Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Getting Motivated Again

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Yesterday was my first day back to the gym after a two week break.

I was looking forward to it all day, then on the way I started having anxiety. I kept trying to think of reasons to just go home. I've been doing that a lot lately with everything. I have been skipping out on activities, exercising, and friends. I am fighting the hermit mode part of me wants to go into. Part of it I think is from not feeling good*, but I'm feeling better now and I'm trying to keep the hermit mode out of my routine.

The other part of it is just this time of year. Its cold. I tend to eat to much which means if I can stay at home and not wear pants, then I will. Holidays stress me out, all the traveling and money it requires. My parents are divorced and my extended family is spread out, which means sometimes someone doesn't get a visit. Then I feel guilty. Then I get more stressed out. Then I want to stay at home, in my pjs. (really though, who wants to put on too tight jeans and go out into the cold??)

Anyway, I got sidetracked. I still went to the gym, despite my excuses. (The traffic is bad, its raining, blah blah blah) It was worth it. I missed the gym. I am supposed to take it semi-easy. I did the precor elliptical (which is turning into my new favorite thing!) for a little over a mile and did some weights. I also did some sit ups and some other core moves. It was nice just to be back. 

I hope you all have a wonderful and safe Thanksgiving! I am excited to go see my family tomorrow, and for Willow to see them too! :)

*In my last post, I was talking about my back/stomach pain and the causes. It turns out I had a fairly large cyst on my right ovary. It was about 6.5 cm (an ovary is the size of an almond) when I went to the ER and last week when I went to my doctor it was down by 2 cm. That was Friday, and now I'm feeling much less pain and slowly getting my energy back. Its amazing how much energy hurting can take out of you. I'm hoping it stays small and eventually goes away on its own.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Just keep Swimming

I was hoping by now that I could at least be in the running (get it?) for a 10k. I was hoping that I could run 6 miles NBD by now. I thought. I hoped. Life (obviously) isn't about all that I want or hoping or thought though.
I've been having a nagging lower back ache for a while now, it wasn't enough for me to go to the doctor about it. Then it turned into spasms and now it hurts to bend over. Then on top of that, Sunday the pain spread to my lower abdomen. It has gone from them thinking its a UTI, to a Pinched Nerve, to a Ovarian Cyst. It could still be a combo of the last two. All I know is that it is effecting my daily life and my routine, and I'm not used to hurting all the time. Its making me so angry! (not going to the gym is also not helping with my mood)
It doesn't help either that it costs money to go to the doctor or to the ER. And to go to those doctor appointments costs me time at work which being paid hourly means its costs me money. Oh yea, and its the holidays which also puts a dent into my dwindling bank account. I'm already struggling, and I guess its getting to me. You could say this is a vent post.
Anyway, I decided today that I'll take Dory's advice and "Just keep swimming." Leaving work early to go crawl up into a ball at home isn't going to help. That only makes things worse. I've been falling behind on everything lately, the house, work, school, all because of whatever is wrong with my back/abdomen. I'm just going to have to grin and bear it (or bare?), and hope it will dissipate eventually.
I am going to meet my advisor at Mary Baldwin College on my lunch break to enroll in classes for the Spring. I'm looking forward to that. Friday I go to the doctor again, so until then I'm taking it easy on the workouts.  I hope everyone is enjoying their fall weather runs!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Another Month Has Gone By (Bye)

Wow, did that month just fly by or what?

It has not been a great October so far.

I have been suffering from back aches for a few weeks (months) and since I now have insurance I got to find out why. I have a uti...great. Just what I needed. Apparently avoiding the bathrooms all day while out chasing a two year old is a no-no. Seriously, have you ever tried peeing in a public stall while keeping a toddler from touching everything and peeking under the stall at the next person over? I'll hold it, thanks. (I mean I did hold it. I guess I just have to bring a leash for bathroom trips now.)

Anyway. I also ran into the back of someone else's car in morning traffic. How's their car? fine. Just a scratch. I'm thankful for that. She had a kid in the back seat but they were both okay. How's my car? um....not so great. Luckily I have a great Mom and brother, and Josh's Dad has been a  bigger help than he probably even knows. It was a stupid accident. Luckily Willow wasn't with me, and no one was hurt (except my pride). And I realized what a great support system I have.

