Well it started the other night.
I was reading blogs when stumbled across mummamayhem who is training to loose her post baby jelly bum and do a 5k run… so for a tool to help her she downloaded an app to get her to 5km in 8 weeks.
So I downloaded it too! I figured I cant be that fat or unfit that I couldnt learn to run 5km in 8 weeks. 8 Weeks is like 2 months. Sure I can.
Week 1, Day 1 = Brisk 5 min warm up walk, then alternate 60 seconds of jogging and 90 seconds of walking for 20mins.
Yep not for me! I couldnt even run for the 60 seconds!!
Then my man and I had a romantic getaway, and while we were childless we did a lot of talking (imagine that!) and decided that we would get fit together and get skinny for our trip home at christmas time…
We were in the city shopping and I found a book called Run fat b!tch Run. I figured thats what I need! I think this book is going to be my live saver!! I laughed my way through it and then as the Grit doctor would say, I got cracking.
There is 3 main points the author Ruth Field tries to get across when it comes to fitness and weight loss:
- Drink more water
- Eat less crap
- And run
It was a very enlightening book. No diets, no fluffy crap about working out to a specific regime, just get out your front door and run.
Im loving it!! Ive gone from dying at running for 60 seconds to keeping up a jog for just over 2 mins in a week. Im thinking in around 6 months I will be lighter and run for about 20 mins!!
Wahoo fitness here I come!
I must admit, I neglect my children. SOMETIMES.
Only when I have a new book… and that’s most weeks. Books are like movies to me. You can’t just stop a movie partway through, to start again the next night and pick up where you left off. You need to see what happens, Movies are best enjoyed if you watch the whole thing in 1 sitting.
This is how I feel about books! Lucky I’m a fast reader, so the kids only have to fend for themselves for 1 day usually!
The child Neglect I’m talking about here is not serious mind you. I still feed them, clean them and most of all sleep them. But I do all this begrudgingly except the sleep part (so I can read uninterrupted.) If I hear “mum I’m hungry” the response is not ‘ok darling what can I get you?’ its more to the tune of “Again? I’m sure I just fed you, go fix yourself a sandwich and while you are at it, make one for your brother!”
So I have learnt to only get quick reads, and read on my iPod, that way my book is totally portable, so for one day a fortnight (I also limit when I start a book) everything I do is with my iPod at he end of 1 arm… dinners are lazily cooked and usually half prepared because I have gotten to a good part and forgotten to stir the sauce or something, the housework doesn’t even register, mister 2 will trash the lounge room and I wont even notice and forget about washing… it all can wait!!
The worst case scenario for my family is that I find a trilogy… The Hunger Games was a rough 4 days for my family… here’s me thinking, ‘oh a young adult series, they’ll be quick reads’ and they were perfect… it’s just that I couldn’t stop between books!!
I refuse to stop reading. even if it is detrimental to my family. I love the escape into other worlds and other lives. Books are my bff’s.