Motivation Monday

I don’t know how I got so off on my MM posts. I promise I’ve been exercising! I always document what I do…I just keep forgetting to put it in an actual post. Although I’m still having ankle/shin/calf discomfort, I feel like it has maybe gotten a little better? Or I’m just getting better at improvising. I’ve started mixing in the strider for the treadmill at Orangetheory for at least part of the time, which has helped, and I’ve pretty much stopped walking outside. I can still jog on the treadmill for 15 minutes or so, but otherwise it’s the strider, the rower and definitely more focus on weight training. I still feel pretty good and can hang with my usual weights. The exercises I’ve really cut out are anything that uses my abs or core, other than planks (with my hands on the bench rather than the floor so I’m somewhat at an incline), and obviously anything that requires me to lie on my belly. I feel really strong and healthy, which I hope means BB2 is feeling strong and healthy as well:-)

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Stats from the week before last:

Monday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Sports Drill class (cardio intervals alternating with some strength exercises)

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: At least once a week I have a day where I’m just not feeling my workout, and today was that day. I usually will go down to the locker room on auto pilot, change into my gym clothes and at least try to do something in the gym. Today all I managed was a very slow 15 minute walk on the treadmill and then 15 minutes on the elliptical. Something is better than nothing.

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: Pretty much took a rest day other than a 20 minute walk around the neighborhood

Sunday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Stats from last week:

Monday: 45 minute walk outside with a friend…the chit-chat distracted me a little from the ankle pain and shin splints

Tuesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Wednesday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday: 10 minutes on the treadmill (5.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using free weights, with a few cardio intervals thrown in)

Friday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Saturday: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday: Total rest and relaxation day….Happy Mother’s Day to me!

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Told you it was a total rest day;)

On another motivational note, Matt ran a 25K trail run. While he’s done that distance before, this was his first trail run. And apparently it wasn’t like the “trails” we are used to with the clear, well defined paths. There were some very steep climbs up the mountain, lots of rocks and creeks to go through and very uneven terrain. He was struggling when he crossed the finish line, but he made it! Asher Wade and I were there waiting and cheering him on:-)

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Asher Wade’s 4th Birthday Party

Although we did take Asher Wade to Chuck-E-Cheese on his actual birthday (his request, and I’ve decided that battle is not worth fighting, as much as I dislike that place), and he had a little celebration at school that day, we officially celebrated him turning 4 years old this past Saturday with a super fun, farm themed bash. My parents, Matt’s parents, my brother and his girlfriend all came in for the weekend, and we invited his classmates and several friends from church and the neighborhood, so needless to say, we had a full backyard! I have a sweet friend that owns a lovely farm and has a traveling petting zoo. She brought over lots of precious animals, including some babies (!!) and a pony for pony rides. The kids had a blast! We grilled hot dogs and I made several “farm themed” snacks (thanks, Pinterest). I love how everything turned out and I really loved watching all the kids laugh and run around and love on the animals. If you are local and ever need a petting zoo for an event, I cannot recommend Noah’s Little Ark enough. The animals are adorable and so well taken care of and Cindy and her husband are as nice as they come.

Tis’ the Season {Part 2}

Trying to get caught up on all the Christmas activities we enjoyed this season! I feel like the whole Christmas season flew by, and while we did a lot of fun things, we ran out of time to do everything I had on my list. We were so busy with work and school and other commitments during the week, and I always found myself trying to cram things into the weekends. Just not enough weekends in December. We did make it to Brunch with Santa at the Chattanoogan, rode the North Pole Express and visited Rock City to check out the Enchanted Garden of Lights tour. Asher Wade got to see Santa at all of these events and was a very happy little boy. He consistently told Santa that he wanted a “police car he can ride in” (we assumed he meant a Power Wheels) and a “race car Blaze with a remote control.” Thankfully Santa came through with these special gifts;) We had some great family time with my parents and brother and also hosted a super fun neighborhood party a few days before Christmas. It was a busy couple of weeks, but so much fun…

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Oh, and Matt and I even got to sneak away to Savannah for some much needed R&R…

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Hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas, and cheers to a happy and healthy 2017!

Friday Faves

Happy December! My most favorite month of the year! I can’t believe the Christmas season is already here, and that we are coming up on the end of another year. Time goes so fast…it’s hard to keep up. It’s been a whirlwind, basically since the week of Thanksgiving, and I’m determined to soak up the rest of this month and *try* to slow down a little. Big emphasis on the try. It’s so hard. There’s always so much I want to do this time of year and I’m notorious for over-packing our schedules. I’m sick with a nasty cold right now, which isn’t helping matters, but we already have reservations to ride the Polar Express to the North Pole tonight;) so I’ll be sucking it up (literally) and making the most of it. Praying I can get over this sickness before the week of Christmas. Oh, and it is C.O.L.D. here today. Like, in the 20s cold. Definitely feeling like Christmas up in here. We really may be going to the North Pole tonight.

