I’m Still Around, Sort Of.

I totally still exist, I swear. Until I figure those whole work-life-blog balance thing out, I thought I’d check in and show you guys what I have been up to lately. I’m definitely still having fun making workouts like this “Quick Core Circuit” post for Bumble Bee. I’ve been working with them for a few months and it’s been a blast.

quick-core-circuit

We’ve also been working on our blogging game at work. Augusta Active has been publishing some fun workouts as well. These are pretty sweet, because other people have to pose for them. It’s way better on the other side of the camera, y’all.

Other than that, though, I haven’t been up to much of anything blog-worthy. I do have big plans to start running regularly again, so I’m sure my blogging will resume when that happens. I keep getting in routines with the miles and then something will change and knock me off course. Struggle bussin’ it all day, every day.

See you all soon!

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.