What I’ve Been Up To Lately

I’m still not ready to post regularly again, but I thought it would be fun to check in really quickly. I swear I have actually done some stuff other than embarrassing myself on a daily basis. I guess I just want to prove that, y’all. Indulge me?

Family

fishing

My toddler is now a full-on kid, and I don’t know how or when it happened. He recently told me what an Octagon was and then proceeded to explain to me that if I added red and yellow, I would get orange. He knows so much new stuff everyday that I seriously can’t keep up. The only thing I can’t get him to remember is that some special occasions are once a year. Last weekend he said, “It’s never my birthday, Mama.” Tough life isn’t it, kid?

Fitness

running weather

It’s no secret that I’ve been in a terrible workout slump for the past few months. That being said, I’m actually optimistic that things are really going to improve this time. I’ve started running outside again, thanks to the later sunsets. <-Who else is excited about it? I also went up in my squat weight, which is insane since I haven’t been doing them at all lately. Rest clearly does you good, y’all.

Food

small cakes augusta

Um, I’ve been hitting the sugar hard to say the least. Instead of letting it get me down, I’m just going to remember that it always comes in waves for me. Pretty soon I’ll be bored and be begging for a change. Or, you know, a veggie. But, right now, I have Smallcakes on speed dial. I’d say it was an issue, but it’s been pretty freaking delicious. Get the salted caramel ones and thank me later.

Health

pendulum appliance

I know. I need to cut back on the sweets. Other than that, I’m feeling great. In related news, I’m working on my dental health. I can’t believe I didn’t mention this last month at all, but I got a pendulum appliance (that hideous thing up there) put in the roof of my mouth. I sound ridiculous when I talk, but it won’t be long until I switch it out for Invisalign. Which, as I’ve heard, will continue to make me sound ridiculous. All in the name of healthy, pearly whites, am I right?

Travel

sfia

I feel like I never properly recapped Vegas and then I was immediately flying to DC. Instead of trying to recap them both now, I thought I’d just touch on how much I appreciate the experiences I’ve had lately. Heading to DC was especially amazing, because we were able to lobby for things I’m passionate about: health, fitness, and children. It’s official, I Love. My. Job.

So, that’s pretty much it. Thrilling, right? Pick and topic and update me on your life now!

My Favorite Bodyweight Workouts

Happy Monday! I’ve got a busy week ahead of me, so I don’t know if I’ll check in here all that much. What I do know is that I miss blogging something fierce. I don’t know how I’ll fit it back into the schedule, but I’ll find a way eventually. Until then, I wanted to do some fun round ups in case any of you are new around here. Today’s post? Bodyweight circuits. I like lifting heavy when I can, but for the most part I don’t have a lot of time to put into my workouts. It’s a sad reality, y’all. Bodyweight moves are perfect, because you can basically bust ‘em out anywhere. I mean, I don’t usually do jumping jacks in the freezer section of Kroger, but I totally could. Actually, I dare one of y’all to do that soon. ;) Anyway. Back to the workouts. Geez, you guys are always getting me off track. Click each image to be taken to the complete post!

The Chair Workout

chair workout

Hotel Room Workout

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Stability Ball Circuit

stability ball workout

Birthday Workout

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The Playground Workout

playground workout

Thirty-Minute Tabata

thirty minute tabata-style slim down

Let me know if you try any of them out! Comment and share a link to any of your favorites, too. I’m always on the hunt for new workout ideas, and I’m sure everyone else would love to see ‘em as well. Have a great night!

Weekend Recap: New Things

Another Monday is in the books, y’all. This one was a little hectic, because I’ll be traveling the rest of the week and I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget to do anything before I left. Before I get to my upcoming travel plans, I’ll get to recapping our weekend. Let’s do this sentence-per-picture style, in my typical lazy Monday fashion.