On to some faves as of late…

*Splurge on this candle. Trust me. The best holiday scent there is. I’d really like to order the Birchwood Pine scent as well.

*Who scored some good Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals? I didn’t venture out on Black Friday, but I was all over the Cyber Monday craziness. I thought there were some really good deals this year…better than normal even. I knocked out some Christmas gifts and helped Matt out by buying a few things he can wrap and give to me for my birthday and Christmas;) I usually try and do a Christmas Wish List post every year, so maybe I’ll work on that next week. My favorite gift to myself? My new Ninja Coffee Bar! It finally came in this week and I’ve been reading the manual and can’t wait to try it out this weekend.

*I am OBSESSED with our new print from House of Belonging. We have a relatively large wall in our living room that I’ve been trying to figure out what to do with since we moved in. I knew I wanted a large print, but didn’t want to buy just anything and kept waiting till something caught my eye. I came across this small business on Instagram (@houseofbelonging) awhile back and knew I wanted a piece to hang somewhere. When she posted a similar piece using these song lyrics, I knew it was the one. Other than the fact that this is one of my favorite songs, it’s also what I would sing to Asher Wade while rocking him to sleep every night. So it has a lot of special meaning to me, and always will. The owner/artist is so talented and all of the pieces in her shop are gorgeous. I highly recommend! Check out the Etsy shop here.

*Another sweet, small business find is The Giving Manger. I recently bought one of these for us to do as a family. The idea is that for every act of service/kindness leading up to Christmas, you get to place a piece of straw in the manger, in preparation for Baby Jesus. I love how this is a simple way to start teaching AW the true Reason for the Season and encouraging service and kindness towards others during the Christmas season. Plus, it’s a fun, meaningful activity for us to do as a family. It looks like the Giving Mangers are all sold out for 2016, but you can pre-order yours for Christmas 2017.

*Cranberry margaritas. I made these over the Thanksgiving holiday, and have continued to since. Such a fun, festive cocktail, that is super easy to make. Mix together ½ cup tequila (I prefer Tres Agaves or Patron), ¾ cup orange liqueur (Patron Orange Liqueur is a good one), ¾ cup fresh lime juice and 1.5 cups cranberry juice. Stir well and then pour over ice. Garnish with a few fresh cranberries. This makes around 3 nice sized margaritas, so just double or triple the recipe as needed. I think I tripled it to get a full pitcher.

*We finally had a successful Santa visit! The first couple ones we attempted did NOT go over well. For a little boy that goes on and on about Santa, I’m not sure why he acted so scared. We did a Brunch with Santa event this past Sunday and for whatever reason, Asher Wade decided he liked this Santa. He was more than happy to spout off his Christmas List and give him letter. He asked Santa for a remote controlled Blaze, black Lightning McQueen, Lion Guard Playset and a “big Lightning McQueen that he can ride in” (which apparently is not being made anymore so Santa is going to have to get creative here).

Tis’ the Season! {Part 1}

The holidays are here! Whether you’re ready for them or not, they are upon us. I don’t waste any time getting things holly jolly festive in our part of the woods. Christmas decorations started coming out in the beginning of November and I gradually decorated leading up to Thanksgiving. Matt hung the outside lights this past weekend and they look amazing! I prefer to have our house decorated before Thanksgiving because I love to see all the bright colors and lights during our Thanksgiving meal:-) Never too early for Christmas in my opinion. I give Mr. Turkey his due time and respect, but no reason not to have a Christmas tree in the corner. I love how all the decorations look in our home. Will try to remember to get more pictures, but here’s a few for now.

Probably should have closed the garage door…

Christmas activities are also in full swing already. We attended a Christmas kick-off parade, which marks Santa’s arrival at our local mall, and Asher Wade was SO EXCITED. He is so in to Santa this year. I’m in to Santa too because finally we can use him to threaten AW in to obedience, lol. Seriously, I’ve been waiting for the day when I could start saying, “You better behave because Santa is watching.” I use Jesus in place of Santa sometimes, but it doesn’t seem to have the same effect. Apparently AW already knows his sins have been bought;)

We attended a “Lumberjack Bash” in our neighborhood a couple weeks ago, which was super fun. I had never heard of this sort of party theme, but it was really cute and festive for this time of year! Give me any excuse to wear plaid, and I’m there. Matt actually found this dress for me at Target and it was perfect. Plus it’s super warm, so I see myself wearing it a lot over the winter.

