Monday, April 29, 2013

Endorphin High on a Monday

Happy Monday!  I’m on an endorphin high this morning.  I ran.  I didn’t want to when the alarm first went off, but I went anyway and I’m super glad I did. 

I feel like I am making really slow progress on the running thing.  I’m still not running as long as I’d like during my running intervals (still not timing them, but I feel like I’m walking more than I should be running), but I know that it will come with time.  Gotta build it up.  This got me thinking about when I first started running – did I go through this?  How did I work myself up to running longer and farther?  I can’t remember.  All I know is I just gotta keep doing what I’m doing and build on each outing.  No matter what I do, walk or run, it feels good to be out in the fresh air in the morning.

I mentioned yesterday that Amanda and I signed up for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler this weekend.  Super exciting!  And a little nerve wracking for said reasons above.  Will I be able to run it (or a majority of it)?  I really hope so.  Thankfully there’s like 24 weeks until the big day, so I think I can get there.  I may need to enlist in a training plan though.  Maybe a Hal Higdon?  I saw a half marathon training plan in Women’s Running that only had me running 3 days a week.  I like the sound of that.  I’ll have to do some research.

Outside of my running this morning, there’s nothing new and exciting to report on.  I did 2 miles this morning, a (very) mini Pilates routine and some push-ups.  My lower back still hurts when I wake up in the morning, and during my run, so I’m trying to strengthen the core more.  I still think it’s our old old mattress wreaking havoc on my back, but who knows.  We need a new bed – it’s time.

Alright, that’s it for me.  Hope you  have a wonderful Monday! 

Questions for you …
- Any secrets to building up running stamina?
- What did you do this weekend?

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Firsts


This weekend was a weekend of firsts for Jillian...

Jillian’s first concert.


J was performing at the Windermere Food Truck event in beautiful downtown Windermere.  We’ve never been to a Food Truck event, and it was a lot of fun.  There were a million people there!  The weather was perfection, the scenery was beautiful and the food was so good.  Jillian had a blast watching her sister perform and people watching. She especially loved the kids.




Before the bajillion people got there

On Saturday Jillian had her first trip to Epcot!




(Sadly our camera died soon after these pictures, booo!)
We went out later in the evening when the weather was perfection and strolled around the world.  Jillian's first trip around the world! The annual Flower and Garden Festival is going on right now, so there was all kinds of beautiful scenery and they had food tents a la Food and Wine Festival up as well.  It was a great evening!  Jillian loved being outside, looking around, people watching. It's so fun watching her see things for the first time.


Sunday I had a first - a Sunday run.  I haven’t run on a Sunday in like a bajillion years (usually Sunday is rest day), so it was nice to get up early and go out.  I didn’t go very far or for very long, but it felt good just to be out.  I was going to go yesterday morning, but our neighborhood had a community garage sale and there were tons of people and cars, so I decided against it.

And, I signed up for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler this weekend too, so I am locked in. Now I have to run regularly, otherwise it won't be pretty come October.

So all in all, great weekend thus far.  Hope you’re having just as a great a weekend!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Good Week

It's Friday! Woo!

I chalk this up as a successful week. I got three good runs in (so far), which is three times more than I did last week. I made some decisions (and plunked down some moolah) on some future long races I want to do to help me stay motivated. And I just feel good. The scale numbers haven't moved much (boo), but I feel good and like I am making progress. So yay!

I didn't mention it earlier this week but Miss Jillian had a first time life event this week. No she didn't walk or crawl or talk, she went to Downtown Disney for the first time! (this is a major life event in our world) My parents took her on Monday while Hubs and I were at work. Lucky girl! She had a blast looking at all of the fun Disney decor.




She had so much fun Hubs and I took her back on Wednesday night.



There is a lot of Disney in this little girl's future.  Maybe this weekend we will try one of the parks!

I am currently blogging on my phone from the dentist office. Remember when I went back in March and they told me that pregnancy had played a nasty little trick on my mouth in the form of cavities? Yeah, I'm getting hat taken care of today. I'm scared.

(Edited to note - it wasn't that bad, but it took FOREVER!)

Hope you're having a wonderful day.  Talk at ya later on!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

I Might Be Crazy


This morning I emailed my friend Amanda (my race partner in crime) and asked her if she’d be interested in running the Women’s Running Half Marathon in St. Petersburg at the end of November.  Since I’m in a running zone right now (haha, two days!), I thought I’d sign myself up for something to work towards.  It’s far enough away to not be totally scary and I think I can work myself back up to a half marathon by then.  I think.  If not, whatever.  I am not above walking, you know that. 

