Tuesday, August 24, 2010
I was able to get up early again to get my walk/jog in today. I am so glad the weather cooled off some. I didn't know how I'd do since I haven't jogged for several days. It's hard to fit that in on my work weekend. I actually cut off a minute from my time. I'm really happy with that. Today I jogged 2 1/4 miles. Tomorrow I'll try increasing to 2.5 miles for my jogging part. I still warm up and cool down with a walk.
Work was busy and it seemed there were lots of problems all weekend. Luckily, Sunday seemed to go better than Fri and Sat. When I walked in Sunday, Willie, another pharmacist, looked at me, did a double-take, and asked, "Are you on a diet or something?"
He's the second person to ask about my weight loss. Needless-to-say, I was in a good mood the rest of the day. Yesterday, I rested. I get really tired after my work weekend, mostly from the commute, ten hour shifts, and working till 10:30 pm. I know my limits and usually take Monday off from most work and relax with the twins.
My family is still very supportive of me. Hubby and kids are helping more in the mornings before school so I can get out and jog without the stroller. I just hope with our busy schedules that I can sign up for a 5K this fall. There's one in October I have my eyes on. We'll have to see how it all works out. A couple more weeks, and I'll be up to 3 miles jogging in my neighborhood. Feels pretty good.
Thursday, August 19, 2010
I've kind of enjoyed sleeping in this summer. The kids didn't have swim team till 11:30 am. Some days they would let me sleep till 9 or 10. Of course, when I'm not up, I'm not telling them to get off the game systems, computer, or to turn off the TV. School started today for my four oldest. We decided to keep the twins home one more year. They just turned 5, and our little town doesn't allow 5 year-olds in preschool (very stupid). So this morning, I had two options. Get up early and jog at the crack of dawn by myself before the heat, or wait until after the kids go to school and jog with the twins in a stroller with the weather warming up. I chose option A. It was nice being out there as the sun came up. Even though it felt humid (my glasses fogged up repeatedly), it was cool still. The breeze was nice and I was able to jog 2 1/4 miles again. With my warm-up walk and cool-down walk, I was out there for 44 minutes, same as yesterday. Not bad for a very sleepy, achy 42 year-old mom-of-six.
With school in session now, I'm trying not to freak out. Mikey's doing football again (eighth grade) and Mary is doing volleyball again. All four older kids have piano. My work schedule gets fun too. Hubby has to come home to watch the twins when I go in. With everyone out of the house, I see the mess that was created. We definitely have the "lived-in" look going on. I'll tackle it all, one mess at a time, one room at a time. Eight people live here; there will always be some degree of "lived-in" feel to our home.
Right now, I'm enjoying the sound of the twins playing. I don't have to micro-manage the others now. They're in school with their own routines. And I'm here, happy that I followed through with my plan to get up early. I've already caught up the kitchen, started laundry, and logged my fitness & nutrition on Spark People.
Tuesday, August 10, 2010
Last week was a little disappointing as far as exercise went. I only worked out on two days, which is better than none, but not as much as I hoped. A migraine early in the week slowed me down a bit, then it tried to come back later in the week. I also had two extra work shifts. The extra money is nice, but I feel like the house falls apart when I'm gone so much. I also lose time for exercise. On the up side, my eating has been much better. Even when I splurge a little, I haven't gone overboard.
Yesterday, I rested. I must not have slept too well. I was grumpy and felt exhausted. I laid around all day and watched TV with the kids. We watched some Phineas and Ferb. I love that show! Yes, I'm 42 and I still love cartoons. Those two characters and their friends believe that they can achieve anything; and they do it all in one summer day. We grown-ups here on Spark People need some of that self-belief. I can and I will live this healthy lifestyle and get in shape!
I guess I have some of that. I've grown to believe that I can jog a 5K. I'm working up to the first 2 miles. I jogged for 26 minutes today, which is almost 1 3/4 miles for me. Tomorrow I start week 7 of couch to 5K. I've also found a 5K to sign up for in October. This goal has been great to get my mind off the scale. I don't plan to step on one until September sometime, but I may need to do some shopping before that. My work pants look silly. I still can't believe these pants used to be tight on me. Now they almost look like clown pants. Good problem to have, isn't it?
Thank you Spark People and Spark Friends for helping me come so far and for helping me stick with it!!
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