We attended a “Shop in Your PJ’s” event at Asher Wade’s school. They opened the book fair to the younger kids only and had doughnuts and story time. Asher Wade had a blast with his best bud, Scout. These two are quite the pair, and they had so much fun playing together outside of normal school hours. Asher Wade literally asks me every day if Scout can come over to play, so I’m glad we were finally able to get our schedules together and make a play date happen.

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! We hosted this year and I was happy to be in our house with family (last year we were by ourselves in our tiny apartment) AND feeling healthy (last year I felt like I was on my death bed with a terrible sinus infection and bronchitis). Matt’s parents and my brother came in and we also hosted some people from church, so we had a somewhat full table. The more the merrier in my opinion:-)

The day after Thanksgiving we attempted to go see Santa. It started off well, but did NOT end well. For whatever reason, AW got scared (and was just having a 3-year old moment in general) and I had to carry him kicking and screaming out of the store. Good times.

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All was well later that night though at the lighted boat parade:-)

Motivation Monday {and Turkey Trot}

Last week was a blur, but I think I remember what I did each day. I was off from work most of the week (except Monday), and it was so nice to be with family, celebrating the Thanksgiving holiday. Granted, I was crazy busy running around town, prepping food, getting ready for hosting duties, and decorating the house for Christmas. It was fun though and there’s nothing I love more than having family in town, especially around the holidays. I was able to squeeze in a few OTF classes as well, which somewhat made up for all the Thanksgiving goodies i consumed. I try not to put a lot of pressure on myself during the holidays, but rather eat in moderation, try a little bit of everything and fully enjoy favorite treats. Having a healthy lifestyle and diet 90% of the time allows me to splurge the other 10%. Not going to lie though, I was more than happy to get back to my hard boiled eggs, protein bars, fruit and big ole’ salad today.

Stats from last week:

Monday 11/21: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Tuesday 11/22: 3 mile run around the neighborhood

Wednesday 11/23: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Thursday 11/24: Ran in the Turkey Trot 8K that morning with Matt, my brother and some friends #wobblebeforeyougobble

Friday 11/25: Pretty much just rested my body today, other than taking the pups for a walk around the neighborhood

Saturday 11/26: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday 11/27: Didn’t keep track of my mileage, but I ran/walked around the neighborhood for close to an hour

Some pics from the Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot…

Motivation Monday {and weekend shenanigans}

This was kind of an off-week, at least towards the beginning of it, as I was still recovering from the half marathon and trying to give my legs a break.  I am planning to run another half marathon (because apparently I like pain and suffering) in November, so I definitely can’t take a running hiatus or anything.  Ideally I’d like to better my time on this next one, but I haven’t landed on an exact goal yet.  I’m really missing my group exercise classes while training and I’ve had to slow down on my favorite Orangetheory Fitness sessions, but I was able to fit in a couple this week.  I’ve backed down on the weight training a lot, mainly because I just don’t have time, but at least when I can make it to OTF I know I’ll get some good strength training mixed in.

Monday 10/17: Mainly rested my legs considering the half marathon I ran the day before, but I was itching for some activity that evening so I walked around the neighborhood for 30 minutes or so.

Tuesday 10/18: 4 mile jog along the river with my running buddy…it was unseasonably hot today, and we really struggled!

Wednesday 10/19: 15 minutes on the elliptical followed by 2 fast miles on the treadmill and some push-ups

Thursday 10/20: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Friday 10/21: 6 mile jog along the river with my running buddy in MUCH cooler weather

Saturday 10/22: 60 minute Orangetheory Fitness class

Sunday 10/23: We were actually in the Atlanta area today (see below) and spent most of the day out and about, but I did take a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood that evening.

On Saturday we drove an hour south to Kennesaw, GA for the Owl-O-Ween Festival, which is basically a hot air balloon festival with a Halloween theme.  It was held at Kennesaw State University, which to our surprise was a super nice university.  I randomly came across this event online and thought it looked really fun, so we decided to make a little overnight trip out of it.  The festival was really nice and well done with tons of stuff for kids and adults alike, but unfortunately the winds were too strong and they couldn’t put the hot air balloons up, which of course was the whole point of the festival.  I’ve never been up in a hot air balloon, so I was really looking forward to that.  Plus, there was supposed to be trick-or-treating from balloon to balloon, which wasn’t able to happen either.  So that was a bummer.  Not to mention that Asher Wade was kind of sick and probably shouldn’t have been outside anyways.  We only stayed at the festival for a couple of hours and were back in our hotel early enough to treat ourselves to dinner at Ruth Chris.  Since we were puppy free that night we had big plans to get a full, uninterrupted night of sleep, but then AW was up on and off throughout the night coughing, so that didn’t exactly happen.  So yeah, now that I think about it, the whole weekend didn’t really go as planned, lol.  We still had fun though, and as anyone that has a young child knows, you win some you lose some when it comes to making plans.  The next morning we got up, ate breakfast and headed out to a nearby outlet mall, which turned out to be really nice.  We got AW all fixed up for fall/winter, and I even scored two pairs of my favorite running shoes for the price of one!  All in all it was a successful shopping trip, so there’s the silver lining:-)

My child insisted on this cheap Dory costume and I decided this was a battle I didn’t have it in me to fight…

We found these PJ Masks at the toy store and AW thought they were pretty much the best thing ever. He LOVES this show!