I'm driving a manual mom found for a great deal (again, thank you mom!). I am not great...or good, with a 5-speed. But I actually kind of like it. Driving is when I do my thinking for the day so driving a manual keeps me focused on the road instead of what's going through my head. Which is probably a good thing, after the latest events.

 A co worker passed suddenly last week, which has kept the office quieter than usual.  She is definitely missed.

On to fitness updates...................................................................................................................

I am still going to the gym about 3 times during the work week and at least a good run on the weekends. Going to the gym on my lunch break is definitely better than nothing, but I miss those few afternoon runs after work. I didn't feel as rushed, and it was fresh air. Now I can barely get one gym session or run in after work during the week without it being a problem some way or another. And I'm too drained to butt heads about it lately. I blame the uti for making me feel so tired and sore.

I am looking for an upcoming 10k to train for.  I am going to push myself and not let anyone tell me I can't. As fast as Willow is, I should just get her to train with me! Kidding, but seriously, she's fast. Maybe in a few years?
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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Trying Out New Gym Locations

I am a member of the Y in my area and there are quite a few locations to choose from. Mostly, I go to the one about 6 minutes away on my lunch break. There is also one that's about 15 minutes from my house that I go to on weekends, or the nicer one that is about 20 minutes away from my house.

I wanted to find one that is in between my house and my work so I went to the Shady Grove one on Monday. Its a nicer area, and I have come to realize that the nicer the area = the more people that go to the gym = the more people to judge you.

Now, don't take that the wrong way. The gym was nice, huge. The people weren't mean. But its just not as friendly as some of the other locations. I'm sure some of that was me, I get intimidated in new situations and so I avoid eye contact/conversations with new people. So that's something.

So, I'm standing in the "fitness" area trying to figure out the set up. there are about 10 treadmills squeezed one by one against a wall/window. In front of those are the ellipticals, different brands, each with their own weird options. I don't like ellipticals. I feel stupid on them, but guess what I ended up doing the longest? yup.

I tried the treadmill first. There is always that one in every gym that makes some weird noise when you get to a running pace. I ALWAYS FIND THIS ONE. I got to a running pace and it sounded like I had hammers on the bottoms of my shoes. So I opted for a 5 minute walking warm up and then weights. Then I did the dreaded elliptical and felt stupid. I just don't like all that bouncing motion I get. (and I don't mean from my -A boobs...just...everything else. My cheeks. My pony tail. My knees. But my boobs? nah.)

After this embarrassing spectacle I made of myself I did some sit ups and went home. There is a good chance no one even noticed I was in the gym. It was just one of those times I felt silly. Ever have those?

I returned to my go-to lunch time location yesterday and felt much more at home. Plus, only about 3 people are there when I am. So If I trip up on the treadmill or fall off the exercise ball, there are less witnesses :)
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Saturday = Girls Day.

It was the first Girl's Day that didn't involve Willow since...she was born, I think. Jessi H is getting married this Friday so we went to Colonial Beach for the night. We went to a 25,000 square foot antique mall and did about 3 miles of walking Saturday. We also went to a winery (a first for both of us! It's important to know how to make a proper sangria), and went to a kind of Tiki Bar to see a band.

So, this is kind of embarrassing, but I always thought sangria was just any kind of wine mixed with fruit and ginger-ale. Nope. Turns out the proper wine to use is Port. I'm not a big fan of the stuff, its a little strong tasting for me, but turns out it is perfect for sangria. Oak Crest Winery in King George, VA has a free wine tasting which was nice. It seems like a small winery but most of their wines were really good. There was one called Hot Jazz that had jalapeño juices in it. It would be awesome for cooking, not so much for drinking.

The hotel we stayed at has just been remodeled at the start of the summer, and it was right at the beach. It was a clean hotel but nothing fancy, but when you are coming from Bumpass that is not something required! The staff was nice though, and the rates were very reasonable. We stayed at Rivers Edge Inn.

I didn't know this, but Jessi H pointed out that the "sand" (aka pebbles) is where VA stops and Maryland ends. We ate nachos at a casino that was right over the water so technically we ate them in Maryland. That, for some reason was quite entertaining to us.

We had a great time, and it was nice to get out and go somewhere new.

Friday, September 13, 2013

When You Get In A Slump

What keeps you motivated when you get in a fitness slump?

I've been going to the gym at least a few times a week, plus weekends for about a month and a half now. I don't know if I just don't notice or what, but I feel like I look no different. Not that I was expecting to become a 6-packed, guns for arms, running machine or anything. I was just expecting a little more...firmness? Which, by the way, is hard to find in some areas after having kids. I don't care who you are.

