I am so behind on my blog. I really need to get back to daily accountability because I do so much better when I hold myself accountable. And right now, eating and exercise hasn't been the priority it was just a few weeks ago. That is because I haven't been taking care of me in the process, just trying to do the process, go through the motions and not be present in the journey. No more, I am taking back my life and my health before it spirals way out of control.
So my little guy and I have been out doing some fun stuff, since our big summer plans have been revamped due to the Operation Saving Money! How is that going? Well thanks for asking, it is going pretty well. I have money saved for the new heater, and paid off the $400 dollar air conditioning bill in two months. My Christmas fund hasn't seen much put into it in the past couple of months, but the bills ARE paid, I haven't used credit, and we have groceries in the cupboard. Well, when I go to the grocery store we will have groceries in the cupboard.
My mom came over for a surprise weekend, and that was fun. Blake got to spend time with his grandma, and I got a day to myself with my mom. I had taken the week off, which was planned and it just so happened that they should up on my week off. I got some cleaning and stuff done, shopping, and quality time. They left on Sunday and I went to the fair on Monday....
So I took the little guy to the fair to see how he would do. He went from 2 in the afternoon until 10 at night. He LOVED the fair. We ate fair junk, again which he loved, rode the rides and had some great fun. He even had a "date" for the day, and she rode the rides with him. He went on boats, a fun house about a million times, a jeep ride, a camel ride, got to pet a baby lion. He was a busy guy. I think that was the most fun I have had at the fair in a very long time. Now I know better and will buy the discounted ride bracelets next year, and discounted tickets.
Finally back to work for a day and then I had volunteered to cater our luncheon. It is our appreciation lunch, and we get so many $$$ to have whatever for lunch. We have done everything from full on BBQ ourselves, to having the event catered. Catering takes a lot of money, so for the same price, another girl in the office and I catered our lunch. I was up all night cooking pulled pork, pulled beef, potato salad and cut watermelon. My friend made a root beer cake, german chocolate cupcakes, mac and cheese, a chopped salad, and more cut up watermelon. We also had baked beans to round it all out. OMG, it was a really great lunch and so yummy, but let me tell you I was sooo tired the next day. I think I was running on about 3 ours of sleep, but oh well worth it.
Then to round out the week, I volunteered to make a birthday cake for the little neighbor boy who turned 3 this weekend, and attend the color run. The birthday part was good, a little bit odd, but all in all a good party. They had a water slide, the kind that you can rent and blow up. Very fun!! The odd part was I was under the impression they were serving lunch as I was told a bbq with hot dogs and hamburgers. So I didn't feed Blake lunch, and they never did serve any of that, just some chips and salsa, and of course the birthday cake. No drinks either. So I finally took Blake home, fed him lunch, let him have a nap and we went back after his nap. He was doing much better with some lunch, and a nap. Then on to the next morning and the COLOR RUN...
What a very fun run to do. My girlfriend and I just had a blast the whole morning. We got there about 7:30 a.m. and we had great parking. That started the day off perfect, to find parking close to the finish line is unheard of. We then went and hit the before race party zone and warmed up with some zumba. Fun stuff!! The instructor was awesome, and with zumba it is all about the instructor. One of the best things, the instructor was not a size 2 perfect body. She was overweight, but very much in shape and she absolutely loved what she did. It made it so much nicer for the rest of us trying it. She made it FUN. Then we were off to the starting line. We started out with a really easy pace and hit the first color booth, which was pink. I was pinkified... and then the next was purple. Keeping a pretty easy pace, not slow, not fast we hit the color stations, water station. My girlfriend had a huge smile the whole time... this was her first race. She even made us tutu's to wear for the run. We finished with a 34: something... as it isn't officially times I used my runkeeper and didn't stop the clock right at the finish. It took us a minute to get through the finish line and to the finish line party where we were colorified some more. I totally kept my shirt and will preserve it with vinegar and a hot iron.
The next day we took the little guy to the Water Park, (Roaring Springs) and he had a blast playing in the kiddie pool. This was his first time in a pool that he could touch the bottom. He just floated around, kicked around and loved to watch the bucket of water dump. He went down the slides a couple of times but really wasn't interested in the slides. He kept telling me he was "too little."
I got to do some of the big kid rides, and I was totally worn out by the end of the weekend. It was hard to get up today. I don't have cards with the neighbors tonight, so looking at a nice evening at home doing some organization and closet cleaning.
My goals this week are too hit the flylady system hard, and just get on board with the 15 minutes at a time, get my evening routine done, and have things ready and laid out. If I do this all week, I will reward myself on Friday by picking up Blake early from daycare and going to get French fries and ice cream at the park.
I didn't win my last diet bet, because I did NOT Work at it. Funny how that works, and I missed it by .5. I thought my scale tracked to the closest ounce, but I am not sure now... I will have to look it up. But it just goes to show that if you work hard, you can accomplish anything. If you just go through the motions, and not work at it, and not put anything into it, you don't win. This is my lesson for the year.... you only get out what you put into it. I truly believe that goes for anything.
One last thought before I get to my gratitude list..... I got good news last week. I am getting an office, new job responsibilities, and possibly a new title. I am super excited about this change and can't wait to get going on it. Especially into my new office. I can't believe I am going to have my own office. Talk about a big girl grown up job finally.
Gratitude: I am SOOO thankful for a healthy baby, one I can take to the water park, the fair, and do fun stuff with. There are so many sick babies in this world, and it so isn't fair. Those parents deserve to have a prayer sent for them.
I am thankful that my parents had a safe trip here and back, and that Blake has a family that loves him tremendously.
I am thankful for my husband in his support and total devotion to our child.
I am thankful for my job, and being able to take time off. And thankful for being able to come to work.
I am thankful for my friends, and having two legs to run on.
I am thankful for the 18 pounds that I have already lost.
So, I know my grateful list was completely full today, but I have to remember it is the small things that add up to something wonderful. In the words of Julia Roberts as Shelby from Steel Magnolias: I would rather have thirty minutes of wonderful than a lifetime of nothing special.
And right now my life is wonderful.
WINS: Getting in exercise as a rule, instead of an exception. Running 3x per week, Strength training 1x per week, swimming a couple of times a week.
Needs Improvement: Eating, drinking water.
Sorry this was so long, and I promise to do better to keep up with it. It is my accountability and I do much better when I update myself.
Have a great Monday and a fantastic week!!