Eli's surgery on the 22nd will prevent him from going to the camp that is closest to us, so I had to sign them up for the camp that is a pretty far drive. It started at 9:00 this morning, so we had to get up and get ready first thing this morning. Eli slept in my bed last night, because he a nightmare--which meant I didn't sleep a wink all night. That kid sleeps like the hands on a clock, turning in circles. Sometimes his hand was over my face, and other times his feet were kicking me in the head.
Anyway, I drove the kids to camp and dropped them off, and then headed home to get the laundry done. On the days of their baseball games, I always forget to make sure their baseball shirts are clean (and they never are), so I end up trying to wash them 30 minutes before we have to leave. Then they have to wear slightly damp shirts to the game. Please tell me I'm not the only mom that does that...?!
After lunch, I went to meet Jessica at a park. I used to run this park during my long runs a couple of years ago, but I got tired of the drive out there, so I hadn't been there in a while. There is a gravel path around a bunch of soccer fields, and some paths that go back in the woods. I've never ventured into the woods there, because I'm afraid of getting lost (and it looks a little sketchy to go there alone), but it was perfect to go on a walk with Jessica.
We came across a ton of tiny little toads on the path, a couple of snakes, and all sorts of bugs. I'm not really afraid of any of those things except for spiders. I'm deathly afraid of spiders! The trail wound a couple of miles through the woods, and it was a fun walk. We added a couple more miles to and from the car, so we walked 4.5 miles altogether. I got in over 12,000 steps, which was nice for a day that I didn't run!
So, I haven't mentioned this because I'm always afraid of jinxing a streak, but when I set my July challenge, I had a second challenge in the back of my mind. The first, that I wrote about on my blog, was to only have two alcoholic drinks per week. Um, I failed at that one pretty quickly. We had people over the the fourth, and after two drinks, my intentions were just gone.
However, the other challenge in my mind was even harder for me--no ice cream or Monica's for all of July. I ate way too much ice cream in May and June, so I wanted to break that habit. Even if it was a McDonald's cone for 170 calories, I just wanted to stop having it all the time. Monica's is a local bakery that always calls out to me when I go past. I usually do well at avoiding it, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to give up that as well for the month, especially so I wouldn't go there to avoid the ice cream--haha!
So, today is the 9th--meaning I haven't had ice cream (or Monica's) in 9 days. That's pretty good! The best part is that after about three days, I stopped craving the ice cream. Between this challenge, and the fact that I'm trying to get back into my old (good) habits, I feel like I am going to start seeing some progress on the scale soon. I hope so, anyway! ;)
Today is Day 4 of the Five Days of Giveaways. Sunday was the New Balance trail running shoes; Monday was Balega socks; Tuesday was the RooSport pocket; and today, I'm giving away some fuel/hydration items! In our welcome bags for the Runner's World Half & Festival was a hydration belt by Fitletic. I know a lot of people like belts, but I prefer my CamelBak, so I'm happy to give this to someone else who will use it! Clif Bar also hooked me up with some of my favorite running fuel, but I will never use all of it, so I'm including a variety of that as well.
To enter the giveaway, just fill out the form below with your name and email address (U.S. only, please). I'll select a winner by random draw on Monday, July 14th at 9:00 AM EST.