Good morning! We are absolutely struggling around here. Maddux is not his usual self, and I think his recent shots are to blame. The doctor did warn me that he could run a fever almost a week after the shots, but he didn’t warn me that I might have a totally different child. I am getting some extra snuggles in, so that’s a positive. I just hate seeing him feel so off. I hope I find my baby sometime today! 😉
Yesterday morning I woke up and had tea instead of coffee. This is huge for me. I’m not quitting coffee or anything, but I would like to have options. I don’t want to feel like I would shank someone just because I happened to run out of the good stuff, ya know?
After we ate breakfast, we went on a short walk. He was already pretty grumpy at this point, so I was trying everything. When we walked outside, I found fireworks littered all over my front lawn. Um. No. That doesn’t fly with me. I don’t know why people use holidays as an excuse to ignore simple laws like don’t freaking litter.
If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter, you might have already seen me ranting about the firework situation. First, our neighbors on the right were shooting fireworks around 9 pm Sunday night. That’s a normal time, so I wasn’t too upset when it woke Maddux up. That’s a lie, I was still mad. I mean, the woman is pregnant. She knows we have a baby. She’s aiming fireworks towards our house. I really wanted to tell her that the favor will gladly be returned next July. 😉
Anyway, they went inside soon after. No harm, no foul. Maddux went back to bed. All was right in our little world. A few hours later, the booms and pops started back up again. I was about to run out into the street guns blazin’ when I realized it was coming from the other side. I think our neighbors on the left were out of town, because their teenage son was gallivanting around in the street with about five of his friends blasting firework after firework. Until past 11:30. I’m surprised I didn’t go mama bear on them…
This morning, though, I politely returned all the of fireworks to their respective mailboxes. Your welcome, neighborhood. The mama vigilante strikes again. I’m pretty much the mom version of Batman. Fighting crime, one annoying teenager at a time.
Although Maddux should have been proud of his neighborhood-watchwoman mother, he was unimpressed. He spent the rest of the day screaming profanities at me. I’m not proficient in baby talk, but I’m pretty sure that’s what was happening. I plopped him in the car after lunch and headed to Starbucks for more tea. The Peach Green Tea Lemonade thingy tasted minty to me. Is there something wrong with me?
He ended up falling asleep in the car, so I drove down the street and parked by my parents’ house. I made the stupid move of trying to transport him into their house. I thought I could sneak him into the crib, but I was an idiot for trying. He woke up with a vengeance. Luckily my dad was there. He can cheer Maddux up when no one else can even get him to stop screaming.
I took him home a little while later, where he commenced his shout-fest once again. Poor Ryne. I totally left him in the trenches when I headed to CrossFit, but I needed to go. Sanity comes with a good sweat, I’m tellin’ ya.
Our WOD looked like this (slightly modified from the original):
20 Kettlebell Swings
20 Burpees with Box Jumps
1,000 Meter Run
10 Kettlebell Swings
10 Burpees with Box Jumps
500 Meter Run
I finished in 16 minutes and some change. That’s with running extra because I clearly suck at finding the markings on the road. Lesson learned: pay attention to directions. I did the 1,000 meter run twice instead of running 500 meters the second time. Whoops.
I’ve been enjoying CrossFit, but I only have two classes left in my “trial”. I doubt I’ll have the money to keep going. It’s just an expense I have a really hard time justifying right now. Oh well. I have plenty of other classes to enjoy! That being said, I don’t know if I can even afford to keep going to that gym. I might have to make some adjustments in our spending so I can still go. Sometimes a fun workout is worth the sacrifice, am I right? I really had fun reading your responses to my question about your favorite ways to move, so I thought it was time for me to share mine. Without further ado, here are my favorite group fitness classes:
Top Three Group Fitness Classes
1.) Barre: The small, isolated movements in this class really challenge me in a way that I’m not used to. It’s fun, up-beat, and easy enough for beginners. Modifications are suggested often, such as ways to protect your lower back. The only problem for me is my lack of grace. I’m pretty much the opposite of a ballerina, but I think that’s why this class is good for me. I have to step out of my comfort zone!
2.) CrossFit: I really like the functional aspect of CrossFit. You’re doing things that your body will actually find useful, so you aren’t “wasting” time in there. I have a love/hate relationship with the timer, though. I like that it forces me to keep on truckin’, but I can see how it could lead to injuries if you watched the clock more than you listened to your body. You have to be smart about it. CrossFit-style workouts are the types of things I do at home (ex: weights with sprints), so it’s not surprising that I love going to class.
3.) BodyPump: I don’t have access to BodyPump classes right now, and I really miss them. I used to go a few times a week before we moved. I loved the music, the instructors, and the movements. I thought it was awesome that I could work my entire body in an hour and leave with a smile on my face. The classes are easy to adjust to any fitness level, because you can use as little or as much weight as you want. Since the class is fast-paced, I felt like I got a decent hit of cardio as well. Now I just have to do BodyPump at home.
1.) Piloxing: I’ve only been to two Piloxing classes, but I loved it both times! The main problem is that this class isn’t offered enough. If I could go more, I definitely would. I mean, with a combination of Pilates and Boxing, how could you go wrong? It’s super fast-paced and exciting. I kind of want to get in a bar fight after I leave. Again, the problem for me is that I have no moves. I mean, I break it down with the best of them, it just doesn’t exactly look like what everyone else is doing. I’ve also noticed that certain muscles that never get sore for me, get sore after Piloxing. Love it.
2.) Hot Yoga: I’ve been having a lot of fun with yoga, but it’s still something I struggle with every time. I am not as flexible as I probably should be, and it drives me nuts. I keep thinking “Oh, I can totally do that” and then quickly realize my hamstrings aren’t having it. I think that the more I practice, the more I will enjoy it. I do think the “hot” aspect of it is a draw for me. I like to sweat. I don’t know how good it is for you (Jillian Michaels absolutely bashes it, haha), but I like it! I actually think the class I go to is more “warm” yoga than anything else. I’ve never felt exhausted or nauseous, but I’ve heard that can happen. I think this one just comes down to personal preference more than anything.
Learning to Love:
1.) TRX: TRX looks like a form of torture (your ankles are strapped up about 60% of the time!), but it’s actually pretty fun. It really challenges my upper body and core, but I kind of hate the format of the class. Everything feels so rushed, that it can be hard to transition from one exercise to the next before the buzzer goes off to switch again. Maybe I just haven’t really caught on to how to work with the different tools in there, but I struggle with this one!
2.) Spin: Oh, Spin, how I love to hate you. Again, I think this one is primarily user-error on my part. I just cannot figure out the right resistance levels for myself. I’m either way too low or way too high. I do really like the style of Spin that the gym I go to has. It’s stadium-style, dark, and loud. Perfect for when I’m absolutely dying, because no one can really see me.
Edited to add: I just had my coffee and I realize I completely ended this post oddly. Like, no goodby, no final thought, nothing. My bad. I guess I really do need it. 😉