Recap 10/21-10/27

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It has been a week!  Welcome back readers to my weekly fitness update.  As mentioned in previous blog posts, that I will link here, I was completing a 15 day burpee challenge.  This past week I completed day 9-15 and each day became harder and harder.  On day 9 a had a 22 second rest between each set of burpees and by the 15th day, I was doing all 30 straight.  It didn’t get easier like I was hoping for, but that just means it was a good challenge overall.

As for the other aspects of my workouts, I was able to get up early 4 days out of the week and get a good solid workout done before the kids were up.  Heres the recap for the week:

  • Saturday: Burpee challenge
  • Sunday: Burpee and body weight exercises
  • Monday: Burpee and treadmill run
  • Tuesday: Burpee and Upper body lifting
  • Wednesday: Burpee challenge only
  • Thursday: Burpee and treadmill run
  • Friday: Burpee and Upper body lifting

Overall, I’m very pleased with my workouts for the week.  I want to push myself a little bit next week and extend my mileage. I’m heading out of town later this week for a wedding, so I want to make sure I get some strong workouts in before I leave.  Upon my return I start the Quidditch event for two weeks where the goal will be to get as many intentional miles in during a workout.  There are 8 teams against one another all raising money for charity! I’m running for Back on My Feet and you can check out the program here.

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How did you tackle your fitness goals this week? Always remember to be confident, be fit, be you!

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The 4am wake up

With children you are bound to have a few restless nights.  Those nights I wouldn’t change for the world and I am blessed to have them.  They also make me insanely tired and wish my husband wasn’t such a great sleeper.  Although our room is on the other end of the hall, apparently a child’s cry in the middle of the night is heard easiest by mom. I do get tired, but that’s not what where this post is heading.

When I inevitably am woken up by either a child staring creepily at me without saying a word or the cry of the littlest, I take advantage of my extra time.  My alarm is already set to 4:40am 5 days out of the week.  This allows me to get up, start functioning, workout, and start getting ready for my day before the kiddos wake up for the day.  I manage to get a load of dishes done or start a load of laundry and take the dogs out for a second bathroom trip before we head out in the morning.  I attribute getting all of those tasks done to having a successful morning routine as well as waking up and having “me” time.

So, what happens when I am woken up before the alarm?  I don’t just curl back into bed or change my alarm to a later time.  I spend a little extra time with my workout or getting something extra done around the house.  I read a book called The 5am Miracle: Dominate Your Day Before Breakfast by Jeff Sanders, that helped me change my tone when one of my kids woke me up before the dreaded alarm.  It’s not about waking up at an ridiculous hour, but waking up with intention and purpose, having a plan for your day, and setting goals for yourself.  Your wake up may be 4am, 5am or even 10am.  Whatever it is, allow yourself some time to energize yourself for the day.  Whether you work out first thing when you wake up, meditate, read a book over a cup of coffee, spend some time doing something for you.  It has definitely made my mornings a bit easier and I don’t feel like I’m constantly going to be late.  In fact, I usually have a few extra minutes I can play with my kids.

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This frame I turned into a dry erase board sits right on my bed.  I change what it says based on what I need to hear at the moment.

So, the next time you are woken up earlier than planned, don’t just roll over and reset the alarm. Get up and do something for yourself!  As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

Recap Week 10/13-10/20/2017

It’s that time of the week where I disclose just how successful or unsuccessful I was in completing my goals.  This week definitely presented some challenges and wore me out to a new level of tired.  I actually believe I’m learning to function on less and less sleep.  I have always been an 8 hour a night sleeper until now.  I’ve been able to get up and complete workouts with 6 hours of rest a night.  I’d definitely prefer the 8 hours, but I’ll take what I can get!

So, here goes.  I started the 15 day burpee challenge as mentioned in my weekly recap last week.  I have stuck with it every single day and am through day 8 as of yesterday.  There were days when I didn’t want to do the burpees, but I just reminded myself that I made a commitment to myself and to the handful of people that read this blog.  I didn’t want to let anyone down, including myself.  The first few days I reduced the rest time by 5 seconds and I quickly learned that I needed to slow that pace down.  So, for the last two days I’ve decreased my rest time by just 3 seconds.  As the challenge has gone on, my legs have started burning a little more and I’m starting to feel some of the muscles in my stomach I haven’t felt since before Hailey! In other words, this is definitely a rewarding challenge.

Break down for the rest of the week in regards to activity: Saturday toured the Fallingwater house and walked the grounds around the home. Sunday, rest. Monday treadmill run. Tuesday weight training. Wednesday and Thursday rest. Friday treadmill run.

I also signed up for a virtual quidditch tournament with Hogwarts Running Club (HRC) and will be running for a wonderful organization called Back on My Feet. This challenge will start November 6th and run for two weeks.  I joined HRC a while back and found it to be incredibly supportive in keeping me motivated. Here is a link to their Facebook page. The quidditch tournament is full, but they have a ton of virtual races and currently you can sign up for the all of the races for this year with the time turner challenge!

Overall, I am happy with my fitness this week.  This coming week I would like to increase to 5 days out of the week doing a physical activity for a minimum of 30 minutes.  I will also complete the burped challenge at the end of this week! I am also going to limit my sweets to one day this week. I haven’t been able to cut the sugar since pregnancy and I just stopped breastfeeding, so I have zero excuses now!