Sometimes not seeing the results you want can leave you unmotivated. We have to remember that everything takes time, and its more about how you feel than how you look. (Right now I feel b-l-o-a-t-e-d)

Also, its good to switch it up a bit, or kick it up a notch. Try doing 20 reps instead of 15. Try adding 5 lb. to the weights. Go an extra quarter, half, or even whole mile. Try a group class. Any (or all) of those can be helpful.

I haven't ran outside in a while, so that will be one of my goals for next week. Maybe switching it up and getting some fresh air will help.

Still not seeing the results you want? Keep these in mind:

- Give your body a break. Those rest days allow those muscles to heal and strengthen.
- Drink enough water, if not your body will retain it.
- Sleep! Sleeping 8 hours (or trying) is essential for your body, mental focus, and well...everything
- Eat! Eat for fuel. I'm not saying skip the ice cream because that would be hypocritical of me. Ice cream can be fuel....right? Just be sure that the bulk of your food is veggies, fruits, grains and lean meats.
- Try cardio and weights. Doing cardio for at least 10 minutes before weights helps to speed up your metabolism and it warms those muscles up!
- Last on my list- Stretch! Before. After. Both.

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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

So...I Took a Little Break...

Okay, lets go back about what? 2 months? Whoops!

I draw a sweet dirt family for Josh, and he draws a dinosaur. Romance isn't dead here! lol 

I'm just going to do a quick update and then get to it!

New happenings:
-Willow is 2...its terrific and terrifying at times
- I joined a gym. You can call me a gym rat, because I love it!
- I started back with school.
- We took Willow fishing for the first time and she was so good she took a nap on the boat.

Wow, nothing big ever really happens in my life. I don't know if that's a good or a bad thing.

Anyway. With everything going on in summer, I haven't been running like I was. I would rather come home after work and play with my daughter. I did join a gym and one of its locations isn't far from my job so I will go on my lunch breaks at least 2-3 times a week plus on the weekends too. I have an hour lunch, so I will fit in about 10 to 15 minutes of running on the treadmill, then weights. I also will do the elliptical but I hate it. That thing is just awkward.

Another reason I've been going to the gym more than running outside is because it has childcare. So on the weekends when I go I can take Willow. She gets to socialize and play with other kids while I do my thing. If we don't have errands to run then we will go to the pool after, which she loves too. I see it as a win/win.

I went to a new location Sunday, and it was the biggest gym I've been to yet. The Y in Ashland was 2 stories. It even had an indoor track. I was compelled to use the indoor track but then I saw the treadmills. They have touch screens! They have different "paths" you can take while running! Its like traveling virtually to Italy, Germany or other places. So, I had to try it. I ran 1.5 miles and loved it. After that I used the usual machines. Chest Press, Leg Press, and some that I can't remember the names. Let me just say, its Wednesday and I'm still sore. I'm going to my usual location at lunch today.

Another reason I've been shortening my runs is because I want to focus on other fitness goals. I would like to see an improvement in over all strength. I will always continue running as long as I continue fitness but since I have not signed up for any races I am not training for anything. I do enjoy seeing the difference in my strength in my arms, shoulders, back and legs. Abs are another thing. After have a baby those things might take years to build up!

Okay, so catch up is done. not much is new. But I will continue to write, just in case some one might be interested (but lets not get my hopes up here, okay?)

Friday, July 19, 2013


2 years ago today I was (impatiently) waiting the eviction notice I had given my unborn daughter to take effect.

She was 2 days past her due date, it's the middle of summer and I'm sweating places I didn't know where possible.

You wouldn't think 2 days is a big deal. But when you've gained 50+ pounds and your stomach is touching the tops of your thighs almost (to what felt like) your knees when you sat down, its a long wait.

2 days later, she was born (rather dramatically), via induction and emergency C-section. She had to be resuscitated, but she finally took in her first breath and she was here. 8 pounds, 9 ounces at 7:47 pm. The first thing I remember was hearing her sneeze. I didn't get to see her right away because of the resuscitation and my passing in and out, but when I did I feel in love instantly. Josh got to hold her first (you can't hold them while you are being sewn up) but I got to give her a kiss first, so it evened out.

