Revlon Womentum 5K in NYC

After speaking with my girlfriend, Lindsay, she mentioned that we may want to join them for the Revlon 5K in Manhattan because it was coincidentally the same weekend that we were planning on going into the city to visit my sister, Colleen.  The race is a run/walk, however, participants who will be pushing strollers are asked to walk the race as not to run into other people at 5 MPH.  Ouch.

We all got our little bums out of bed at the crack of 6:45 to get out the door and on the train in time for the start of the race.  Jack was anything but happy about the early wakeup, but I assured him that it was to end women’s cancers and he was all “Oh then that’s cool.”  Such an easy-going toddler.

For anyone who has ever stood smack dab in the middle of Times Square, you know that it is chaotic, busy, packed with people and noisy.  Well, add almost 25,000 runners and walkers for a race, celebrity onlookers (Jimmy Fallon, Jessica Alba, Dr. Oz, and Nate Berkus anyone?) and it is a freaking mess.  We stood up against one the two TGIFridays windows as we were being smushed by people walking by and group teams who decided to park it and wait for their teams on the sidewalk.  Umm…no dice.

Getting ready to race

Jack is ready to go!

We met up with two of our other friends who were running in the race, but unfortunately, we could not meet with our friends Lindsay, Mark and baby Greg who we planned on walking with before the race began.  Thanks to cell phones and creative barrier hopping with a stroller, we met them at the start and were on our way!  Granted, we started the race late, so we didn’t hit the 1 mile marker until around 35 minutes, but we were also trying to keep up with the crowd and the thousands of walkers around us.

Kevin, Chris and Beth before the start

The Start

The 5K this year was a bit shorter than previous years due to construction in the park and other chaos.  Which is just as well because Jack was finished with riding in the stroller.

We totally took our time

After a few pit stops for diaper changes in central park, photos of the group and helping Lindsay get situated to nurse baby Greg in the Ergo while doing a 5K while giving directions and while talking on the phone (multitasking at its best!), we were thrilled to cross the finish line with a sense of accomplishment.

Our Family in Central Park

We as a family participated in support of my Mom who is still battling Stage 4 Cervical Cancer, and even Jack’s stroller got its own special sign.

Jack's sign for the race

It was a beautiful day of camaraderie and people coming together to end such a horrible disease.  Hopefully the money raised will help to eradicate all women’s cancers so that no other women will have to endure awful chemotherapy, radiation, mastectomies, and deaths from any of these diseases.  No other families will ever be changed for the worst with having to grow up without a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, cousin or friend.

Jared, Colleen, Chris, Jack and I at the finish line

The Family at the Finish Line

We just did our part to say that we won’t stand for this and that we have the Womentum to fight until all women’s cancers are no more.

Jack and his medal

Additionally…can I just say that it was awesome to turn around in Central Park steps away from the Finish line and see Jimmy Fallon walking with us?!

Jimmy Fallon!!

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Kindermusik: Zoom Buggy

We have been debating registering Jack for the Kindermusik classes because of the time that they are offered (in the morning during the week, but we weren’t sure if I would have a job and we would have to stop early).  However, we think that socialization with other toddlers his age and the exploration of music and dance are important for development.  A friend of us finally convinced us to go to a trial class to see if it is something that we wanted to get involved in, even if it is just temporarily.

So, at 11am, we jumped in the car and drove the four blocks over to the class (I was running late, otherwise we would have walked).

The class consisted of 4 other boys ages 8 months to 12 months.  Jack towered over all of them.

All in all, everyone was really nice and welcoming, but Jack spent the entire class running for the door.  He didn’t want to Zoom, go in and out the window or have anything to do with the class.  To be honest, I think he was just a little too old for it.  Even though the class is birth to 18 months, it was geared a bit more for 6 month olds and many of the activities and songs were very soft and slow.  Don’t get me wrong, I liked all of the songs, but Jack had other plans.

I will consider the 18 months – 3 year old class for this summer, but Zoom Buggy is not for Jack.

*Also, I did not get any pictures because most of the class was spent bringing Jack back to the circle from the door.  😦

Causes

The 5K season has begun, and since many people in my family have unfortunately been affected by many illnesses, I feel like I need to participate in many of the beneficiary races.

