Finding something for me

Hi all! Well I am pleased to report that my running (more like walk/jog) went very well this week. I was able to run 3 times, which is my weekly goal for a total of about 8 miles. I am most proud that on Sunday I was able to do a 5k in 37 minutes! My goal was to finish in 50 minutes, so beating it by 3 minutes is pretty awesome in my book!

So I want to explain a little more behind why I am training for a half marathon. I have mentioned before that I am a stay at home mom, and most of my day revolves around my 3 kids. And I love that. I love bring able to play, teach and care for them everyday. But there are definitely times when I feel like I have lost my sense of me. I have forgotten who I am beyond a wife and mom. That is just not a good thing. And this is not something that just moms suffer from.  Anyone can become overwhelmed with their job and other commitments and forget who they are beyond that one thing. Whether you are a mom, a nurse, a teacher, a student, life can sometimes seem to take over and you lose the chance to have something just for you. Something that benefits you.

So after months of feeling like I was getting lost in my role of wife and mom I found a half marathon and it excited me and seemed like a challenge, just what I needed. It is different for everyone. Maybe you are crafty and need to get yourself a project. Maybe you have a life bucket list and need to pick one thing to focus on to accomplish. Find something for you. Something that will help you not go crazy in what can be a crazy life.

Week 3: Weigh in and Don’t forget the Cheese Puffs!!!

This week I challenged myself to eating healthier and providing myself with the healthy snacks to make this happen.  Also known as grocery shopping.  Because I had a coupon, I chose to shop at Earth Fare.  It is close to home and if I spent $35, I would get $5 off.  Seemed as though that would be about right.

I went into it with an idea of what I needed to get and just kind of winged the rest of it.  Bell peppers, humus, avocados, yogurt, crispy snack of some sort, apples, gelato, and a protein/meat if price allowed.  I branched out and did quite well.  I am trying two new flavors of gelato: Southern Butter Pecan and Pistachio.  I am branching out a bit.

This week was a hard one as I had an Expo for work to which we were at liberty of the facility catering for the day and in the evening we had a business meeting/dinner.  I was surrounded by candy, cookies, and all sorts of NO-NO’s.  I must confess, I didn’t log this day and I waited to dang long to have eaten.  I allowed myself to hit hangry; yes that is a word…in the dictionary.

Hangry (adjective) : hungry and angry

I ate a Turkey sandwich with no condiments.  I drank water the majority of the day.  I did have a few cocktails in the evening as well as a glass of red wine.  We had dinner at a restaurant in Rosemont IL. called Carlucci.  Their brazen Lamb was delicious.  I had never had lamb before (…again branching out) and I would order it again.  If you are in the northwest Chicago suburbs, you should definitely check them out!

I decided to go on a run outside yesterday.   The Pufferbelly Trail has been one that I enjoyed attempting to run.  Running is a mental game for me.  I was able to meet 2 goals last night and being the dork I am, I rejoiced out loud!  ‘WHOOOO HOOOOO!’  I ran .88 miles straight at a good pace without stopping and by the end of the day I hit my 10,000 steps.  I was so happy.  You see, it is the little victories!

My week has been a blur.  Correction, what day is it?  Is it Friday?  Yes, I have been oblivious to what day of the week it was.  I have been forgetful and in an effort to me not forgetting, I have “my handy dandy notebook!”  (Thank you, Blue’s Clues for forever placing that phrase in my head…ugh) The list this morning?  Weigh in and don’t forget the cheese puffs!!!  And yes, exclamations were there.  I have to satisfy this inner fat kid don’t you know!

Week 3: height 4'8"; weight 101.5lbs
Week 3: height 4’8″; weight 101.5lbs

 

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