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A Perfect Fall Weekend (Picture Heavy)

Good morning! How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great!

Saturday was a low-key day filled with a bit of laundry and cleaning, and oh yeah, shopping! Jordyn and I had a girls morning at Target that included Halloween costumes for each of the kids, the kids’ first Christmas presents, some fruit (LOVE that Target sells produce now) and some Pumpkin Spice Waffles (finally!!!!)

That was pretty much the most exciting part of my Saturday. I know, it’s exciting, you don’t have to tell me. lol!

Today had a bit more excitement. The morning was pretty relaxing, but this afternoon we headed out to Ottawa Farms for some pumpkin picking and fall fun! We had a blast! There was a ton for the kids to do. We started with a few pictures with, what else, pumpkins!

 

 

 

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Apparently my kids decided they didn’t want to smile at the same time today! LOL!! After a few pictures, it was time for the bouncy slide. I got halfway up the slide and then was told I couldn’t go up, so I oushed Jordyn up and hopped down, while Dylan took her down the slide and through a few obstacles

 

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It was then onto the Cow Ride!
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And then for some tricycle racing at the Ottawa Speedway!
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We thought the corn crib would be fun for Jordyn, but she wasn’t quite sure what to do. It was Dylan to the rescue trying to show her to play in it like a giant sandbox. She finally caught on but really just wanted to put the corn kernels on Dylan. lol
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After waiting really patiently, Dylan finally asked if he could go to the Corn Cannon. That was fun! You shot ears of corn out of a cannon at bullseye target. Of course, TJ just “had” to help.
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Before hopping on the hayride, to the corn maze, we had to watch some pig racing.
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Finally, it was time to head into the corn maze. Unfortunately we didn’t get to do as much of it as we wanted to. Jordyn started getting whiny because she was tired and thirsty but Dylan still loved it and we had a great time!

 

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I hope eveyone is having a fabulous Monday so far and I’ll be back later for another post on my trip to Massachusetts. Did you miss the flight up? Check it out here!
How was your weekend? Did you do anything fun for the fall?

 

family, life, Massachusetts, New England

And Away We Go…..

3 am  was our wake up call. I haven’t gotten up that early since I worked at Target and we had the occasional 4 am shift. Waking up that early is hard but definitely not as hard knowing you’re about to get on a plane and travel to one of your most favorite places, Massachusetts.

While I didn’t want to get up at first, I was anxious to get out the door. But first that meant, I had to get two very tired kiddos out of bed and dressed. Thankfully, I already had everything ready the night before so that wasn’t too difficult. It was just a matter of getting them up and dressed.

TJ very sweetly took over, “Operation: Dress The Kids” while got our coffee ready. I may have been anxious to get out the door, but I still needed my morning coffee. I pulled together a super quick breakfast for us, involving a few frozen waffles for the kids (yes, I know shame on me, but we have them for emergencies and quick on-the-go breakfasts) and a homemade egg muffin for myself. TJ didn’t want anything that early in the morning.


**** Jessica, I know there’s no color again. We had nothing in our house right now. We actually stopped at the store after coming home and there is color in our meals now. 😉 lol

Once we had breakfast and coffee in our hands, we were out the door. The airport is fairly close to us, so we were there in no time. We just needed to park and unload the car. Because I needed to bring Jordyn’s carseat, stroller and our bags, I needed TJ to help me carry everything. He really was a life saver. There’s no way I could have managed all that and kept Jordyn occupied. And without Dylan’s strong arms, how would I have ever gotten my luggae in. 😉


After the luggage and car seat was checked in, TJ and Dylan hung out for a little bit before heading out. Since they can’t come to the gate with us, there was no point in them hanging out too long. Besides, they could both use a little more sleep.

Once the boys left, it was time to head through security. Other than waiting in line, security wasn’t too bad. Because I had Jordyn with me, I couldn’t go through the body scanner, which made the process faster for me. It was then off to the gate, where we waited to board the plane.


