I was feeling as if I was finally getting on top of everything on my must-do list:
- I signed up for the MN Running Series and was ready to start training.
- Got my kids back to being healthy after a rocky December.
- Chopped my email down to under 3,000 in my Inbox (believe me... even that was a stretch).
- Writing this blog.
Then I got hit with the flu the beginning of January. Honestly folks, it is no joke. I didn't physically leave my bed for 4 days. When you are a full-time working mom - it is detrimental to life as you know it. My husband quarantined me nearly the entire time which was lovely for about 2 hours and then all I wanted to do was to hug and kiss my babies. I was too sick to work - so saying I was "working from home" wasn't an option. It hurt to move. I couldn't breathe. I mean, honestly, after getting the flu, I can understand why people die from it. I am thankful for Tamiflu which got me back to the land of the living, but I was then plagued shortly after with my 2nd sinus infection of the season which subsequently NEVER went away. After a month of misery, I crawled back to the doctor and begged for something, ANYthing that would ease my aching sinuses. I now seem to be on the tail end of this illness season of horror. I might have even become one of those freaks that applies hand sanitizer to avoid getting hit with any of this nastiness again.
Of course, now that I am on the path back to wellness, my oldest decides that this should happen:
Yes, he broke his arm on the playground at school. The worst part isn't even the pain of it for him- it is the fact that he broke his DOMINANT arm. I totally feel his pain with that struggle. If I didn't have access to use my right hand as normal, I would flounder as well. To be 6 and struggling? My heart just breaks for him. We are doing our best to help him, but also need him to learn how to make the best of it. I told him his left hand/arm were going to have superhero powers once his cast comes off in 6 weeks.
Thankfully, my sassy 14 month old has been on a healthy streak. She even decided to start sleeping through the night again (thank god). Her other developmental concerns (particularly as it relates to standing and walking) are being tabled for a month while we bask in the glow of having a healthy, happy baby. Did I mention she is ridiculously adorable? Being the ultimate daddy's girl, every once in awhile, she cuddles with me so I had to capture the moment. And to answer your question... yes, it drives me crazy that my baby wants nothing to do with her mama most of the time.
As for my wellness quest, I've succumbed to the Medifast life again. Only this time, I am back to weekly weigh ins at the center. I am not discounting anything I accomplished over the last year by any means. I lost 50 pounds without anybody asking or telling me to step on the scale, but I have been stuck at the same plateau for nearly 5 months now. I have half a closet of clothes that I can't fit into since before I got preggers with Mackenzie and I want my wardrobe back. The program is definitely harder when you don't have as much to lose. It's also harder when life happens. Between weekly Monday team meeting scones, happy hours and travel for work not to mention a busy, active family it will be a challenge for me to lose 20 pounds in 10 weeks. However, as I learned the first time I successfully completed the program, 10 weeks is a small blip in time to have to make a few sacrifices. The first couple weeks of the program were a difficult transition for me - I only lost 4 pounds which is nothing to sneeze at, but I honestly thought I'd see better results from the start. I'm still on track, but it's time to settle in. 16 pounds to go. No more excuses.
It's also time to start training. My first race, the Hot Dash 5k is less than a month away and I haven't ran in... a really long time. My running partner and I decided to do this first race in an effort to light a fire under our asses to start training again. It's amazing how having to be away from it (illness... winter...) has absolutely killed my motivation. Pretty sure this first race will be a rude awakening to the work I have ahead of me to get back into race shape.
With all of this said, I have accepted the inevitable:
- My entire family will get sick or injured every winter and it's time I learn how to cope.
- I never, ever want to do another weight lost program again once I am able to button my old pants.
- Starting over with running training sucks.
Here's to looking ahead to spring and a happier, healthier family!