Thursday, June 3, 2010

Moving second grade!! And other points to ponder

Well I am now officially the mother to a second grader. K finished 1st grade with flying colors. I could not be more proud of him. Way to go Kris! He is now celebrating by spending 2 days at Grandma's house. I am not sure who this is more of a treat for him or me! I will actually be home alone for a whole 4 hours tonight, this is unheard of and I can't wait. I am hoping the G is later than expected so that I get even more alone time.
I started WW yesterday. I did it about 8 years ago before I had K and I lost over 50lbs. Back then I had a MIL that took really good care of me. It was pretty much mandatory that we be there every night for dinner and on the weekends, that could be part of the reason she isn't my MIL anymore. Anyway, my SIL and I did WW together and the MIL made us all our meals and since she was literally a chef everything tasted awesome. This time around I have to cook for myself and well, I suck at cooking. Its sad really because I love to cook, I just am super bad at it. You would think that as bad as I am at cooking we would all be rail thin, but alas the only truly skinny one in the family is K, he gets this from the male genes in the family. Tall and thin. Anywho, getting back on track, I started again yesterday and all I can say is thank goodness there was nothing on TV to watch so I went to bed early and therefore was not tempted with late night snacking. Other than that is was a good day. I even mowed more of the lawn and got on the elliptical again.
And on to a somewhat related topic.......a 5k run. Ok so I am not a runner, seriously not a runner. But I am intrigued by the idea of running. I have been thinking alot lately about trying to run a 5k. I have gone as far as getting online and checking websites to help me train for it and I did start training back in February. It only lasted a couple days but in my defense it was cold and dark at night and I don't have a treadmill so I had to go outside, and well I am a huge chicken-shit, and I gave up. Okay I admit it I gave up, but after conquering the elliptical I feel empowered to try again, and yesterday in K's end of year paperwork from school there was a flier for a 5k run in August in my town to help benefit a local teen with muscular dystrophy. I almost think it is fate that I start training again, and I figure if I have a goal in mind and something concrete to work towards I am more likely to succeed. What do you think? Any words of advice?


  1. Congrats to K for moving up to 2nd grade and to you for committing to a 5K. You can totally do this. I would highly recommend you download one of the couch to 5K (c25k) apps if you have an ipod or iphone. This will get you started gradually and reduce your risk of injury. Most of the programs are around 8 weeks long, so August is very doable. Also, don't feel like you have to run the whole time. I do intervals (5 min run/1 min walk) for all my races and I'm faster with this than if I just run the whole time. Getting fitted for really good (as in at least $85-$100) running shoes is a must if you want to save your feet, knees and hips. Go to a store that specializes in running. They know what they are doing.
    Good luck-I can't wait to keep reading to see how you are doing!

  2. Thanks for the tips. I found a training program I like that I think will move at a good pace for me. I love the tip about running 5 and walking 1, the thought of running straight out for 30 minutes or more scares the heck out of me. Now I just need to get some good shoes.