Our first flight from Savannah to Atlanta was pretty easy. Jordyn played with a new toy,

and then as soon as they closed the doors and began to leave the gate, she cuddled up next time and was asleep before we even left the ground.

Arriving in Atlanta, my mom met us at our gate as we got off the plane to help me with my carry on bag, purse, stroller and Jordyn. Our layover was short and then it was time to board again for our flight to Hartford. Jordyn was a bit more antsy on the second flight but still did pretty well.

Apparently Jordyn needs to catch up on her reading


What flight is complete without a few high-in-the-sky pictures.

Once we arrived at Bradley International Airport, we met up with my cousin and began the drive to Greenfield, but not before snagging a picture of Mark Twain’s house, made out of 125,000 legos on display at the airport. This, among a few other pictures, were taken with my lego-obsessed 7 year old in mind.

And that brings us to Greenfield, Massachusetts, the birthplace of this blogger. I’ll end this crazy long post for now but on on the lookout for a post or two (or more. lol) about my adventures in New England (yup, you read that right. we’re not talking about just Massachusetts anymore)

Have you flown with babies or toddlers? How did they handle the flight?

family, life, Massachusetts, vacations

We’re Back!

We’re home! Jordyn and I arrived in Savannah late last night to our two favorite boys welcoming us with open arms. OK, well Dylan was really just excited to stay up late night on a school night and go to the airport in hopes of seeing some airplanes. It was double exciting for him.

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Needless to say, we are exhausted. Dylan is now at school, and I took today off from work to re cooperate  and so TJ could take my car to Atlanta and get my treadmill (more on that later, once it arrives).
But for now, Jordyn and I are just going to hang out at the house today, go for a run, make dinner, catch up on laundry, and spend another day of quality time together. I’ll be back throughout the week (or weekend depending on how much I get done) to share a few (yes, we were that busy) posts on our trip with lots of pictures, and later today to talk about my run while pushing a stroller.
fall, fall foliage, family, life, Massachusetts, New England

Mini Vacay!!!

Sunday, I very briefly mentioned that I’m heading to Massachusetts this weekend. I am SO excited. In less than 24 hours I will be walking off a plane at Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT so that I can hop in a car and head to Greenfield, Mass and see family I haven’t seen in 6 years!

6 years! I know it’s crazy, right? I miss them so much and am so excited to be in New England in the fall to see some gorgeous fall foliage.

Source for both pictures came from massvacation.com

I mean, who doesn’t want see all this gorgeousness?

The reason for our trip? If you read Sunday’s post, then you already know. My cousin is getting married Saturday. I’m so happy for him. Originally, we were all supposed to go up, but plane tickets are expensive. Way more than our budget is going to allow right now. Instead, Jordyn and I are going to go. Jordyn’s ticket is free, so gets to come with me. Otherwise she’d be spending the weekend with her daddy. lol.

I plan to take lots of pictures and will come back next week with a recap that I know you all will be anxiously awaiting to read. I may not be around the ol’ blog too much this weekend, and don’t know how much “formal” workouts I’ll get in, but there will definitely be some fun fall outdoor activities going on that will involve walking around a lot.

I hope everyone has a fabulous weekend!

family, life, military

It’s Not Goodbye, It’s See You Later

It’s a phrase my friends and I all say to each other when that time hits for someone to PCS to a new duty station. In fact, I can be pretty sure it’s a phrase said between military wives and families all over the world.

Gotta love a good 80’s party!
You meet some of the most amazing and extraordinary people when you (or your spouse) are in the military. You instantly form bonds with some of these families and they quickly become part of your family. There’s a sense of community among military families that is so different than anything I had ever come across. When things get tough, you stick out together and are there for each other.

And sometimes a little yoga can be helpful too 😉

While we (and I say “we” because while TJ was the one who actually served and was on active duty, the kids and I also are tied to it and “serve” in our own way as a support team) are no longer in the military family, we still live very close to the Beaufort area and frequently visit are friends there.

The fantastic ladies that showed up for my birthday dinner in 2010. Am I lucky or what?

