A Little More Each Day

One working mama learning to run & to maintain my 100+ pound weight loss!

Weekly Wrap-Up: A good but exhausting holiday weekend!

on May 31, 2016

I hope everyone had a great weekend! It was a long and tiring, but good weekend in our neck of the woods. We had friends come to visit, bringing their two kids (2 1/2 and 5 years old). Three kids in one house generates a lot more fun and a lot more tears and a lot more mess. šŸ™‚ Everyone had fun, but I think both sets of parents are worn out! My shoulders are unusually sore from all of the extra kid lifting I did.

Overall, this was a good week. I got in balance exercises almost every day and did three rounds of strength training (not counting the strength training involving the kids!). I also met my weekly goal of tracking all of my food (even the wine and handfuls of M&Ms that we parents rewarded ourselves with after the kids went to sleep – definitely my NSV) and countering negative body thoughts with positive ones (which got easier as the week went on, but still needs work!). This morning, my weight is down 1.5 pounds and my body fat is down from 29.9% to 28.2% so things are moving in the right direction. More importantly, I feel better being back in healthier habits.


Monday Lovely hilly walk to start my day (although since it was at work, no hiking boots) and strength training at night

Tuesday A little run in the morning, plus another walk at work – I’m going to try to work in more little ten minute walks at work. Every little bit of activity adds up and can hopefully counter all of the days sitting in my office!

Wednesday Mostly rest day, although I did get in my strength training

Thursday Another walk, plus strength training

Friday I woke up and got ready for a run, but O got up super early. Our friends were arriving Friday evening and he was too excited to sleep. Rather than scrap my run all together, I decided to take a shorter run but bring him along. We only went about a mile and it was a mile of all out sprints, following by a walk, followed by another sprint. It was a very different kind of workout but we had a great time! I promised I’d bring him with me more often. I also got in another walk on my own later in the day.

Saturday We had a really active weekend! Saturday started with soccer with the kids, followed by a walk/run around the block and then an afternoon walk out to the playground and back for more playtime. In between, there was lots of stairs and lots of walking at the Durham Museum. I love active family days!

Playground workouts

Sunday This was the motherload of active days: We hit the zoo, with three kids split between a stroller and a wagon. If you’ve ever been to the Omaha Zoo, you know it has some killer hills. I even took on some extra hilly steps in my good deed this week, returning a lost blanky we found while visiting the elephants. We were there for 6 hours and had a fantastic time, but everyone was wiped out by the end! Of course, the kids slept in the car on the way back home and were ready to play again when we got home even though the adults were falling asleep on the sofas. šŸ™‚ Kids have amazing energy! I’m definitely counting this as my hike for the week. Zoo

I’m grateful that all of the kids and parents had a good time and while there were occasional kid tears, there was no fighting or pushing or anything which is amazing when you think about 3 kids being so out of their normal routine!

I didn’t do my long run last week or take a chance to break in my hiking boots a bit, but I’m satisfied overall with my activity. I got lots of steps, got a good start with strength training and got in my 10 flights of stairs a day. It’s a win!

This week, I’m on call, so running may be hit or miss (although I did get 5 miles done yesterday). However, I’ve already told Darrell that any day I get home at a decent hour and it isn’t raining, we’ll be taking family walks in my hiking boots. Also, I can get strength and balance training in little bits throughout the day, so there’s no excuse for missing those. In terms of my healthy eating goals for the week, I’m going to reinstate my goal of having a glass of water with every drink that isn’t water, always a surefire way to get me to drink more water, and cutting out snacking after 8 pm. That second one will be tough, but I can handle it. I’ll keep up with my tracking and my positive thoughts too. Slow and steady wins the race!

Here’s hoping you all have a good week! Anybody else feel a little discombobulated at work since it is Tuesday not Monday?




10 responses to “Weekly Wrap-Up: A good but exhausting holiday weekend!

  1. Yay for things moving in the right direction for you. Send some of that my way. Things are moving and shaking but not always in the right way!
    Sounds like you made the most of your workout for Friday too! It’s good to have a change of plans isn’t it? I could adopt this glass of water for every non-water drink too! Great idea!

  2. mkadens1 says:

    You had a solid workout week! II agree with you the holiday weekend was fun but very hectic and full of activity. I feel like I need a break from the break!

  3. Meg B says:

    The Tuesday after a long weekend always throws me off.
    what a wonderful weekend for all of you!!!

  4. HoHo Runs says:

    I haven’t known what day it is all week! It certainly flew by with not enough accomplished at work. It sounds like you enjoyed a wonderful visit with your friends. I always loved going to the zoo. Ours is pretty flat though. Good job in the food tracking department. I’ve never tried it and I’m willing to bet it would an eye opening experience for me. Thanks for linking with us Jessica.

  5. Looks like a great week! I haven’t been to our zoo in years. I’m glad you got to enjoy some family fun over the long weekend.

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