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Savannah’s Hot, Hot, Hot

Like half the country, Savannah is HOT! Yesterday and the rest of the weekend, temps should be in the high 90’s and maybe hit 102, which I know isn’t as hot as other places, but with the heat index it’s supposed to feel as high as 114. That’s CRAZY! I do NOT like it! And tomorrow is supposed to be almost as hot. πŸ™

But before I get too ahead of myself, I want to rewind back to Wednesday. Wednesday, I was able to meet the newest addition to a very close family of ours. Our friends, Maggie and Ryan, welcomed their 3rd child into the world on June 18th. Since we all wanted to go, we had to find a time that was good for us and our friends. Wednesday was the day. After work, we headed to Beaufort, to meet the beautiful Isla Esme! Isn’t she the cutest?

And on the way to Beaufort, I captured some pictures of Savannah! What a view!

And a few of Beaufort. These pictures make me really miss Beaufort and it’s gorgeous views!

Because of the heat that began yesterday, and I like to get my runs over with, my runs yesterday and today were both at 6:30am. According to the C25K program, yesterday’s run consisted of a 5 minute warm-up and 20 minutes of running. I’m to going to lie, I was nervous. It wasn’t something I thought I could do. And wouldn’t you know, I did it!!!! I was so pleased with myself. I began the run knowing I needed to pace myself otherwise I wouldn’t be able to do it.

My pace was slower than I wanted it to be, but the fact that I actually ran the whole 20 minutes was huge for me. My pace for just the running portion was 11:35. I hope that with more runs that my pace will change and by the time I run the Savannah Bridge Run, I will finish it in 30 minutes.

This morning, I went for my run as soon as TJ came home and you could feel the heat and humidity difference between yesterday morning and today. It wasn’t pleasant. For whatever reason, I struggled with today and didn’t do well at all. I wasn’t tired or hungry. I would like to blame the heat and humidity but I don’t think it was that. And then a little over halfway through the run, I got a huge stitch in my side that really started hurting. I took as my cue that maybe today wasn’t meant to be a running day. I headed home and did some stretching.

For now, I’m about to head out to Forsyth Park, hit up the Farmer’s Market and let the kiddos play outside before the unbearable heat kicks in.

fitness

To Get Rid, Or Not To Get Rid Of…..

……that is the question that I have been thinking about when it comes to our gym membership lately. 

Or gym contract ends in July and we have been seriously considering getting rid of it. We definitely utilize the gym, but we have weights, a stability ball, a total gym, an ab circle and a yoga mat all at our house. I can go running outside or do some of my workout videos for cardio, so I sometimes I feel like we don’t need the gym. We’re trying to find a way to save money and cutting out the gym membership would save us $60 a month! That’s $720 a year that we could use towards paying off our car or my student loans. 
When I think about how much we could save, I’m all for getting rid of it, but when I think about how the gym is “me” time, it seriously makes me reconsider. Yes, I can get workouts done at home and still have “me” time but it’s better “me” time at the gym. 
Ahhh, I’m torn. I really want to save the money and if we cancel the gym, we’ve decided to save for a treadmill so I can that as another alternative for super hot (hello the next few days) and cold or rainy days for my runs.
What would you do? Any advice or tips?
C25K, family, fitness, life, running, walking, weightloss progress

GA Humidity = YUCK!

I do not like Georgia humidity. I never have, and I don’t think I ever will. Stepping outside your door at 7 in the morning into that sticky weather that instantly makes you feel like you need to go back in and take another shower is awful. So far this year, we’ve been lucky with humidity and heat, but I have a feeling Savannah’s luck has run out. The past few days the heat has been increasing, and the humidity is getting worse. We’re finally starting to hit the 90’s, which I know there are plenty of you that are struggling with high temperatures that you’re not used. I feel for you. I think the 90’s are here to stay. πŸ™ The only time I’m not as bothered by temperatures in the 90s are beach days. I can lather on some sun screen and head into the ocean. But if it’s not a beach day, the 90s can leave, along with the humidity. That can leave and never come back.