So, where am I going with all this? Well, for the past few months, some of our friends have started to leave to begin a new journey in a new duty station. Only recently in the last week or two, has a larger number begin to leave, and with that has brought some of my closet friends. 

Love these ladies!

Which brings me to this coming weekend. This coming weekend, one of the most amazing families I have met since moving to South Carolina will be leaving Beaufort. This family is amazing!

Maggie was one of the first friends I made when I moved to Beaufort. She was so welcoming and made me feel right at home in the Marine Corps family. She got me involved and introduced me to some more wonderful ladies. Her husband, Ryan, is a genuinely nice guy and the moment he and TJ were introduced they got along immediately and became great friends. They have three phenomonal kids that I have had the pleasure of watching grow over the last 3 years. They get along great with my kids and always have a blast together.

Peeking through the windows on one of the Christopher Columbus ships in May 2010 

Maggie and Ryan were there when we got married on the beach. They were there when Jordyn was born. They were there in some of the toughest times and never thought twice about offering any help when they thought we needed it. From simple play dates to big moves to major life events, they have been there without a moment’s hesitation. They are truly amazing! Words can not express how much this family means to us and how much we will miss them! So much so, that within minutes after getting in the car, Dylan is picking a weekend in which he doesn’t have school on Friday, so we can take a roadtrip to visit them.

I wanted to see them off in the worst way, but Jordyn and I will be out of town. We will be in Massachusetts for my cousin’s wedding. Instead we spent all day (and I mean all day) with them. The movers came last week and took everything and this week, they are getting the house together for the renters that are coming soon. TJ offered his assistance in getting the house ready, and I offered whatever help I could and to help Maggie keep the kids out of the way. Plus, I wanted to see them and I knew the kids wanted to see them too.

They were having so much fun bouncing on the blow up mattress, this was the best picture I could get.

My all-time favorite picture of them!

As soon as TJ came home yesterday, we left and headed up to Beaufort. We met them at local flea market, which is really like a giant yard sale with tons of families. Ryan and TJ left pretty much within minutes after we arrived to get started on the house. There was lots of painting to be done. Maggie and I hung out at the flea market for a little while and then headed back to the house to drop some stuff and hit the park.

It was then off to Lowe’s for more painting supplies and lunch. The rest of the day was spent hanging out at the house and catching up. The older three kids played outside all day. It was so nice to see them do something other than play video games. I guess it helps when the movers take them away for a week. haha! The younger two (Maggie and Ryan’s 4 month and Jordyn) were pretty good. Jordyn was stuck to me all day, making my job of taping off the trim a bit harder but after what felt like forever I succeeded. After my taping and Maggie’s wiping down of walls and doors, our job was done. It was up to the boys for painting.

I have to admit. I’m quite impressed with them too. They accomplished most of the taping (I only helped with some of the taping, they really did most of it), two bedrooms and the living room/dining room. I know that’s no easy task. Unfortunately by that time, it was time to head back to Savannah, so TJ could get to work, but not before we got a few pictures and said, “See you later.”

I love this girl! She’s the best!
Boys! They were cracking me up with this picture!
I won’t lie. This was, and probably will be, the hardest “see you later” to make. I tried to hold back the tears but it didn’t work out too well, especially when we got in the car and drove away. TJ just held my hand and said it would be OK. Even now, there are some tears. Too bad they can’t stay in Beaufort. lol I know I’ve already said it, but Maggie and Ryan (and of course the kids) are such a great family. They definitely hold a special place in our hearts and we can’t wait to see how the next phase goes.

If you guys are reading this, just know how much we appreciate everything you have done for us. We love you guys will see you later (for real and on FaceTime 😉 )

How did you handle it when someone moved away? Did you use the, “It’s not goodbye, it’s see you later” phrase? Does it help you?

family, fitness, GA Bulldogs, running, Savannah

Holy Cow!

Have I been MIA or what? I am really sorry. Life got a hold of me and just didn’t let go.

I have been so crazy busy the last few weeks, I feel like I need a vacation. And things don’t look to be slowing down anytime soon.

