Sunday, 15 July 2012

Catch up Sunday

It's been another busy weekend!  We had my son's 12th birthday party yesterday (a bowling party), and I was SO exhausted when I got home yesterday.  You'd think I would have slept like a baby, but sadly no.  I drifted off only to wake up at 2:30am and just couldn't get back to sleep!  I ended up watching The Big Bang Theory (my latest craze - a bit late!) until about 5 and then managed to get a couple more hours.

The birthday boy
The party went well and my son had a good time with his friends.  The bowling place we went to provided a really good spread of food and we even had our own party hostess who did absolutely everything from taking the kids to get their shoes, putting the names in the computer to serving the food.  I thought it was really good value for money.  The food was incredibly hard to resist and I must admit I did have a handful of potato wedges.  After that I went to get a cappuccino, in the hope that the warm drink would suppress my desire to pick at the junk food!

A selection of the food for the boys - there was a mountain of potato wedges!
Today, it seems I wasn't the only one that was tired.  We headed into London to have lunch at my niece's new flat and on the journey there the kids fell asleep - I had a take a photo because they were both leaning exactly the same way!

I just got back from my 5k training session - today was Day One of Week 5.  The running intervals are getting longer now, today was a 5 minute warm up walk followed by 3 minutes run, 3 minutes walk, 5 minutes run, 5 minutes walk, 8 minutes run, cool down walk 5 minutes.  It was all OK and I'm actually finding that my breathing has come on leaps and bounds in the training.  In fact, I could probably run for longer distances with my breathing at the moment, but I'm actually finding that the thing stopping me from doing that is pain.  It's not horrible pain and it's not even the same pain each time!

At first it was my left knee, but now that seems to have gone.  Now, my calves really ache when I first start running - it does ease up and it never stops me from running.  I can only assume that it's just my body getting used to all the changes that regular running brings!  My training sessions are going to get much more difficult from here on out.  The next session involves a 12 minute run!!!  Flip!

Tomorrow is weigh in day for the Marathon Weight Loss challenge and as usual I am not expecting great things!  I've weighed myself a couple few times this week and can see that I've lost a pound and that's it.  Whether that pound remains after my niece's roast chicken today, well, we shall have to wait and see!  Fingers crossed!


Lastly, I decided that this summer would be a productive one for my kids and one of the first things we did last week was get library cards for them.  In addition, I decided to order them each a book from Amazon that they could read after they finish their library books.  For my daughter I bought 'Anne of Green Gables" - a book I've never actually read, but have heard lots of good things.  For my son, I bought "Where the Red Fern Grows" - a book I read in school when I was about his age and for which I have the fondest memories!  So much so, that I couldn't resist picking it up the other night and now I'm halfway through!  It's just as good, if not better, than I remember and reminds me of growing up way out in the country in Indiana.

So - my question to all of you - what was your favourite book(s) as a child and do you ever find yourself re-reading them as an adult?


  1. First, I just discovered Big Bang too. Better late than never.
    I remember balling all the way through Where the Red Fern Grows,
    I personally grew up in the Sweet Valley High & Babysitters Club era, but as a teacher now I love checking in on my kids books.
    Cornelia Funke's Thief Lord and Inkheart are great, of course Harry Potter is amazing, and I really enjoyed the Hunger Games.

    1. Big Bang is fab, isn't it? I can't decide if I like Sheldon or Howard best! I will have to check out Cornelia Funke - those books look good. My son has the Harry Potter series and is slowly working through them, but I've actually not read them yet! I also read The Hobbit about two years ago and couldn't believe how much I'd been missing! Wonderful book - but I haven't been brave enough to tackle Lord of the Rings yet...

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I'm about halfway there, but determined to see it through to the end! I will definitely check out your blog! Thanks for your encouraging words and for stopping by :-)

  3. Thanks for dropping by my blog Mary! Looking forward to following your weight-loss and running progress:)

    1. Thanks Leigh! I find it really encouraging to read about other people's fitness journeys and your blog is fab :-)