Motivation Monday (err, Tuesday) and Weekend Shenanigans

Well, Monday came and went. As a matter of fact, the whole last week came and went without me even realizing it. Apparently it’s October now. Tomorrow it will be Christmas, so you better go on and get that tree up yesterday.

I’m going to do my best to remember my workouts from last week. Normally I’m really good about documenting them throughout the week, but since I was busy decorating for Easter, it kind of fell to the wayside. Anyways, Happy 4th of July!

Monday 8/8: Really did not want to workout today, so I just bounced around and did various activities until I had gotten in close to an hour. 20 minutes on the elliptical, 15’ish minutes of a Sports Drill class (seriously, couldn’t even stay in a class longer than that) and 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph).
Tuesday 8/9: 15 minutes on the treadmill (6.0 mph) followed by a 45 minute Total Body Training class (primarily strength training using weights and some cardio bursts).
Wednesday 8/10: Only had 30 minutes today, so I ran a quick 3 miles on the treadmill.
Thursday 8/11: Ran 3 miles outside with a friend.
Friday 8/12: 45 minute Sports Drill class and then a short walk outside to pick up some lunch:-)
Saturday 8/13: 8 mile run that morning with my running buddy. It felt really good and was honestly way easier than I had anticipated. We were so proud of ourselves! We also got to see the most beautiful sky as the sun started to come up over the river (pic below). Have I mentioned how much I LOVE Chattanooga?
Sunday 8/14: Easily could have taken the day off, but was itching to get outside that evening, so I walked around the neighborhood for about 45 minutes.

In other news, we had a great weekend. On Saturday evening Matt and I attended “Wine Over Water” which is basically a wine festival where 100+ wineries have tents setup along the Walnut Street Bridge (which crosses the Tennessee river) and you get a wine glass and basically try as many wines as you can handle without falling into the river. As far as I know, no one actually fell into the river, but there were some close calls I’m sure. Let’s just say it was good people watching, especially as the night went on. Our sitter stayed overnight so Matt and I were able to have a little hotel getaway. Can’t beat a getaway that is 15 minutes from your house. It was a fun night for sure. After we got home on Sunday I took Asher Wade to a local fall festival, where he of course had a blast. Love how October is full of all kinds of fall activities and events. It really is the best month.

Mid-Week Shakedown and our Sarasota Trip

Wednesday is my least favorite day of the week.  Always has been.  Probably always will be.  I don’t even really know why, other than that I am always so tired on Wednesdays and I know I still have another two full days until the weekend is here.  Once I get over the hump, I’m fine, but man, sometimes getting over it feels like I’m sprinting up a mountain.  It’s just a challenge.  It doesn’t help that I’m currently still trying to get adjusted to being back to reality.  I just can’t get my mind right and I’m pretty much convinced that I should still be on vacation.  Whaa whaa whaa, I know.  Get it together, Leanne.

We had such a great time in Sarasota last week.  Saturday to Saturday is the way to do it in my opinion…I truly felt like I took a vacation and got away from work and responsibilities.  Not to mention how nice it is to have some extra sets of hands to help with Asher Wade.  My parents are so good to babysit and entertain him so Matt and I can sneak away to exercise, grab dinner or meet up with friends, and we definitely did all of the above.  Just being able to take a spontaneous date night (and not pay for a sitter…can I get an AMEN to that!) is such a treat for us.  We got lots of family time as well, visiting the beach, pool, splash pad, Mote Marine, Big Cat Habitat and our favorite restaurants and ice cream shops (duh).  We even had some family pictures done! Oh, and I got to attend a surprise retirement party for my mom!  We were B.U.S.Y.  It was awesome though, and we were so blessed to be able to stay down there for a week.  I love Chattanooga, but man, Sarasota will always have a special place in my heart…

Like I mentioned above, we also had some family pictures done by the very talented Alisa Forbis of Alisa Sue Photography.  I actually went to high school with Alisa and she is such a warm and sweet person.  This is the second time she has done our photos, and she is incredibly talented and has such an eye for photography.  I cannot wait to receive all of the pictures, but here are a couple she posted right after the shoot:-)