Let’s back up a little. I last spoke with you about a very stressful GA game I was watching. For those who are not located in SEC of college football or a fan, I am happy to report that my Dawgs won the game!

And speaking of the Dawgs, check out my recent craft project! Dylan asked if I could make him a UGA sign and of course I said yes.

So, what have I been up to lately? Last week was spent helping a friend put together her wedding invitations. That is a lot more time consuming than either of us thought. I also spent a few hours Saturday making bridal shower invitations for this same friend.

Sunday, I finished up with the shower invites and TJ, the kids and I took a trip downtown. TJ needed to take a few pictures of one of the scenes he’s shooting for his film class and since it was such a gorgeous day out, we thought dinner and walking around downtown would be perfect.

During our stroll downtown, we wandered into City Market and stopped to listen to the live music. And who do we see? “Hulk Hogan!”

Of course, it’s not really Hulk Hogan (that would have been MUCH cooler!) but it was immediately what came out of our mouths as soon as we saw this guy.

And my favorite part of what’s been going on lately….this little guy!

My cousin had a beautiful baby boy! Little Wyatt was born September 16th and yesterday they were in Savannah killing some at Bass Pro Shop before picking up my aunt from the airport so we met up with them for a little bit to meet him. Thursday we’re going up to Beaufort, to steal some cuddle time and visit with my aunt as well and next week my uncle flys in so we’ll be making another trip up to see him, as well as more cuddle time with that handsome little baby.

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As far as fitness goes, it’s still going. not as strong as I’d like it to go but it’s definitely going. Last week, I went for a run 3 days in a row. I could definitely feel it by the 3rd day and my run suffered because of it. 
Yesterday, I gave myself a rest day before hitting the gym this morning. We canceled our gym membership and we have a little bit of time left til we no longer have access so I’m trying to use it while we have it left. 
This morning was a 4 mile run! This is only the second time I’ve gone this distance and while I’m proud of the distance, I’m not as happy as I was last time. I struggled today and was counting down the miles til it was over. There was a tightening in my chest and I’m not sure where it came from. It lingered around for a few hours after my run too but has since subsided thankfully. Anyone know what that could be?

As for the rest of my day, it consisted of work and finishing up the last of my friend’s wedding invitations. Yay!!!
How have all of you been? I have missed you and promise to make more appearances in the ol’ blog.
family, fitness, running, Savannah

Major MIA!

I know you’re wondering where I’ve been. Things have been SO crazy around here lately and they’re not quite ready to slow down just yet.

The weekend before Labor Day my sister-in-law and her family came to visit. We spent the weekend downtown and at the beach and had a blast. I forgot my camera but I got a few pictures on my phone.

Then Dylan started school and we were getting back into the school routine. 2nd Grade is no joke for him. Dylan is already struggling with the fact that his 2nd grade teacher doesn’t give him loads of chances like he got in kindergarten and 1st grade before going from a green (perfect day) to a yellow (not as great day) face. He’s a talker (if you know, this should come as no surprise) and just can’t seem to stay quiet. He’s also one of the youngest in his class making him one of the most immature kids in his class which the other kids find funny. The teacher, however, not so much. We’re working on it but it’s a slow process. And even though we’re only on the 2nd week, academically, he’s doing great!

And then we had Labor Day weekend. Saturday morning, I had a maternity photo session in the park with my cousin. There will be pics soon. My mom and sister also came into town.They couldn’t make it for Dylan’s birthday so they came this weekend instead armed with presents for Dylan. Dylan got money, a new DS game and this really cool rocket from my other sister that can shoot up to 1200 feet in the air depending on the kind of “engine” you have. We did a little shopping, and had some QT at the house. Sunday was a day to relax. My mom took Dylan out to lunch with just the two of them, while my sister and I hung out with Jordyn. And Monday, before they left to go back home, we took my mom to breakfast for her birthday (which was the 4th) and then hit the baseball fields at the college near our house so we could set off the rockets.

 TJ was in charge of the first blast off to see what it was like.

Dylan’s face cracks me up.