To me, it is a small way that I am giving back to my family members who have battled (and are battling) far worse of things than being out of breath or out of shape in a race.

When my friend Lindsay suggested that we do the Revlon Breast Cancer 5K in Manhattan on April 30, I said to sign me up!  My maternal Grandmother immediately comes to mind when I think of Breast cancer.  She had been diagnosed in her 50’s, had a mastectomy on one side and was cancer free until she was then diagnosed with pancreatic cancer at age 90.  She passed away on May 28, 2000 after unknowingly battling the disease for 2 years.  We decided not to tell her because she wouldn’t have been able to endure the treatments and she probably would have given up because of her age and her diagnosis, which was 3 months tops.

My father died after a courageous battle with lung cancer on March 28, 1992, my mother is battling recurring Stage 4 Cervical cancer, my uncle has and is fighting Multiple Myeloma, and amidst other family members, there is a collection of heart disease, stroke, Multiple Sclerosis, and various eye diseases.  It sounds like such a mess, but believe it or not, many of us are very healthy and have lived long and illness free lives.

Last year, my sisters, Chris, Jared and I participated in a 5K for the American Cancer Society and donned shirts in honor of my mother and in memory of my father.  The feeling of being united to do our part to fight a disease that hurts us to the core felt empowering.  I felt like that with each step, I punched, jabbed and kicked cancer where it hurts the most.  I felt as if we were taking a stand as if to say that we are sick of people suffering through this and that cancer backed down a bit after seeing our courage.

The Crew

Mommy and Jack

Back of shirt

In a few weeks, Chris, Jack, Colleen, Jared, Lindsay, Mark and baby Greg will all be standing up to Breast Cancer in the Revlon 5K on April 30.  I look forward to fighting cancer where it hurts most and hopefully doing my part so that other families won’t ever have to go through what my sisters and I have been through.  No one should have to see their parents, sisters, brothers or family members suffer through this awful disease.  We will stand for those who are undergoing chemotherapy and are too weak to stand for themselves.  We will be courageous and powerful.  We will help to fight and cure cancer.

My New P90 Journey: Move It & Lose It!

Since birthing an 8lb, 13oz baby boy 15 months ago, I have been pretty lax about what I eat and to be honest, I haven’t really been paying attention to the scale.

When I was pregnant, I gained a whopping 28 pounds overall and had pretty much lost all but 5 pounds 2 weeks after having Jack.  (I blame the fluid)

Anywho, we recently booked our flight to Myrtle Beach for a lovely vacation with my in-laws in July, and instead of wanting to crawl under a rock and die while walking across the sand as the palest person there, I figured I would look good as the palest person.

Before getting pregnant and after getting married, Chris and I had our share of fun.  Nights at the bar, dinners at nice restaurants, ice cream before bed, and it all seemed to catch up with us pretty quickly.  We joke and say that we didn’t pay attention now that we were married.

Now, I know that I will never don another bikini at the beach or at the pool (thanks, stretch marks in my 37th and 38th week of pregnancy), but that doesn’t mean I am destined to wear a parka to hide everything either.  I should be proud to wear a J.Crew bathing suit as I chase Jack on the beach and help him dig in the sand.

We had started P90 last summer, but we stopped doing it because Chris moved to the mountains for his new job, and I was essentially a single working Mom in Philly with no time for anything.

The plan: I am going to commit myself to doing the 30-45 minute videos once a day along with my Weight Watchers program to lose the extra 25-30 pounds that I have been toting around since college.

An added bonus?  When we decide to have another baby, I will have less weight to lose and I will be a healthier Mom for it!

The plan is to walk when the weather allows for it for as long as Jack is not frozen to keep up momentum.

My bonus for losing these extra pounds?  Five, yes FIVE pairs of Sevens, Citizens and True Religion jeans that I have not been able to wear since having Jack. Essentially, my wardrobe will double and possibly even triple!!

My weight is almost evenly distributed over my body, but I would love to lose some pounds from my chest, thighs, hips, rear end, and my belly.  However, I am frightened to see more sagging skin in my belly area.  It is just something that has to be done.

I know my hubs will take heart when I walk out on the beach this summer in a tankini with Jack in tow as we run for the waves.  Lets see what 90 days can do!  It’s all about choices, portion control, exercise, and muscle confusion.  Tony Horton, I dare you to make my body beach worthy.