Thursday, July 31, 2014

#100SummerMiles + Sore Shins {My Training Diary: 7.31}

Today I’m linking up with Kendwy [MindofKiwi] and Veronica [VeroSays].  Our goal is to log 100 miles (walking, running, biking, etc) by the end of September.  I’m a little late to the party, but I’m hoping this link-up will motivate me to get my weekly miles!  Read more about #100SummerMiles. 

Sadly my shins have been a little sore lately.  I think my Brooks are officially done.  The thought of getting new shoes makes me sadder than it probably should.  I love my Brooks.  They got me through my half marathon!  On the upside, I get to visit my fave Fleet Feet tomorrow 🙂

Lucky for me I won these awesome ProCompression Calf Sleeves from Lynda [Fitness Mom Wine Country].  I was looking at these babies online and entered her giveaway totally intending to buy them the following week– to my surprise, I won!

My ProCompression Socks got plenty of use this week.  I LOVE LOVE LOVE these.  C and I got some quality recovery time while watching the Bachelorette Finale.

Anyway, I got a total of 10 miles in this week!  Only about half were running because of my poor shins.  It was BEAUTIFUL one morning so I totally set out intending to get a semi-long run in.  About half a mile in my shins were on FIRE and not in a good way…. In a this-is-miserable-and-it’s-not-worth-killing-myself way.

Yesterday C and I walked with a friend and her two children.  We did one lap around a lake (2 miles) and the kids were doing great, so we went for another one.  As soon as we got to the furthest point from the parking lot, the kids were worn out. When you have three children all under the age of 5, they don’t really understand “it’s going to take us a mile to walk back.”  Thankfully we had plenty of snacks and technology so we all got a good workout in!  The pace for our walk makes me laugh because it’s all over the place… Oh well, any parent knows that sometimes the toddlers call the shots!  I’m not quite sure what happened there at the end… I don’t remember kicking it to high gear, but apparently I did for a second…

Here’s C enjoying some stroller-free time on the greenway.

I continued T25 this week.  Lots of people ask how I workout with a toddler.  Thankfully C is one of those kids who doesn’t mind playing independently.  I try to get T25 done during nap time, but if I can’t C is happy to play on his own or even join me.  Now when he hears the T25 music he says “fo-cue! jump!” (fo-cue =  focus).  He should be on a ShaunT commercial 🙂  This picture is from the ab workout.  It makes me laugh because I’m surrounded by random stuff, BUT this pic definitely shows the real deal! [Read about Mikey’s stroller]

Don’t forget to check out #100SummerMiles!  You can link-up or get involved on Twitter/Instagram!  Let’s create a positive place for us to work on ourselves while cheering on others!

What workouts did you get in this week?
How do you deal with shin pain?
What is your favorite workout to do at home?

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Backyard Flower Bed [DIY]

Once upon a time I was Pinteresting.  I came across a bricked-lined flower bed and thought “oh this would look great out back… it won’t be so hard!”

Yeah right.

So we Googled and YouTubed and came up with a plan.  This project took about a month to complete.  You could probably finish it sooner if you don’t have a toddler or mind manual labor on 100 degree days.

Anyway, here’s our Backyard Flower Bed DIY!

First we outlined where we wanted the flower bed to go with spray paint.  We wanted it to line our fence to break up all the white.

Next we dug up the sod.  This was the worst part.  It about an hour to do one fence-panel’s worth.  Although C would probably argue this was the best part.  He loved pushing the wheel barrow around.

Once the sod was gone we laid gravel along the perimeter.  This helps the bricks stay in place.

Then we laid and glued the bricks.  The bricks are anywhere between 2-4 bricks tall, depending on how the yard dips.

Finally we spread about 2-3 inches of soil, laid some landscape fabric, the topped it off with mulch!  Obviously there’s no flowers in it yet [that will be part deux!], I still need to do some research!

Do you have a flower bed/garden?  What’s your favorite thing to grow?
What’s one project that was more difficult than expected?

Monday, July 28, 2014

I feel prettiest when…

This saying isn’t new.  It’s all over social media.  But this summer it really began to hit home.  I recently wrote a post about body image, and I came across this beautiful post by Chelsea [Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles] about self love.  It got me thinking…

When do I feel pretty?

When I was young I felt pretty in a beautiful dress.  Easter and Christmas dresses were a big deal growing up.  My grandmother would often visit from Mississippi and we’d spend all day in search of the perfect dress.

I spent most of my middle and high school years in a dance studio.  I rarely felt pretty, but I often thought if I was skinnier, I might have a chance at being pretty.