Every day in the hospital I was elated and sad. Elated to have her here, my baby. For some reason this idea kept popping in my head "She will never be this small again, tomorrow she will be a little bigger." That was what made me sad. (blame the hormones)

I eventually forgot about that part because everyday was a new adventure and she slowly started getting her own little personality. I was also very sleep deprived some sleeping sitting straight up on our sofa for about 3 weeks.

Every minute with her, every day, has been a wonderful experience. Its hard, but worth it. I like to think that I'm a better person because of her. She made me hate less and love more. She is teaching me patience (that is an ongoing process).

These past 2 years have been amazing, and I'm so thankful to have our Willow in our lives. She is a sweet, wonderful girl. I also now realize that even though she is getting bigger every day, she will always be my baby, even at 6 feet tall.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Afternoon walks, Oatmeal Recipe and My Favorite Cleaner?

I went for a walk on my lunch break yesterday afternoon:

I am going to go on another one today, a longer one. The shoes I had on yesterday rubbed the bottoms of my feet a little raw, so I only walked for about 20 minutes.

I have a recipe that I came up with this week for oatmeal, I was at a loss for what to add to it to change it up, and I came up with this:

R.M.'s Strawberries and Cream Oatmeal

1/2 cup old fashioned oats
3-4 strawberries, cut up
2 teaspoons chia seeds
1 capful of vanilla extract
1/2 cup of 1% milk
1/2 cup of water

Mix all the ingredients together and microwave for 2 minutes and 30 seconds. Its really good if you add some honey. Its okay if you add splenda, either way its best if you add some sort of sweetener.

Last night's work out consisted of scrubbing the bathtub crayon off my shower, scrubbing the walls in my bathroom and cleaning toilets. Hot, I know. Also did some core work and push ups. I could only do about 20 when I started, and its getting easier to get to 30!
More cleaning tonight, I think I'll tackle dusting and dishes. Woo. I ran out of my favorite cleaner last night. Pledge Mutli-Surfaces is my best friend right now. You can use it on glass, wood, electronics, anything. Plus it smells awesome. I need a lifetime supply of that stuff!

I better go!

 Happy Hersday!!

"Daddy Picked Me a Flower!"

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

3 More Days

What day is it?
Come on, you know.


The commercial with the camel reminds me every time.

So including today, there are 3 days until Willow's birthday party.


I kind of feel prepared, and then I kind of don't. Like, I have all the paper plates, napkins, utencils, cups. All the stuff you use to eat food, but not the food. Thank goodness for my mom who ordered the cake. Now I just have to get all the side dishes and Josh is handling the grill. Also, I need to get one of those big tubs of ice cream but I'm not sure where I'm going to put it since I can't even fit a hot pocket in our freezer at the moment. Hmmm

So with everything going on, on top of daily life, its been busy. Mostly busy by me stressing out and not getting much done. The thing about that is: 1. I can't really get down and clean the house until the night before/ morning of because little people (and big people) that don't put things back and track things in. So other than catching up on laundry/dishes and other things, I'm not doing the major yet. 2. Living from paycheck to paycheck (like most Americans) I am waiting until payday to get the rest of what I need.

Josh is cleaning up the outside, but I will probably end up helping- a little- with that.

Anyway, I've been squeezing in sit ups, planks, push ups and the like. At least 20 minutes a day. squats and lunges too.

I cannot wait to run again. How do you run in this heat? I know they say dress like its 20 degrees warmer, but when its in the mid 90's outside, what am I supposed to do? I'm pretty sure no one wants to see me run naked. There's a lot of jiggling action there. Do you run in the morning? at night? On a treadmill in the glorious AC? I cannot wait to join the gym Friday. You better believe I'm going there Sunday!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Heat Wave, Banana Icecream, and a New Room

That's not even the high...that's just right now! its supposed to feel like 102 today!
Monday, again, already?

I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend. Mine was busy! We went to the Hanover Tomato Festival on Saturday and I counted carrying Willow (26 lbs) around for a few hours while walking as my exercise for the day. After that we met Josh and went to a surprise party for Josh's friend (tons of cute little kids, Willow made some new friends!) and then headed home.

she was so excited!

love that smile!

Sweet Frog....