I first learned to the Women’s Half Marathon when my friend Erin ran it a couple of years ago.  (remember Team Erin?)  And also, Julie over at PB Fingers ran it too (here’s her recap).  It didn’t really occur to me to try this race until I was reading the May issue of Women’s Running magazine this weekend.  My parents live about 20 minutes away from St. Pete, so it’s a no brainer “travel” race.  And, it will mark the very first non-Disney half marathon I have run.  (yes, it is crazy that the only half marathons I have run have been Disney related – 11 of them)

Anyway, Amanda said that she was game (WHOO!), so I think we’re going to do this.  Run or walk, we will finish and we will be proud and it will be an amazing accomplishment!  I’m excited!

She also reminded me about the Tower of Terror 10 Miler.  We talked about doing this one a little while back and for some weird reason I forgot about it.  We’re going to do that one too!  It’ll be a great warm up for November.  And I told her, for some reason a 10 mile race doesn’t scare me as much as a half marathon does.  My absolute favorite long distance I have run is a 15K (9.3 miles).  This is the first long distance I ever trained for (the Minnie Marathon in 2006), and it was long enough to be “long”, but short enough to not hit that “omigod I don’t want to run anymore” feeling that I get during a half marathon (I usually hit this mark at mile 10 of a half marathon, every time).  So a 10 miler seems like a good goal.  This race is the beginning of October.

Given the fact that I have been running a whopping two days now, and I can barely run for 5 minutes without stopping, you might think I am totally crazy.  I probably am, but I also know myself and know that if I have a big goal like a long race to work towards, I will make sure to put in the work and be ready on race day.  So that’s my mentality.  Yeah, I might be crazy.  Whatever.

All that said, I did NOT run today.  The littlest member of my family decided she wanted to wake up super early today to eat breakfast, so I decided to stay home (even though Hubs got up with her and fed her).  So I will either run tonight or tomorrow morning for sure.  I have to now, I have a bunch of races to prepare for!  EEEEK!!! 

Questions for you
- Do you have any races you are training for?
- What is your favorite race you have run?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Two In a Row

I did it!  Two days in a row of running.  Yay! 

Several months ago this wouldn’t have been a cause for celebration, but ever since little Jillian made her entrance into our lives, working out has been a little hard to get back to.  I honestly didn’t expect that.  I’m not sure if I’m dumb or na├»ve, but I thought I would be able to jump right back into working out regularly with no problems, especially since I worked out throughout my pregnancy.  Not so.  Competing priorities (her) and responsibilities and just being a little tired and lazy kind of zap all of your energy sometimes and I found myself pushing exercise to the wayside. 

No more!  This has had a negative effect on me and I really want to change that and make exercise a priority again, without sacrificing any of my other responsibilities.  So today I got up before anyone else in the house and snuck out for a run outside.  And I didn’t miss a thing.  Jillian was still sleeping peacefully when I got home.  Mission accomplished.

I did just over 2 miles today, nice and slow, and found myself running more than I did yesterday, so that’s progress.  I’m still not tracking how long I’m running in terms of intervals or anything like that, I’m just running until I get tired of running, and then walking.  It’s working for me and helping me build up my stamina again, so I think I’m on the right track.  I also used my new favorite Pandora station as my playlist.  It was just OK today (although I did get to hear Marky Mark again today, score!), so I might have to put together a good playlist for tomorrow’s run.

Some observations from today’s run:

  • The weather was perfection this morning – cool, clear, not as humid as yesterday.
  • I ran more than I did yesterday.  Yay.
  • The slower I run, the longer I run.  That’s common sense, yes?
  • My lower back hurts.  This could be from sleeping on our 12 year old mattress, or it could be the fact that I have neglected my core since June of last year (since Pilates and pregnancy don’t really go together that well).
  • I’m dragging my foot all over the place.  Time to do those Physical Therapy exercises again.
  • I need new shoes.

After I got back from my run/walk, I decided to address that back issue by doing some stretching and a mini Pilates workout.  It felt good!  I also did my 50 push ups and some planks.  Good morning!

And now it’s time to work!  Have a fab day!

Questions for you …
- Favorite core workout?
- How’s the weather where you live?

Monday, April 22, 2013

Time To Stop Being Lame

Hi there!  Happy New Week! 

It’s a new week, a new start and I’m going to make it a good week! 

