Monday started the 28 by Sam Wood April program. The idea behind this method is to give you the tools for exercise, shopping list, recipes, meditation and community. You still have to do the exercise, shopping, cooking and meditation.
I have been feeling overwhelmed by the whole thing. Scared of failure and not wanting to go backwards I found myself fretting over learning how it all works.
Still an extreme novice I put it to the online community to put my mind at ease. I was tanking and I knew if I let myself slip anymore I’d lose focus and start veering away from my goal.
Fortunately I’m not alone. A few 28’ers had also started with babies at four months and struggled to grasp the whole program from the get go. I needed to stop, breathe and take the pedal off a bit. I’m trying to make it too hard for myself. I was trying to take everything offered on board rather than tailor it to my lifestyle.
Yesterday in a moment of madness I made pumpkin bread, veggie soup and a roasted cauliflower and quinoa dish. I am not amazing in the kitchen and a lot of the ingredients I have rarely used in the past. Almond meal, flaxseed, LSA, rice malt syrup. My sleep deprived brain was muddled by the recipes and Willow played along strapped to me in the carrier. Needless to say I had an early night last night.
The food aspect has been great but the exercise has been shocking. 28 minutes a day seemed impossible this week and other than a comedic effort with Matisse I’ve struggled to get in to it. Oh Matisse! She loves to do yoga. But she found Sam’s workout a bit fast so we tried another post pregnancy one that she likes but the attention span went far before the finish. Walking is much more productive for us.
Other than my freak outs and getting used to the program the recipes are delicious. My aim is to be more organised to make it less stressful.