Then it was Dylan’s turn to launch the rocket but he was worried it would be too loud so he asked if I would cover his ears. It’s not really loud but he has sensitive ears and loud noises really bother him.

It was finally home to get some cleaning and ,more importantly, laundry done and prepare for the week.

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As far as fitness goes, it’s going well. I’ve been fitting in some fitness in a few more leisurely ways, such as swimming and walking around downtown but my runs have been happening too. It’s been so busy I haven’t had much of a chance to really blog about it, but I’m back. I’m working on prioritizing and scheduling each part of my day to get the most done throughout the day. Wish me luck as work towards getting a more organized house and family. 
This morning, I started off my day with a run at the gym. We have finally cancelled our gym membership and as of September 28th, we will begin having an extra $60 a month! And another happy note, we should have our treadmill by then or soon after if I can find one I like and think is worth it on Craigslist. I would personally rather buy a brand new one but that isn’t in our budget so a Craigslist find will do.
Back to my run. I ran a short 2 miles since a trip to Kroger was on the agenda on my way home and there was still lunches to be made. Should have woken up earlier but I figure my 2 miles was better than no miles. Am I right?
Best Body Bootcamp, family, fitness, running

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse

It’s what’s currently on TV this morning and the first time Jordyn has ever watched anything on TV for any length of time, and by length of time, I mean more than a few minutes. She is not a TV watcher and while 99% of the time, I like, there’s that 1%of the time, I wished she’d watch a little TV just so I could get a few things done around the house without her “help.” LOL!

And of course 10 minutes after the show she starts she’s over it and trying to “help” me type this post, which is taking a lot longer to type than I had intended. Gotta love my daughter. lol.

Moving on, how is everyone’s weekend going? Mine is going well. My friend, Beth, came over yesterday to pick up some pictures and then it was off to take our cars to get washed. I had two Groupons that I bought back in May for my car and TJ’s car. I had forgotten about them until this past week and realized they were going to expire soon. Unfortunately, TJ’s car isn’t working right now (radiator problems :/ ) so we weren’t going to be able to use it for his car. I called Beth earlier in the week to see if she wanted a free car wash. So yesterday was the day.

We took it to Auto Shine Car Wash in Savannah and they were fantastic. My Groupon was for a basic full service wash. They vaccumed the washed and hand dryed the outside and then vaccuumed the inside, cleaned the dashboard, the cup holders and every other nook and crevice they could find. We felt bad we didn’t have more of a tip to give them. If we had known how good of a job they were going to do, we would have definitely made sure to have more cash.

While there, they noticed one of my tires was really low. He offered to put more air in the tire, and while he was filling my tire, he noticed was cautioning me about just how bad I needed new tires. I already knew I needed 2 new tires for my car (the back ones are fine) and we were planning on doing it next month when we had a little extra money. But the gentleman filling my tire pointed out where the current tires weren’t going to make it another month. I had to get new ones right away. These guys were so helpful, and Groupon or not, we will definitely be returning.

Thankfully Sam’s Club was just down the street turning a short trip for a car was into a full afternoon out. It took 2 1/2 hours before my car was done receiving its new tires and it was the first time I really got to roam around Sam’s Club. Normally when me and TJ go, we have the kids and Jordyn gets antsy so it’s in and out for us. They have some pretty cool stuff. I mean check out this UGA skirt that I’m totally buying for Jordyn next time I go.

By the time I finally made it home, TJ had fed the kids dinner and needed to get ready for work. Sadly, it left no time for a workout but I did get my plank and bridge in for the day.

Even though, I didn’t get a workout in yesterday, I was happy with my workouts for the week. Today officially marks the halfway point of Best Body Bootcamp. I can’t believe we’re half way done. Tomorrow starts Phase 3 and after looking over the workouts for the next two weeks, I am ready to get started. Full Body Drop Set Exercises with Intervals for Cardio, bring it on. 
**For this week’s post on Best Body Bootcamp, click herehere and here. These are not the only workouts I had for the week, but Thursday and Friday were busy days so a post just didn’t happen. Hopefully this week will be slower.
And now I leave you with what Jordyn is up to now…..cleaning
Happy Sunday everyone! Anything fun on the agenda today?
Best Body Bootcamp, family, fitness, goals, running, weightloss progress

And I’m Back In!

