The last six weeks have passed in a whirlwind of school runs, courses (more on that later!) and church things. It’s hard to believe that today is B’s last day of the half term and R finishes her first half term at secondary school tomorrow.
So what’s been happening?
- I’ve restarted couch to 5k, though finding the time to get out for half an hour of running (& walking…) and then have time to shower and freshen up afterwards before another commitment is challenging. The training is based on running three times a week, this is proving difficult to fit in so I’m aiming for a minimum of twice a week.
- I was beginning to track more on My Fitness Pal, but a lovely friend invited me to start going to Slimming World with her. We started four weeks ago, I’ve lost 5 1/2lbs in my first 3 weigh ins and am hoping to have lost another 1 1/2 by my weigh in tomorrow to get my half stone award.
- I’m continuing with my watercolour painting class on a Thursday morning, it’s my two hours a week that are completely for me. I find it so satisfying and relaxing. I’ve bought paint, brushes and paper to do more at home….I just need to find a couple of hurs to sit with them more frequently!
- Back before the summer holidays our church children’s worker suggested I look into training as an ALM (authorised lay minister) focusing on children’s work. This training was delayed while the diocesan folks reoragnised the course, but in the meantime another ALM about baptism started, which I joined having helped with a course our church runs supporting families with developing their baby’s spiritual side. The last session of that ALM course was last night. Once I’ve completed an assignment (which sounded intimidating until we were given it – it should be ok, I just need to get on and write it!), done some safeguarding training (4 1/2 hours this Saturday) and attended a discipleship course (5 two hour sessions down, 5 more to go after half term) I can become an ALM!
- It’s been a fascinating term but very full on. Im not used to being out two nights on the trot and having to use my brain like I have. I’ve not done any real studying since I left university in 2003, and not used my brain to this degree since I stopped teaching in 2005. It’s been hard but great.
- I’m exhausted, as well as the studying I’ve continued to help with the Wednesday after school club at church and assisting the children’s worker with some of her admin/prep. I hate that my stamina is so low and I’m so easily tired. I thought that with improving my food choices and increasing my exercise I’d cope a little better… I suspect that doing the discipleship course at the same time as the baptim ALM course may have been a little too much, but hey… I didn’t know until I tried it. Hopefully as the next half term goes on I’ll find myself coping better with having one less evening out.
I do hope that as the next half term goes on I’ll stay more in touch on here. Maybe post some paintings, some of my thoughts on the ALM/discipleship course, progress updates about my weightloss….who knows! I’ll tryto be around.