Yesterday Mom came over and we put up the chalk board and a mirror we painted in Willow's room. While willow napped we ate some caramel popcorn and watched some trash tv :)

Later my brother and his fiancé came by and we set up her toddler bed that they gave us. Willow wanted to do her version of took a little longer than expected. I also managed to force my brother into helping me take down the crib with a knife screwdriver. Thanks Joefish and Kat :)

her play area, still needs a few finishing touches

I got the rug off for about $32! I want to paint the bed white eventually
I'm pretty sure she was satisfied with the change:

*tear* big girl

I tried that "frozen banana into ice cream" trick last night. I blended the frozen banana and then added peanut butter and chocolate syrup. It turned out pretty good.

kind of a soft serve texture
Anyway, I've been slacking on running because of my schedule and the heat. I know, no excuses. So I'm joining the YMCA on Friday. I'm also getting Willow a membership so we can play in the pool after I work out!

Friday, July 12, 2013

Breath Your ABC's

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This would have been helpful to know yesterday on my run. My exact thoughts while running where "I could go a lot faster if I could breath!"

It might help if I ran a few more days per week too....just sayin'.

After my 5k run I picked up Willow and we got our  free 7/11 slurpees. It was our lucky day because they ran out of the sample size cups so we got free 16 oz ones. I asked the lady who was filling them to only fill it about a third of the way, and mine a little over half. By the time we got to the car Willow's was already gone. Her eye filled up with tears and looked into her empty cup and I couldn't say no to that face. So she had both slurpees.

I had bought a brownie while we were in there so no huge loss for me.

She was sticky and stinky from her activities of the day, she went to a agricultural fair with her sitter and her family and made a mess with her treats in the back of my car, so she got a bath as soon as we made it home. She must have been waiting for Josh to come home before she went to bed because she instantly got sleepy as soon as she was in his arms. I guess she wanted to make sure she saw him.

I'm glad I went running yesterday because it was POURING out this morning and it doesn't look like the clouds will clear up anytime soon. Maybe some yoga tonight? I should have done that this morning but when it rains I can't find any energy except for the energy to stuff my face with food.

Also, why does have to show such cool things on sale when I'm broke? I just paid my personal property taxes and I was browsing on their site and saw these two things:

1. Growth Chart - To show off how tall my baby toddler is

2. Preschool Prep Set - Lets jump start that learning power!

So, if you were wondering what to get her....hint hint ;)

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Willow is turning 2!

I forgot to mention this.

Its big.

I mean, why did I not tell you earlier?

Willow will be 2 next Sunday!!!! I can't believe it! Its coming up so quick! Don't be surprised if you catch me drinking wine and a little teary eyed once she's in bed that night. I tried to convince Mom to bring me a "coping present" aka bottle of sangria. She didn't seem amused.

Anyway, with just over a week before her party, I am basically writing lists of lists I need to make. Because that's what I do. I'll forget the lists at home and probably end up going to the store about 5 times.

We are going to do simple....(simpler than other parties I've seen/pinterested/heard of)...kiddie pool, slip'n'slide, sprinkler. Plus tie dying which should be interesting. I figured if they make a mess then they can just jump in the pool. Plus, Willow's favorite things right now involve water. It doesn't matter how cold that well water is, if its in the kiddie pool, she's not getting out.

So far I've gotten some stuff for her room, I want to get her a few other little things as well. I'm waiting to coordinate with Josh on that. I also need to figure out the cake, food, and drinks.

And, clean the entire house, duh. (anyone want to come help me?)

I can't believe she's 2 already. She is so big, so smart, and funny. Its a bittersweet moment, a child's birthday. On one hand you get to seem them grow up and thrive (and thank god that you all made it another year) and on the other hand you long for the days of that cuddly 10 month old with those chubby little cheeks. But like I've heard many times, growing up is better than the alternative.

That is all. Just wanted to share some thoughts on my big girl's day coming up :)

I need this.

It's Hersday Thursday/Little Friday


What are you going to do this evening? run? have a glass of wine? watch a movie? read a book?

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I need this.
I'm going to take my lunch break late and go for a run, then go pick up Willow. Then possibly Wine. and definitely finishing reading the book I've had my face stuck in lately. Its called Stay and It is my new favorite. You need to go read it!

I hope to get 4 miles in this afternoon since I think I will have the time. It looks nasty outside but at least its not nasty-cold so I won't let it deter me! What is your least favorite weather to run in?

New running clothes need to come into my life. One day, I'll be able to afford some new ones. I have been putting all my money into bills/willowsbirthday/drs/groceries lately and my well runs dry after all of that.