OK, I am done bitching….for now. I make no promises that you won’t here anymore complaints about GA summers, its heat or its humidity this summer. 
Before I begin about why I am complaining about the humidity, let’s back up to last night. Girl’s night in. A friend of mine came over and hung out after TJ went to work. It’s so nice having a grown up conversation after the kids go to bed. A little glass of wine makes it even better. We gossiped, we laughed, we drank a little wine and stayed up WAY too late. lol
This morning, I woke up and decided to head out for a run before I even ate breakfast in hopes of little to no humidity. I was wrong. I went out for my run, but I wasn’t feeling it. I don’t know if it was staying up too late or the humidity or both, but I was struggling with this run this morning. I couldn’t find a groove. The run intervals today were upped to two 8 minute intervals with a 5 minute walking break in between the two. I really don’t think it was the 8 minute runs that got me, but I guess it could have been. I tried pacing myself a little better knowing it would be longer run intervals, but I was slower than I normally was all around and just couldn’t make myself move faster.
I’m a little nervous about the the next run. It’s one 20 minute session. I have faith in myself that I can most of it, but I am nervous and will be disappointed in myself if I can’t. Send me happy thoughts that I can do it. I’ll probably go for that run Monday. 
After my run, I was starving. I needed some breakfast. And this morning it was a Thomas Everything Bagel Thin and some Strawberry Cream Cheese by Laughing Cow.
Later, lunch was a ham and turkey sandwich with a Laughing Cow Light Swiss Cheese wedge on an Arnold Honey Wheat Sandwich Thin.
My day mostly consisted of laundry and cleaning (they never end. lol) and hanging out with the kiddos until dinner where we grilled some burgers and had a side of Annie’s Mac and Cheese. A totally unhealthy and accidentally unphotographed dinner but I figure every once in a while won’t hurt anything. 
After dinner, I was feeling a walk. TJ was not. He stayed home while I took both the kids with me. Our walk was only two small laps but it’s better than nothing and it’s nice just to get out and walk. And Dylan and Jordyn love it. 
Now, the kids are asleep and I’m about to make sure I have everything I need for family photo session tomorrow. 
Oh, and on another happy note, I am down another pound bringing my weightloss total to 13.4 pounds!!! YAY!!!!
fitness, yoga

Week 3 Yoga Challenge

I have a confession to make. This week I have been slacking big time in the fitness department. I have been so preoccupied with getting these picture edits done that I haven’t taken time to focus on myself and workout. I’m pretty disappointed in myself. I only got one run in this week and didn’t even fulfil my yoga challenge for the week. πŸ™

Speaking of that yoga challenge I’ve been participating in. It’s hosted by Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life



Challenge: To complete 3 yoga sessions per week

Actual: 

  • I started the week off great with a 30 minute yoga session from mybarre3.com. I am loving the site and their workouts.
  • My second session was last night and it was only a 10 minute session. For whatever reason yoga has slipped my mind this week until last night. We came home from having dinner at friends house and it just popped into my mind. I was exhausted but knew I should get a session in. It was mybarre3 to the rescue with one of their 10 minute videos.
I’m so disappointed in myself. I almost always never beat myself up over anything but I am letting this one get to me.
I must, and will, step it up next week. I’m hoping to work on my July workout schedule today and finish it up by Sunday, along with some July goals. I’m also hoping to start (probably not finish though) my July menus. Often times if I make a menu, we’re pretty good about sticking to it, but if I don’t then our meals aren’t usually as healthy, so I’m working on menus and firmly sticking to them next month.
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Have you let yourself down and beaten yourself up about it? What did you do to make sure you did better the next time around?

family, life, walking

Perfect Way To End A Monday Night

Just like this morning, it was a gorgeous outside when I got home from work, just hotter, but not unbearable. I thought tonight would be a great night to take a family walk. I love taking family walks but often times we get so wrapped in the night routines that we don’t really make the time for them.

TJ suggested Dylan bring his bike. That plan didn’t work out so well. One thing Dylan is not very confident in is riding his bike, so much so that he still has training wheels (I know, I know, but we’re working on it, I promise). Apparently the training wheels haven’t been staying on very well. They have fallen on once and TJ put them back on. On our first lap, one of the wheels fell and broke, so there was no way we could fix it, so TJ took the other one off and there’s no turning back now, Dylan will be learning to ride his bike from here on out with no training wheels. LOL!

Me and TJ decided to have a little fun with the bike while we helped Dylan wheel it back.

