Resolution Recap

The new year is upon us.  I decided to do a recap of my resolutions/ goals were for 2016 and see if I even came close.  Spoiler alert: I FAILED miserably.  But, I am not upset about that fact at all.  So, quickly, here is what was posted a year ago:

Therefore, my goals include the following:
1. Blog once a week (topics may vary depending on what I’m feeling)
2. Exercise a minimum of 5 days a week for at least 15 minutes
3. Create short (15 minute) workout videos to post to Youtube
4. Continue to work on my healthy eating habits

I clearly failed at writing a blog once a week.  The positive is that I branched out and wrote about a variety of topics and had good feedback on the posts involving “field trips” with my family. 

The exercise plan and the workout videos did not happen.  Right at the end of January 2016 I found out I was expecting our second child.  This little babe was taking all of my energy.  I literally was napping daily.  I was happy to workout 3 days a week.

Finally, the eating.  Welp, I was pregnant.  That is not an excuse but a reality.  With my first I craved fruits and ice cream.  However, with this little one I craved queso and chips.  I probably had that for dinner 4 nights a week for the entire second trimester.  The October hit, I had baby B and then began wedding and birthday festivities.  Of course cake was abundant during this time!  I have become addicted to sugar.

NOW…to make plans for 2017.  For this upcoming year I am going to improve what I’ve already started the last quarter of 2016.
1. Continue to increase number of workouts and intensity of workouts
2. Continue to use my planner to schedule dinners, cleaning and workouts- I found creating schedules really helped me feel less stressed about returning to work after baby B was born.
3. Attempt a technology detox while my kids are awake- this needs to happen so I can remember all of the fun things my kids do since I only get a few hours a day with them.

I will use these resolutions as guides for the year.  If I am feeling as if I have accomplished the goals, I will re-evaluate and write new goals. What are your plans for the upcoming year?  Did you accomplish what you wanted for 2016?

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Weekly Fitness Check In- 2

Another week in the books!  As I continue to work back towards my pre pregnancy fitness goals, I am reminded that it takes 9 months to put the weight on and it will take some time to come off.  I, also, came to the realization that I started some really poor food habits while pregnant with number two.  I didn’t completely have the mindset that “oh, I’m pregnant, I can eat this,” but I definitely wasn’t as healthy with my food choices.

I do not need to make excuses for my habits, I need to change them. I have done it before and I can do it again.  Fruit and vegetables do taste good.  I need to remember that and find healthier options throughout the day instead of candy, cookies, and pizza.  With the holidays just around the corner, I need to remember to keep a healthy balance.

This past week I joined an accountability group with a beach body coach.  Now, I know quite a few coaches, but when they offer the free groups I usually jump on board.  This group was to increase your water intake and workout 4 out of 7 days of the week.  Daily check in and report back how you finished the day.  The reason I enjoy these groups is because everyone has a like goal.  They want to improve themselves one day at a time.  I have completed 3 workouts during the 5 days (two days remain with another workout needing to be completed).  My workouts have ranged from using the Nike Fitness app or the Beach Body on Demand app.  I like the variety and I can chose what time frame will work for me at that moment.  I’m still trying to find the time with all of the normal life stuff that needs completed.

I have been decently successful with the water portion of the challenge.  I usually drink a good bit of water throughout the day.  I cut pop (soda) out 12 years ago when I realized it was upsetting my stomach.  So, I basically only drink water anyway.  Therefore, I use a water challenge to really increase my intake to roughly 100oz a day.  I’m not always successful, but I like the challenge.

I encourage you to join a free accountability group or make your own with your social media accounts.  Find people who want to make positive changes and together lift each other up to reach your goals.  Fitness is something we don’t need to be competitive with other people, we need to be competitive with ourselves.  This week, I am going to finish out this group and either join another or find an online challenge and start my own group.

Be confident, be fit, be you!

Weekly Fitness Check In

I survived.  The first week back to work I managed to only cry on Monday from leaving my kiddos and heading back into my normal routine.  I was successful with pumping enough milk for the next day.  I was successful with being ready to get out the door on time.  I was successful with eating much healthier than I had been in the weeks prior.  Most importantly, I was successful with only pulling out the bank card to purchase gas.  My bank account is going to love me going back to work!

Now, the one goal I was not successful with was the work outs.  I was able to get two days of workouts in and they were only about 22 minutes long.  I had said I wanted to get 3- 30 minute workouts in during the week.  I am still just trying to come up with a schedule that allows that time to sweat it up.  It would be a lot easier if the toddler would go to sleep right when we put her to bed, but alas she takes about 2 hours to finally shut her eyes.  She must really think we party it up after she goes to bed because she fights sleep really well.

The workouts that I was able to complete were based on a fellow mommy’s recommendation.  The Nike+ Training App is perfect for a mom with a newborn.  I was able to chose a workout based on my current fitness and skill level or if I wanted to use weights or bands.  I completed two body weight only training sessions that were under 22 minutes.  But, being a mom with a newborn I had to pause during a few reps to comfort the babe and not interfere with the workout.  I just jumped right back into the reps I was working on before the cute interruption.

This weeks goals: work out 4 days this week.  I am not going to add a time element to this week because I just want to start to develop a routine.  Continue working on healthy eating habits and cutting back on sugar.  What are your goals this week?  If you’ve tried the Nike+ Training app, what is your favorite workout?

Be confident, be fit, be you!

Cleveland Zoo

By now, you may be wondering if I have an obsession with zoos.  The answer to that question is, YES!  I love going to the zoo because I am able to see animals that I otherwise would probably never see in real life.  As much as I would love to travel the world and see elephants and giraffes in person, I doubt I will get to any time soon.  I’m just hoping to at some point in my life time.

This trip was spur of the moment when the weather decided to hit almost 80 degrees in the middle of November.  Seriously, when does that happen in northern Ohio?  This trip would only include my toddler, infant and myself.  Can I handle this type of chaos by myself?  Unlike the Pittsburgh trip, I would need to push the stroller and wear the little one.  I’ve been to the Cleveland zoo numerous times and knew there would only be one major hill to tackle and I was confident I could do it!

We got to the zoo shortly after they opened and followed suit and immediately went in and changed diapers and found a shaded spot to feed the newest addition.  In his short little life he has already been to two different zoos in two different states!  He will be 2 months old on the 4th of December.  Apparently every parent/grandparent/school teacher wanted to take advantage of the amazing day we were given.  Children were everywhere, but so were the animals!  Most of the exhibits were open and the animals were playing and enjoying the nice day as well.

Sorry for the poor photos, I’m attempting to learn how to use my DSLR camera on Manual mode.

After some lunch, we decided to head up the ginormous hill I was slightly dreading.  At this point, the toddler had zero desire to ride in the stroller. So, the walk up the hill became much longer.  I was now wearing baby, pushing a stroller with our diaper bag essentials, and holding my toddlers hand.  About half way up I could tell she was getting tired because she started stopping to pick up E-V-E-R-Y leaf (it is autumn so leaves are abundant). As I could start to see the light at the end of a very long trek, the toddler just wasn’t having it and would not sit in the stroller.  So, here I go carrying her, wearing him, and pushing a stroller.  I was sweating like crazy by the end.

This zoo adventure was much more enjoyable.  We enjoyed watching the elephants and giraffes just roam around their habitats.  We were able to see the monkeys playing and eating. The toddler even just enjoyed watching the  birds at lunch get extremely close as they were eating all of the crumbs other kids were dropping.  We will definitely be back in the spring, or if we get another freak weather occurrence during the winter months.