Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Well, maybe not on the weight loss front, although I am holding reasonably steady despite my crazy new life as a mom as a new teenage son. And my back is spasming because during a foster youth summer camp we volunteered at, he jumped on my back for a piggyback ride and he's 160 pounds...
But life is so awesome! At the camp we volunteered at, he ran around calling me mum, introducing me as "his mom", and giving me lots of hugs. For a 16 year old punk rocker, who lived in group homes for over half his life, that's pretty damn good. I will totally take it. And when he told the young kids "that's my mom, she's annoying", I knew I leveled up.
Did I say yet we are adopting him? We are adopting him. Hopefully it will be final early 2014. I cannot wait. He'll be 17, but he will have a family who adores him and won't age out of the system at 18.
I'm posting a picture of the two of us momentarily. You'll see there how we feel about each other.
My petsitting business has doubled. I am loving it. It's such a good match for me, especially since I have this kid now. In fact, I don't want to get too much busier, or I'll go insane!!!
Ok, back to my health...I'm working on it! I am pretty active still. I am making better food choices on the whole than I was for most of my life. So I am hanging in there. It's been hard to cook for all of us, so I am coming up with creative solutions constantly. Really what I am trying to do is think about the gain in energy and health and not weight loss. I'll check in again in a month or so. I miss Spark!
Monday, May 13, 2013
I was looking at my sparkpage and the reasons for wanting to lose weight. One was for my "future family", as I wanted to foster a youth. But hey! We took in a 16 year old in December, and I celebrated my first Mother's Day ever! It's tricky because somewhere he has a biological mom out there - you never know what these days trigger for someone like him. But he was super into it! We all went whale watching, had lunch, and saw IronMan 3. And he and his friends wished me Happy Mother's Day on Facebook and he gave me an awesome card. Really, what could possibly have been better???
Back to the weight. I am definitely struggling through a plateau right now, but the good news is I haven't fallen off the wagon or given up, which would have been easy. It is hard because there's a lot more to do with him here, and my petsitting business which I had put on the back burner is picking up pretty fast. I am still moving forward, getting back into cardio and strength training, and tracking my food. But the best thing is I am super happy having him with us.
Monday, March 18, 2013
So. The furthest I've run is a little over a 5K-about 3.5 miles. I signed up for a 10K that was today so I had a bigger goal to shoot and train for. I knew I wouldn't be able to run the whole thing, as my training had stalled a bit, but I was hoping to run maybe 2/3 of it.
After the first mile, I thought "Hey, I can run at least the first half, as that's just a 5K. I'll stop and rest at the turn around point and walk some". I stopped briefly to stretch, and then thought I could keep running a bit more. After 4 miles, I thought, "I can run this whole thing". And I did, with a couple 30 second stretch stops along the way. I did about 6.4 miles in about 1.5 hours. Slow, but I did it!
I'm pretty stoked. It was unexpected, and no matter what happens, no one can take running 6.4 miles away from me!
Sunday, February 03, 2013
I haven't skiied in 15 years. But the kid wanted to learn to snowboard, and that got me out to the slopes. You'd think I'd be nervous. Well, I guess a little. But since I took on our foster son a couple of months ago, I feel now like anything is less scary than that. And it was amazing how much I remembered. I literally heard voices in my head from an instructor I had telling me to lean in on my edges, to sit back. It was cool. And by the middle of the afternoon, I got the guts to get off the beginner runs and do an intermediate. This ski resort had harder runs than some of the other ones I'd been to. One of the coolest things was I fit into size XL snow pants and didn't need to get some special size off the internet.
It was pretty cool to stand on the edge of the intermediate run, look over the edge and the steep hill, and just sort of say to myself, "Just go over the edge and keep leaning on my edges and keep going". And know that I'd be ok, that really, it was nothing.
But man, I forgot how horrible those ski boots feel!
Friday, December 14, 2012
I did it. I was really, really brave. I knew I wanted something that would change every single molecule of my existence (and my husband's). And so with that intro...
We now have a 16-year-old foster boy living with us! OMG, right? It was like finding out you're pregnant and giving birth to a teenage boy in 5 days. Pretty much exactly like that without the physical birth part. It's by far the craziest thing I've ever done.
I know this young man - he was my CASA kid. I've had a relationship with him for almost two years. Still, changing this relationship to being a sort of parental role is a HUGE change. He's had a terrible time of it for pretty much his whole life, so navigating what he needs at this point to help him achieve the future he wants for himself is tricky. But we're making it work. And big bonus - he loves animals!
So my health...having him around has helped a lot. I was already on a good weight loss track. But now I have to prepare meals and not go out when I'm tired, be a positive role model eating-wise, and I am SUPER busy all day. Looking back at my page, I wanted to lose 60 pounds and have a family. I'm 14 pounds from that goal, and still plan to lose another 20 after I get there.
Well, what's my new goal? I already ran a few 5Ks and took in a foster youth. Stand up paddle boarding! I have a wetsuit, and I think I can fit into it now. So I want to do standup paddle boarding. Seems so...tame...
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