firsts

It has been an “exciting” kid week in our house.

My oldest got his first bee sting.  It has been the first bee sting our children have experienced that they remember.  His sister was stung when she was under a year and it was devastating!  He handled it well…really well…until I hugged him and then he fell apart.

My daughter finally has 2 loose teeth…her brother has lost a handful and she has been waiting pretty patiently and definitely with eagerness.

And my youngest who may possibly have the biggest heart of anyone, but who also is quite curious, fierce hugging, all boy and rather wreckless, fell on the back of his head this weekend while playing…small scrape, but being as it was his head, lots of blood.  This child will make me gray.  He is okay…completely!  🙂

Something else we began working on this week is addressing adults by saying “sir” or “ma’am” or their name (Mr./Mrs. _________).  They have always used last names with adults, but when they address people I want them to use those names in greetings and thank yous, etc, or in yeses or nos.  My oldest is doing quite well.  The other two are a little shy, but will get there.

That is a week in our life.  🙂

 

Decisions

So there are some decisions on my horizon…minor ones.  Lifestyle decisions, not life or death decisions.

I looked in the mirror today and was not pleased…I weighed myself today and was even more greatly displeased!  I have been playing around with the Primal/Paleo way of eating for awhile now.  Every time I start, I miss my sugars too much and then I fail…badly.  I am a fan of carbs…fruits, potatoes, breads, DESSERTS.  It is tough for me to cut them out all together…or even a little bit.  But sugar is pretty much the one thing all the “experts” can agree on as being horrible for you.  You can find studies for or against red meat, for or against whole grains, for or against salt, even for or against fruit…but sugar never passes the test.  Why does it have to taste so good?

Being realistic I know that I cannot go cold turkey in cutting out sugars completely.  I am thinking of trying to do so 6 days a week to start.  I am hoping to get my family on board as well, because it is hard to have the stuff you can’t eat in the house.  My husband wants to be healthy, too, we just both realize it is a BIG change.  It will be difficult for the kids, but how great to teach them to be healthy while they are young so they don’t have to struggle with breaking bad habits when they are older!  The Primal/Paleo lifestyle also incorporates fitness and that will give us some nice family time…make it fun and keep moving being the key…not timing or forcing or treating them like army recruits.

I want to be careful not to make fitness and health more important than our time in prayer and Bible study.  Being healthy is important…yes!  Being spiritually healthy and doing our best to follow Jesus is most important!

Another decision I will have to make is how important running is to me.  In training I have found that my body was not built for running.  My knee issues are manageable…the arthritis and the runner’s knee are common and only pose a problem with a flare up.  The foot is another story.  It continues to swell every time I run.  The tendonitis will go away, but never completely, becasue the bone issue is a contributor to the tendonitis and the plantar fascia.  I hope I spelled that right.  😉  There is another half in October that I would like to run…training would start in July…I have a bit of time to make the decision.  I wouldn’t mind replacing running with some other activity like judo or spinning or even boxing…all those sound high energy and lots of fun!

So these are the silly and small decisions that I will be making soon…they are surely better to debate than the serious decisions that I won’t be blogging about. ..at least not yet.

🙂

Tomorrow…

Tomorrow is the big day!

Yes, I know I have said it is just a race.  And it is.  Yes, I have said that it is not a big deal.  And it isn’t.  Yes, I have said there are far more important things in this world.  And there are.

But tomorrow is the big day!  A day that will go by as usual for most people, and a day where the wee hours of the morning will drag in anticipation for those of us running the race.  As a non-runner…hmmm…my first half marathon is a big deal for me.  My emotions are all over the place…excited, nervous, ready, doubtful and calm.  Preparing for this has been a big deal and I want to do my best.

My body wasn’t so sure it wanted to go through with it…it threw shin splints at me, it threw arthritis at me and finally in the last few days it has thrown a swollen foot at me.  I have never been so high maintenance in my life.   I am hoping to beat my goal and aiming for it…will let you know.  Hopefully my foot won’t hurt too badly until after I cross the finish line.  😉

When you roll out of bed and read this, I just may be halfway through my first half marathon.  Or perhaps, you will be getting ready with me.

To all those running or racing this weekend…enjoy!