In college I felt pretty when I dressed up and went bars.  The right top and makeup can make anyone feel pretty, right?

When I met my husband, Adam, he thought I was pretty.  He complimented my physical appearance as well as my inner beauty.  It was only then I started to see glimpses of “pretty” in myself.

Becoming a mother made me feel pretty in a whole new way.  A human grew inside of me for 41 weeks and I gave birth to him!  Sure, plenty of women do this every day…but when you think about it, it’s pretty amazing.  When I’m in mommy-mode I’m in my groove and I know I was meant to be a mother.  It’s where I’m most confident.  However, in those rare moments I found myself alone, I struggled to accept my new body.

It wasn’t until I started running that -for the first time in my life- I started to really feel comfortable in my own skin.  Now I’m proud of my post-baby body and not just because I’ve lost weight.  Running makes me strong and healthy.  It makes me more confident and less critical.  Running helps me be a good mother.  It lets me spend time with my family.  Running has allowed me to meet all kinds of wonderful people [in blog world and real life].    It’s opened doors to challenge myself in ways I never dreamed possible.  That’s when I realized it– I feel prettiest when I run. 

Now if you were to drive past me running, your first thought might not be “whoa! hottie!” and that’s okay.  Running makes ME feel good inside and out, and that’s why it makes ME feel pretty.  So here I am at my prettiest– no make up, no editing [except for cropping & text], just a few miles and some sweat.  Am I perfect?  Absolutely not, but I feel pretty damn pretty.

When do you feel prettiest?  Has your answer changed over the years?
And to encourage a little self-love, what’s one thing you are LOVING about yourself right now?

Friday, July 25, 2014

A Treat For My Aunt & Uncles [a guest post by C]

Hi everyone!  I’m C and I’m almost two years old.  My mommy is the blogger behind Fit Pink Mom, but I’m letting her take a break today.  Today I’m blogging because today is a VERY special day!  Today is Aunt and Uncle Day!  I am so lucky because I have my Uncle Joe, Aunt Laura, and Uncle Rob.  Here I am with my Aunt and Uncles!

Uncle Rob and Uncle Joe are Mommy’s younger brothers.

Aunt Laura has been my aunt my whole life, but her and Uncle Rob recently got married so now everything’s “official.”

Anyway, since it’s Aunt and Uncle Day, and I’m so lucky to have my Aunt and Uncles, Mommy said I could tell you all how special they are!

Uncle Rob is an engineer and lived in Iowa when I was really little.  Thankfully he now works in North Carolina so I get to see him lots.  Aunt Laura is a lawyer.  That means she had to go to school for a long time and works really hard.  Uncle Rob and Aunt Laura like to make funny faces.  They like to play catch with me!

Uncle Joe is still in school.  He wants to be an engineer too.  He babysits me a lot and we play “up.”  That’s when I sit on his back and he does push-ups!  I think it’s more fun than he does [I don’t know why!].  A Taco Bell run is usually involved with Uncle Joe is around.

Since my Aunt and Uncles are special, Mommy helped me make them a Treat.

Did you know Shutterfly has a whole section called TreatTreat is kinda like Shutterfly, but instead of photographs and photo books it focuses on greeting cards.  Mommy and I spent a looong time trying to find the perfect cards for Rob, Laura, and Joe for Aunt and Uncle Day.  We looked mostly in the “thinking about you” section.

Instead of just regular old greeting cards, Treat lets you personalize cards.  This was perfect for Aunt and Uncle Day because sometimes it’s hard to find the right card!  I chose a card with bacon on it for Joe because he loves him some bacon!

Treat also lets you add your own photos.  Mommy and I looked at lots of pictures to find the perfect ones for my cards!  Here is the photo I chose for Aunt Laura and Uncle Rob’s card.  I picked this photo because it was the day they got engaged!

Ordering the cards was super duper easy.  Treat has an app so you can do everything right from your phone!

Treat is pretty awesome and I’m so happy with how my cards turned out.  Treat helped me make the perfect treat for my Uncle Rob, Aunt Laura, and Uncle Joe!

Thanks for reading my very first guest post!  I hope you give Treat a try.  Happy Aunt and Uncle Day to my very special Aunt and Uncles!


Disclaimer:  Aside from credits for the cards we created, we were not compensated in any way for this review.  All opinions are our own.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Tilapia & Peachy Quinoa [Recipe]

Another quinoa recipe!  Can you tell I’m feeling the quinoa these days?  This is another great summer recipe.  I saw this recipe in Parents Magazine and had to give it a try!  Full disclosure: the original recipe is for salmon and peachy quinoa, but mommy brain got the best of me and I picked up tilapia instead.  Feel free to use whichever fish you prefer!