Just in case you didn’t know, you may now be able to tell by this picture, or the one from yesterday with my hubby, and the fact that I can almost ride Dylan’s bike while sitting on the seat, that I’m not very tall. I come at a whopping 4’10.” I know, I’m a frickin’ giant. hahaha!

After that first lap, we dropped the bike off at the house and started our second lap. The second lap went much smoother. Unfortunately, no one else wanted anymore than two laps, so it was in to the house to get the kids ready for bed.

Little did I know, TJ was also exhausted.

As for me, I’m going to enjoy the quiet time, finish watch The Bachelorette (yup, one of guilty pleasures) and work on some photo editing. Too bad I don’t have any wine to make this night complete. I should really remedy that soon. 
Do you have any a guilty pleasure TV show you watch?

C25K, life, running, Savannah

This Weather Can Stay

I’m sure I’m jinxing myself, but the weather here in GA over the past few days has been beautiful. The humidity hasn’t been unbearable (and coming from me, that says a lot) and the temperatures have been in the 80’s. It’s been fabulous! This morning, I went for a run and it was 69 outside. Perfect! But before I get to that run, let’s rewind to Saturday.

Saturday, I spent the day outside working at a baseball tournament for a friend. It was the easiest money I ever made. I sat at the back gate, selling admission tickets and checking for a stamped hand if they already paid. But since I was at the back gate, I wasn’t busy, so I got a lot of 50 Shades of Grey reading done, along with some photography ideas and locations written down. This was my view all day. I love that my Nook was able to stay in my lap almost all day.

And off in the distance, planes would take off from the Savannah Airport nearby. There were also some jets taking off and watching the jets made me really miss that sounds and living in Beaufort. We were so close to the Air Station and the sound of the jets was an all day, every day thing. While it was loud, I miss that sound of freedom. *sigh*
Yesterday was a fairly low-key day. TJ wanted to get some sleep after work, so I set out to do some laundry, clean Jordyn’s room (for the millionth time this week). Around 10:30 a good friend of ours in Beaufort called us wanting to know where, “the park with the fountain” is. I explained there were two and that we were heading to one later in the afternoon, so said they would go to the same one. They were heading to the Oglethorpe Mall, or the “the good one” as she calls it, so we met them there after they were done shopping so they could follow us to Forsyth Park. All the kiddos had a great time and it’s always great catching up with friends. After the park, it was back home to relax for the rest of the night and work on editing some pictures

  

 This morning I decided to go for a run before work instead of after workout. I definitely think that was the right choice. It was gorgeous outside. Today I started Week 5 of the C25K program. There were 3 runs in 5 minute intervals with a 3 minute walk between each run. I really thought this would kill me, but I surprised myself. I paced myself a little better than I have before and did well. I wasn’t dying by the end of that run. My time was a little slower but I’m OK with it because it wasn’t too bad and I’m learning to pace myself in the earlier runs so that I’m not dying by the end. I have hit the point where I’m really starting to enjoy going for a run and am quite anxious to get to the point where I can run longer periods of time.

For now, it’s back to work, but I’m thinking about a walk on the neighborhood with the family sounds perfect tonight.
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for Father’s Day?


C25K, running, weightloss progress, yoga

C25K Week 4 and June Yoga Challenge Week 2 Recap

Another week has flown by and I’m ready for the weekend. Is anyone else ready? Let me hear ya holla!

Last night, I wrapped up Week 4 of the C25K program. It was a much better run than Tuesday’s run. My time was faster, my distance was longer and I have finally started to feel myself doing better with each run. I love that I’m starting to see some progress.

I hit my longest distance since I started the C25K program with 2.49 miles and since I wasn’t back at the house yet, I added another .2 miles walk on top of this to get me back to the house. Overall, I am pleased with this and looking forward to my next run, which may not be until Sunday. I have a TON to do tonight and I’m working at a baseball tournament all day tomorrow.

