Monday, July 1, 2013

Fitness Contest - VOTE FOR US!

We entered this family fitness contest earlier this summer, and public voting just opened up. PLEASE support our family and vote for us!! Every day if you can remember :) :) I promise to vote for you next time you enter a contest ;)



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Saturday, June 29, 2013

What I've been up to. . .

It's been a really long time since I last posted, so I wanted to give y'all an update.  I have realized that I don't have the time right now that I envision one day devoting to this blog!  My main focus is keeping up with our family blog, which is really important to me, and I try hard to do that a few times a week.  I am, however, happy that I have at least created this blog, as it has allowed me to picture what I want to do with the fitness aspect of my life some day.  When I have the time and energy to do so, I would love to start teaching stroller fitness again, and one day I hope to have my own business.  After years of coaching, and then finally training other women and teaching stroller fitness, I realized how passionate I truly am about fitness, exercise, and helping other women achieve their goals.  I currently don't have the extra time to devote to this, but I would love to hope that one day I will. Many of the women I trained and taught, still keep in touch with me, and are always asking me when I am going to teach again.  I'm still bummed that the stroller fitness program shut down, because it was the perfect part-time job for me.  These women that still keep in touch have motivated me to keep doing what I love to do, though on a personal basis.  I love sharing fitness tips with them, and it's been great to keep in contact through social media.
I wasn't able to run the half marathon due to exclusively breastfeeding Cora, and not being able to be away from her.  It was just too soon, and I'm perfectly okay with that.  There will always be another race to sign up for!  I've currently been running at least 4 days a week with the double stroller, and doing my own stroller fitness at home and at the gym with my bands.  I also go to Zumba once a week.  Thanks to all the women who send me messages on Facebook and through email to share ideas and motivate one another.  It's awesome and inspiring!  I hope everyone is having a fun, healthy summer!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

What I'm Listening to

If you know me, then you know how particular I am about my music.  Having worked in the music industry and also having a huge passion for music, it's quite important to me!  Especially the music that I listen to when I workout, in particular, while running.

If you're looking for a great mix ( I can't run to non-mixed music ) that has a perfect tempo for running and you like hip-hop, then download this:

Training Troubles

As I've mentioned before, I knew how much harder "seriously" training for a half marathon would be in the winter, with a toddler and a baby.  However, I'm determined to get it right!  I'm curious if there are any other nursing moms out there who can compare running long distance while they are breastfeeding with running long distance while you are not breastfeeding?  On my longer runs, I find that my recovery time is so much longer and I am just completely drained for the day, and I haven't even gone on any super long runs yet.  I'm consuming extra calories, eating energetic, healthy snacks, and also drinking tons of water.  Are you normally more drained and exhausted running while breastfeeding because you are burning so many extra calories?  When you stop breastfeeding do you get your energy back?  It's really frustrating! And I'm even getting an adequate amount of sleep since everyone is sleeping through the night for the most part.  

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Vitamin Boost!

We can't seem to get away from the common cold in our household ( thank goodness that is the worst any of us have had this season ) so, we are trying to eat as healthy as possible.  I figured we could all use an extra boost of Vitamin C today.  If you are looking for a healthy, delicious, smoothie recipe, check this out:

We bought all of our ingredients (organic) at Trader Joes.  SO yummy, even my two year old thought it was good!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Week 2. . .

I had a great training run this weekend with Sonoma, outside in the snow.  Yesterday, I had another great run, but this time it was with Cora and indoors at the gym.  24 laps around and around with a double stroller is not the most fun workout in the world, but it worked and I felt awesome after.  I was supposed to do a 2 mile run today, but one thing led to another and what do you know. . .  it's 9:00 pm and I am just now sitting down for the evening.  It's amazing how the days can seem so long, but are packed full of little surprises from the girls!  Fingers crossed I can get my training run in tomorrow.  Week 2!  Let's go!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Let the Training Begin!

Since my 30 Day Challenge is almost complete, (yeah!) I decided to start my official half marathon training program today. I planned on starting the 12 week training next week, but I felt ready this morning. Also, with so many illnesses going around, I figured I better allow myself an extra week, just in case. I love Hal Higdon's marathon training plans, so I decided to follow the Novice 1 plan this time around. My body has definitely changed a lot after having two babies. I am a very competitive person, and have extremely high goals for myself when it comes to working out and staying in shape. However, I have slowly been learning that I have to give myself a break and lower my expectations just a bit. The first time I trained for a half marathon, I only had one baby, and she was 15 months when I began training. It was also the summer and fall when I was doing my runs, 95% of them which were outdoors. Flash forward to today, I have a toddler and a newborn, plus we are in the middle of the dead of winter here in Chicago. As I've said before, planning your workouts around an exclusively breast-fed baby, and only being able to run right after a feeding,  plus keeping in mind the schedule of my other daughter, is quite exhausting. I'm not using these things as excuses, but it's reality.  I get so frustrated, but then I take a deep breath and remember that things are a lot different this time around. (and i wouldn't change it for the world!)  

Honestly, it was so cold and yucky out today after our big snow, that I really just wanted to lay at home in PJs all day. Instead, I got all three of us ready and we hit the gym. We have been home bound the past two weeks, all battling colds, but today we finally were all 100%! I dropped Sonoma off at the daycare and Cora and I ran and did a little strength with the double jogging stroller.  Let the fun begin!

My little nugget all ready for a workout with her Momma

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