So last week, I mentioned that I was thinking about registering for my very first 5K. Thank you so much if you commented – I really appreciate your encouragement and insight! I discussed the 5K with Marc, and I should have known that he’d be fully supportive and encouraging.
So I did it! I signed up and now I’m working hard on pushing my body to run faster so that I can complete the race as fast as possible. I’ve found that running intervals really improves my speed, so I plan on running them at least twice a week.
I don’t expect to win or even to place, and I’m definitely not going to push my body too hard (I have an ugly history of knee problems), but my motivation to complete the race as quickly as possible stems from knowing that Marc will be taking care of the kids by himself while I’m running. In fact, I don’t know what he’s going to do with them during the race, or if they’ll even come with me since the race starts at 8:00 and I presume I’ll have to be there quite a bit earlier to check in. I’d love any suggestions on how to prepare for the race or suggestions for what Marc should expect on race day while I’m unavailable. The web site says there’s an “expo” and there’s also a one-mile family race, so I know it will be a family friendly environment. But I’m wondering if there will be enough to keep two little boys from throwing tantrums out of boredom, or if Marc should just find something else to do that morning, like take them to the aquarium.
Meanwhile, as to Weight Watchers itself, I’m finding myself thinking less about losing weight and more about developing healthy eating habits that I can maintain for a lifetime. For me, that mainly means learning to control the amount of sweets I eat in a day, and to balance out my eating over the course of a day or two. In other words, if I have a big lunch, it’s perfectly fine to skip dinner or just have a bite or two of something.
I am feeling less constrained by things I “should” be doing, and feeling okay about doing things my own way. I may not lose weight as quickly as if I followed Weight Watchers’ guidelines to the letter, but I will be able to stick with the program for a lot longer. For example, there are days when I don’t track my points. Not because I intend to eat a lot and don’t want to be accountable, but because I forget or am not near a computer. But instead of feeling that the lack of tracking is a huge failure, I shrug it off and start tracking again the next day. That may not sound like much, but it’s a big step for me 🙂