I haven’t been chatting lately because I have felt slightly lame.  On Monday of last week I went on a whole diatribe about being in an exercise funk and how I wanted to get back to my running roots.  On Tuesday I went out for a no strings attached run – and by no strings attached I mean no plan, no Garmin, just me, my feet and some music.  It was great.  On Wednesday I vowed to do it again, but I didn’t (though I did take Jillian for a spin around the neighborhood, walking).  On Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday I thought about running, but ended up just sitting on my ass feeling sorry for myself and mad at myself for not getting up off said ass and running. 

So that’s where I’ve been. 

This morning I vowed to make it a better week exercise-wise.  But when the alarm went off I started making excuses.  “Maybe it’s raining,” “I’ll work out tonight,” “I’ll start tomorrow…”  The good thing about thinking about all of these excuses?  It woke me up and propelled me out of bed.  I wasn’t going to let another day go by without doing something that makes me feel so good.  So I got up and I ran.  No Garmin, no plan again, I just went.

Not sure how far I went because I did a different route, but it did feel good.  Some observations I made this morning:

-     I’m running too fast.  I’m the only runner in the world who strives to run slower.  If I go too fast I don’t last long, so the slower the better for me.
-     I need to reinstate running playlists because the music that popped up on shuffle this morning was really lame.
-     I kind of hate not knowing exactly how many miles I go, so the Garmin might need to make a comeback too.
-     Being out in the morning hours is so flippin nice – it’s quiet, it smells good, it gives you the opportunity to be alone with yourself and your thoughts and I see cats, lots of them.  Cats make me happy.
-     Running is so good for the brain.  I have been 10x more productive today than I was last week. 

So the verdict is – GET UP AND DO IT.  Obviously with a baby that takes some logistical planning, but I think I can make it work.  I just have to get past that whole “I have an hour before Jillian wakes up again, so I’m going to catch a few winks before she does.”  No, I’m going to use that hour of peace to do something good for myself.  And if I can’t make that work?  Do it at night.  No excuses! 

Alright, glad I could give myself a pep talk through this blog post! 

And just a random side note, I am listening to the “Quad City DJs” Pandora station and holy crap, it’s 90s hip hop awesomeness.  The last five songs that have been on:

Good Vibrations by Marky Mark
Summertime by DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
Where The Party At by Jagged Edge
Peaches n Cream by 112
Hypnotize by Notorious B.I.G.

Seriously?  This might be my answer to my playlist problems.  Score!  OMG, It Takes Two by Rob Base is on now – my FAVORITE!!!!!  I'm in heaven!  Gotta go jam!

Questions for you …
Are you a Pandora fan?
How do you feel during and after a run?  Awesome, right?

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Just Run

Yesterday I ran for the first time in a long time. 

On Monday (before learning about the horrific events that happened in Boston) I posted about losing my workout mojo and how I really just wanted to get back to basics with running.  No training plans, no apps to track how long or how far I run, nothing telling me when and how to run except my own body.  I talked about how I had made running too complicated and just wanted to get to a point where I could go out and run until I got tired and then walk and then run again when I felt like it.  This is how I learned to run and it worked just fine for me, so getting back there is my goal. 

Monday night I was so immersed in the Boston news reports I didn’t go out and run.  Tuesday, in the wake of all that happened, I wanted to run.  I wanted to run for all of the people at the marathon.  I wanted to run for the people who so sadly lost their ability to run in the attacks.  I wanted to run for those amazing people who ran toward the bombs to help those in need. 

So I ran.  It was just me, my iPod and no expectations.  I didn’t have a distance goal in mind, I didn’t have a time goal in mind, I didn’t say “I want to run this amount”, I just ran until I got tired.  No apps, no special running playlists, no Garmin, no nothing, just me, my feet and my music.  And it was GREAT.

I did just over 2 miles (I did my standard 2 mile route) and I probably maybe ran half of it, but I’m not counting.  I don’t care.  I did it and it felt good.  And it made me want to do it more.  So I’m on my way.

I just read an article about how there is a movement on Facebook to "Run for Boston on 4/17."  The Run for Boston Facebook page already has over 16,000 likes.   


I’ll be running! 

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Boston

Like everyone else in this country, I have been riveted by the coverage of the Boston Marathon tragedy.  An event so celebrated and important to those who train their whole lives to get there and participate, just completely shattered by the senselessness of people who want to make this country a warzone.  It’s sad, it’s scary and it’s not fair.  Continue to keep Boston and its victims in your thoughts and prayers as we try and figure out why. 