Until next time, be confident, be fit, be you!

Spousal R&R

I am the first person to admit that I have extra mom guilt when it comes time for a date night with my husband.  We both work all week and barely see our kids during waking hours as it stands.  So, why would I want to find a sitter and spend more time away from them?  It is always a very challenging thing for me to do and therefore I don’t do it very frequently.  I completely understand the importance of time away with your significant other, it’s just easier to deal with that guilt.

Guilt aside, my husband and I took a trip to Fallingwater in Mill Run, PA for his birthday.  For those that may not know, Fallingwater is the house designed and implemented by Frank Lloyd Wright for the Kauffman family in the late 1930s.  Added history lesson in this post!  My husband is really into architecture and studied Wright in high school years ago.  The house is pretty incredible to see and the tour guide we had was knowledgeable and personable.

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Our tour was early in the afternoon and we spent almost 3 hours there looking around the house and exploring the grounds surrounding the house.  We ventured to our hotel a short distance away in Uniontown, PA.  On our way we drove through Ohio Pyle and there was a huge festival going on so the town was hopping.  We passed the Laurel Caverns and a battle field that can be toured.  There are also two other houses by Wright in the area.  It was during our drive that we had wished our weekend away was a little longer.  There was so much to see in that small little portion of the map.

The next morning we woke up at 7am.  I know you are already thinking it so I’m going to say it, “What the heck were you doing up at 7am when you had the opportunity to sleep in?”  The answer to that question is, I have no idea.  The hotel was fairly new and so the accommodations were very nice.  But, we enjoyed a nice breakfast, filled up the car and headed home.

Although I experience guilt when leaving my children for fun times with my spouse, I understand the importance.  It allowed us to reconnect and enjoy time together.  We were able to talk without being interrupted.  We still thought about our kids a lot and talked about them a good bit.  But, it was our time.

I’d definitely recommend this as a weekend get away.  Young children are not allowed at Fallingwater, so it makes a perfect retreat for any couple that enjoys nature or history.

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Weekly Recap

I know that I just got back into the blogging world after a very long hiatus, but I want to start keeping a more consistent schedule with my posts.  With that being said, I will post twice a week.  On Wednesdays I will post something mom related.  Whether it be organizing, planning, fun activities, craft projects or reviews.  On Saturday morning I will post a fitness recap for the week and encourage a challenge for the next week.

So, let’s get started! This week I felt successful with my workouts! I got up 4 mornings out of the work week to run or lift.  I ran my furthest distance in a long time.  But honestly, I’m not sure which number to believe.  As always I ran on the treadmill, I set my speed and stayed consistent.  Only this time, I ran with my watch and my phone also tracking on indoor mode and the distances were all different.  Treadmill was 3.46 (still my longest run since I was pregnant with my last child- fyi he is over a year old), Garmin watch was 4.3 and my phone was 4.6 miles.  I’d love to believe my distance was actually closer to the Garmin just to boost my self-esteem.

Friday I started a burpee challenge.  I found a post on runners world by Danielle Zickl called “I did 30 Burpees For 15 Days and Here’s What Happened” and figured I would give it a shot.  Doing 30 burpees didn’t seem to be overly challenging to start. It was something I felt I could improve as I went along in the challenge.  It is also safe to assume that you can stick to anything for just 15 days.  Therefore, I went for it! Day 1 was successful.  I completed 3 sets of 10 with a minute in between each set.  As the days go on, I will decrease the time between the sets until I am just doing 30 burpees in one continuous sequence.

Here is the challenge for the week.  Set a challenge for yourself for the next 15 days.  Join me in the burpee challenge!  Now, start TODAY! Don’t wait until Monday.  If you continuously tell yourself that you will start Monday, you will find a way to put it off again.  So, start today.  Hence my reason for starting on a Friday.  After all it is just 15 days.  You can do this!  Let me know what your personal challenge is going to be! I would love some ideas for a future personal challenge.

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!

 

Life Relapse

I could blame my lack of fitness, healthy eating, organization, and motivation on a whole slew of things.  I have two kids. My husbands commute time is 15 hours a week.  I work full time. But, the reality is, I just fell off the wagon.  I stopped waking up at 4:45am because my kids don’t sleep through the night.  I stopped packing my lunch and prepping my meals for the week.  I just stopped caring.

Eventually, I hit a wall.  I started getting extremely frustrated with myself and my control with sugar. I was missing running.  Even running on my treadmill <gasp>.  My life was not in order and routines were missing to make things feel like they were running smoothly.

It was about two weeks ago when I swore to myself I was going to get up 3 days that week to walk/jog on the treadmill in my basement.  I was successful.  Then I made it another week and my walking was slowly decreasing and my running was slowly increasing.  I was getting back into my game.  I started back with my morning routine of quick kitchen clean up before leaving the house.  I started a routine for sweeping/mopping and vacuuming my floors.  I started a new bedtime routine to help the kids have a better rest and less frustration for mom and dad. I was BACK!

With each success added back into my routine, the better things were running day to day.  I was becoming less and less frustrated with how things in my life were moving.  I no longer felt like I was being tackled by a 350 lbs. lineman.  I was inching up the field.  There is still a long way to go to getting back to where I want to be with my health and fitness.  But I’ve started the process and am more determined than ever.

As always, be confident, be fit, be you!