Anyway, I'm sitting here eating left over dollar tree pretzels. They are pretty gross but I'm hungry. Maybe I should go to the vending machine in the basement....

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Weekend Wrap Up and Excuses, Excuses

Happy Tuesday!

I didn't do much running over the weekend (like...none) so I didn't post yesterday. Last night I did some core work and even got Willow in on it and she did some lunges and jumping jacks with me.

I woke up around 4:40 this morning and got on the treadmill. Since my treadmill is out side in the garage that has no AC, I was sweating at about .10 miles. Have you ever skipped a few too many days and tried to jump right back into it? I hadn't ran since July about 2 miles I started having pains in both sides and my chest, so I finished by walking until 5:30 came along. So basically I feel like I let myself down a little bit by not running at all over the weekend, and I don't want to talk about it anymore.

We had a good weekend, Willow and I went to the river Saturday and we got to see my brother, his fiancé, my dad, and my uncle and his gf, and my cousin. Willow is a future river rat and she didn't want to get out at all. I completely forgot about swim suits (my morning before hand was pretty hectic) so we ran up to walmart and bought two cheap ones. Is it weird that its now my favorite swim suit?
chowin' down on a rib
Me and my future SIL

Willow making sure her Grandpa doesn't get sunburn
My Life

Sunday, Jessie S came over and we played in the little blow up pool in the back yard. And drank some wine. What could be better?


the water was FREEZING, but she did not care!

Willow and Jessie S

Anyway, I think part of the reason I haven't been posting, or running as much is because there has been so much going on. Some things I'm not ready to post about, they are just things that are nagging at me. Other reasons aren't bad, like Willow's second birthday coming up, that have been keeping me busy. Plus, chasing after a soon-to-be-2-year-old is pretty time consuming. Especially when it seems like I'm the one doing it 90% of the time. She is a spunky one, and I love her for it! ;)

Friday, July 5, 2013

July 4th Recap

Happy Belated July 4th to you all! I hope everyone had a safe and wonderful Independence Day!

We all got up a little too early for a day off, around 5:30 am. I ran 4 miles on the treadmills and it was fantastic. You know what I mean, when you start off thinking "I'll go 2.5 miles and be done." And so you get to that point and think "Maybe I should just go ahead to 3" and by the time I got to 3.5 miles I was feeling awesome and just kept at it. I give partial credit to those Jelly Belly sport beans I ate before hand.

My biggest issue (I've said it before) with running in the morning is that I eat about twice as much as I usually do...well maybe not twice but more. I'm not even going to confess to what all I ate yesterday.

Willow, Jessie H and I made a trip to Lowes and Walmart yesterday and got supplies to make a chalkboard for Willows room. Partical board, 1 can of pink spray paint, 1 can of chalkboard spray paint and two I hooks to hang it with = just over 15 dollars. The cheaper of the easel already made chalkboards run about $40. I will finish it this weekend and I'm super excited.

We went to Josh's friends house about an hour and fifteen minutes away and watched fireworks. They live in a cute neighborhood that has a lake in the middle. Everyone there is really laid back and friendly, and Willow made a new friend, Mason. He is adorable!

She is finally old enough to appreciate the fireworks, ha.

We didn't get home until 11:30, I woke up at 5 this morning and did yoga. And now I'm at work, along with 4 other people. Everyone else took off so I'm going to take advantage and use to day to organize, file, and clean. Wish me luck! have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


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Good Morning!

I decided to start the morning off differently today. I woke up a little earlier (right before 5 am) and did a 10 minute yoga video:

After I finished with that I still felt like I could do a little more so I did this one as well:

All in all it was a good routine to do (for me anyway) first thing in the morning. The first video woke me up and the second one really worked my core, which needs it. My back isn't as strong as I would like.

I'm going for a run after work today with Mandy and her friend, and I'm looking forward to it!

On another note, have any of you tried quaker's "Perfect Portions" Oatmeal? I happened to find it at Target last week for about 2 dollars on sale so I went for it. It has about 8 servings and you measure it out yourself. You can use milk or water, and I tend to use half milk and half water so I can still get the creaminess without all the calories. Its really good. Its not sweetened so you add that too, I add two packets of splenda to mine. I've been on an oatmeal kick lately and this is perfect for it! I eat a banana with it as well.

Anyway, I better go get started on the work day! Enjoy your day!