And if you’re a runner, you can show solidarity and support by wearing a race t-shirt today.  Even if you’re not a runner and you have a race t-shirt, wear it in honor of those who went through this horrific tragedy.  I'm wearing mine! 


SOURCE (thanks to Janae for the info)

Monday, April 15, 2013

No Mojo

I have totally lost my exercise mojo. 

It’s been a week since my last real workout (besides my pushup/crunch/plank thing I’m doing) and I’m a little perturbed by this.

I’m a worker outer, and when I don’t work out I start to feel a little funky – so I’m in full funk mode right now.  I actually read an article this weekend about how when people start to feel guilty and bad about not working out it can actually have a detrimental effect on your health.  Great.

But lately I have absolutely no motivation or drive to get up a do anything.  And it’s frustrating the crud out of me.  It’s like I know what I need to do, I have all of the ingredients for success right in front of me, but I just don’t have the drive to do what I know will make me feel better.  Where did it go?

Obviously life is different now and I can’t just get up in the morning and go to the gym for an hour without careful planning or having some sort of action plan in place (babies require this), so working out in the mornings just hasn't been happening.  

And I’ve never been a huge fan of working out in the evening.  By the end of the workday I’m tired and just want to curl up on the couch with the baby and play.

So what to do?!? 

I don’t really have an answer yet, but I am going to work on it this week.  I thought if I published it on the blog it would make me do it.  (that accountability thing, which has worked really well in the past)  

This week I’m going to play with going for a run after work when Hubs gets done with work.  This worked a few weeks ago while I was doing Couch to 5K.  Evening workouts aren’t my favorite, but they are better than nothing.  

And running – let’s talk about that for a second.  I have come to the realization that I’m making this too complicated.  Couch to 5K, run/walk intervals, trying to get faster - I feel like I’m just trying too hard (well, when I try, ha).  I need to just go back to my roots.  To the days where you go out and you run, and when you get tired you walk, and then when you’re ready to run again, you run.  I don’t need to complicate it with all of this “run this long, but then walk this long” – just do what your body tells you feels right.  It’s not rocket science.  I’m not sure where I lost sight of this easy concept of running.  But I did.

So that’s the goal – getting my mojo back, making running less complicated, getting active again, making the time for workouts for me, because I need them.  Now I just have to DO IT.

Questions for you …
- How do you stay motivated to work out?
- What tips do you have to get back into running after a long hiatus?

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Girls Reunion

I had such a fun night last night. I had sort of a reunion with some friends I haven't seen in years and years.

Amanda (who I see all the time), Melissa, Cathy and I had some fun fun times in our 20s. Omigod, the memories just make me laugh and smile and wish I was 23 again. I was looking for pics of us from back in the day, but realized that those days were so "back in the day" that they occurred before digital cameras were born. Yeah seriously. Does that make us sound really old or what? So I don't have any digital pics to share, but I'm gonna look in my picture albums (remember those?) for some fun ones to scan and post (haha, beware girls).

The reason for our reunion? Sister Hazel was in town and playing at House of Blues. Together we attended a ridiculous amount of Sister Hazel concerts back in the day, so it was only fitting that we reunited there last night. We had a blast!!!







I hadn't seen Mel or Cathy in about five years so it was awesome catching up with them, hearing what's been going in their lives and reminiscing about the good old days. You know when we used to go clubbing and stuff.

All in all it was a fabulous night. The concert was awesome, as always, the company was great, we just had a blast. And as we all went our separate ways after the concert we promised to not wait another five years to get together again. If anything, Sister Hazel comes to House of Blues once a year so we will meet up again for that!

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Fun Night at The Boardwalk

Last night after work we decided that rather than sitting on the couch all night we were going to get out of the house and DO something.  This is somewhat challenging with a nearly 3 month old (OMG, can you believe she’s almost 3 months?!), which is why most nights we hang on the couch and chill with Miss Jillian.  But last night we were itching to get outside … and itching to get to DISNEY. 

Our initial plan was to go to Epcot, which would mark Jillian’s first trip to a Disney park, but then we decided we would ease into the Disney experience, so instead we went to Disney’s Boardwalk and took a stroll around the boardwalk. 

 

It was perfect weather and not very crowded, so it was great!  Jillian actually stayed awake during our stroll and was so curious, looking around and checking out the sights. 

 

Such wide eyes!  We stopped and had some dinner on the Boardwalk and then fed Jillian by the pool at The Boardwalk.


