One of our toddler’s favourite places to walk is along the edge of a very large field opposite our house. He seems to have assigned himself the role of farmer’s assistant. We met the farmer of the field once, he stopped his tractor and showed us the plough he was pulling. Ah, country life. Our 3 year old has never forgotten it and regularly reminds us that that the farmer told him he would be sowing winter beans as soon as the ground dried out a bit. Since then our son has insisted on regular inspections whereby he can check the quality of the soil. He takes his work seriously and today was no exception. Our daughter, now 6 months, remained wholly unimpressed at being in the outside world again and sat in her carrier judging us all. I am in love with her constant level of absolute and utter sass.
Whilst walking the length of the field today our son stopped and looked backwards. After a pause he turned back to me and with the infinite wisdom of a child said,
“Look Mummy. Look how far we’ve come.”
With only 5 days left of my challenge to exercise for 100 days I am doing a lot of this at the moment – looking backwards. Looking at how far I’ve come since Day 1. It feels like so long ago now that I was jumping around our garden in a sports bra and big pants, squatting in time to an app. I miss the warmth of those early days. This morning’s frost was fun for wellies but it is not my favourite exercise environment.
95 days gone and 5 days to go. A friend asked me today how I would be celebrating – would I plan anything special for my final day of exercise. I joked that perhaps a naked 5k would be on the cards. It won’t. It’s far too cold for that but it did leave me pondering. Day 100 will fall on a Wednesday. What should I do with that day – I have some time in the morning to try something new whilst our eldest is at preschool. My husband isn’t normally home late on a Wednesday so I could try a new class in the evening.
However I exercise that day I know I will be looking back and reflecting on the last few months but more excitingly I will be looking to the future. I will be looking ahead to a life where exercise is important, where exercise is valued and a future where I build on these 100 days, taking what I’ve learnt and moving forwards.