Monday, November 17, 2014

Another Week 3

It's about 10 degrees in Chicago today. I finally surrendered to reality and called a friend to watch the baby so I could get a training walk done. I finished the 1.5 mile speed-walk outside and was SUPER excited that I'm actually on-track for a third week in a row... but wait... the walk was supposed to be 2.0 miles.

Over it. SO over it. And I've pretty much decided to let the park district have my money so I can use their treadmills on days like this. Because dang.

Remember when you were learning to ride a bike and you just barely caught your balance and you weren't quite sure what external forces were keeping you up, but you were upright, and you just repeated to yourself, "I'm doing it! I'm doing it!" That's what this week 3 feels like. I'm still pedaling, but I'm also putting my trust more in outside forces to help keep me upright. If I keep my feet moving, the Universe will help me with the rest.

And.... breathe.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Another Week 2

Still not sleeping. Still with the colic. BUT still on track with the Couch to 5k program. 30 second intervals, and it only slightly feels like my organs want to escape my body. It's getting way cold here (giving a new meaning to a "Sub-30" run) so taking Adam out in the stroller isn't an option. I'm working on loaning the baby to local friends and family a few days a week to squeak my 2-3 mile run/walks in.

Sadly, my winter running gear is still nowhere near fitting, so I'm still in Stephan's clothes.

Yay for husbands!

Friday, November 7, 2014

Another Day 2

Advice to myself (and you, if any of it resonates):

+ Choose a mantra while running.
- Do NOT use: "This sucks, this sucks, this sucks."

+ Dress for the weather, and your body type.
- Do NOT squeeze into old workout pants and expect to have a good run.

+ Accept today for what it is: Reality always wins.
- Do NOT label your run as a -3 on a scale of 1-10.

+ Buy a new sports bra when your body changes.
- Maybe try it on first. No, actually: definitely try it on first.

+ Advil. Take Advil.
+ There is no negative to helping your body be more comfortable.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Public Service Announcement

If it's been 8 weeks since you've had a baby (not via C-section) and you are thinking that 1 minute of jumping jacks will be possible- or even comfortable... you should prepare yourself to be totally, embarrassingly, wrong.

It might go well. But prepare yourself that it might not.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Another Day 1

This morning I re-started a C25k program. The first day was a 1 mile walk. I stretched it out to 2 miles because I had to baby strapped to my chest and we were going pretty slowly (18 min/mile). I loaded up the Zombies, RUN! C25k program at the same time so I could have something interesting to listen to.

The walk was nice. But it's so hard to keep starting over. This is the third time I've started the Zombies 5k program. I tried breaking into a jog last week, but was still to sloshy to run more than 1/2 block. Well, I guess there's nowhere to go but up!

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Through No Fault of Our Own

We broke an exercise ball without ever exercising.

Now, get your minds out of the gutter. It wasn't anything icky. The colic is continuing into its 3rd full week, and the exercise ball is still the method of best soothing. Last night, Stephan was sitting on the ball bouncing with the Tiny One, when he noticed his knees much closer to his chest than they used to be. And when he stood up, the now-egg-shell-shaped "ball" slumbered across the floor.

Stephan looked at me with panic in his eyes and asked, "How late is Target open?? We can't survive this without a ball!"

Welcome to week 7.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Best. Parenting. Advice. Ever.

"Honey, I was listening to the radio, I don't know what station, I can't tell what the stations are on this radio, just that it was 100-something FM or maybe 89-something AM. But anyway, this man who was talking started talking about the things the president is doing, and isn't doing, and he was proving it with facts, not just words, but facts about what is really going on and how he's ruining our country, and all of those other things, and then he said that all the kids today are fussy and hyper because their parents make them listen to all the terrible music that's on the radio today, instead of the classical music that people used to listen to all the time in the old days, but then I thought, no, not Anna, I bet she makes that baby listen to the good classical music and not all that radio music, and that's why I called you to find that out."

So we're listening to classical music today.

Because... facts.