Monday, May 22, 2017

Monday Motivation

Baby boy is scheduled to be here next week...no baby yet but I can certainly feel my body slowing down as the day gets closer!  Yesterday a very timely Timehop picture came up from last year...before baby...before my midsection resembled more a globe than anything else.  It got me motivated...planning...thinking about what I want this "bounce back" to be about.  Yes I want to get back to running....the kind of running where I feel like I could do it forever.  Yes I want to fit back into my jeans again.  Yes I want to see those muscles again.  However it struck me yesterday that this is my last "bounce back".  This is the last time I will grow a tiny human inside me and watch my waistline grow to make room.  This is the last time doctors will perform surgery to take that tiny human out and snuggle him next to my face.  This time is different...it will usher in a different phase of my life and my fitness.  So with that in mind I want to focus on the journey...to not only a smaller me but the healthiest me I can be for myself and my family.  Yes there will be finish lines...and scale and non-scale victories...but there will be balance.  More savoring...more soaking it in...more health...more believing in myself!  Believe in yourself this week...that you are capable of finding that balance...that health!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Monday Motivation

Yesterday brought me lots of love from my family but it also brought me a bright reminder that I need to use my life as an example for my girls...on how to be healthy...how to ENJOY fitness...how to make choices that are going to help my body work the best it can.  I can talk to them until I am blue in the face, but if my choices don't match my actions they mean nothing!  What are you going to do today that matches what you say?  Are you going to choose the foods that are fuel over what you are craving?  Are you going to sweat because you love the way it makes you feel?  Remember there is always someone watching!!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Monday Motivation

This morning started with me rolling over (as well as I can roll these days), looking at my phone, and muttering, "Oh crap!".  I had failed to turn my alarm on and instead of waking up at 4am to get to the gym on time it was 5am!  I laid there for a few minutes weighing my options...I could go back to sleep and let my children wake me up in an hour....I could get up but skip the workout giving the whole I'm wicked pregnant excuse...or I could get dressed and go downstairs and use our basement "gym".  I picked the last option...and considering I have a full afternoon conducting an interview and just life, I'm so glad I picked it!  Each day brings the possibility to do something great for yourself...for your health!  Choose wisely!!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

TTT

The beginning of this week felt like it was dragging but here we are again at Thursday!!  Here's your weekly dose of randomness!!

Softball Girl...Yesterday our oldest started playing softball.  It was her first practice of the year!
We have been practicing with her in the yard but of course this is much different.  It was very hard for me at the practice not to jump in and start helping out/coaching, but I promised my husband that I wouldn't get out on the field....you know 9 months pregnant and all...details!  I have mentioned it on here before but I played softball for over 15 years through college.  My springs, summers, and even winters were all about softball...travel teams, scouting, indoor teams...and I LOVED it!  It has been hard to not play!  I was excited when our daughter said she would like to play!  I thought she did great for her first time out there!  I did find myself making mental notes about drills we could do at home with her hitting and throwing...I couldn't help myself!  Rome wasn't built in a year and neither was Jennie Finch so I am trying to be a patient softball mom!!

I feel like if I show that I'm too excited then she may lose interest!  Maybe I'll just have her watch the College World Series with me coming up!!

Strength Training...Earlier this week I was listening to an AMR Podcast about the benefits of strength training for runners. It was an interview with Michelle Olsen and it was really interesting!
She gave a lot of tips on how to work in essential moves to help with stabalizing your body and to get the most benefit for your running.  I know that it is common for people to be either or...either they just run or they just lift.  I came into runner, especially distance running from a different angle.  As a teenager I ran to get in shape for the sports that I played.  Even soccer I played because it was fun but also to stay in shape for softball!  Running just to run was very foreign to me.  Additionally I lifted weights...especially legs...to help keep any injuries that I could possibly get away since all they say to catchers is how bad their knees are!  Thankfully my knees are good and my quads are too!  You can see then that when I started running just to run, that strength training was always present as well.  Even when I was training for Boston I still logged 3-4 days of strength training along with my miles.  As I get older and time is a premium, it obviously has become harder to ensure I get in strength training but I know I feel so much better when I do.  What do you do for strength training? 

Tired...Now that the weather is getting warmer and there are days when it isn't raining, we have been going out straight!  The girls come home and head directly out the door.  We've been at birthday parties and play dates.  We've been trying to do as much as we can as a family of 4 before we are a family of 5!  It has us feeling a little like this these days...
Last week mini-chickie passed out in the car multiple times which is rare for her....Miss I won't stop because I might miss something!  It has also led to some cranky ladies but I'm sure in a bit they will adjust to the increase in activity....it's at least making bedtime a lot easier!

Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Motivation

I love waking up on a Monday morning looking at a brand new month!  It just gives you that new slate to write your goals and own them!  This month around these parts hold a special significance because it is the month that we meet our little man!!  It's hard to believe that I will start this month as a mom of 2 and will end this month as a mom of 3!!!  It will be the end of my pregnancy and the beginning of my postpartum journey!  The mindset for this month...just keep moving!  Sound familiar?
 What is your focus this month?

Thursday, April 27, 2017

TTT...Around Here

Seeing as how I spent last week's vacation in radio silence on here (I do post most often on Instagram so head on over and follow along with the fun!), I thought I'd center my randomness for the week around our vacation from school.  This vacation week held particular sentimentality to me because it is the last one with just the chickies and I.  The next time that we have a school vacation, there will be a little man with us.  So the name of the game last week was to suck all the life out of vacation...and I think we successfully did!

Easter fun...I love when our April vacation nicely flows from Good Friday into the week, and this year it did just that.  It makes you feel like you have more options.  Easter started EARLY with our oldest waking up every hour starting around 3am! 