All in all, GREAT NIGHT!!!  We got out in the fresh air, got a little exercise, got some dinner, it was great!!  We’re actually planning on doing something again tonight.  Maybe Epcot?  Maybe another spin around The Boardwalk?



With her new favorite Minnie toy
In other news, my push up/crunch/plank challenge thing is going well.  I took yesterday off because my arms were sore, but I started it back up today.  Woohoo! 

Alright, that’s all from me for now.  Hope you’re having a great day!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Outdoor Office


Today I am working from my outdoor office.


It’s too nice outside to stay cooped up in the house, so I thought I would bring the work to the patio.  Two problems with this – a) the sun is in my eyes and kind of annoying.  I’ve tried moving to different positions at the table but none seem to work and I feel silly wearing sunglasses to work, even if I am in my own house; and b) for some reason my computer is taking approximately 9 years to do anything out here.  I wonder why?  Internet connection not as strong on the patio?  That doesn’t really make sense. I may have to pack it up soon.  But it’s just so nice out! 

This morning has already been eventful.  I got my pushups/crunches/planks routine done already, so I don’t have to worry about that.  After yesterday I decided that I am going to try and make that a daily thing.  It only takes about 5 minutes total and isn’t too strenuous, so why not?  I will say I felt my armpits this morning.  Huh?  Yeah, I woke up and could feel that I did pushups yesterday because the muscles around my armpits were sore.  I think that means they are working.  Or I did them wrong.  Not too sure.  In any case I did them again today. 

Oh, and just to put it out there – I do the pushups on my knees.  I can’t do the real ones again just yet.  I’m working up to that.

That’s all of the exercise I have done so far.  I was going to go for a run/walk outside, but Hubs had to leave for work super early this morning, so that didn’t pan out.  No worries though, Jillian and I are planning to go on a long walk after work.  She is currently doing her baby exercises in her crib.  Her new thing is moving her arms and legs in multiple directions as fast as she can while watching her mobile and talking to her animal friends hanging from the mobile.  It’s really the cutest thing ever.  I could literally sit and watch her do that for hours.  We call it baby exercises or baby aerobics or baby Olympics.  So cute.

Alright, I am going to jet.  I need to go and apply sunscreen to the right side of my face, because that’s directly where the sun is shining at the moment.  Toodles!

(Edited later in the morning - I had to move inside because the internet was not my friend on the patio.  Oh well.)

Monday, April 8, 2013

Fave Workout Jams (For Carrie)


On Friday night I had dinner with my gal pals. (and no I didn’t take any pictures – I’m a terrible blogger)  It’s been SO LONG since I’ve gotten together for a girls night out (pre-baby, I think Christmas was the last time we got together), so it was nice to get a group together to eat and gab.  There were only four of us on Friday night which made the evening nice and intimate.  The main topic of conversation was my friend Carrie (hi Carrie! … she actually reads the blog) and her ahh-mazing transformation. 

Carrie made the decision to train for a fitness competition, so she’s in training mode right now and HOLY COW she looks amazing.  She’s eating like a bajillion grams of protein a day and working out and she is so stinkin ripped it’s absolutely amazing.  Like, I’ve never seen someone that muscular in person before.  In magazines, sure, but in person, no.  Can you tell I’m insanely jealous?  I currently have marshmallow arms and hers are so jacked it’s not even funny.  We asked her a million questions about what she eats, when she eats, what her workouts consist of, etc etc.  It was just so interesting listening to her talk about this new way of life.  I wish I had taken pictures of her.  Next time! 

During our conversations she mentioned that she’s looking for some new workout tunes, so I thought I would dedicate this post to some of my favorite jams right now.  Some are old and crusty and some you’ve probably never heard of before, so enjoy!  (click the link to hear the song and see the video)

Born to Run by 7Lions – I am currently obsessed with this song.  Obsessed! 
Catch my Breath by Kelly Clarkson – love me some Kelly.
Everybody Talks by Neon Trees – so darn catchy.
Eye On It by tobyMac – he just won a Grammy for his album of the same title.  Go buy it!
Lose Myself (Capital Kings Remix) by tobyMac – the non remix version is good too.  This is another song I am obsessed with.  I listened to it like 5 times in a row on my way to the gym the other day.
Showstopper (Captial Kings Remix) by tobyMac – really any song by tobyMac is awesome workout music.  ANY SONG.
Feel Again by One Republic – I just love them.
Move by MercyMe – I didn’t know who this band was, they popped up on my Pandora and I dug this song.
I Will Wait by Mumford and Sons – I didn’t get the hoopla around Mumford, and then I heard this song.
I’m On a Roll by Stefano – hehe, yes, Stefano from American Idol.  This song is the jam.  And the video is kind of hilarious. And there’s an American Idol contestant cameo too.   
Start a Fire  by Ryan Star – I really really like this guy.  
The King is Coming by Newsboys – for a little inspirational music 
Fairytale by Sarah Bareilles – I just love listening to the lyrics of this song   

