Category: Workout

Birthday Workout

Hey y’all! Ready for some not-so-exciting news? Tomorrow is my birthday! The older I get, the more I realize that I’m the only one who actually cares about that. In honor of my ever-increasing age, I thought I’d pop in with a mostly fun/ridiculous birthday-themed workout.

If you’re like me, you just want to party and eat cake. What? It’s true. If I work out on or near my actual birthday, you can bet I want to get it over with quickly. Some people run their ages in miles and some people throw parties at their favorite fitness class. I do burpees and call it a day. To each his own, right?

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There you have it. The only workout I’ll be completing from now until Sunday, I’m sure. See y’all later. Hope you have a great weekend!

Question: Do you/would you work out on your birthday? I do if I have some spare time. If not, I don’t even give it a second thought!

Oops, I Did It Again + Paying It Foward

I don’t think I mentioned this but I terminated my contract at my “big name” chain gym. Originally, I signed up for childcare reasons, but I ended up kind of hating it after a while. There were times where it seemed way too chaotic and unsupervised for me to feel safe leaving Maddux in there. When I quit, Ryne and I were both really excited to be saving some money.

But then I just signed up for another gym anyway. Oops. This time, though, I went back to an old favorite. It’s a small, locally-owned studio that offers amazing classes like Barre, Spin, Piloxing, TRX, and Shockwave.

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The only one I hadn’t tried was Shockwave. Until yesterday. I ended up forcing my friend Aubrie to go with me, since I was somewhat petrified of what the circuit-style class would include.

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It ended up being a lot of fun. Sweaty as all get out, but fun none-the-less. By the end of the class, we were pretty gross. Sweat angels for everyone!

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Which is hilarious, because we made plans to go straight to dinner from the gym. A few baby wipes, squirts of liquid soap, and sprays of dry shampoo later, we ended up pulling off a miracle. We might have smelled, but at least we looked decent.

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After we did our makeup and curled our hair in the tiny dressing room (<-quite entertaining), we headed to dinner at French Market Grill. We totally turned our day date into an all day affair.

For dinner, we both got the shrimp and feta salad after we shared an order of fries for an appetizers. Keeping it classy, y’all.

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After dinner we made a few stops around different Augusta bars. I told you we were classin’ up the evening. Anyway, we were basically hoping to see some sort of athlete or celebrity in town for the Masters. We failed miserably.

However, we did meet an incredibly nice and generous man at a random Sunglass Hut tent. We were just chatting about teaching and working out, when he bought us each a pair of sunglasses. Seriously. He said that he was paying it forward because of all the hard work teachers put in for children like his. We told him that he definitely did not have to do anything like that for us, but he insisted. Mind blown.

We’re still kind of in shock over the whole thing. I have these beauties now, but it makes me feel a little bad since I didn’t buy them myself.

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I guess that just means it’s my turn to complete a random act of kindness. I’ve done small gestures before but this makes me want to do something bigger. I know it’s just the thought that counts, but I feel like there’s something I could do beyond the little things. We shall see!

Question: Have you been the recipient/giver of a random act of kindness? Have any ideas on ways to pay it forward?

Hotel Room Workout + Hoop Dee Doo Revue

We arrived in Orlando around lunchtime, so we stopped at Tropical Smoothie Café to do a little toddler tricking. We ordered Maddux an Island Green smoothie with no sugar. He totally thought it was a special treat even though he basically ate a salad for lunch. Score. And, yes, he’s in his pajamas. We ball hard.

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When we got to the hotel, Maddux took a nap and I took a break for a twenty minute workout. After sitting in the car last night and this morning, I wanted to actually move around for a minute or two.

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It was harder than I thought it would be. I think I say that about every single workout, though. Whoops. Guess I don’t know my own (lack of) strength.

After everyone got cleaned up for dinner, we headed to Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort for the Hoop Dee Doo Musical Revue. We chose this restaurant for three reasons: 1.) I love musical theater stuff 2.) Maddux loves crowds and excitement and 3.) Ryne loves all you can eat dinners. How could we not eat there?

