I power walked on the treadmill for 21 minutes today. Seriously, it's kind of super embarrassing to come here and admit that I'm proud of myself for walking for 21 minutes. That's clearly nothing to brag about. But I'm getting on the treadmill and it's better than not doing it so its still a personal victory.
Josh is doing the couch to 5k program and is alternating running and walking. He's doing awesome and he said his asthma didn't really bother him today as much, which was a huge victory for him. He's in much better shape than me, obviously, and could probably run just fine if it wasn't for the hurdle of the asthma. So he's starting slow and working up to give his lungs some time to cooperate. I'm proud of him and it's fun doing this together.
Shawn is also participating but he prefers to do his running at night, so he hasn't done it yet today. We decided that our goal is to exercise five days a week. We're taking Sundays off and then we each get one other free pass a week, taken whenever we feel we need it. Shawn and Josh are doing couch to 5k three days a week and then just walking the other two so they don't overdo it. Right now I'm just walking every day until I can work myself back up to running again. It will be slow. I'm doing it anyway.
I may or may not update my progress daily like I did last time. I'm still taking this slow. We'll see how it goes.
This week we're busy getting Josh ready to go to scout camp next week. He's really looking forward to it this year, which is great because last year he really didn't want to go. I kind of had to insist that he give it a try when he really didn't want to last year and that was hard. But he ended up having a great time and is looking forward to it this time. That makes it easier to send him. I worried about him all week last year and worried that I had made the wrong decision insisting that he go. Seeing a smile on his face when he returned was a big relief.
We're also starting to get ready to send Matthew back to school in a few weeks! His school oddly begins the second week of August this year. That is unusually early and has caught me a bit off guard. I'm not quite ready to start buying school supplies yet, but I guess I'd better get on it. Matthew starts fifth grade this year. His last year of elementary school. That kind of blows my mind. Wish my kids would stop growing up so fast!
Clarissa has been a budding chef lately. She likes us to watch My Little Pony videos with her on YouTube sometimes and one day we discovered a YouTube video called Nerdy Nummies, which is kind of a YouTube cooking show where a very hyper woman makes different character related treats. She did a My Little Pony episode where she made pony cupcakes and Clarissa could not possibly have been more fascinated. Now all she wants to do all day is watch that woman make cakes and cupcakes and then pretend to replicate them in her play kitchen. She has been making us pretend cupcakes and cookies and cakes for days. She talks about baking all day long. She has watched those videos so many times that I'm pretty sure I could sit out the ingredients and she would know exactly what to do, lol. I think I'm going to let her help me make some cupcakes this week. She'll be thrilled. It's been really funny to watch how fascinated she is with baking.
But for now I have to go figure out what we're having for dinner this week and get some stuff done. Busy busy at our house these days!