Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Service hours

Last weekend I was at the Ronald.

Should I even talk about it? Sigh.

Apparently students at some of the local private schools had to turn in their service hours Monday. And what's an easier last-minute service project than making baked goods for the families of the Ronald McDonald House? (Did I mention the sigh?)

I was already feeling a little down last weekend. Though I tried as hard as I could to avoid the cupcakes, brownies, cookies and muffins, I...well, just didn't.

Here's a picture of the counter on Saturday afternoon (we got even more donations Sunday).
I mean, seriously?

If the kids called to ask if they could drop stuff off, I told them no. But there wasn't much I could do about the ones who just showed up.

I'm not proud of how I acted. BUT. I did get up Monday morning and do my first day of my third week of Couch to 5K. This week, I have to run for three minutes at a time. I never thought I'd make it. But I made sure to ignore the countdown clock and just run until I was beeped at to stop. And I made it! I'm not sure I've ever been so proud as when I finished my initial three minutes.

So, as usual, I'm up and down. Weight-wise, emotion-wise and food-wise. But I'm still hanging in there. And sometimes that's all I can do.


Anonymous said...

oh my gosh, that is a lot of food. ugh! (and I'm drooling a little bit just looking at the picture! how I hate being a food addict)
good for you for keeping up with the running. I'm sure I'd have a heart attack if I tried to run for 3 minutes! but I can highly recommend water aerobics! SO much fun! and yes, it is possible to sweat in the pool!


Charlotte Marie said...

Those treats are not S4L! Well, everything in moderation. Hanging in there is great! Hope to see you soon.

cd said...

Thank you for your incredible honesty, Erika! It's like a recovering alcoholic being in a bar - though even harder because you can't NOT be around enticing food. This is totally normal and you tried your best! What's amazing about you is that you don't let one moment dictate the next 50 - you recognize it, put it in a box and move on - You are my most AMAZINGEST friend!! :) Probably the most important thing - which I'm sure you work on all the time - is learning and applying the tools to help you cope in these situations. It's so hard... but you're doing great and your openness about it all is soo very helpful to your readers. We love you, Erika!