Here’s what you need:
1/2 C uncooked quinoa
1 T lime juice
1 1/2 t honey
3/4 t grated ginger
1/4 t salt
2 T olive oil
1 peach [pitted & chopped, about 2/3 C]
1 small green bell pepper [chopped]
tilapia [or salmon]

Cook quinoa.  Combine lime juice, honey, ginger, and salt.  Whisk in olive oil.  Set aside 1 T of this mixture.

Combine peach, bell pepper, quinoa, and vinaigrette mixture in bowl.

Place tilapia in a baking dish and coat with remaining vinaigrette.  Cook at 425 for 8-12 minutes or until the fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.

I served mine with sauteed spinach.  Yum!

Do you prefer tilapia or salmon?
What’s your favorite recipe you’ve made in the last month?
Where do you get recipe ideas?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Co-Sleeping Decoded [a step-by-step guide]

I told you last week C stopped sleeping.  Just completely.  Sleep strike.  It’s been going on for about a month and it’s getting better, but it’s still a little rough [note to self: blog relaunch + sleep strike = bad idea!]

The only way he’ll sleep is with either Adam or I.  While C’s dealing with this separation anxiety, the pediatrician suggested extra snuggles and then slowly putting more distance between us and C.  This way C is reassured that we’re near by, and eventually we’ll be able to tuck him in and call it a day.

We originally thought we were really smart.  We have a trundle bed that goes with the daybed set I used as a child.  We put the trundle in C’s room for us and set up C’s toddler bed.  He was not feeling it.  He wanted to be right beside us.  C wanted to co-sleep.

Over the last month we’ve co-slept and we’ve discovered there’s a plethora of phases and maneuvers to survive co-sleeping with a toddler.

Phase 1:  Get Back In This Bed NOW
Seriously kid, it’s time to nap.  If you want to help with laundry I’ll gladly let you later.  Also, I don’t need wipes in bed, but thanks.

Phase 2:  The Wiggle Worm
I know you’re tired.  I’ve seen you rub your eyes a dozen times.  Can’t get comfortable?  Sure just lay on top of me.

Phase 3:  Stop Putting Stuff In My Face
I really don’t need a binky and when you put the pillow on my face I can’t breathe.  Great job sharing, though!

Phase 4:  Seriously, I’m Not A Jungle Gym
Come on buddy, that hurts!  How is that even comfortable?  I know you’re tired.  Just give in.  It’s okay.

Phase 5:  The Sweet Snuggle
If you’re lucky enough to get to this step, congrats!  You might actually survive the night with some sanity left!

Phase 6:  The Lung Crush
I appreciate the snuggles, but you’re 35 pounds kiddo!  Mommy.  Can’t.  Breathe!

Phase 7:  My Kid Is Finally Asleep And Now I’m Stuck 
This usually occurs just as your bladder is completely full.  You might even take a few selfies just to make sure he’s asleep. 

Phase 8:  How Much Longer Until I Can Get Out Of Here
You’re in the home stretch!  Your kid is asleep and you’ve managed to scoot out from underneath.  Now, if you could just not think about running water long enough to make sure he’s completely out.

Phase 9:  The Sneak Away
The last and final test!  All you have to do is army crawl across the floor, avoiding creaks, without running into furniture, and turn the toddler-proof door knob without disturbing the dogs.  It’s best to hold your breath for this part as it takes SERIOUS concentration.

Phew!  I don’t know about you, but I’m exhausted just reliving the pictures!

Do/Did you co-sleep?
Can you relate to any of these phases?  What’s your fave/least fave?

Did I leave out any phases/steps?

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rainy Runs & Shaun T {My Training Diary 7.20}

I just wrapped my my second official week of T25 with Shaun T!  I can’t tell you how happy I am to see this screen every day…

I’m really loving the workouts.  This week I tried the stretch dvd for the first time.  It was amazing!  I’m going to attempt to incorporate the stretch dvd in at least twice a week from here on out.  C even took a break from playing with his cars, trains, and trucks to try some stretches!

We got quite a bit of rain last week and it cooled things off a TON!  I absolutely love post-storm runs, especially in the evening.  It’s beautiful and calming.

We took an impromptu trip to the beach for a few days.  Running on the beach is not all it’s cracked up to be.  Sure it’s great scenery, but running on sand is rough!  Thankfully I had these super cute running buddies…

That’s all I have for tonight… Super short entry!  I’m tired and a tad sunburned, so I’m ready to get to bed and start the week off right!  I’m hoping to shake up my weights routine soon! 🙂

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