Happy Monday morning! How was your weekend? Mine was busy but fun!

Saturday was a bittersweet day. It was the day that my grandmother was layed to rest. My grandmother was a special person and she will never be forgotten. I handled not being there better than I thought but it was still rough. After the funeral, my mom called me with some more unfortunate bad news. Right before the funeral my sisters got very sick and had to be rushed to the ER. One of my sisters, Allyson, was worse than the other passing out before walking in to the funeral. At the time she called, no one knew what was wrong, but my mom knew she had to let me know. She didn’t want to ruin my day but she knew not telling me would have upset me more. It wasn’t until hours later that she was able to call me back and let me know that they both had a virus and that Allyson had also become dehydrated as a result of the virus. They are thankfully fine now and should be heading home back to Atlanta today. Needless to say, I’ve had my fair share of bad news for the day.
Saturday was also my son’s birthday. I am still blown away that my little boy is 7! Where has time gone? We started out Dylan’s birthday with a birthday breakfast surprise. He loves getting coffee-free drinks from Starbucks. We don’t let it happen often though. So, I thought it would be a nice treat for me and him to head out for some Starbucks. He had no idea where we were going until we pulled into the parking lot, but was excited when he realized he was getting his own drink.
Check out his birthday breakfast!
Just me and my favorite 7 year old hanging out!
Once we made it home, it was time to get ready for a Birthday BBQ. Dylan told us he didn’t really want a party and then last week decided he wanted one. It wasn’t something we could really do last minute but I called up some friends to see if they wanted to come over for BBQ and cupcakes for Dylan’s birthday. Nothing big but a little something to celebrate. 
I tried to make Oreo cupcakes with a gooey surprise of vanilla frosting in the center.
Sadly Batch #1 failed by having frosting ooze out of the cupcakes so Batch #2 was just chocolate cupcakes.  They were all frosted with vanilla frosting and then topped with crushed Oreos and everyone still liked them so I guess they were a success in the end. I don’t like cake, frosting or Oreos so I never had one.
We picked up some water balloons, and these really cool water blasters from the Dollar Tree for the kids to play with. I have no pictures of them playing with either since they were so close to the door, it meant being in the line of fire if I so much as opened the door. They loved every minute of it.
The good times ended with presents! Dylan was so excited about every gift, even the school shirts he recieved. He’s so happy to wear something other than white. LOL! (Side note: We moved in the middle of the school year last year and his new school required white or hunter green shirts. Hunter Green shirts can NOT be found in the middle of the school so he had to wear white everyday. Poor kid)
By the time everyone left, it was almost time for the kids to get ready for bed and TJ to head to work, so this mom got a little bit of time to relax before heading to bed herself.
Yesterday, our day was spent at home but not relaxing. House cleaning and laundry were on the agenda. 
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Now, onto some fitness. I slacked last week in the fitness department. I got my workouts in but it was all light effort. And I didn’t even blog about any of it. I was busy with getting the house organized, sorting through stuff to get rid of and life in general. Being locked out of the gym didn’t help either.
My cardio is what really suffered. My strength workouts were great but with either rain or the awful heat and humidity, outside runs were not happening for me. 
This morning was a new week and new story. I headed to the gym hoping to be able to get in. Today was my lucky day! I am no longer locked out….finally!
Today’s workout started Week 4 of Best Body Bootcamp, which meant Workout A incorporated with cardio. These circuit intervals are great and compared to last week’s Circuit Intervals, this was so much better. I decided to push myself a bit today, thinking I should be able to keep a better pace since the time spent on each set would be shorter. Instead of running around 10:30-10:45, I pushed myself to run each 5 minute interval at 9:30. It was a success and I felt great. It’s something I definitely want to work towards as a normal pace but I know that will take to be able to maintain that for long periods. Either way I was proud and covered 2 miles in the 20 minutes I spent on the treadmill. My strength training session was fantastic and I was feeling it a lot more than last week. That 2/4/2 tempo is killer!
I finished out my workout with my usual plank and bridge. One of these days, I will remember to knock those out first so I can hold them longer. LOL!
Before leaving the gym, I hit the scale and have reached my first HUGE milestone! I was down 2 pounds from my last weigh-in bring my total loss to 20.6 pounds and pushing my over the halfway mark and bringing me to a weight I haven’t seen in a long time. Talk about a great way to start the week!
What did you do this weekend? Anything big or exciting? 
Best Body Bootcamp, family, fitness

