Monday, June 14, 2010
I started back with "couch to 5K" on Saturday. I bought heel cushions to help my feet, and I've been walking to keep in shape since I started having heel pain. My daughter Mary (10) tried to come with me. She had a hard time since she didn't sleep well, and stopped after 1 mile, but I was proud of her for trying. Sunday, hubby decided he's going to try c25k and he wants all the big kids to try too.
I really love his enthusiasm. We did week one on Sunday. Hubby lasted a mile, which is a lot for him. He's about 6'4" and around 290 lbs. He looks good at 235lbs to give you an idea of his build. He hasn't been too regular with working out, so I'm impressed he lasted the mile. He's still enthusiastic too. Mary, Pat (12), and Stevie (8) also went along. they all did great. Pat has the most trouble, asthma keeps him less active than the others, but he did two miles with me. Today, Mikey (13), Pat, and Stevie came along. Mikey and Stevie are in great shape, so during the jogging parts, they went ahead. During the walking parts, they came back to me. Pat had a little trouble, but was able to keep up with his 42 year old mom. They all did great! We did week two today, since overall, the kids are in better shape than hubby. Hubby wants the whole family to be able to jog a 5K, well, except for the twins. We'll have to take turns pushing them in the jogging stroller.
I am very blessed to have such a supportive family. When I'm on the elliptical, the kids cheer me on, "You can do it, keep at it mom!" The kids are also great food police, "Mom, don't eat that! It's not on your diet!" Hubby is usually very supportive too. He puts up with me doing less housework since I'm working out on most days and run out of time. He also knows how hard it is with the kids home since he is Mr. Mom every other Friday, Saturday, and Sunday when I'm at work.
So things are going very well here. We are turning into a SparkFamily!
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
A week ago, the kids made a big deal about Daddy's birthday. We had a perfect day with a bike ride up in Sioux City. Yesterday, the kids came in to wake me up and were surprised when I mentioned it was my birthday. I had orders to stay in bed. They made breakfast for me and cards and pictures. They made a yummy yogurt parfait with strawberries and granola. I know that sounds healthy, which is what they were aiming for, but it's a lot more carbs than I'm used to. I did enjoy it! They also made a veggie with dip plate.
I didn't get a workout in, mostly because of swim team and my goal to make a good dinner. I've had trouble with this since school ended. While we were eating dinner, I showed hubby all the pictures the kids made for me.
He totally forgot it was my birthday. In his defense, he was up half the night fixing the gutters during a thunderstorm to try to keep water out of our already damp basement. I wasn't mad. He already got me a great gift when he was on a business trip a couple weeks ago, turquoise earrings and bracelet. He insisted we head down to the local theater and watch a movie. I warned him that it was a romance one, "Letters from Juliette." We got there a little late, only about 5 minutes into the show. I went to get a seat while hubby paid. I later found out he didn't have enough cash. The manager was more concerned about us missing the show than paying him. I had cash, so we paid on the way out. I love living in a small town. The movie was set in Italy and was very good. It reminded us of our honeymoon in Rome. We both enjoyed it, which is saying a lot, hubby usually doesn't like romance movies.
After the movie we headed to the local steak house for dessert. We had two varieties of cheesecake and shared. YUM!!! So yesterday I was over on carbs and calories, I got no workout in, but I totally enjoyed it. It was a great birthday.
Thursday, June 03, 2010
Okay, I'm bummed. My heel started bugging me this week, it may have been Tuesday when I noticed. It still bothered me some on Wednesday, but I thought not so bad. That was until I had done 2 miles of walking/jogging (C25K week 2, day 2) and still had to hobble half a mile home. I iced my foot (and right knee which had to make up for the sore heel) and rested the rest of the day. When I got back on my feet to take two of my kids to swim team practice, OUCH! I could barely walk. I hobbled through the rest of the evening, even shopping. We had to go to the city to get some things.
I'm guessing it's plantar fascitis. I've never had it this bad before. Bad news, I know I need to take a break from working out right now. When I woke up this morning, I could barely walk. Good news, I found some shoes that seem to help. At Sports Authority, I was trying on shoes, thinking that old shoes may have caused this. A friend had earlier mentioned how she loved her "shape-ups", those funky shoes with the rounded bottom. A generic brand of those were on sale, so I tried them on. This was in my completely gimpy, barely walking state. Instantly, I felt relief in my heel. Most of the pressure from walking was now on my arches and not my heels. It still hurts to walk, just not as bad and I can almost walk without limping now. If you haven't tried these crazy shoes, I have to say I recommend trying them. I think they are intended mostly for walking. I still have to look them up online. They seem to be helping my foot to heal.
I'm still bummed, though. I love my working out time. It's my alone time now, and I feel such an accomplishment when I finish, especially now with C25K.
I kind of knew my time was coming for an injury. I have two best friends. One broke her foot in December, the other broke her ankle in February. Until I found these shoes, I was thinking of borrowing the crutches. As a mom, I'm finding it hard to slow down. I have so much mom stuff to catch up, but the kids are being a huge help. So, I'm taking it easy, as much as a mom of six can.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Unfortunately, I had to work last weekend, Friday thru Sunday. I enjoy my job and the people I work with, so it's not that bad, except that I really wanted to enjoy the weekend with my family. Early Sat. morning, one of our systems went down, our fax imaging system. When I left late Sunday night, it still wasn't up. That made for a busier weekend than it should have been. You don't appreciate the systems you have till they go down. Because of that, I only had Spark time to get log in points and that was it.
Our furniture came on Saturday, two dressers and a night stand for our bedroom. They are beautiful!! I feel like a grown-up now. Sunday morning we left notes for the kids to let us sleep in. Neither of us slept well and felt sick in the middle of the night because of that. At 10am Sunday morning, I heard the kids sneaking into our room. Then I heard, "One, two, three...Happy birthday..." They sang to their Daddy and had a surprise for us. They made breakfast for the whole family! Oatmeal, toast, coffee and an orange for Brian. They warmed up my scrambled eggs for me (I usually make a huge batch and save them in the fridge.) They had everyone's breakfast made and on the table. It was the perfect way to wake up.
Monday was Brian's actual birthday. We headed up to Sioux City to ride their bike trail by the river. I LOVE this bike trail! Much of it is shaded and there are lots of things to see along the way: several playgrounds, a paddle boat welcome center, Lewis & Clark interpretive center, a marina, a bar & grill by the marina. We started by the band shell and went all the way to the end of the trail. There's a park there with several playgrounds. On the way back, we stopped at the bar & grill for dinner and watched the boats go by. Mikey (my oldest) and I had the kid carriers attached to our bikes. We each took one twin and a case of Powerade. We both did pretty well on the 8.4 mile trek, and Brian was able to keep up since he didn't have an extra load to haul. Mikey and I have each had more time to work out, and I'm just glad Brian could do this trip. He even threw a football around with two of our boys. I love it when he's active. I gave him the option of choosing whatever he wanted to do for his birthday, and this was what he chose. We all had such a fun day, Dairy Queen blizzards and all!!
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