I need to make a playlist with these songs on it for my next workout.  It might have helped me today, I was a zombie at the gym this morning.  So not in the mood to be there, but I got it done.  I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and 25 on the treadmill doing my run/walk intervals again.  I felt good when I got done, but I was tired.  Must have been the fact that we stayed up and watched Wrestlemania last night.  Hehe.  Jillian even got in on the action with her championship belt.


But then my mom decided she needed to be girlie and put a bow on her.  Not amused.


When I got home from the gym I thought about Carrie’s jacked arms and decided to do some pushups.  I remember back when my arms were in their best shape, and that was after I completed Insanity.  To get there, that equates to pushups, lot of them.  I think over the course of Insanity I did about 5700 pushups (no lie), so today I did 50.  But I broke it down like this:

10 pushups
20 crunches
10 pushups
Plank
10 pushups
40 crunches
10 pushups
Plank
10 pushups
40 crunches

I’m so glad I got those shots in my wrists for my tendinitis, I had no pain while pushing up.  Yay!

And that’s all I’ve got today. A lot for a Monday!  Make it a great day!

Questions for you …
- What are your favorite workout tunes right now?
- Pushups, love em, hate em?
- WWE Wrestling, love it, hate it?  (it's an acquired taste)

Friday, April 5, 2013

Long Week

It’s been a week let me tell you.  I feel like this week has lasted about 20 days. 

Monday I was on a plane heading to Chicago to say goodbye to my grandma.  Despite the reason we were there, it was a nice trip.  I got to spend quality time with my parents, my grandma (my mom's mom) and my aunts and uncles on both sides, which was so nice.   I also got to meet a lot of people and family members who I did not know.  It’s funny how funerals tend to bring families, who don’t normally see each other often, together.  The service for my grandma was lovely and beautiful and a celebration of her, which is exactly how she would have wanted it.

Jillian did not come with me to Chicago.  I wasn’t keen on taking a 2 month old on an airplane to frigid Chicago (it was 30 degrees there, brr), so we thought it was best if Hubs stayed home with her.  This nearly killed me to leave her, but I had to do it and knew it would only be a couple of days.  Thank God for Face Time.  My homecoming on Wednesday evening was definitely a good one.

Thursday I got to spend all day at home with her, so that was great.  And now today I feel like I have already had a full day, and it’s only 10 o’clock.  I haven’t gone to the gym since my first day back to work (last Monday), and I was starting to get cranky.  So last night I told Hubs “I AM GOING TO THE GYM IN THE MORNING NO MATTER HOW TIRED I AM.”  He thankfully got up for Jillian’s 4am feeding and allowed me to sleep until 5:15 so I could get my butt to the gym.  I know I always say this, but it felt SO GOOD.  I haven’t done much exercise lately outside of my walks with Jillian in the stroller, and this week I haven’t even done that, so I was so ready to get moving.

I really really really need to make cardio a priority again in my life.  Somehow it has gotten away from me.  The gym and working out have always been a priority in my life, but it’s been harder to get it in since I now have this tiny person to take care of.  But I know I need to just set the time aside and DO IT and not let myself sway from making it routine.  It makes me a much better person – less tired, happier, I feel good about myself.  It’s soooo important.  I’m still going to do my walks with Jillian, because she loves being out in the fresh air, but I need to add in more cardio to my days whether it be running outside or going to the gym.

Today I did 15 minutes on the elliptical and 25 minutes on the treadmill doing 2/2 walking/running intervals, all while reading my new book – The Housewife Assassin’s Guide to Gracious Killing. Hehe.  It’s a follow up to the last book I finished, The Housewife Assassin’s Handbook.  There are actually three books in the series.  Total fluffy fun, and perfect for the treadmill.

So that’s that.  I got back home by 6:30, showered, got ready, ate breakfast, played with the baby, and got to work by 9.  I could have been here by 8:30, but I just didn’t want to leave that sweet little face.


And now it’s time to work!  I hope today is a fab Friday for you! 

Questions for you …
- What are you up to this weekend?
- What do you wish you were doing this weekend?