This song came on Friday night, so it was pretty much destined to be the perfect weekend.

awesomeness

I’ve never been at a winter race with a pre-run fire before, but I think they should be mandatory.

winter trail race

We went to a birthday party this weekend, but just go ahead and try to convince my son it wasn’t held especially for him.

birthday party

He also thought this trail race was a special parade for, you guessed it, just him.

cheering

Let’s take bets on how long it will be until he breaks one of my electronic devices.

future photographer

I taught him how to make cupcakes, which further cemented my status as the-best-mom-ever in his mind.

cupcakes

That process then led to the best-lunch-ever in my mind.

best lunch ever

We like to point out all of the colors in the sky, but it was more fun than usual this morning. 

sunrise

This weekend was my first trail race, my son’s first time being invited to a school friend’s birthday party, and our first time baking cupcakes together. All pretty good firsts, in my opinion. The birthday party tops the list, though, because… well, it’s just adorable.

Now I better log off and get to packing. Tomorrow I’ll be off to Las Vegas for work, which doesn’t sound like such a bad gig. I’ve never been, so hopefully I squeeze some cheesy sight-seeing in before I fly back. What do I need to make sure I see or do while I’m there? Help me out!

You Guys, I’m Totally a Trail Runner Now

Over the weekend, I went on what was probably only the second actual trail run of my life. I am so glad I got out there. You’ll rarely find me writing super cheesy stuff on here, but it was pretty sweet to get out in nature and run around like Bambi. If I have to choose between running in my neighborhood or driving a few miles to hit up a trail in the future, well, you can guess where I’ll end up.

trail run

As much as I wish I could say I had the nerve to attempt this all by myself, I definitely didn’t. Safety in numbers, y’all. Also, you can’t really back out on runs that you decide to do as a group. Always a plus. Am I not radiating happiness in this picture or what? Fine, that’s the sun.

trail running

I became so one with nature during our five-mile loop that I decided to climb a tree for some pull up action. I broke the branch and almost died. I still like the great outdoors, though, I swear.

fail

All of this trail talk is leading up to the fact that I’ll be running my first ever ultra this weekend. Well, ultra relay. I’m still going to claim I finished a 40 mile race. Just let me have that glory. We’re actually splitting the distance up between five of us, so it won’t be bad at all. My leg is dead last and is about 7 miles. I got the easy one, but that also means I’m under pressure to not finish dead last and hours behind every other team. And, even if I do, there’s soup at the finish line so it’s all good.

trail

Now for a few selfish questions: What do I need to do to prepare? What do I do if I get lost in the woods? Am I going to die? Is this a terrible idea? I might be a little nervous.

Weekend Recap: My Favorite Exercise is Lunch

Monday kind of got away from me, y’all. It’s not Tuesday night and I’m just getting around to posting about the weekend. We’ve had a solid chunk of relaxing, lazy weekends and I’m happy to report that I’m not tired of them yet. In honor of my lazy weekend, I’m going to do some lazy blog posting. But, hey, what’s new? Sentence per picture style works for me.

My toddler is going through a serious pancake phase and no one else is complaining.

stonewal kitchen pancakes

I tried a PiYo workout this weekend, but then I couldn’t use my legs again for a few hours.

piyo

It took all of my strength to not type out a mustache joke right now.

mustache mug

We went to see a movie on Saturday, and my son was clearly not impressed.

movies

I could eat this salad every day for the rest of my life, as long as has two bleu cheese dressings every time.

augusta ga carolina ale house

I want to find whoever wrote these two sentences and become that person’s new best friend.

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Speaking of lunch, Whole Foods sautéed veggie bowls are legit.

whole foods veggie bowls

I let him color on my white bedspread, because I’m reckless. 

coloring

Sunday night Buzz Light Year gave me a black eye, and this is how it looks today.

black eye

I really have no words for that last picture. It cracks me up because it looks like I applied cheap eyeshadow while drinking too much wine. Which, come to think of it, I don’t think I drank any of that this weekend. I’ll need to put that on the to-do list for Friday. Also on my to-do list? Another workout via DVD. I would never have thought that I would like following along to a video, but it’s a lot more fun now that I’ve realized I can rope the boys into doing it with me. Watching a toddler try to do down dog just makes the whole experience a lot more awesome. I’d probably rank that in the top five weekend moments.

Now I better go scrounge up something for dinner. I’ll see you guys tomorrow. Until then, I hope y’all enjoy your evening!

Question: What was your best moment over the weekend?