We made reservations sometime last week, so we just had to snag our tickets at the Fort Wilderness Resort before heading in. The show and food are both western-themed, with everything taking place in the Pioneer Hall. It was actually really cute.

DSC00078Salads came out right away. The show started pretty soon after that. It was seriously the most adorable little show we could have hoped for.

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The actual “feast” includes fried chicken, pork ribs, salad, baked beans, cornbread, and strawberry shortcake.

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I wasn’t really in to much of that stuff. I mean, except the strawberry shortcake. Gimme all of that.

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Anyway, they were really accommodating and brought me pasta primavera instead. I called ahead just to make sure, but it seemed like it wasn’t a huge deal to make some swaps.

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Tickets also include unlimited beer, wine, and sangria. So, I guess your frontier party could get as wild as you wanted it to? Kidding. But I appreciate the gesture Disney.

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While the food was good, the show was great. Maddux loved the music, dancing, and actors. Especially his mom, ‘cause she killed it. Yeah. I got to go on stage and dance. And then I even got to say a sweet pun about bears. It was legit and Maddux will never remember it. Oh well.

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For $65 a person, I thought this whole thing was extremely reasonable and worthwhile. Kids under three are free, so that helps ease the sting. But really, we would definitely come back to this show in the future. But right now, it’s time to relax in the room and rest up for tomorrow. We’re going to the Magic Kingdom and I cannot freaking wait!

OMG, Ouch {Upper Body Workout}

I was going to finish recapping our recent race-cation, but I don’t really have time to blog tonight. I did want to pop in and tell you how much pain I’m going to be in tomorrow. When your lower body is sore because of an injury, it only makes sense to rip your upper body to shreds. Totally logical. It’s like pinching yourself when you get a shot or something. But instead of a little pinch, I did this:

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I completed the exact same workout as Ryne for once in my life (well, besides the amount of weight…) and I already know that I’m in for a world of hurt the next time I try to blow dry my hair.

Oh, and in case you’re OCD like me, here is a photo that will really grate your nerves:

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I thought I had really nailed down the placement of the papers before I started, but apparently I overestimated my bulletin board abilities. I have shamed all teachers everywhere with this display. Yes, the owl is up for the entire school year. It’s called laziness. On the plus side, my kids cracked me up today. I told them to create crazy dinosaurs, and one of them drew a rockstar. Brilliant. He’s only four! Total savant status, yo.

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Alright, well I better get to bed. Maddux, my lovely and amazing toddler, has recently decided that 5 am is a great time to get up in the morning. I usually wake up between 5:30 and 6. Less than an hour difference, but nonetheless depressing.

Question 1: What workout did you complete tonight? I’ll definitely steal it.

Question 2: Does that board make you want to cry? It’s okay, we can talk about it.

Question 3: What type of dinosaur would YOU be? Make it weird.

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I completed the exact same workout as Ryne for once in my life (well, besides the amount of weight…) and I already know that I’m in for a world of hurt the next time I try to blow dry my hair.

Oh, and in case you’re OCD like me, here is a photo that will really grate your nerves:

bulletin board

I thought I had really nailed down the placement of the papers before I started, but apparently I overestimated my bulletin board abilities. I have shamed all teachers everywhere with this display. Yes, the owl is up for the entire school year. It’s called laziness. On the plus side, my kids cracked me up today. I told them to create crazy dinosaurs, and one of them drew a rockstar. Brilliant. He’s only four! Total savant status, yo.

20140122-205333.jpg

Alright, well I better get to bed. Maddux, my lovely and amazing toddler, has recently decided that 5 am is a great time to get up in the morning. I usually wake up between 5:30 and 6. Less than an hour difference, but nonetheless depressing.

Question 1: What workout did you complete tonight? I’ll definitely steal it.

Question 2: Does that board make you want to cry? It’s okay, we can talk about it.

Question 3: What type of dinosaur would YOU be? Make it weird.