Thanks for all your love yesterday guys.
A few of you have commented recently that you like my Mr The Rake stories – I do too. He’s pretty great.
I once told him that people quite liked him in blog land. Here’s his response:
I might become the break-out character of the series.
Sometimes I wonder if our children will work in comic book stores, or spend their time re-wiring my appliances. After all, Mr The Rake and I are both products of law school – and I’m fairly sure Mr The Rake enjoyed eating paste as a child. Something’s not quite right.
I’m going to hand over to Mary from a Walk in the Woods – show her some love – Mary is a Sweat Pink Ambassador and a fantastic supporter in the on-line fitness community. Thanks so much for this Mary!
You CAN have it all!
Hi everyone, I’m Mary and I blog over at A Walk in the Woods. My blog follows my journey to lose 80 pounds and become a healthier person. Sometimes I wonder how I manage to squeeze everything in. I’m a mother of two amazing children, wife to a tremendously supportive husband, Office Manager at a busy mirror and furniture manufacturing business and on top of all that I’m also a newly obsessed runner! They key to leading a busy lifestyle, I’m sure, is to be a well organised person and that, I most certainly am NOT! However, recently I have discovered that organising my life and my family (even in my haphazard manner) has become necessary to ensure that I am able to fit everything in.
I began 2012 as a morbidly obese woman. I weighed 240 pounds, was exhausted all the time and binged on chocolate and cola drinks to numb the pain. Thankfully in January something “clicked” and I realised what I needed to do not only to lose my excess poundage, but also to become a healthier, fitter person.
Firstly, I changed my diet. I stopped drinking cola completely, which was particularly hard – it took a while before I finally lost the craving for it, but I can sit here, hand on heart, and say I have not had a drink of coke since January and I do not miss it! Secondly, I got active. I started with what I could manage, which initially was walking, and then in June I decided to try running. Well – I took to running like a duck to water! I L-O-V-E IT! I’m now 60 pounds down, 20 pounds til I reach my goal weight and feeling fitter and happier than I have in years! But, back to my point of how I manage to squeeze all of this into a short day!
Like I mentioned before, the key is to be organised. My fridge door is filled with lists! On a Sunday, I will make a meal plan for the week – right down to what I’m cooking for my kid’s breakfast, what I’m taking to work for my lunch, to what we’re having for our evening meal. I do my grocery shopping off of this, which also helps me keep to a budget. Next to that I have a list of extra curricular activities for my kids – reminders of who needs to be where and when. Finally, I have my training schedule. At the moment, I am training to run 8k and have used Hal Higdon’s novice 8k training programme – this breaks down what exercise you do every day of the week (with a built in rest day). I truly believe that in order to ensure you get training in, you need to have a training plan of some sort. This is also good if you struggle with motivation because it helps with accountability, I “tick” off each activity on the sheet after I’ve done it.
My children are aged 10 and 12 years and I am very blessed that my father in law lives with us, so most of the time when I need to leave the house to do a run, I have built in childcare. Having said that, I only run outside three days per week – the other three workouts that I do during the week I complete at home, generally in the evening once the kids have gone to bed. Sometimes I coordinate my run around my daughter’s Girl Guide’s meeting – she has this on a Thursday night at 6:30pm, so I will walk her up to the scout hut, drop her off and then do my run straight after that. On Sunday’s my long run is done on a nature trail and at that time I know my husband is home to look after the kids. I get home from my long run, and he goes straight out the door to play football – so we coordinate.
I firmly believe that living a busy life is the key to keeping yourself healthy and active. I feel most likely to binge if I am sat at home with nothing to do. The more you can get involved , the more likely you are to keep up that active lifestyle. In addition, I would always recommend involving the whole family! When I’m stuck and want to get in some exercise – I get the kids to come with me on a 3 mile walk! It’s great exercise for everyone and you’re teaching your kids healthy habits.
I’d love to hear about your personal fitness journey – if you have any questions, or just need some extra motivation, feel free to contact me:
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Do you get your family involved in sport?
How did you get started running?