Now, onto that yoga challenge I’ve been participating in hosted by Courtney from Sweet Tooth Sweet Life

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Challenge: To complete 3 yoga sessions per week

Actual: 

  • I got a late start this week. Last weekend was crazy busy so there wasn’t a whole lot of fitness going on. Tuesday was my first yoga session of the week, which was a 30 min session brought on by Comcast On Demand. 
  • Earlier in the week, Courtney told her readers about MyBarre3 and later offered a 15 day trial. I jumped at this chance after reading her post about the sire and their workouts. Last night, I was pretty tired but decided to get a quick 10 min yoga session in using one of the videos from the site. If their all as awesome as the video I chose, I am on board. I loved it! They are fabulous! I will definitely being do more of those workouts
Unfortunately, I only completed two yoga sessions for the week, but I know I will do better this week, especially after completing one of the my barre workouts. I already can’t wait for the kiddos to go to bed so I can get my yoga on.
HUGE thanks to Courtney for reaching out to MyBarre3 and scoring her readers a 15 day trial membership.
       *****Did you miss my Week 1 Recap? Check it out here
For now, it’s back to the grind at work. This weekend, I plan on making a little extra money this weekend working a ball tournament, and Sunday, it’s all about TJ. Whatever he’s wanting to do for Father’s Day is what we’ll be doing. Who wants to make a bet that he’ll choose absolutely nothing except hang out at the house and relax. lol.
What are your plans for the weekend? Any fun Father’s Day plans with the dads in your life?

C25K, running, yoga

Finally…….

…….it’s sunny and not raining when I get home. That means a run definitely happened. But before I get to that, let’s start with the morning workout. This morning, I woke up early to fit in a wake up yoga session. As always, I chose a workout from On Demand. This one was called Gentle Yoga. While it was definitely towards beginners and I felt a challenge in a few of the moves, I felt it was too slow for me, and that each movement carried on a little too long. I guess they all can’t be winners, right. By the time I finished the workout, Jordyn was letting me know she was awake. Dylan also woke up and I had some hungry kiddos.

It was off to do my Mommy duties. Dylan opted for just a banana while me and Jordyn each had some of this:

Jordyn’s was missing the chia seeds and she actually had most of the banana. I just had the few slices that were on my piece of toast. The girl is loves bananas. 
Once breakfast was eaten and the kids were settled for the morning, it was time to wake up TJ so I could get ready for work.
Work was nothing exciting, so I’ll skip to the good stuff. The run. For some reason, that last run interval kicked my butt. I don’t know if it was because I didn’t wait long enough after dinner and my stomach wasn’t fully settled or what, but it was rough. LOL!

I wasn’t super pleased with myself when I got home but it had been a little bit (a week and a half since my last run), so maybe it should have been expected. I’m hoping for some more sunny days this week (even though there’s a chance of rain everyday through Saturday) so I can get at least 1, if not 2, more runs in this week to get myself back on track. And Sunday, I need to do a weigh in. It’s been almost two weeks since I had a weigh in.

For now, it’s off to bed to do a little reading.

How was your day? Did your workouts go they way you wanted them to? Do you have any tips to share when it comes to becoming a better runner?

life

Busy Weekend

Whew! What a fun and busy weekend.

Yesterday, we packed up the car and the kids and drove the 2 1/2 hours to Jacksonville, FL. It’s actually closer to 2 hours but who’s counting? πŸ˜‰ We were off to see a really good friend graduate from college with her second Bachelor’s degree. Talk about motivating and inspiring. We met up with her family before the graduation and sat with them. They have 2 1/2 yr old daughter and her Dylan played together like never left each other. Little would you realize it’s been about 7 months since we saw them last right before they moved to Jacksonville, NC. 

Yup, that’s my goofy husband. Gotta love him! Unfortunately, shortly after the graduation was over we head back home. TJ had to work and I still had to stop at Target to pick up a baby shower gift for the baby shower I had today! By the time we got home and the kids settled into bed, I felt like this:
All that driving and being non-stop can wear you out. I took yesterday as a rest day, although there was a fair amount of walking from the parking garage, the arena where the graduation was held, finding seats. Can I count that? LOL!
This morning, I woke up still a bit tired. One day, Jordyn will decided to sleep later than 6:40. haha. But, we were up for the day.
The day was started off with an egg and laughing cow cheese on a 100 calorie english muffin. I have really been into these lately. And so is Jordyn. She watches me make them and is right next time when it’s time to eat, hoping I’ll share. 
Once breakfast was done, it was off to spend some quality time with the kiddos before heading to Beaufort for a baby shower.
The baby shower was held at a local restaurant Beaufort called SandBar & Grill. It wasn’t too bad. I’m told they have amazing sweet potato fries but we didn’t have those. Just a few appetizers and some finger foods we brought. The theme at the restaurant is a beach theme which went perfect with the theme of the baby shower, the beach!

