I thought long and hard about whether or not I was simply going to start off with a perky, “Happy Mother’s Day” and then roll into this week’s Mini Challenge like it was any other week. And it is, sort of. I mean, maybe Mother’s Day is super easy for you.
But maybe it’s not.
When I was a kid, Mother’s Day was kind of a big deal. My grandparents would come to visit us, cruising into town with their big ol’ 1970s-retired-people silver Airstream trailer. My brother and sister and I would get up early and make the coffee cake recipe from the side of the Bisquik box (my job as the youngest was to make the streusel topping, which is basically just butter and sugar with some bonus Bisquik and cinnamon and OMG, I remember eating that stuff by the forkful before it ever got onto the coffee cake! The thought of that makes me a little queasy now. LOL), along with bacon and scrambled eggs. My sister would make up little menus and place cards for everyone at the table, and I’m pretty sure “we” bought our mom a pair of fuzzy slippers every year.
As I got older, the celebrations got slightly less elaborate, and there was decidedly less butter and sugar involved. My siblings and I grew up, moved away (and came back!), had kids of our own and started our own traditions. In my house, my kids and husband always wish me a Happy Mother’s Day and maybe make or buy a card, but honestly, it hasn’t been a “thing” for years.
This year, however…
This year is the first one my mother is spending without one of her daughters, the first one my niece and nephew are spending without their mom.
This year, Mother’s Day is challenging for me, navigating the waters of loss and grief and holding my “new” family together without my sister.
And maybe it’s challenging for you, too.
Mother’s Day can be tough for so many reasons, so let’s talk about that.
What do you do when life throws emotional challenges your way?
For me, the answer has always been to (literally) keep putting one foot in front of the other. Going for a walk or a run or getting some kind of exercise clears my head and calms me down like nothing else.
The fact is, our bodies crave motion, even when (maybe especially when) our heads and hearts are struggling. Biologically speaking, because of the release of endorphins (a natural painkiller and mood enhancer) during a workout, exercise is truly the cure for a rough day.
And that, my dear Killer Bs, is how I’m tying Mother’s Day to this week’s Mini Challenge (like magic… ta-da!). Because no matter if today is easy or rough, we gotta keep moving.
(Click the image above to download and save the Mini Challenge on your device. The thumbnails are links to take you directly to the videos on the Pahla B Fitness YouTube channel. All of the workouts are available for preview now.)
As I mentioned last week, these workouts are perfect whether you have a lot of time or just a little – they’re quick and tough and easy to stack, with on-screen suggestions to keep your workout going as long as you’d like.
MONDAY’S all-new SEATED CARDIO ABS HIIT is ten minutes of core-focused cardio to slim and tighten your tummy.
TUESDAY’S HAPPY WOG (combo of WALK + JOG!) is perfect for all fitness levels, and a nice little rumination on what it means to be a runner.
On WEDNESDAY, we’re feeling GOOD with a quick full body HIIT filled with all my favorite exercises.
THURSDAY’S weight-free CARDIO UPPER BODY workout is tougher and sweatier than you might imagine (and the suggested stacker is a CARDIO LOWER BODY workout that helps you feel like you got it all done).
And FRIDAY, we’re finishing up with a super sweaty CARDIO STEPPER HIIT workout.
So, is it weird to end this post with the perky and cheerful “Happy Mother’s Day” that I didn’t want to start with? Because I’m kind of thinking about doing that…
How about this?
I hope today is peaceful for you, I hope today is a celebration for you, and I hope today brings you a lot of joy and at least a little bit of sweat. ?