The Color Run. "The Happiest 5K on the Planet" . It was on my Bucket List. This Saturday, I got to check it off. We rocked Cleveland. We ran, laughed, and got dirty. I mean, my armpits are still stained blue, dirty. We skipped the Zumba, but sang along with Carly Rae Jepsen. If you're a serious runner, this is probably not the run for you. In fact, most people walked it. It wasn't timed. There were no prizes , other than massive amounts of color. People really were happy. I think the most annoyed person there was my friend for making her run with me (you know you love me though, [C])! After, we got to hit Tommy's, which is always a special treat now that we live so far away. Are we doing it again? Definitely!
We're coming off of a party weekend. Now, when I say party weekend, I don't just mean a birthday party one day. I mean a weekend filled with fun, not every weekend, activities. This weekend we had the kids' joint birthday party. It started out with Grandpa and Grammy coming in from Illinois. It was awesome. My kids love them so much! When they are here, they are all about the kids. Monster and I had the annual fun run to do Friday evening. Everyone met us at the finish line. It was huge for Monster to have the support. We shaved time off of last year, too. Sunshine really wants to run it next year with us. Not sure if my back can handle two kids pulling on my arms, but we will most definitely try it!
Saturday, Grammy came to Sunshine's soccer. Poor Grammy couldn't even curb Sunshine's not-so-sunny disposition that morning. From there, there was bike riding, playgrounds, baseball and a cookout. It was such beautiful weather, too. Sunny and warm. Perfect for everything outdoors! I really wish I would have gotten pictures of everyone playing baseball. That was probably the kids' favorite part of Saturday. Monster was hitting pitches out of the park and Sunshine was using her tee like a champ.
Sunday was the actual birthday party! Again, beautiful day for being outside! There was more baseball and soccer. All the family was there to celebrate. The kids had a blast! It was a fantastic way to celebrate birthdays!
I don't have resolutions. I also try not to set unrealistic goals. 2012 was a pretty good year for accomplishing and creating things. However, the last two months, I slacked off big time. This year, I'm creating a list of things I'd like to do. Here are my hopes for 2013.
Now the fun stuff. Here are the crafts/activities I would like to do this year:
There are also so many recipes I'd like to try, but I'll just highlight a few here:
I am realistic. I know I may not get some of these things accomplished, and that's fine. These are just hopes, not goals. If I don't, they go on the list for 2014. Even if I don't get one of the things on here accomplished, I plan on being happy, and that's what really matters most.
It is no secret that I hate running. I find it to be a form of self torture. Yet, for the past 3 months, I've been training to run the Race for the Cure. Why? Because I believe in it. No matter how much I hate running, I hate cancer more. So, I'm running. I'm running for my mom. I'm running for my two aunts. I'm running for my mother-in-law. I'm running for a friend's good friend, Megan. I'm running in hopes that more lives will be saved than lost. I'm running for hope. If you are interested in supporting the cause, please check out my sponsor page at http://neohio.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/CLE_NortheastOhioAffiliate?px=13251749&pg=personal&fr_id=2549
It's ironic because I had decided to write about working out and then a friend of mine did the same. However, we have two totally different takes on it. I hate it. Really. I don't like being hot and sweaty and sore. Not fun. Doesn't make me feel good to have that "burn". I always did it though because I wanted to stay in shape. I've always envied people who enjoy working out, like my husband. He doesn't have time to do it often, but after he works out, he feels fantastic and is in a great mood. After I work out, I hurt and just want to lay around. Maybe I should actually clarify even a little more. I'm talking cardio and weights. I love yoga, but yoga is supposed to make me feel all mellow. I just don't have much time for it. No time, you may be saying. That's right. My husband leaves the house before 6 am. It's 6:25 right now, and my son is up. So forget about mornings. Afternoons? Not a possibility since I have one who doesn't nap and one who wakes up randomly. To make it just a bit better, if I tell the big one I'm going to do pretty much anything, he'll wake the little one up. Nights? Again, Husband isn't around. I start my day at 6 am and work until 8 pm. Last thing I want to do is work out. I want to go to sleep, but, I actually want to see my husband and talk to him, so I'm up until 10. I stretch in the mornings because it helps my back and neck, but that's all there's time for between when I wake up and get coffee and when one of my two kids may wake up. I tried to get on a routine, but when Husband leaves anywhere from 4:30 am to 6 am and doesn't get home until the kids' bedtime (if he's home at all), there's not a whole lot of room for routine. I would suck it up and just endure the torture if there were time, but there's not. Looks like I just need to come to terms with shopping in the plus section.
Like I said before, now that my neck and back are feeling good, I'm starting to exercise again. I really wish I would have found this set of exercises earlier. They are for the core muscles and they make my back feel WONDERFUL! Even though they toning your tummy, they are also stretching your spine. I alternate these with the other set of exercises. I take weekends off since I'm rarely up before the kids. No noticeable difference, but I feel better mentally, and that's half the battle!
I am so out of shape. Now that my neck and back are in working order and my elbow is almost to 100% and my shoulder has been popped back into the right spot, I'm getting back on an exercise "routine". I put routine in quotes because nothing in my life has a normal routine. I've got things I try to remember to do everyday, but allow room for change. Anyway...I've started out with simple ab work. Or so I thought it was going to be simple.
Day one of doing this, I had to stop at number 7 because my muscles were so sore. Number 10 hurts my elbow slightly, but I can work through it. As I get better at this routine, I'll add some more stuff.
Another thing I found for incentive (other than the mirror) was this...
However, after deciding I was going to use money instead of stones for this, I also realized that this would require a scale. I don't have one. So, instead, I'm just adding a dime for each day I exercise. If I don't exercise, I have to take a dime out. By the end of the month, I will have enough for a small treat for myself (coffee!) if I exercise daily. As for breaking myself of my Starbucks habit...I have two small children to help with that and a phone call to my mom if the kids aren't on board. It's actually sad that I need a coffee intervention!
My ultimate goal is to lose 30 lbs by the end of the year. Doesn't seem tough, but the last time I had that much to lose, it took me 3 years and diet pills. I promised Husband that I will not go the diet pill route again. However, if I'm not seeing results by summer, I may have to take my doctor's advice and go on a purification diet. I don't want to and I'm not sold on it, but I've got to explore all my options.
I've done my workout for today, but, I'm feeling so good, I think I'll add in some yoga this afternoon. Monster loves doing yoga with me so I'll have an exercise buddy :)