We started the shower with a really fun and hilarious game. You had to draw a picture of a baby on a paper plate (or you could use paper) while the paper is on your head. I’ve heard of the game before but never played it or been to a shower that has played it. It was very entertaining. 
We played several more games, open presents and before everyone left, they each wrote a tip or piece of advice on a small piece of paper and rolled it up and stuck it in a bottle, like a message in a bottle. 
As always, it was a fabulous time in Beaufort with my Beaufort ladies!

And one last thing I want to share: a family photo from the graduation. I love my family and take the opportunity to get a family picture whenever I can.

life, yoga

June Yoga Challenge, Week 1 Recap and Some Pretty Great News

First, I have to start off with the great news. I don’t know if you remember, but Jordyn broke her arm a few weeks ago. We took her to the doctor, and they took the cast off, and took the pins out of her arm!!! They wrapped her arm in a soft wrap so the wound where the pins were could close and told us we could take it off in a few days. So when I get home from work, off the wrap comes. YAY!!!!!!

We officially won’t be done dealing with her arm until she’s done growing but there is no more cast. Because of the type of surgery she had to have, they have to keep an eye on her to see how it develops. There’s a 20% chance that when she straightens her arm it will also go out to the side. There’s no way to prevent it and thankfully there no problems if it happens, it’s just cosmetic. We take Jordyn in two weeks for a follow-up and then every 6 months for 2 years and every year after that until she stops growing. A little bit of a pain but it’s better to keep an eye on it.
And I can’t leave out my other kiddo. By the time I get home from work, I will have a SECOND GRADER! I can’t believe it. And to finish off the year, he received Perfect Attendance for the year (which we already knew) and High Honor Roll, meaning he received All A’s for the 9 weeks. That’s twice this year. And the other two 9 weeks, he received Regular Honor Roll, All A’s and B’s. We have one smart kiddo on our hands. I couldn’t be more proud!
And…….TJ has received his final grades for the quarter and earned a 4.0 for the quarter, giving him a 3.4 overall. WAY TO GO BABE!
Finally, remember when I promised edited pictures from a friend’s Maternity shoot I took? Well, with broken arms, baby showers, another photo shoot and everything else, I finally have them finished. It took me a week longer than I wanted too, which disappoints me (my friend on the other hand didn’t seem phased) but she received the pictures yesterday and loves them, which is what really matters. What do you think?

I don’t claim to be a pro, but I love taking pictures for people. Maybe one day after practice and some online classes (which I’m looking into), I could become a pro. That would be my dream!
Now that I’m done with the all the happy news, onto Courtney’s June Yoga Challenge. The Recap for Week 1:

Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life

Challenge: To complete 3 yoga sessions per week

Actual: 

  • Shape Up Workout from my Comcast On Demand that I talked about here
  • Another Comcast On Demand workout was a yoga session with Bethany Frankel
  • And my last session: yesterday morning from, you guessed On Demand. Unfortunately, and adorable little girl woke up in the middle of the session, so I had to take a break long enough to get out of her crib and then it was back to yoga. Jordyn thought it was so fun to crawl under me and sit there during some of my poses, so getting out of the poses either meant they weren’t graceful or I just had to stay until she decided to move. LOL! Gotta love kids.
After this week, I have learned that I have a lot of work to do but it’s so calming and relaxing they make for a great morning or late (ok, not too late, this lady goes to bed around 10) night workout. I’ve been wondering if I could TJ on board with doing it with me. Hmmmm…….
Tonight I’m going to try to get a yoga session in since I know this weekend won’t happen. Tomorrow, we’re making the 2 1/2 hour drive to Jacksonville, FL to see a really good friend of ours graduate with her SECOND bachelor’s degree. If she’s not motivating, I don’t know who is. And Sunday, I have a baby shower in Beaufort for that beautiful lady in the pictures above. 
What are your plans for the weekend? Anything fun or exciting?