Once we agreed on an acceptable time (i.e. when we were convinced that our neighbors wouldn't mind hearing squealing and running girls), they were up and out looking for their eggs from the big bunny!  Then we headed to church....the girls picked their own dresses this year (eeeeek I don't like not having control!)
We then headed over to my in-laws house for lunch and playing fun!  It was a full day!

Marathon Monday...The next day we woke up bright and early to head to the marathon!!!  We watch in Framingham around mile 7 every year and I just LOVE it!!!  This year was HOT and super sunny!  I felt badly for the runners!  You never know what you're going to get from Mother Nature on race day in Boston...some years are wicked hot and sunny (there is ZERO shade along the course) while others are rainy and cold! 
I wouldn't say the girls love waiting for the runners to get to us but they like it once it has started!  Maybe one day I'll have a huge sign and be cheering for them!!  I was able to see a few friends (Michelle and Bethany) fly by but unfortunately I did not get to see everyone.  Next year I won't be so massively pregnant and I'll be able to stay longer!!!

The elite men flying by!
Homespun....Thankfully we were able to head down to my hometown to visit my family!  I love how much these girls love each other!!!
We filled our time with strolls (cold) around Newport, hiking out to a place called Hanging Rock (which I don't remember the hike out being quite as treacherous as it was the last time I did it), and visiting the baby goats and chicks!  The farm that my grandmother grew up on is still a functioning farm (and still in the family) and they have days when you can go snuggle the babies (they are also doing a night when you can go do yoga with the goats....sounds hilarious).  Usually the baby day is Sunday but they had a special vacation day.  I mean seriously how can you not smile at 30 baby goats and a dozen baby chicks just hanging out?! 
You could pick them up and hold them or park yourself on a hay stack and let them come to you!  They were super soft and cuddly!!!
Aubs was all about it but Em kept her distance...she had more fun feeding the older goats and horses!

We also hit up an aquarium in Mystic to round out our "go until you drop" vacation week!  The weekend left us tired (and mama was sore) but our memory buckets were certainly filled to the brim!  How do you like to spend vacations?

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Our Week With Blue Apron

Two weeks ago we were gifted a free week (thanks to my fabulous mama) of meals from Blue Apron.  The concept of meal kit delivery has always intrigued me and I honestly have always wanted to see what it was all about.  The problem for me always came down to picking one to try!!  Free always sounds good to me so Blue Apron it was! 

For those of you who aren't familiar, Blue Apron is a service that delivers a meal kit to you complete with just about everything possible you would need to make a meal and a step-by-step recipe to follow.  There was zero grocery shopping involved and you can choose from various meals on their site, along with the option for a family sized meal or one for 2.  I chose the meal-for-2 option knowing full well my children (one of which is SUPER picky) would not have eaten the meals listed for a family.  I chose three different meals and the whole kit was delivered on Saturday to our doorstep!  As I said before, this was a free kit for us but regularly it is $59.94 (or $69.92 for family). 
For me it was like a dream come true...meal planning-DONE...grocery shopping-DONE...Sunday afternoon food prep-DONE!  Bad blogger move though is that I posted most of my pictures on my Instagram Story so I don't have most of them!  Blogger fail!  Our meals were chicken under a brick with roasted veggies and potatoes, fontina stuffed pork chops, and a spinach and ricotta flatbread.  Day 1 I did the chicken....and quickly realized some things about myself one of which is that new recipes during the week STRESS ME OUT!  I didn't realize this about myself before!  Quickly my house was filled with smoke!  The meal tasted great (their sauces all week were awesome!) but boy did I look like a mess by the time I got everything onto the table! 
Day 2 were pork chops....this went much better!  Minimal smoke and a slightly easier recipe skill-wise to follow.  Again the sauce was delicious and they couldn't be easier since there is ZERO measuring because everything comes in tiny serving sizes...you just dump it in!  Day 3 I have to admit I went off script!  I looked at the recipe for a flatbread pizza with spinach and ricotta cheese and knew that my very patient husband had had about his fill of this experiment!  So I made the sauce that came along with the kit (which again was fabulous) and made the pizza as a traditional one using the ingredients that came with the kit (minus the spinach-that was saved for our morning smoothies).  It turned out great and was really actually the easiest recipe of the kit. 

My thoughts....
  • The food really tasted amazing from start to finish...My mom made a different recipe when we were down visiting and it was amazing too!  The quality of the food that I got was great (with the exception of one pepper that was getting squishy) and having all the ingredients included and measured out was awesome.
  • The convenience of not having to meal plan, shop, and prep was awesome especially considering I scheduled it to come after we had had a busy weekend.  It was great knowing that I had everything I needed right there.  
  • I thought the price was right for us....we normally spend about that much for three meals anyway.  The added advantage was that I didn't have to buy whole bottles of spices and other things to just use a teaspoon so that saved in the budget department!
  • Ok now there are a few negatives....the biggest one for us was the portion sizes.  The plan was for 2 people but the portion sizes, especially the meats were very small.  I think that if this was improved upon we definitely would get it again, but once the meat cooked down there really wasn't much there.  
  • Skills....I am ok at chopping and what-not but the amount of chopping or other things took me much longer...plus with two hungry chickies coming into the kitchen every 2 minutes while I make dinner to ask for a snack (please tell me my children are not the only ones who ask for a snack while I'm LITERALLY cooking dinner!!!) it made for a stressful situation.  Here I am trying to make sure I press down my chicken like a brick and they're rummaging through the cabinets!
  • Because of my children, I was making two meals every night...one for them and then one from the kit.  Now this isn't all that much different from the norm (I know I need Super Nanny) but it did add to the craziness of the time!  
 Have you ever tried Blue Apron or another food kit delivery service before?  What were your thoughts?