in a short space of time last time round.
Already, I can feel the exercise having a huge positive impact on my overall energy levels. Must. Keep. This. Up.