I haven’t been checking my blog status for more than a month. When I finally did, I had to do my site backup, update to the latest WordPress version, update plugins and do all those behind the scene maintenance that you don’t see. In more ways than one, it was taxing. I’ve never been good at these things, and I never liked it enough to learn it either. I have to say that this year, I’ve really been putting more emphasis in being present. I’ve been living as a stay at home mum for more than 4 years now, and I truly am enjoying it. I have finally found my groove, now that the youngest one is turning 5 end of this year. I enjoy it so much that makeup and skincare has taken a backseat. I still enjoy those things, of course, but it takes a lot for me to go gaga over some new launch. That said, there were a few collections that made me drool and I’m sure you read about them here.
I have been testing some new skincare, and I’m taking my time to test them before I put up any review. It is getting harder to review them because my skin is at a happy place, so the skincare I’ve been testing just kind of maintains my skin condition, you know? So, how should I write about them? Anyway…
This post is supposed to be about my fitness journey, but fitness includes mental health too, doesn’t it? I will not dramatize anything, and use words like depression and anxiety, because even though I was stressed and unhappy sometimes, I was never mentally ill. There are ups and downs in life, and I get really annoyed when people who are not truly sick, use those words. I am strong and healthy, and I’d like to keep it that way, for me and also for the sake of my family. I have a lot to live for.
That said, I am suffering from plantar fasciitis for a few months now. In layman term, I have terrible heel pain. I rested for a long time, and eased back in to my workout routine. I started with 2 times a week, then now, I’m going 4 to 5 times a week. It still hurts, yes, but I learn to tune into my body. Rest is important. It really sucks to have an injury of any kind. It is a big set back in any progress I’ve made, but I am thankful it is nothing major or permanent that I can’t get my health back.
I am now subscribed to a workout plan, through Madeline Moves. The creator is Madeline Custer and she is brilliant. Her app gives me 5 workouts a week, and it works different muscle groups every day. The moves are compound and complex so I work different muscle groups in an exercise. I would say it is difficult for beginners, but everything can be improvised. Jumping will make my plantar fasciitis worse, so I modify it to something of lower impact. I have done 2 full weeks of it, and I really love it. My workout style for the past few years has been more of strength building, so her style of circuit with higher volume really does me in. Still, I love a challenge. If you haven’t heard of her, go check her out on Instagram. Her Insta stories and her posts are full of useful information and even workout samples. Just search Madeline Moves.
This change of workout style refreshes me. It motivates me to hit the gym more regularly. I’ve been doing the same old thing for a while now, so doing something different is awesome. For now, I’m really loving pushing my body, even though it sucks when muscle soreness kicks in.
I hope you are all keeping well, and whatever you’re doing, I hope you are doing it with intent. I also want to say that while I wish all of you happiness, know that it is only normal to be down sometimes. What is happiness if there isn’t sadness? What is pure joy when there wasn’t any hardship involved? We humans are more resilient than what social media portrays. Seems like 9 out of 10 influencers are suffering from some sort of mental illness. If they truly are, then I hope they are getting the professional help they need. If they’re just throwing these words around thinking it’s trendy and relatable, then I think it is absolutely wrong.
That’s really all I want to say. I will come back with reviews when I’m ready. Until then!