Saturday, March 20, 2010

Weekend Fun

The boyfriend has been out of town since Tuesday traveling for business. Being home alone definitely has it ups and downs. I get to watch all the bad tv I want without feeling guilty for subjecting him to shows like 16 and Pregnant. For meals I just have to worry about myself and I can do laps around the kitchen table when I'm doing the Wii Active Sports workouts without getting weird looks. On the other hand coming home to an empty house and eating dinner by myself is lonely and boring.

This weekend has been one of the first in months that was not planned from start to finish before it began. And so far it has been great full of family and friends. The beautiful Spring weather has been the icing on the cake. Last night my friend Amanda came over and we went to Local Yogurt where I got a small chocolate low fat frozen yogurt (3 WW pts). They have delicious yogurt made with natural foods from local farms.

Saturday I went to see my sister and her family. I played trucks, dinosaurs, and ran around a tennis court chasing balls with my 2 1/2 year nephew. I also got some good snuggles and smiles from my 4 month old niece. My sister's mother in law made yummy mango salsa chicken tacos for lunch (7 WW pts).

While the kids napped my sister Kelly and I also did the first workout of Week 4 of the Couch to 5k program. It was nice having her there for support and it worked out well since we run at a similar pace (ie slow). Week 4 of the program definitely is a lot harder. The week 4 workouts look like this:

5 minute brisk warm up walk
3 minute jog
90 second walk
5 minute jog
2 1/2 minute walk
Repeat the whole cycle again without the warm up walk and then end with a 5 minute cool down brisk walk.

The 5 minute jogs were the hardest part. I have a problem of looking down at how much time I have left too often. It's mentally psyching me out. I try hard to not think about the running and focus on something else but my mind always comes back to the running. I think because I am trying so hard not think about it that it's the only thing I can think about. I also run slow very slow. I don't care that I run slow though. Right now I'm just focused on finishing the workouts and later the speed will come.


  1. Cute pic! Yeah running is hard. I keep meaning to start running and keep not doing it, so right on for the hard work!! You really are a Butt Slayer.

  2. It was fun running together -- the running part still sucked but slightly less so. Let's do more of the workouts together!

  3. Sounds like you are doing well with the couch to 5K thing. Running is hard and evil so it's good if you can do it at all. B is out of town now for work so I guess I will be running around the coffee table a lot tonight to get in my pedometer steps.

  4. Do you listen to music while you run? If you do, program some songs that are close to the duration of the walks/runs. This way you don't have to look at your watch at can just switch when the song is over.

    You are doing so great with the program. Keep it up and it will get easier.

  5. Shanna I actually have a Couch to 5k application on my iPhone that plays my music and tells me when to run and walk. So I don't ever have to look at the time. I guess I just torture myself by trying to see how much time I have left. I should just cover up the iPhone with a piece of paper or something.