Major Fail

There’s a reason I work out in the morning. OK, there are a few reasons, I work out in the mornings:

  1. I am a morning person. While I may not want to get up right away at the sound of the alarm and occasionally hit the snooze, once I get out of bed, it only takes brushing my teeth to get moving and going.
  2. My day is almost always more productive when it’s started with cardio. Take this morning, for example, I worked out as soon as getting up, showered, had breakfast, checked my email, and have started this post all before 8 am (keep in mind, I won’t get to finish this post until after I get to work, but knowing I’ve already started will be a big help).
  3. I have more energy and feel better throughout the day. Coffee helps with the energy too but a good workout gives me a fabulous boost.
  4. Life almost always gets in the way when I get home from work so night workouts just get pushed to the side and eventually not done because I get tired and need to head to bed.
Reason #4 is exactly what happened yesterday. First let’s back up a little more to yesterday morning. I woke up and headed for the gym. Unfortunately when I got to the gym, I was locked out 🙁 The gym I go to is switching finance companies and they have made notes and let everyone know that during the switch there may be some people whose cards won’t work and they’ll get locked out. I was one of those people yesterday morning.

I headed home and decided just to wait til I got off work last night to work out and TJ said he’d work out with me.

None of that happened. When I got home, we needed to make a quick run to  the grocery store, make the kids dinner, get them bathed and ready for bed. We also had a Skype date with my niece who started kindergarten yesterday to find out how her first day of school went. That went a little longer than expected and by the time I got the kids into bed, TJ was passed out on the couch and I was ready for bed.

So, a work out was a no go, making yesterday an unintended rest day. I did, however, get my plank and bridge in for the day though.

With no work out yesterday, I’m starting Week 3 of Best Body Bootcamp a day behind. I don’t like it but it is what it is, so this morning was time to get moving. I opted not to go to the gym in case I was still locked out and decided on a workout at home. 
This week starts Phase Two and introduces Tempo Training into the strength workouts. Today was also the first time I had done what Tina calls Circuit Intervals. They are a mix of cardio and strength all in one workout. It was pretty fabulous! My only complaint was that I felt like my cardio lacked some. We don’t have a treadmill yet (hopefully in another few months we’ll have one) so my option for cardio was running in place. I guess I could have done imaginary jump rope. haha! Truthfully, I could have gone for a run outside around the cul-de-sac but it was 5am and I thought going in and out of the house with a not-so-quiet door was definitely asking for trouble. Having Jordyn wake up that early would have made for one grumpy little girl all day, resulting in a very grumpy husband when I got home. lol
Anyways, back to the topic at hand, Circuit Intervals. While running in place wasn’t really what I wanted to do, it is what worked for me this morning. In between each cardio portion were strength exercises, which included some plie squats and push ups. Tina must LOVE push ups! She’s always throwing some of those in. Maybe by the time Bootcamp is over, I’ll be able to do nothing but regular push ups. I can do a few regular push ups but most of mine are knee push ups. And as for these plie squats, I was feeling the crap out them towards the end, especially in my knees, which was making me wonder if I was doing them right the whole time.
Finally, I fit in my plank and squat for the day to round out my workout. My plank is another one of those weaker ones, where I should have done it before my workout. lol
Working out at home this morning gave me about 15 minutes of extra time this morning since I didn’t have to drive to or from the gym. It was glorious! It made a little more excited about getting a treadmill!
Do you prefer morning or evening workouts? Why?