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Saturday, August 24, 2013

There's No Crying...

In running! Seriously love that movie. Today I shed some tears. Tears of happiness and joy. I was so proud of myself. Today I ran 1.75 miles without stopping to walk. Up hills and down hills. I told myself that I was going to run to the fields and I did. When I got to the fields I was so happy and proud of what I had just done that it took me a couple of minutes to get my act together. I still had 2.25 miles left to do, argh! On top of that amazing feet, with my amazing feet, I ran 4.1 miles in 55:24. My 4 miler race is next week, the actual race, even though I have been doing 4 miles every week now for the last month but my goal is to run it in under 55 min. I think I can shave off 30 seconds next week. It is a downhill finish, but there is a nasty uphill climb in miles 2 and 3. That part won't be too fun but I can totally do this! Regardless of what happens, I am doing this. I am so proud of myself for actually kicking some major butt!

Friday, August 23, 2013

Squat Day Today

Poor Mace is sick. Not horribly sick but enough so that he can't go to the daycare at the gym, which makes me not able to go to the gym during normal times. And Friday evenings are family days here. Movie and going out type dinner. Usually we get dinner to go but today we ate out at our fav Mexican Restaurant! So no gym for me today (and yesterday for that matter).

So I decided that today was going to be a squat kind of day. I think I need more leg strength to get up all the hills because I just putter out half way on the hill. Run out of gas. (If anyone has any advice on how to conquer these hills better besides just do it let me know. currently I am running shorter distances on them walk a little then jog up a little more. Still learning here!) Today I decided I would do 4 sets of 25 squats during the day. I have 1 set left to go. I'm still doing something which is more than I was doing 3 months ago! Wanna join me???

QOTD: What is your go to indoor exercise when unable to go to the gym?

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Only The Best

We all want to give our children only the best in life. I want my son, Mason, who just turned 2 to have everything he wants (within reason). But even at 2 he really does get better things that me. We buy him nice clothing (usually on sale and he is better dress than me), the best in fruits and he gets super healthy (somewhat healthy on a better budget now) snacks. When he was 10 months I was breaking the bank trying to buy all the fresh fruit he could eat because he loved, loved, loved fresh fruit! He still does but we had to reign in his allowance on how much fresh fruit we could give him since he WAS breaking the bank. He could and would eat a whole pint of blueberries or strawberries. Multiple apples a day, and whatever he could get his mouth on. He loves those fruit and veggie puree squeeze things too. Oh and I do make green smoothies most days and he loves those too!
~Mason at 15 months eating his fav, blueberries!~
I try to feed him as healthy as possible. Breakfast he is the best eater! He will eat a whole egg, over medium, 1/4 c oatmeal (gluten free, organic), 1/2 banana and a cup of milk. Lunch is homemade wheat PB&J with grapes or apple on the side. And yogurt and Gold fish for snacks. I think my pushing and prodding has finally won in the veggie dept. The only way I could get him to eat veggies was in the Happy Baby squeeze things and green smoothies but never just straight up leafy greens. Last night was the first night he didn't turn his nose up at salad. He usually spits out the green stuff and eats the other stuff but last night he was eating it all!!! Granted it was the poppyseed strawberry salad from Panera Bread that had TONS of chicken, pineapple, strawberries, blueberries and mandarin oranges. But at least he finally ate the green stuff. Now onto a new chapter of healthy eating with veggies.

Disclaimer: Please know that not everyday is like this, most days he eats this well, but some days I give in and just do what I can to survive. I am not a perfect mother, never will be, but I try and that is all I can do!

QOTD: What is your kids fav healthy snack?

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Just Finished

When I am not running or exercising at the gym, chasing my son, teaching, practicing, cooking or cleaning my house my fav relaxing thing to do is READ! I love reading. Just upgraded a few months ago from my Kindle 2 to Kindle paperwhite and I love it. I can read in bed at night without having to have the light on, which my hubby loves.

I love Jane Austen. I have loved her books for years. I read them only once in awhile because I love the movie adaptations of her books. My fav Austen book is Pride and Prejudice. I watch the movie about ever 6 months. For fun. Because I love it. The BBC Version. Its 6 hours long.
I finished reading Austenland by Shannon Hale last night. Figured that I would see the move eventually so might as well read the book. Austenland was an ok book. Predictable. The idea of role playing and dressing up in Regency attire for 3 weeks sounds fun. But a fake set up romance not so much. I am looking forward to the movie because Jennifer Coolidge as Miss Charming totally fits! She is going to be hilariously annoying! Fast read if you are interested I would give it a 3 star on Goodreads. Enjoy!

QOTD: What are you currently reading?

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Red Faced Red Head!

What I look like after running with no moving air around me, in the back of the gym, right in front of Old Glory! I promise you I am not dying! I actually did really well for 4.5 miles and did it in an hour (1 hour 1 min to be exact). Best for me, but man it was a hot one in there!

QOTD: How red do you get?
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